The Forever War

The Forever War

Book - 2009 | 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
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The 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.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
ISBN: 9780312536633
0312536631
Characteristics: xviii, 264 pages ; 21 cm

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smatte
Jan 15, 2020

This space opera written by a veteran of the Vietnam War is one of the most satisfying sf novels I have read. It is a parable about the effects of being immersed in a war without a foreseeable end and the alienation felt by soldiers returning to societies and homes that they can no longer relate to. It is to Vietnam what Catch-22 was to WWII, and the worlds that it takes place in are as vast as those of Star Wars. Recommended for fans of science fiction, military fiction, dark humor, and good books in general.

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N13m4nd
Oct 07, 2019

This is one of my favorite books. Forever War is a science fictional parallel to Haldeman's own experience in Vietnam: going off to fight an enigmatic enemy, for unclear reasons, and finding that time has passed the soldier by when he returns to the "home" that is now just as foreign to him as the aliens. An engrossing war adventure as well as a personal odyssey, the book is engaging and satisfying on several levels. Forever War can also be read as a reply to and critique of Heinlein's Starship Troopers.

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kristinamai
Sep 01, 2019

Wait for Steph

JCLIanH Jun 27, 2019

I was expecting more of a direct allegory for Vietnam, and while Haldeman's own experiences in the conflict provide a solid backbone for the Forever War, the novel is a masterful meditation on the futility of war in general (and a brilliant piece of science fiction as well).

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7626dee
Dec 01, 2018

One of the best Sci-fi books ever written. Yes there is casual sex and killing and other unpleasant things caused by war and killing and such. Always has been and always will be as wars are nasty things especially when fought for "reasons unknown". About as anti-war as a book can be while graphically telling the tale of war. Very well written as well.

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mammothhawk229e
Aug 22, 2018

Loved classic on trying to wage war with non-FTL drive & communications against non-human species with universal themes of home front changed, hard to get use to civilian life to hurry up & wait military life.
Of course there is swearing in dealing with life in death situations. You expect rainbows & unicorns?

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jtcampbel47
Sep 07, 2016

Interesting take on war considering when novel was written. Good read!!

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LauraSteinert
Jul 16, 2016

One might expect that a story set in the future, where men and women are drafted into military service in identical roles, would be worth reading. One would be wrong. Sexist slipping occasionally in to misogyny. I almost gave up on page 8 when I had reached my tolerance limit for the F-word, but gave it another 100 pages because it isn't good to just give up. Except sometimes it is.
Page 47:
"The orgy that night was amusing, but it was like trying to sleep in the middle of a raucous beach party. The only area big enough to sleep all of us was the dining hall; they draped a few bed sheets here and there for privacy, then they unleashed Stargate's eighteen sex-starved men on our women, compliant and promiscuous by military custom (and law), but desiring nothing so much as sleep on solid ground."

Jabberwock12 May 22, 2015

I read this a while back and gave it to a friend (and he never returned it)... A top-notch, great read. A true sci-fi novel.

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JackPurcell
Apr 29, 2015

Good old fashioned science fiction with no wizards, fairies, or magic.

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fiacono2
Dec 21, 2018

soldiers that hibernate, so they can travel to a distant planet (in the future) to fight with their enemy (which they have never met before).

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LazyNeko
Apr 25, 2012

I was disgusted with the human race, disgusted with the army and horrified at the prospect of living with myself for another century or so... Well, there was always brain-wipe.

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