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Old Man's War
Old Man's War | John Scalzi
John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-and aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place. So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What's known to everybody is that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve your time at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine-and what he will become is far stranger.
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TracyReadsBooks
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Today‘s #FavoriteSignedBooks is one of my son‘s all time favorite books/series. Clearly an old man before his time 😂, my son started reading this series when he was twelve years old & he couldn‘t put it down. He was tongue tied when he met Scalzi in 2020 but thought he was very cool. My son is so protective of the book, he bought a digital copy so he doesn‘t have to carry this one around.

I‘d love to hear about your favorite signed books! 📖🖋

TheNeverendingTBR I picked up a signed copy of this the other day for 50p 😍 9mo
TracyReadsBooks @TheNeverendingTBR That‘s an awesome find! 9mo
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Zoes_Human
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Mehso-so

It's solid space marine fare. It's fast-paced and full of interesting concepts. However, it also glamorizes war and celebrates colonialism, and the characters are pretty one-note. Well written but totally meh for me.

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ljmcm
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Solid, entertaining science fiction

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Traci1
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⭐⭐⭐
Second audio finish for #littenlisten. (5 hours +10 pts for being a #bookspin bingo finish, I think?) @aperfectmjk

Not my favorite Scalzi, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It reminded me somewhat of the Expeditionary Force books by Alanson. The narration was decent, but I may try the next one in print.

aperfectmjk Yes, it's 10 points per audiobook on your card. 50 additional points for a bingo with all audiobooks! 1y
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Pedrocamacho
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This book was a lot of fun. The concept behind the story is fun, i.e. the elderly being offered the opportunity to serve humanity by defending distant colonies. I‘m excited to read the next one.

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Lizpixie
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Bk4 of May & Bk1 of #NutsInMay #readathon is done! Finally read another book this month🙌This was a great start to what hopefully will be an awesome SciFi series. In a future Earth, when you turn 75yrs old you have the option of joining the Colonial Defence Force where you‘ll be made young again & fight to protect human colonies from invading aliens out among the stars. I loved it, I loved the characters & I loved the universe.Highly recommend.🪐

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Lizpixie
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Hello Sunday! I‘ll be spending mine reading for the #NutsInMay #readathon in the amazing comfort of my brand new adjustable pillow top bed with a gorgeous blue autumn sky outside my window. I did my back last night while out celebrating my daughters birthday, except for the pain it‘s a brilliant excuse to lay here and just read! Just two chapters left in the tagged book before I switch to one of the others here. Which book would you choose?

Ruthiella Oof! Sorry to hear about your back! Hope you feel better soon. ❤️ I‘d pick The Lamplighters next. I‘m curious about it. 2y
Lizpixie @Ruthiella thank you, me too! I was leaning towards The Lamplighters, it sounds fascinating. Plus I love lighthouses!⚓️ 2y
Andrew65 Brilliant start 👏👏👏 2y
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Lizpixie
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I‘m kicking off my #NutsInMay #readathon with the rest of the book I‘ve been trying to read for a week! It‘s not the book, it‘s really good, it‘s my slump. I‘m hoping a readathon will kickstart my book brain back into high gear🤞 This is the 1st book in the series about how in a future version of Earth, 75yr olds in good health, instead of retiring join the Colonial Army, fighting for human colonies in space against alien species. Wish me luck!

Ruthiella Good luck! 👍 2y
Andrew65 Hopefully this helps both of us. Good luck 😊👍 2y
RamsFan1963 Good choice to begin with. Great book and a wonderful series. 2y
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Lizpixie
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My current read is a SciFi novel I‘ve been wanting to read for years. John Scalzi is a highly respected SFF writer who‘s won awards for his writing & has a rep for solid science theory. John Perry, after losing his wife, turns 75 & joins the army to fight for new planets to colonise. But things aren‘t what he‘s been led to believe.

SpaceCowboyBooks Loved this book 2y
Marmie7 I've read the first two in this series and really enjoyed them! 2y
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wanderinglynn
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#top20series #20series20days

Day 4 (in no particular order)

The Old Man's War series by John Scalzi

I was introduced to Scalzi by a friend who recommended I read Redshirts (a stand alone). I did and then quickly devoured everything Scalzi has written.

This series is one of the best sci-fi series. He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer for his debut novel Old Man's War, & 3 of the 6 were nominated for a Hugo.

Lucy_Anywhere A fantastic series! I also really enjoyed The Collapsing Empire series as well 2y
Chrissyreadit Which one is first? I may introduce it to my son. We hear him speak at the National Book Festival a couple years ago and my son really enjoyed his talk. 2y
Ruthiella I read the first book and enjoyed it! Scalzi is such an entertaining writer! 2y
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wanderinglynn @Chrissyreadit Old Man‘s War is the first book of the series. My photo has them in order from bottom (no. 1) to top (no. 6) (edited) 2y
wanderinglynn @Lucy_Anywhere I have The Collapsing Empire, but haven‘t read it yet. I got it right before I moved. 👍🏻 2y
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This was a fun one—totally get why my son loves it. Think Starship Troopers but funnier. At the ripe old age of 75 John Perry enlists in the army—the army that fights battles against any number of alien species universes away from Earth to which he will never return. Engaging, funny, & smart in expected/unexpected ways, I really enjoyed this SF romp & will definitely continue reading the series. Now to raid my son‘s bookshelves for the next book.

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This is one of my son‘s favorite books—he‘s read it four or five times and even got his copy signed by Scalzi at C2E2 this year—so I thought I‘d give it a go. So far, in the first couple of chapters, there‘s some cantankerous old men and lots of flatulence not to mention Scalzi‘s trademark wit...what‘s not to like?!?

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When people reach the age of 75, they have the option to join the Colonial Defense Force to help humans maintain their colonies in space.
Fascinating, original idea with lots of exciting confrontations with aliens. Also has a sweet side.
Explorations of aging, love, friendship, and duty.
Highly recommend.

TheSpineView I have been meaning to read this for a long time. Maybe I should move to the top of my list. 3y
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I bought Old Man‘s War for my husband last year—he‘d read Redshirts & liked it so I thought he‘d enjoy other Scalzi books. The book languished in his TBR pile until my 13-year-old son discovered it. Well, my son read it & then the next & the next until he devoured the entire series. He‘s since read it multiple times & today, even though he was so nervous he almost couldn‘t do it, he met John Scalzi & got these two books signed. So very cool.

Geenie He‘s cool 😎💖 3y
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JoyBlue
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I liked the premise of 75-year-olds enlisting in the military. All-told, though, there was too much war detail; not enough science coolness or humor.

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Schlinkles
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First sci-fi and fantasy book club pick of 2020. My husband has wanted me to read this for awhile now. Now we can discuss it.

AutumnRLS Cool looking edition! I love Scalzi, but took a break after reading a ton of his stuff in a row. Just catching up on this series now. 3y
Lucy_Anywhere I loved this series! 3y
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brandybear22
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Took myself out on a sushi 🍣 date tonight and listening to this as I am driving. I‘m hooked, I can see all the ways this book could go, but I don‘t actually know how it is going. Good sci do, at least so far!

kgriffith Have we ever had sushi together?? I don‘t think we have. We should fix that. 3y
brandybear22 @kgriffith mmmmm I would enjoy 3y
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RainyDayReading
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A new favorite! I definitely was not expecting there to be as much humor in this as there was. Quick, familiar yet refreshingly new. I loved the writing style and even though some of the physics went over my head, it never bogged down the story. I wish there had been a little more explanation in places but overall I loved this. Will be keeping my eye out for a copy to add to my collection as well as the next book in this series.

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Lucy_Anywhere
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Military sci-fi is usually not my thing - space battles and square-jawed soldiers tend to bore me. But OLD MAN'S WAR is military sci-fi filled with warmth and humanity and very likeable characters. It also works in humorous musings on getting old and the joys of being young and unstoppable. An enjoyable read!

KtheBookwyrm I enjoy John scalzi and this series in particular, despite not being a big fan of military sci-fi as well. 3y
rretzler Scalzi is one of my favorite authors and I‘ve read all of his books - except for this series, which I‘ve been putting off because of the military sci-fi aspect. Glad to hear that I will be able to read and enjoy - I should have guessed that would be the case with Scalzi. 3y
Lucy_Anywhere @KtheBookwyrm and @rretzler thanks, guys. The Collapsing Empire was my first Scalzi book, and I really enjoyed it 3y
rretzler If you ever listen to Scalzi audiobooks, just a tip to pick the ones with Wil Wheaton as the narrator. He and Scalzi are good friends and Wheaton does a great job with Scalzi‘s humor and sarcasm. My favorite combo for audiobooks! 3y
wanderinglynn Love this series! ❤️👍🏻 3y
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Jaimelire
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Wow, I read this one in a day. Great sci-fi space adventure! I have already put the next two books on hold at my library. I am going to pass this one on to my husband and 15 year old son. I am glad we have this genre of fiction in common. I give this book 👍👍.

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sigriff
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Thoroughly enjoyed this. Good pace, felt like a thriller at times, reminded me a bit of starship troopers. Will probably read the sequel.

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sigriff
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Next read, been on the list for a long while now.

Jaimelire I just finished it. So good! 3y
sigriff @Jaimelire yeah I really enjoyed it. Only Dip in to sci-fi now and again but this one was one of the most enjoyable I've read 3y
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LauraJ
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Once a human turns 75, they can get a new, young body in exchange for going to war. The new body has lots of upgrades that make you question what makes us human. Action-packed with a touch of humor and physics...must read the whole series!

Sweettartlaura Hah!🤣. I was just talking to my 7 year-old niece, about what happens spiritually when we die - she brought it up. And one of the ideas we kicked around was, do we get a new body? She said she didn‘t want a new body. I said, “You might feel differently when you‘re 75 - just ask Poppy.” Now I‘m gonna give her this book some day 😜 4y
RadicalReader What a beautiful book cover 4y
LauraJ @RadicalReader I think this is from a limited edition. 4y
LauraJ @Sweettartlaura I‘m going to be a mess by the time I reach 75! 4y
Sweettartlaura Exactly! 🤣 4y
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LauraJ
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A little lunchtime reading therapy with Lloyd. How is it only Tuesday? #catsoflitsy

TheDaysGoBy Right? This week has felt so long already. I haven‘t gotten a lunch hour either day so far which means my current read is suffering. Hope the rest of the week goes fast for you! 4y
LauraJ @TheDaysGoBy okay, we‘ve made it to Thursday. 4y
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LauraJ
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Since I‘m feeling #crochety, this should suit me just fine!

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Pogue
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Look what my son got me!

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KtheBookwyrm
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After a couple of false starts, I‘ve finally settled on another John scalzi. After Lock In and Redshirts, I needed more of his writing. 70 pages in and already enjoying it, even though nothings much has really happened yet.

Scott_BookInvasion Oooh loved this one! It‘s a far cry from Lock In but it‘s still got that snark and wit that Scalzi does so well. I hope you enjoy it! 4y
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Guildedearlobe
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I didn‘t make a collage today because @JoScho made a pretty awesome picture for today‘s #manicmonday celebrating the #lettero

📚 Old Man‘s War by John Scalzi. Love this series.
✏️ Nnedi Okorafor
📺 Orphan Black!!!!!!!
🎥 O‘ Brother, Where Art Thou?
🍨 Orange Popsicles

Happy O Day!

MirrorMask I still need to finish Orphan Black 4y
JoScho Thank you 😊🧡 4y
CampbellTaraL Yes to Orphan Black! I need to watch that series again, so good. 😍 4y
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youneverarrived Orphan Black is so good! 4y
Guildedearlobe @taraWritesSci @youneverarrived I absolutely loved that show. She‘s such a brilliant actress and there‘s nothing like it on TV right now. 4y
Michollio 💜💜💜 Orphan Black 4y
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It finally happened. A book made me cry, twice. I teared up once somewhere in the middle but when John was telling Jane about his wife's death I had some rollers. I just thought it was sad/and adorable that he was telling her over and over again that he loved her so that it would be the last thing she heard 😢😭 I can't wait to read the next one. #scifi #recommend
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I think the book does a really amazing job at describing what it might be like to have your consciousness transferred into another body. I do find it odd that once transferred John refers to his old body as it and not me. I think it would take the brain some time to emotionally process that kind of switch but I'll overlook it. #scifi
Art by Louis Dyer Visionary Art & Design

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Started a new book and did a bit of cliff jumping over the weekend. I'm enjoying the author's humor so far. 👍🏽 #scifi #adventure

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Kwhoward7
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Witty, easy read

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Manieschaef
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First book of my staycation readathon done! A pretty impressive first novel. Scalzi can always be trusted for wry, self-deprecating characters, snappy dialogue, and a surprising amount of heart. .
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Old Man's War is not groundbreaking sci-fi, but it is entertaining and fast paced. I discovered Scalzi this year and like his writing style. Definitely want to read the rest of this series.

RamsFan1963 I loved the whole series. I know some people don't, because it turns more political less action oriented in the later books. 4y
tessavi @RamsFan1963 actually, the fighting was my least favorite part, so that sounds good to me! 4y
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rickricardu
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Sci-Fi na veia

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plaidchuck
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An awesome Sci Fi Opera with a protagonist you root for from the start. Within the Heinlein-esque story of rising through the ranks there is a surprisingly tender love story that'll make you tear up at least once. Recommended with 4.5 stars!

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plaidchuck
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"I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife's grave. Then I joined the army."

So far this has been a blast to read! A lot of old school scifi elements shared from the POV of a loveable curmudgeon!

Geeklet I really need to read this one again then check out the rest of the series. I remember really enjoying it but I read it right after The Forever War. The two books have become merged in my memory. 4y
plaidchuck @Geeklet yeah i can't wait to check out the rest of his stuff! 4y
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BookishTrish
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Dear brain: please shut down

Joanne1 Did it work? I sometimes have trouble shutting my brain off and it never listens to me. 4y
BookishTrish @Joanne1 Eventually... sigh 4y
readordierachel How are you liking this one? 4y
minkyb Easier said than done. Such a pain. 4y
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BookishTrish
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Lunch break #weekendlibrarian

CouronneDhiver Lovely! Is it really hot over there today? 32 C here! ☀️ 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💗 4y
BookishTrish @CouronneDhiver about 28 C. It was breezy by the ocean which was refreshing 4y
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RJHowe
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Very disappointed with this book. It struck me as a pale imitation of Heinlein with no added value. There were numerous info dumps and cliches and the ending was quite predictable. I look for some originality in my SF and found none. Craft wise it was pre-70s in quality. If you are looking for something to make you remember Hienlein fondly this might work for you. If you are looking for original or thought provoking military SF no luck.

RamsFan1963 I'm surprised you didnt enough this. I've loved all of Scalzi's books, especially the Old Man's War series. There's definitely Heinlein influences but, especially in the later books, there's a more adult political viewpoint than you find with Heinlein. 4y
Ruthiella I liked this but I think I read them the other way round: Scalzi first, then Starship Troopers. Now I also need to read Halderman‘s The Forever War because I think that was also an inspiration. 4y
RaimeyGallant You write good reviews. 4y
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RJHowe @RaimeyGallant thank you, I enjoy good reviews so figure the least I can do is return the favour 4y
RJHowe @ruthiella Forever War is a great book. I hope you make the time and enjoy it 4y
RJHowe @RamsFan1963 I found just too many problems with it. I am a bit of a craft wonk and found the “As you know Bobs” just painful. The drill sergeant was straight out of central casting. I just couldn‘t find any originality. I doubt I will make time for the later books now. 4y
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RJHowe
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So we moved from a rural area to midtown Toronto recently. I love the new lifestyle but miss some things. Thus we have dubbed our rooftop patio "the cottage." So tonight I am reading at the cottage.

CarolynM Looks like a lovely place to spend time💜 4y
Chellebearss Looks lovely! 🖤 4y
CouronneDhiver Great! I love it 4y
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knittedgnome Looks like a great spot! 4y
RaimeyGallant Looks enticing! 4y
mrozzz Looks perfect for reading! 4y
Mdargusch Wow! Looks like an amazing spot! 4y
tpixie Lovely space! My sister has a rooftop patio and it is so much fun! 4y
Bookladylinda Gorgeous space!!! 4y
Crazeedi Your patio looks so comfy! 4y
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Pogue
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My son is the best! He got to go to Phoenix Com Con yesterday and got me an early birthday gift! If you have not read this book it is amazing!

JoyBlue Happy early birthday! 💙🎉🎈 5y
Pogue Thank you! 5y
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wanderinglynn
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Congrats on your milestone @keys_on_fire 🎉🎇🎆🙌🏻🎉

And thanks for the opportunity to enter your #L2KGiveaway

1. I was partying
2. One of my favorite sci-fi books is the tagged book (& the next two in the trilogy) by John Scalzi. One of my favorite feel good books is Winnie-the-Pooh.

keys_on_fire Thanks for entering! Never read the tagged book and ohhhh Winnie the Pooh! 5y
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Double Whammy! I couldn‘t resist the new mini-hardcover release of Old Man‘s War so I bought that and had him sign it too. #Elevengeddon2018

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parasolofdoom
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I don't have much to say except that I looooved it!

wanderinglynn Yas! 👍🏻 Love this series. 5y
parasolofdoom @wanderinglynn I can't believe I let this just sit on my shelf for so many years 😍 5y
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parasolofdoom
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I have a bunch of library loans I should be reading but this was calling to me off my own shelves

wanderinglynn Loved this series! ❤️📚 5y
parasolofdoom @wanderinglynn I'm already a third through, I love it! 5y
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Kimberlone
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Help!

My boyfriend is asking me for a book recommendation, specifically something sci-fi, which isn‘t a genre I read often. He recently finished the Old Man‘s War series, which he really liked. My last recommendation was Ready Player One, which was also a hit for him. Any suggestions?

swishandflick Has he read this yet? 5y
vivastory Scalzi has started a new series. He only has one book in it so far, but it was a lot of fun 5y
swishandflick Ooh, or Ender's Game! 5y
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vivastory I haven't read The Martian, but last week I read & enjoyed 5y
AmyG I am liking the Themis series by Sylvain Neuvel. First book is (edited) 5y
NCNY I'm obsessed with these stories and recommend them to everyone 5y
Kimberlone @AmyG also very interested in Sleeping Giants. He likes series, and I might read this one along with him! 5y
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Ruthiella
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Good Military Sci-Fi always has strategy in it! This book was fun to read-maybe a little too preoccupied with gadgets and guns but still very entertaining.😀
#ReadingResolutions @Jess7 #photochallenge

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pugswin
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I really liked this book. Lots of action. I didn't know anything about the book except that it was good before reading it. I recommend doing the same. Don't read any reviews that give away plot twists. Just read it, you'll like it!

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readinginthedark
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😱 Plot twist!!! #soexciting

wanderinglynn Love this series! I‘m such a Scalzi fan. 5y
Foxyfictionista I really loved this book but I couldn't get into the second one. 5y
readinginthedark @wanderinglynn This is my first, and I‘m loving it! 5y
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readinginthedark @Foxyfictionista Oh no! I wonder if the books get better later, though? The second book in a series always seems to lag a little. 5y
Foxyfictionista @readinginthedark maybe. I think that the novelty of this particular story wore off for me so I actually dnf'd the second one. Give it a try and see how you feel about it. 5y
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