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Originally posted at mmarques.vox.com on Mar 1, 2007.

John Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades is a fun romp with a light dose of philosophy, but it's no Old Man's War. TGB is the sequel to OMW. But it's not the sequel I expected.

OMW focussed on John Perry and eventually included Jane Sagan as another central character. It started on a personal scope and then broadened to issues and the stars.

TGB had a fantastic opening about an inanimate object. But then the first people mentioned left me cold. And then the entire opening seemed almost irrelevant.

Once we got to Dirac's story, however, the book picked up pace and became the enjoyable romp I'm coming to expect. Once again, Jane Sagan plays an important role. I just wish there were more of her in this book.

The last few chapters hint at some upcoming events that I'd love to read about, so I think I'll end up reading the next book. I just hope we get to see what's happened to John Perry.

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