The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
1974, Ballantine Books
Review Summary: Haldeman’s The Forever War isn’t bad reading, and brings up some interesting ideas about waging an interstellar war where one would spend the majority of one’s time travelling at near light-speed just to reach relevant warp points. A decent short novel, though I’m at a loss as to why one finds it referenced in so many places – surely it has some historical significance in the progression of the genre, but overall its not that great of a novel.
A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
1960, Ballantine Books
Review Summary: It is definitely a novel of an earlier time, but at the same time the characters are such that the novel has a touch of timelessness about it as well. Or perhaps its just the pacing I’m reacting to, as Beagle shows a unique touch in bringing an otherworldly sense of unhurriedness to the novel that dovetails remarkably well with the subject matter.
The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey
1970, Ballantine Books
Review Summary: Overall, not a bad book for younger readers, but I don’t think I’ll be pursuing the series any further, at least not without looking for some additional critical reviews first.