Old Man's War - John Scalzi How is it that use of cliches can be at times annoying and at times just fine? Old Man's War is one of those books that is chockful, and yet like pebbles in a stream, they do not break the narrative flow and, in fact, make it easier to enjoy the sometimes macabre tale. Am not done yet but am so enjoying this book that am already queueing the next one in the series.

Shades of Robert HEINLEIN and Joe Haldeman, how can war break out amongst so many alien races?! Whatever, it makes for nice action scenes. No complaints here. But note to sf authors: there are other ways to create conflict in a story line.