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The Forever War
The Forever War | Joe Haldeman
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The monumental Hugo and Nebula award winning SF classic-- Featuring a new introduction by John ScalziThe Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries...
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HighLordGugu
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Mehso-so

It's ok. Weak ending.

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writeropolis
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Squidapus
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Squidapus often feels many "classics" people hail as cornerstones of literature are often products of their time and do not hold up over time. The Forever War is not one of those fallen classics. A very obvious parallel to the Vietnam War, it's story can still resonate to this day. Even without the greater themes it tackles it's just an entertaining read about a war over thousands of years that the people who started it never saw the end of.

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2BR02B
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I can understand why this won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Awards, as it's quite wonderfully written- Haldeman's prose is efficient and utilitarian, managing to weave sophisticated concepts into the story while neither over-explaining to the reader or leaving them at sea. It would undoubtedly be a five star read if the dated attitudes towards sexuality weren't so uncomfortable to read, and profuse.

REPollock Ugh yes. It‘s jarring when you come across that kind of stuff in an otherwise great book. 2y
TieDyeDude Yes, excellent book. I don't remember the issues of sexuality being too jarring. Considering when it was written, I thought it was fairly progressive, unless I'm misremembering... 2y
2BR02B @GoodForCirculation I'm sure it was progressive at the time, but definitely not by today's standards. The protagonist describes himself as "tolerant," yet reiterates his disgust for "homolife" several times over the course of the book. 2y
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TieDyeDude @2BR02B Okay, that's what I remember. My read of it was that Mandella, and his view on homosexuality, were a product of the past, the time he came from, and the author was advocating sexual fluidity, almost challenging those who consider themselves tolerant to consider possible sexual norms in the eras he sends Mandella. 2y
2BR02B @GoodForCirculation I could almost buy that, except that the "happy ending" involved the MC and his lady love retiring to a hetero colony, and two of the gay characters being "straightened" and marrying one another. A bit too pat, in my opinion. 2y
TieDyeDude Well, who wants a bunch of old homophobes running around ruining everyone's good time? 😝 I don't remember the straightenings, though. That's unfortunate... 2y
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2BR02B
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Here's where the book really starts to date itself (it was published in 1974.)

A general is trying to convince soldiers to re-enlist instead of returning home to Earth, because homosexuality has become widespread and the men are all sissies now. 🙄

DGRachel Ugh 2y
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2BR02B
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1. Fran lookin' all nonchalant while hugging her tail.
2. About to start the tagged book for my IRL book club.
3. A soy latte and a chocolate-almond croissant.
4. A handful of pecans. I has tummyache.
5. I don't know. The cake is a lie.

#HumpDayPost @MinDea

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
TricksyTails Fran‘s so beautiful! 😻 2y
AmyG Gorgeous cat. 2y
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CouronneDhiver Cake is a lie. Lol 2y
MinDea 😻😻😻 so cute. I love when they hold their tail. 2y
SassyBookworm She is beautiful!!! Love her eyes!!😻 2y
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tobypfrench
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Those aliensm. Sheesh!

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eshchory
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Some of the attitudes make me cringe they are so dated and it is worse when he is trying to be open-minded but the story-telling is thrilling and I care enough about the characters to keep turning the pages.

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LSDuigi
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When I finally made the effort to get into the Vietnam-era war mentality, and set aside all of my "well, that's clearly dated" snap-judgments, Forever War turned in to one of my all-time favorite books (genre nonspecific), and ended up being 1/3 of one of the best SciFi trilogies that I've ever read... Sure, you can clearly tell that the author was drawing upon that Vietnam, GI Joe, must-kill-Charlie headspace from the time, but it was so great

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Oryx
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This is that book that came to mind for #war A war against an unknowable enemy that lasts centuries, with soldiers returning to a world they don't recognise. One of the few sci fi books I've read that deals with concept of time dilation. It's also a love story. Recommended. #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading #dogsoflitsy

Lwiesman I need that dog!! So cute! 3y
Oryx @Lwiesman She knows how to work the camera 😊🐶 3y
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Nancethepants
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Mehso-so

Maybe, as a fan of "Doctor Who" and "Back to the Future," I expected too much from the book's title. Like, deliberate menace instead of sloppy incompetence. And a "forever" that lasted a bit longer. But Haldeman definitely captures the culture shock and PTSD of warriors returning to a home they no longer recognize, and I feel that was the point. The ending was a bit too pat; but if anyone deserved a clean break, it's these characters.

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natesiuk
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Even though it's the 4th book on my to read list, I'm looking forward to piecing together the time traveling idea.

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TieDyeDude
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I thought there was a great balance between science fiction, military strategy, and examination of potential future societies. The concept of time-dilation in relation to space travel is rarely addressed in sci-fi. Though I would have liked a deeper exploration of the effects than pining for Marygay, it was a fairly unique plot devise. I didn't expect everything to wrap up as neatly as it does, but it didn't feel cheap.

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KatieLovestoRead
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I'm feeling some classic science fiction but I'm not sure which to choose

#tbr #books #scifi

EllanaRose I've not read either but I've heard a lot of good things about Forever War 3y
Celeste57 I haven't read The Forever War, but Flowers for Algernon was wonderful. Sad, but wonderful. 3y
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ColleenLindsay
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Um, guys? Amazon and Google are both selling Joe Haldeman's amazing book The Forever War for just TWENTY FIVE CENTS. Head over and grab it before they figure out their mistake.

LLColbeck Dang it! Just another reason I should have Litsy open at all times. 3y
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FourofFiveWits
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It certainly is 70s science fiction, I will say that. It's... problematic.

FourofFiveWits There's a well-intentioned but flawed spproach to the 60s/70s idea of free love and homosexually. 3y
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Ubergeekygirl
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I'm not tons into books with the main focus in war but this is on the NPR top 100 SciFi & Fantasy books which I am working through. I'm 34 books into that list... quite a ways to go. I found this book interesting but not fantastic, the main character in a war not being particularly heroic was an interesting take and the author's personal influence by serving in Vietnam was pretty apparent.

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TheNextBook
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#outofthisworld indeed. This is one of my favorite sci-fi books. I loved the concept of a wafr constantly affected by the space time continuum. Our protagonists end of being extremely old in Earth years even though they have barely aged. It was fun and interesting and #outofthisworld. #booktober #photochallenge

Oblomov26 Great book 😉 3y
TheNextBook @Oblomov26 I loved this book. I know there were sequels but I never read them. This one ended really well to me. 3y
Oblomov26 @TheNextBook agree entirely, the ending was perfect and have no urge to read the sequel. 3y
BooksRockMyWorld Great pick! This is a spectacular book. 3y
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Acal
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Loving this book. And this mug.

pjmayhair Adding to stack because the author of this blurb obviously has good taste. 3y
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Booksbooksbooks
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I can't put this book down! A great science fiction full of action and romance. Interesting take on what the future world would be like. A little to much focus on sexual orientation but a quick read and highly recommended!

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Booksbooksbooks
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I'm reading this book and it seems alright, neat ideas. I'm only about 50 pages in and it's a bit hard to read. Does it get better? Is it worth reading?

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BookDude
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The Forever War is military science fiction, but it's so much more. It's a book about the Vietnam War. But it's also a book about every armed conflict the US has been in since. It speaks of the futility of war, the necessity, the disillusionment, an enemy that behaves and fights differently...and it also deals with the time issue. The soldiers have to deal with leaving for a few years and coming back to an Earth centuries older.

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Oblomov26
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I read this many years ago. Haldeman was a Vietnam vet and this book is in many ways a metaphor for this war. The story follows a draftee into mankinds first interstellar war fought against an enigmatic race for nebulous reasons and because of relativity, each engagement occurs further in the future alienating our hero from any life except the military and his fellow veterans including his lover from whom he becomes separated in time.

Booksbooksbooks Thanks for the review! I'm currently reading this book and stuck. It seems slow paced- I'm glad that your review says I should keep going 3y
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ZackE89
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I loved this book! I really enjoyed how it was a great fun thought provoking sci fi tale but also had some themes from the Vietnam War. The characters were great and moments in this book had me laughing and crying. Give this one a read as well.

MrBook Will do 😊👍🏻👌🏻! 3y
ZackE89 Sweet! Tell me what you think when you get around to it :) 3y
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BookDude
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I'm excited about finally starting this.

Liberty It's the freaking best. 3y
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Martyn_J_Pass
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As a sci fi writer this rang a few bells with me.

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Martyn_J_Pass
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This came today. Ready to give this classic bit of Sci Fi a try!

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TheNextBook
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I liked this! This explores the idea of space and time beautifully. A war that lasts forever and a man who is there for (basically) all of it.

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