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Author Topic: Has anyone read John Steakley's Armor ?  (Read 3078 times)
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« on: November 03, 2012, 08:57:48 AM »

Re reading this sci-fi classic got me thinking, what would it take for this to  become a movie? Has anyone else on A.I. read this book? (or his other amazing work, Vampire$ )

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Since discovering it back in '87 I've owned FIVE copies of the book (3 times due to never getting back a lent out copy, & once to age) & read it about twice a year if I get the time. Yes it's a huge favorite of mine,and a good story too boot. (& a good explanation as to how I always viewed Rhodey).
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2012, 09:34:55 AM »

Never heard of it. May have to get this, I need a new book anyways.
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2012, 10:23:02 PM »

I've read it, and it is indeed an awesome book.  I couldn't finish Starship Troopers, but I recall this book flew by.  It's a darn good read.
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2012, 06:07:40 AM »

Really? You couldn't finish Starship Troopers? It's not even very thick. I'll admit some of it's cultural notions were, shall we say, quaint. But it had pretty good action narrative to it. I do have to say that while I would love to see Felix's war story brought to the screen, I'm afraid Starship Troopers killed any prospect of that. 
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2012, 09:23:16 AM »

Really? You couldn't finish Starship Troopers? It's not even very thick. I'll admit some of it's cultural notions were, shall we say, quaint. But it had pretty good action narrative to it. I do have to say that while I would love to see Felix's war story brought to the screen, I'm afraid Starship Troopers killed any prospect of that. 

It was also 20+ years ago, and I was entering a full-strength "Heinlein SUCKS!" phase.  I'd read most everything he'd written, and concluded his juvenile books were the best, with short stories second.  I could probably get through it today, I think. Smiley

 
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 04:08:13 PM »

Really? You couldn't finish Starship Troopers? It's not even very thick. I'll admit some of it's cultural notions were, shall we say, quaint. But it had pretty good action narrative to it. I do have to say that while I would love to see Felix's war story brought to the screen, I'm afraid Starship Troopers killed any prospect of that. 
Four tries. It took me four tries to get through Starship Troopers. I just didn't like the writing style as much.
Felix had me hooked from page 3. & I won't even go into how cool I thought Jack Crow was.
& then there's the armor itself. Hooked on Iron Man & anime from a young age the whole armor concept was as natural to me as morning sunshine on banshee.

Starship troopers the movie was . . . entertaining but pretty far from the book. Armor might just be different enough, unless they're planning a more accurate ST remake.
One thing I liked about Felix's story is that you really don't know any much more about the war or what's going on than he does.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2012, 05:31:59 PM »

Yeah that Jack Crow gets around. In an earlier life he was the head of a vampire hunting team for the Vatican. His jail break in Armor was a pretty cool read. If they did a movie & stayed true to the ending it would even be open to sequels as we don't really know what ultimately became of Felix. A character I would like to see well played is Forrest. She was someone Felix thought was even better than him at armored combat & ultimately emerged as a bit of a tragic figure not only for how she ended up, but also for her belief in a hero with feet of clay.
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2012, 08:39:03 PM »

Yup... Many moons ago.
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« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2012, 02:24:35 AM »

I'm a sucker for military sci-fi. Added to my wishlist at Amazon (really my to-buy-later list).
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