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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Heinlein, 2 Sept. 2009
Before this novel I had read Starship troopers which had really impressed me. i rented The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress from my library thinking it would just pass the the time beforemy next novel.

It starts excellently with the introduction of the protagonist and one of the best chracters ever, Mike the computer. You have to read the novel to really understand Mike but the other characterisations are excellent, especially the prorotaginist Manauel.

To me this is withinmy top 5 novels, which is excellent because I rented it witohut any review to do so.

Through, this novel has excellent characters, stories and hard sci fi and I rate it as the best sci-fi coup book ever, and nearly as the best sci-fi novel ever.

Foundation: 1/3 (The Foundation Series)
Foundation: 1/3 (The Foundation Series)
by Isaac Asimov
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into but worth it., 30 Aug. 2009
Foundation is broken up into five different 'books' which all occur at slightly different points of time and have different characters. At first this was a challenge for me because it really doesn't allow for much character development, however once you get into the second third of the book you become less interested in the human characters and more interested in the 'character' of the Foundation and how it is progressing through time.

So my main problem with Foundation is lack of character development, especially early on. Also from memory i think theres only one female in the whole book and she has a very minor role. However if you're not looking for character but are looking for good solid science fiction Foundation is most deffinately worth a read, a classic in that case.

I'd recommend Foundation to anyone but it's probably best if you've read other sci-fi first because this book, unike lots of other sci-fi works doesn't give much but hard sci-fi, not that that's a bad thing ofcourse.

Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers
by Robert A. Heinlein
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than i had thought it would be..., 30 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Starship Troopers (Paperback)
From a few other reviews i had read and from seeing the film version of Starship Troopers i was under the impression the novel was just going to be a piece of right wing war mongering propoganda. I had seen the book referred to as the opposite of Joe Haldemans The Forever War but i didn't find it be so. The book is obviously more right wing than The Forever War but for me it certainly didn't over glorify war and throughout the novel the hardships of soldier life are documented in detail. But at the same time Heinlein tried to show the importance of people defending their ways of life and earning respect and citizenship for doing so.

To be honest i prefer The Forever War which is my favourite book but Starship Troopers was an excellent read and not the right wing propganda many slam it as. I'd reccomend this book especially as a good way of getting into other Heinlein novels such as the superb The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.
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