Let me start by dismissing a couple of possible theories. One reviewer wonders if it's deadpan satire. I suppose, when you see some of Heinlein's later books (Stranger in a Strange Land...more
By the way, I must say this. It's often (actually more often than not) true that a movie doesn't live up to t...more
Yeah, I don't really know what to think about this book. I picked it up solely because it was an inspiration for one of my favorite books, Old Man's War by John Scalzi. While the writing was very good, there was never an "I can't put it down" moment. I'd say ninety percent of the book was Juan Rico's military life. There wasn't a lot of action until the end.
I liked t...more
Big nasty communist spiders are attacking Earth and all the planets it has colonized! It's a battle between man and bug, and who is to save us?
I'll tell you who! Guys with really fucking big guns, that's who! With spacesuits that make it so they can jump over buildings, and deflect bullets, and drop from spaceships to the surface of planets without getting hurt! That's who!
These guys get dropped onto planets with their spacesuits and their big guns, and they can incinerate some little brown peo...more
I thought that was pretty cool...not many cool things happen in South Dakota, so having a pretty desent (I thought at the time) movie shot in our Badlands made me even more interested in the book. Sometime later, I bought a copy at a use...more
This book greatly influenced me when I was a boy- and it still colors my thinking today- 35 years later.
This should be on the reading lists of every high school.
I would like to correct what appears to be a common misconception about the society described in Heinlein's book:
YOU DID NOT HAVE TO BE...more
- I'm sure I am not the first to note this, but Starship Troopers is nothing like the '90s movie that shares its name -- not in plot, tone, or any other respect, other than a few of the main characters' names being left unchanged. The book is far, far superior.
- This book was very far ahead of its time, in terms...more
As far as pacing and plot go, you won't find any of that here. There isn't much of a plot to this book and the story arc, so to speak, is more like a low lying limbo poll. Straight and short.
What I absolut...more
The writing in this book is very technical. Though told from a first-...more
This book really wasn't intellectual, but it did make one interesting point. In the book you can only vote if you have gone through and graduated from military training. This prevents the uneducated and uncommitted citizens from voting. While this is a bit extreme, I might be of the opinion that there should be some more barriers to voting (like a sta...more
Interesting side note: Met his great nephew a few years ago,a captain working--appropriately enough--in USAF Space Command.
Ce début où Rico nous...more
To follow a character through the ups and downs of boot camp and warfare and to revel in his victories and sympathize with his failings, i...more
2011 edit - I'm giving it another chance.
I'm about halfway through, and it's better than I would have been led t...more
on the flip side, the realism could get a little dry sometimes. especially since he spent more time describing the intrica...more
I've read and reread this one. It's a favorite. I love following the life of this future soldier through training and his ultimate bat...more
In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial bestsellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe--and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry against mankind's most frightening enemy.Amazon.com Review
Juan Rico signed up with the Federal Service on a lark, but despite the hardships and rigorous training, he finds himself determined to make it as a cap trooper. In boot camp he will learn how to become a soldier, but when he graduates and war comes (as
The idea of voting being tied to military service was particularly interesting. Unfortunately, I don't feel that the argument can be made that in reality soldiers are more likely than others to be conscious of the good of the group before the individual. I think the recent shooting in the Sikh temple drives that home...more
I've been wanting to do this for a while. Write a series of book reviews of the books that had the most direct influence on my writing, and on The Expanse series in particular. Hopefully, this is just the first.
Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein:
Starship Troopers moved onto my nightstand a couple of days ago. I always have a nightstand book, and it tends to be something I've read before. I'll read a few pages while my wife does her pre-bed puttering, an...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