The Star Beast (Heinlein Juveniles #8)
"THE STAR BEAST is a tale about a horrendous beast from another star-system smuggled back to Earth of 200 years hence as a baby, now grown bigger than an earthly elephant, and so tough that bullets bounce off it, and it licks down poisons with relish, but which is nevertheless just about thew most appealling and lovable creature of the kind ever ...more
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Okay so childish petulance aside I loved this book the first time round I read it - especially the final scenes and it was just as much fun reading it this time too.
I know that a lot has been said about Robert Heinlein and opinions vary on him (which is not sur ...more
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision he ...more
A side note, if you will, on the subject of women in Heinlein's universe. Someone noted in a review a quote from the male lead ""very nearly as good a head on her as a man, and pretty to boot". This quote, out of the context of the novel, is quite damning...but how the male lead describes the woman, and how the woman is portrayed by Heinlien are two completely different things. This woman who is "nearly as good a head as a man" runs circles around EVERY m ...more
John Thomas Stuart has a very large pet, Lummox. He’s a gentle beast with eight legs, a very thick hide, and a taste for roses and steel. Lummox has been in the Stuart family for generations but has recently outgrown their small town. No pen can hold Lummox and while John can reason with him to some extent, there is no physical means by which to make Lummox obey. Town authorities are ready to go to ext ...more
The run-down (non-spoilered): John Thomas has a giant, talking pet alien, named Lummox, who is always get ...more
Lo que nos cuenta. Lummox es “un animalito muy tímido” para su dueño, el adolescente John Thomas Stuart XI, pero para casi todos los demás es una bestia enorme a medio camino entre un rinoceronte y un triceratops de ocho patas, apetito insaciable y voz de niñita cuya última travesura termina llamando la atención del Departamento de Asuntos Espaciales de la Federación, que manda un delegado a la localidad ...more
This time, I decided to try it with my kids. I had always imagine Red Planet would be the intro to Heinlein for the kids, but we stumbled into this one, and they absolutely fell in love with Lummux. It took a month of car trips with the whole family, but they finally got through it, and loved it.
2014: A touch over a year after going through th ...more
It's not a traditional YA novel. There's a diplomatic crisis and a courtroom drama in the novel. There's not really any action, but there's a lot of excellent character interaction, especially the YA leads, Betty and John Thomas with "The Star Beast" named Lummox.
Many of the characters aren't as fleshed out as they could be (e.g., John Thomas's mother), but I love the ...more
And by 1954, we’re now well into the Heinlein juveniles. Some would say here’s where Heinlein was settling into a purple patch, with many of his best-loved and long-lived novels appearing.
Following on from Starman Jones, The Star Beast (title reduced to Star Beast here in the UK) is pretty much what we expect from Heinlein at this stage of his writing career. Whilst clearly writing to the template for Boy Sc ...more
Holy cow, but the start of the second chapter is super-negative! Had forgotten that was the case. At the same time, it is almost hilariously funny how morbid it is. Heinlein introduces different scenarios that do not necessarily have anything to do with this story, and in each scenario everybody dies [or is going to die]. It's too funny.
So the judge is a Muslim, eh?
I like how the kids fly around with mini-copter-backpacks. Kinda cool.
Still funny how they have two-way communic ...more
John Thomas Stuart has a very large pet, Lummox. He’s a gentle beast with eight legs, a very thick hide, and a taste for roses and steel. Lummox has been in the Stuart family for generations but has recently outgrown their small town. No pen can hold Lummox and while John can reason with him to some extent, there is no physical means by which to make Lummox obey. Town ...more
The Star Beast is not one of the novels that I read back and Heinlein delivered, true to form that same solid, well crafted story that doesn't leave a bad aftertaste.
And now a few random thoughts:
A black Af ...more
The plot of the book is centred on Lummox, an enormous dinosaur-like creature who has lived as a pet for well over a hundred years. After Lummox creates a scene in public, it is decided to put to death li ...more
" Readers will hail the book... the humor is delightful! " — Andre Norton
"This is a novel that won't go bad on you. Many of science fiction's triumphs, even from as little as ten years ago, are unreadable today; they were shoddily put together, not meant for re-use. But Heinlein is durable. I've read this story twice, so far - once in the Fantasy and Science Fiction serialized version, once in hard covers - and expect to read it again, sooner or later, for pleasure. I don't know any higher prai...more
Lummox has also come to the attention of government bureaucrats. The neighborhood story becomes interspersed with ...more
He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre ...more