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    i read a cool book today called 'the moon is a harsh mistress' by robert heinlein. but before i get to that part i should say this: i was looking for another book by this author 'starship troopers' because somebody on here mentioned it a while back (frixxxx i think) but the library didn't have it and i have to wait for it to come in by interlibrary loan, so whatever you do don't say anything about starship troopers because i don't want the book spoiled before i read it. yes i know there is a movie after the book but i haven't seen it either and am avoiding finding anything out about it. thanks.

    so i picked this book by the same author to see if i would like it or his style or whatever, and i have to say i was pleasantly surprised. it is a dystopian story about a penal colony on the moon, artificial intelligence, human rights, politics, and survival in a mean but ultimately fair world. kind of along the lines of 'the matrix' or 'hunger games'. except it was written in 1966 so it must be the granddaddy of them all, and i thought it was incredibly still relevant today.

    anyways, it took a bit to get used to the short-hand way of some of the dialogue, but i thought overall it was a good read and not a waste of time. i picked it up last night and read two chapters, then this morning after some chores, i started reading again and didn't put it down until i finished it. but i have always been obsessive that way with a good book.

    has anybody else read this one?
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    I haven't. But there is purportedly an 'audiobook' of it here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqZLgElL4PY

    Quote Originally Posted by burrocrat View Post
    i read a cool book today called 'the moon is a harsh mistress' by robert heinlein. but before i get to that part i should say this: i was looking for another book by this author 'starship troopers' because somebody on here mentioned it a while back (frixxxx i think) but the library didn't have it and i have to wait for it to come in by interlibrary loan, so whatever you do don't say anything about starship troopers because i don't want the book spoiled before i read it. yes i know there is a movie after the book but i haven't seen it either and am avoiding finding anything out about it. thanks.

    so i picked this book by the same author to see if i would like it or his style or whatever, and i have to say i was pleasantly surprised. it is a dystopian story about a penal colony on the moon, artificial intelligence, human rights, politics, and survival in a mean but ultimately fair world. kind of along the lines of 'the matrix' or 'hunger games'. except it was written in 1966 so it must be the granddaddy of them all, and i thought it was incredibly still relevant today.

    anyways, it took a bit to get used to the short-hand way of some of the dialogue, but i thought overall it was a good read and not a waste of time. i picked it up last night and read two chapters, then this morning after some chores, i started reading again and didn't put it down until i finished it. but i have always been obsessive that way with a good book.

    has anybody else read this one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by userque View Post
    I haven't. But there is purportedly an 'audiobook' of it here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqZLgElL4PY
    ...pdf here:

    http://www.is.wayne.edu/MNISSANI/Rev...shMistress.pdf
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    I have read all of Heinlein's books over the years and he is great in presenting heroes in his books. He is excellent in character development and telling the story in a way that pulls you into it. Have always enjoyed them.

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    I think I remember this but it was a long time ago. I might check it out and re-read it.
    If you like Starship Troopers you should also check out Forever War by Joe Haldeman.

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    With all the 'free' links provided by Q, I may just have to have a 'listen' at it.

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    I'm not particularly a reader but occassionally something will garner my interest. I recently pre-ordered "Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America" by Dick & Liz Chaney. It is scheduled for release tomorrow.

    Don't mean to hi-jack your thread Burrocrat!!!

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    I love Heinlein. I have that book but haven't got around to reading it yet because I've got a stack of Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Pohl Anderson, and Arthur C. Clarke in the queue and I'm not a fast reader. I liked Starship Trooper but haven't read the book since high school. Never saw the movie. They tend to be disappointments for me. 2010 was different. I liked both the book and movie even if they differed in places. 2061 was OK. Still can't stand 2001 (book or movie). Never bothered with 3001 because I had enough after 2061.
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    Quote Originally Posted by burrocrat View Post
    i read a cool book today called 'the moon is a harsh mistress' by robert heinlein. but before i get to that part i should say this: i was looking for another book by this author 'starship troopers' because somebody on here mentioned it a while back (frixxxx i think) but the library didn't have it and i have to wait for it to come in by interlibrary loan, so whatever you do don't say anything about starship troopers because i don't want the book spoiled before i read it. yes i know there is a movie after the book but i haven't seen it either and am avoiding finding anything out about it. thanks.

    so i picked this book by the same author to see if i would like it or his style or whatever, and i have to say i was pleasantly surprised. it is a dystopian story about a penal colony on the moon, artificial intelligence, human rights, politics, and survival in a mean but ultimately fair world. kind of along the lines of 'the matrix' or 'hunger games'. except it was written in 1966 so it must be the granddaddy of them all, and i thought it was incredibly still relevant today.

    anyways, it took a bit to get used to the short-hand way of some of the dialogue, but i thought overall it was a good read and not a waste of time. i picked it up last night and read two chapters, then this morning after some chores, i started reading again and didn't put it down until i finished it. but i have always been obsessive that way with a good book.

    has anybody else read this one?
    Burro,

    Waa ??? You're just now discovering Heinlein ??? You must be younger than I thought...

    Read the book...skip the movie !!! It was a total mash-up of the book, and, in fact, "licensed" the name and vague parts of the plot from Heinlein's estate, after pre-production started (read on Wikipedia ; it must be true, I read it on the internet ) I believe that, though, because the movie had lots of gore and brain-eating monsters, while lacking the cool armor suits the drop soldiers wore ! I HATE the movie...

    Many have debated the "politics" of the book AND the movie (and Heinlein, in general), but to this pre-pubescent kid, I loved the book !

    "Puppet Masters" was another favorite...

    I never got in to "Stranger in a Strange Land", but that was probably his most famous book...it was scandalous, banned from schools and libraries, and became a "classic" with the hippies and counter-culture types of the time. It's filled with discussions about free sex, religion, commune-type living, politics, etc etc, which didn't appeal to a kid still playing with his plastic "Army Men" and watching "The Man From U.N.C.L.E"

    You might like it, though !!!


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