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Book Note: John Scalzi, The Ghost Brigades

I read this book about 8/27/2013. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2006. This note was last modified Tuesday, 10-Sep-2013 16:13:46 PDT.

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Second book in the series. We're off with the Special Forces, the Ghost Brigades, who are more highly engineered than the run-of-the-mill Colonial Defense Forces soldiers.

We get a lot of playing around with weird technology that shouldn't work this well this early, and if it does should have bigger effects. It's personality transfer stuff, though, not raw weapons.

Also the completely unreasonable coincidence of meeting the Special Forces soldier built from his dead wife's DNA continues to play out. I don't think I really believe the Special Forces being brought to consciousness with so much pre-loaded. Of course this is a ways in the future, and there should be some improvement in understanding brain function. But still. Also I don't believe in coincidences on that level.

Also, pet peeve, the assumption that clones are so identical bugs me. Identical twins manage not to have the same fingerprints (or, I think, retina or corneal prints), and they grew in the same womb at the same time. When grown later in a uterine replicator or whatever it's called in this universe, I'm suspicious. Certainly cloned animals routinely have different fur patterns from their precursor. So, how much would the brain be organized the same? Especially whent he clone is forced to adulthood so fast?

Playing with the Special Forces soldiers, and the cloned traitor for that matter, growing up, is somewhat interesting.

Some of the Special Forces infiltration methods are clever, too.


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