Old Man’s War was a great book. It was a nice update to Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. I never did read the third and fourth books of the series (which I should). Scalzi rebooted the series with Human Division and continues it with The End of All Things.
These two books are short story collections that tell the story in snippets from a variety of perspectives. That is not my favorite method. But Scalzi is a good writer and in spite of the fact that I am not a fan of short stories. These are well done. They give the idea of some of the wide ranging fiction of George RR Martin or Neal Stevenson without the 900 pages of text.
Most of the time I write reviews soon after I finish a book, but it has been nearly 2 weeks since I actually finished The End of All Things. And while I know the story and can remember the major arc, it is a fairly forgettable. The problem with the story story collection idea is that it usually lacks the character development as it bounces around. And while several of the characters have been in several other books (Harry throughout), I just don’t really love any of them.
I enjoyed the audiobook and I will certainly pick up other Scalzi books in the future. I am not sure there was anything here that entices me to either go back and finish the previous books I have not read, or to pick up future books in the series. Maybe it is my distance from the books. When I finished I thought it was a fine book. Good summer fluff. But with some distance, I don’t think it is any better. And except for writing this review, I really have not thought about the book once since I finished it.