Book – Orphanage (Jason Wander) / Fiction Scifi – Starship Troopers Revisited

The book Orphanage (Jason Wander) was first published in 2008 by Robert Buettner, a former Army Military Intelligence officer.

Bill Golden sez: If you liked or loved Robert Heinlein’s classic Starship Troopers then you will quickly come to like Orphanage by Buettner. The books are alike in so many ways, even with political undertones that many readers would overlook. Heinlein’s classic allowed voting rights only to those that served honorably in federal service, i.e. the military (a long running argument on this examined in great detail – PDF). Buettner’s take is similar but with a strong post 9/11 update as to how the world works.

Robert Buettner Orphanage
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Lots of military humor soaked into this book as the main character, Jason Wander, goes from being a reluctant screw-up of a military recruit to a breveted general officer (eventually).

If you want some light reading with a familiar theme that keeps you constantly meeting new characters and full of plot twists then this is the book, and the book series for you to read.

Some really good news is this is a book series and each book just gets better. Wars are not over quickly and neither is this series.

Other books in this series that I have read and like; no, I have not read them all yet.

If you like these books then there are others available … but I have not read those … so let me know how that they work for you. I unintentionally read the last book in the series (Triumph); since I know how it all turns out I just did not have interest in going back and reading some of the other books.


From the official description of this book:

Mankind’s first alien contact tears into Earth: projectiles launched from Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede, vaporize whole cities. Under siege, humanity gambles on one desperate counterstrike. In a spacecraft scavenged from scraps and armed with Vietnam-era weapons, foot soldiers like eighteen-year-old Jason Wander-orphans that no one will miss-must dare man’s first interplanetary voyage and invade Ganymede.

They have one chance to attack, one ship to attack with. Their failure is our extinction.



Different. 3-D strongly recommended. Story plot: Astronaut shuttle crew working on repair of deep space imaging system. Unexpected bad stuff happens. Real bad. Only three actors in the movie + maybe 2 or 3 others for about 10 seconds. George Clooney plays George Clooney. Does great job. Sandra Bullock plays nervous, upset doctor with great legs and ability to open doors on foreign space stations. The only other actor with a speaking part dies early on. … Mission: survive … OK, so does not sound like a great movie so far. … This is an INCREDIBLE movie. Really. … You need to see to understand. Stuff happens and time flies. Movie over before you know it. … MORE popcorn, please.

Movie Review – Pacific Rim (2013)

Pacific Rim

When you go to see this movie be sure to get the big bag of popcorn. That usually gets you a free refill. This is a 1 and 1/2 bag of popcorn movie.

Pacific Rim is very, very good — a modern update on the Godzilla theme but with an Independence Day plot.

It is worth seeing probably two or three times.

Some folks may want to compare Pacific Rim with the Transformers movies. There are indeed some similarities but I know plenty of folks that dislike Transformers and really, really like this movie. I like them both but believe that with time that Pacific Rim will become a classic.

A First Bottle Review: Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Stout Beer

Am trying out all of the season pumpkin beers. This week am trying ‘Boxcar Pumpkin Stout‘ from Starr Hill Breweries from Charlottesville, Virginia.

The pumpkin flavor is very much there, but on the back of the tongue. The stout is very much there with the wonderful roasted flavor on the tip of my tongue.

I adore stouts. Am not sure that this mix was meant to be. But since these bottles of cold flavor are paid for then I intend to continue seeing if the flavors eventually merge. Hopefully they do by the third bottle. Am not a four bottle person … anymore.

Beer - Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Stout
Beer – Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Stout