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Glory Road Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 1979

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (1 April 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425081567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425081563
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Ritchie on 21 Sept. 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
Glory Road is one of my favourite novels. Heinlein is not simply "trying his hand" at writing a fantasy novel. Like all geniuses he adapts and transforms by the light of his imagination. He takes here the elements of fantasy: sorcery, dragons, the quest, etc etc, and infuses them with what we might call "science fiction realism". In this I think he is completely successful. The high adventure and escapism is there, but so his the satire, the psychology, and the incisive wit of Heinlein at his best. Scar, Star and Rufo are in my view some of the best drawn characters in the genre.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Shepherd on 9 May 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Heinlein did not write very many fantasy works, but when he did, the result was usually a rather different and fun romp. Glory Road is probably his best work in this genre, and it makes most other sword-and-sorcery stories pale in comparison.
Oscar, our hero, is a Vietnam veteran idling away his time on the Isle du Levant, a small island off the coast of France known for its lack of haute couture (or clothing of any style), when his eye is caught by the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, sleekly muscled and with regal bearing. When she offers him a job with 'great adventure and great risk' he blindly accepts, little realizing just what an incredible jaunt he has let himself in for. A journey that will travel through some of the 20 universes that Star is Empress of, on a quest to retrieve the stolen Egg of the Phoenix. Along the way you will be treated to a sword/bow and arrow fight with a very real set of dragons (with a rather amusing fight strategy), a hand to hand fight with a very dirty (and smelly) giant, pentagrams and spells for magical flight. All of the incidents along this trip are treated with a fair dollop of humor and satire (and at least a partial parody of other sword & sorcery epics such as Conan the Barbarian), while at the same time Heinlein manages to present some pseudo-scientific explanations for the 'magical' incidents, something he did in just about all of his fantasy works, so that it is somewhat problematic to call this a 'fantasy'.
The climatic sword battle with the 'Eater of Souls' is very different from the standard hack-and-slash portrayal of sword fights in all too many movies and novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Nov. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Growing up, I was never really encouraged to read science-fiction (what with being a girl and all). Heinlein was my first taste of science fiction and I took to him like a fish to water. Glory Road was and shall forever remain my favorite Heinlein. I wanted (and still want) to BE Star. She is everything a woman could want to be--beautiful, intelligent, independent whilst maintaining a need for her man, loving, and strong. This book is MY personal ultimate fantasy. I am sure that other female readers will agree that Heinlein has created characters which strengthen and inspire young women. I only wish I had been encouraged to enter the world of science fiction at a younger, and more impressionable, age. Instead I, like countless other young women, faced the world of Sweet Valley High.
Alas, Glory Road is a novel for all to enjoy. However, I highly encourage young women to open their eyes and minds to Heinlein's work in general and this book in particular.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dubrea on 12 April 2012
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I first read this novel in my mispent youth in nineteen hundred and frozen to death.
I,m in my 69th year now I thought I,d find a way to go back all those years to see if I could recapture my youth.
I also bought it so my partner Janet Parker-Bourne who is the most amazing digital artist I have ever known could
gain some insight into why I think the way I do.
I obtained this copy from David Morley of Ramblingsid,s Books. the book is as described not torn or written on.
Its just a little coloured by age like myself ahh well back to the present God help us.
Thanks David I,ll come back if need anything in the way of Books.
Malcolm Woods.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Town on 19 Nov. 2014
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When I first read this novel in the Seventies, I was caught between great enthusiasm for a fantasy tale by an author not known for writing this genre. Scar, Star, Rufo made up an unlikely, sometimes even unlikable heroic trio, but the spirit of a good fantasy story was there. And the tone of the narrator was highly appealing and spoke directly to me.

Then in the final part of the story, everything became political satire and Scar was like a duck out of water, trying to work out how to live this jaded life with politics and intrigues.

Now we jump some 40 years and to the latest reading of Heinlein's work, and lo and behold, this novel has passed the test of time and of the then cofused reader finally coming of age. The disparate parts from France via fantasy world to the hub of the universe work well as a whole and give equal measures of drama, humour and adventure. The novel seems more of a whole with underlying themes that play out till the satisfying conclusion where I found myself wanting Scar and Rufo to take the Glory Road one more time.

And the narrative tone is still appealing with its easy familiarity. Check it out. This novel's fun and a great read.
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