The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi

As y'all may have learned to expect from John Scalzi, this sequel to Old Man's War is quite entertaining. The battle scenes are as good as any in this list: The Forever War Starship Troopers Gateway The Mote in God's Eye.

Though there's a bit too much of 'explaining' the technology and the alien cultures for my taste (after several instances, I skimmed over the rest.), I do not consider this as diminishing the overall likeability of the book. The tone is more serious than its predecessor, an improvement IMHO; the funny scene setups can detract from the story flow.

I enjoyed the book. It's charm lies, I think, in its easy accessibility, the effortless prose and, perhaps, in not taking itself too seriously.

Three and a half stars.