You've all heard of the book. If you haven't read it yet & don't want anything spoiled, don't read beyond the cut. All I'll say is that if you'veYou've all heard of the book. If you haven't read it yet & don't want anything spoiled, don't read beyond the cut. All I'll say is that if you've read the first five books of course you're going to get around to reading eventually and once you finish Half Blood Prince you'll eagerly await the publication of the seventh book in the series. Grad school kept me from finishing it until now, so I'm sure I'm probably the only one who hasn't read it yet. Anyway,
Since I've gotten into writing these reviews for more general reasons & I'm really not anywhere near the biggest HP buff out there, I'm not going to get into debates about who R.A.B. is, whether Dumbledore is really dead, or what in the world Snape is up to. I've never known anyone to acurately predict such things, so while I don't mind a little idle speculation, I'm not going to devote any serious energy to figuring out something that Rowling will inevitably explain much more creatively and entertainingly than I could.
Two things that I've loved about the HP series that I think Half Blood Prince continued to do:
Rowling has continued to fulfill her promise of making sure that the style of the books mature with Harry. Ayear older and wiser than the moody teenager in Order of the Phoenix, Harry's realizes there are more important things than getting pissed off at the world. He's still a 16-year-old boy, though, so it's not surprising that he gets frustrated with Dumbledore for not telling him everything right away, but I'm glad to see that he's calmed down a little bit.
Even while dealing with more and more intricate plot details, or maybe because of that, Rowling still manages to craft a very great mystery, leading us one way, and in the end, showing us that it's really something completely different. For example, with all the talk about werewolves and Draco's mysterious disappearances and sickly appearance had me convinced that Draco had become a werewolf, which made me feel pretty stupid when the truth was revealed. I love that she's still able to trick me after five books of getting used to her writing style.
Two other things I liked about Half Blood Prince specifically:
I love this whole Horcrux thing. It's so satisfying to finally know how Voldemort can be defeated. As a reader I've been a little more satisfied about the ultimate mystery of the series, how to kill Voldemort, but at the same time I have to read the seventh book to find out if Harry is actually able to defeat him with this information.
Harry Potter finally gets a girlfriend! Ginny is way cooler than Cho, and it's good to see "The Chosen One" hooking up with someone as talented and clearly on his side. I was starting to feel like Rowling was forgetting about raging teenage hormones, so it was also nice to focus more on Ron and Hermione's seemingly never-ending dance around getting romantically involved. Plus "snogging" is among the coolest British slang ever. I approve of the many excuses to use it in this book.
Two things I was less than excited about in Half Blood Prince:
Harry breaking up with Ginny at the end of the book. She's tough; she can take it. Besides she's already a target as Ron's little sister, which we've already seen. Besides, they weren't exactly hiding their relationship, even if took Harry forever to get around to snogging her. Someone such as Draco Malfoy could easily inform Voldemort of Ginny's even dearer place in Harry's heart, even if they have broken up.
Harry isn't returning to Hogwarts?!? Because of the way these books have been structured and the importance of Hogwarts for Voldemort makes it clear that Hogwarts will still figure in the seventh book. But Harry isn't planning to be a student anymore? I'm just having trouble getting my head around this concept.
As for Snape killing Dumbledore: "I'm not touching that with a 20-foot pole."
Since I'm so behind the times and I know everyone else has talked this book to death, I feel so unmotivated to get into it in detail on this. Being part of an uber-popular series also makes this book hard to review, so sorry for the lesser quality of this review....more
Gossip Girl was pretty much what I expected, but nothing more. The high schoolers in this book are rich and spoiled and partake in all sorts of horribGossip Girl was pretty much what I expected, but nothing more. The high schoolers in this book are rich and spoiled and partake in all sorts of horrible activities, drinking, pot smoking, skipping school, sex, ruthless cliqueishness - in other words, fairly typical high school behavior, these high schoolers just have a lot more money.
I almost gave up on this book, though, because initially the story seems to focus on the hopelessly lame Queen Bee Blair, who is a completely unlovable villain. Horrified that the return of her former BFF will mean the end of her elite social status, Blair does nothing but remorselessly plan the girl's social demise, while simultaneously trying to lose her virginity to her marginally less boring waspoid (rich kid, pothead) boyfriend, again in an almost unfeeling fashion. Luckily, the book eventually begins to focus on the more human characters and delightful melodrama ensues.
Since it really picked up at the end, I'm considering checking out the next in the series from the library, but it's definitely not something I want to own. Honestly, if you've watched The OC or read Sweet Valley High you won't be too surprised by anything here, although I think this is just a smidge more heartless, which is why I didn't devour it quite the way I do other quick reads like this. As for it's inappropriateness for kids, I think I'd question giving it to middle schoolers, but I don't understand the point of preventing high schoolers from reading books about kids their own age, doing the same stuff that they, or at least their classmates, are already doing....more
I heard a few mixed reviews of this book, so I was a little concerned, but I honestly loved the fourth installment in the Sisterhood of the TravelingI heard a few mixed reviews of this book, so I was a little concerned, but I honestly loved the fourth installment in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Brashares. Most substantive complaints I've seen have been disappointment at earlier promising story lines being dropped (not that that's anything new for the series), complaints about the larger presence of adult content (hello, they're growing up), or believe that the characters do not act like themselves (I'm sure starting college hasn't made anyone else act weird before). I guess I was surprised that it wasn't more conclusive. It just seemed like another book in the series to me. I honestly liked everyone's story line even if some of them made me upset or anxious or weren't what I would have done in the same situation. I don't even know where to begin talking about this book. It made me feel so much, but I'm not sure how to right down those feelings into anything meaningful for the rest of you to read. It felt just as good as all the others to me, so it's no wonder that I did the whole thing in less than 24 hours (which is only a little faster than I read the other 3).
Things I liked: We finally get to see more of Bridget's dad and brother. I always wondered why we never really saw any of them, while everyone else's family got explored at some point. I get that it was intentional, I just thought it would have been stupid for her to end the series without B at least trying to bring them all back together again. Brian and Tibby stay together. Is Brian the best boyfriend or what? Carmen acting: That's so perfect for her.
Things I loved even though they made me uncomfortable: Tibby's whole story line: Like so many of the experiences in these books, I so felt like I'd been there and done that, even though it's really more bits and pieces from different parts of my life all thrown together. But I get the irrational fears and the not wanting to talk to a single person about it because you hope it will all go away before you have to tell anyone, because telling someone would be absolutely mortifying. Lena and Kostos: I have no idea how I feel about them being together or not being together, I just know I love reading about their journey. Sometimes I feel like I identify best with shy Lena who has the totally surprising and hidden passionate streak, so I think I've always loved her story just because it sometimes feels so much like it's about me. It sucked when Kostos broke her heart, but it made me want to keep reading to see how she'd get over it & I was so happy to see her get over it to the point that she could be ugly and unloveable and yell at Kostos. I think that's why I don't care now if they get together or not. They've both proved that they've gotten over the past and can start over fresh if they like, or move on if that works better. Carmen's self-confidence failure: I've always had trouble identifying with Carmen because she'd start to do something like I would and then do something completely different than I would, so I'd feel faked out by her actions. This time, I totally get her. In high school she still had her traditional support system around so she could be brave Carmen (the part I don't get) even though she did still worry about keeping people's love. Once she went off to college, though, she was totally on her own. Plus she's never had her mom to herself since she got married and had Ryan and now they're moving out of the apartment Carmen grew up in ... totally understand why her self-confidence left her and she picked up a toxic friend disguised in sheep's clothing. I hated watching the way Julia treated her, but I got that it was going to take something big to get her to see how fake she was. Sidenote: I kept picturing Carmen as Ugly Betty throughout this book. I had to keep reminding myself that Carmen's a bigger fox than Betty, but then again, if she wanted to turn invisible that would be a pretty good way to do it. Things that surprised me: Bridget seducing yet another older man she shouldn't: I never got it the first time, I still don't get it. I've never been much of a flirt at all, though, so I guess that's part of the reason I don't understand it. Bridget's interest in archaelogy: totally out of left field, but I guess it's pretty cool. Lena & Leo's brief affair: I've never been able to love so casually, but I guess I'm glad it helped her get over Kostos. all the sex & drinking: It wasn't gratuitous or anything and it all made sense in the story, but I guess I've always thought of these as kid's books even though they've never really pulled any punches as far as that stuff goes. I'm okay with it, I guess I just forgot how much the sisterhood has grown up. what happened to the pants: Although I guess something had to make them all move on....more
Unlike Speaker for the Dead and the books that followed it, Ender's Shadow is not a sequel, but a retelling of Ender's Game, the celebrated novel by OUnlike Speaker for the Dead and the books that followed it, Ender's Shadow is not a sequel, but a retelling of Ender's Game, the celebrated novel by Orson Scott Card. I knew that clever little Bean's perspective (the only student at Battle School smaller than Ender) would add a lot to the already fascinating story, but I had no idea just how big a role Bean played in Ender's success.
One more important thing to know is that because this isn't a sequel, you can read Ender's Shadow without having read Ender's Game. While they begin & end at essentially the same places & cover many of the same events, the perspectives of each story are so disparate that they are completely independent of each other. The events the novels share in common are recognizable, but certainly not identical, mostly because Card relies so much on internal monologue and Ender & Bean think about the world differently. Also Bean's story is almost stronger than Ender's. While Ender's story is just beginning at Battle School, Bean has already experienced a lot in short life worth reading about.
As for my thoughts on Ender's Shadow, I absolutely loved it. I know I've loved all the Ender books, but getting back to the Battle School makes me wonder if I really liked Speaker for the Dead and it's sequels as much as I thought. I'm still glad I read them, but the complex world of Battle School, overflowing with Earth's geniuses, is just so mentally stimulating.
But before we even get to Battle School, we learn about Bean's almost unbelievable infant and toddler years which leaves more questions than answers. As Bean progresses through Battle School, Bean's earlier years provide enough fodder for an equally interesting story line discovering his mysterious parentage. His background also feeds into his insatiable desire for knowledge about the Battle School and life outside of the school. His strong mind allows him to see new facets to current situations and also probably set up why he's so interested and involved in events that play out in the subsequent Shadow books.
Although Bean's mind features prominently in the novel, I also found it fascinating to learn about Bean as a person. Sometimes Bean's lack of understanding of emotion really scared me. Yet he's never emotionless in an evil way, just from lack of experience. Like Ender, he is also isolated in Battle School, making the friendships he does create very important to him, and through them he's finally able to be more human, up to the emotional climax at the end of the book that total made me cry (of course lack of sleep may have contributed to it). In general I seemed to react very emotionally to this book. I think because Bean has so much trouble understanding and expressing emotion, as the reader I sort of felt like I had to do it for him....more
I wish everyone didn't have to wait until May to read this excellent YA thriller which has some real cross-over appeal to adult audiences. The three pI wish everyone didn't have to wait until May to read this excellent YA thriller which has some real cross-over appeal to adult audiences. The three protagonists, all roughly college-aged, are drawn to a small house on a remote river in Canada for very different reasons. From the beginning, there is a sense that something isn't quite right, but as the characters learn more about their situation and how they're all connected, the feeling of unease only deepens. It's so hard to talk about a book with so many twists and turns without giving away too much of the plot, but suffice it to say that I was hooked from the beginning and stayed up way too late reading to find out how it ended. It's more than just a suspense tale, though, as each character is fully formed with their own story aside from the main suspense plot. There's also a theme of family drama throughout, as each of three characters come from a complicated family structure. All of these issues are dealt with extremely well, and at times, it easy to forget that this isn't just a family drama, but a thriller as well.
The Uninvited was extremely well written and I recommend it to anyone interested in a well-written suspense novel. If you can't wait until May to check it out, I'm more than willing to lend out my advance copy....more
At first I wondered if this one girls' journal of hiding in an attic during the Holocaust had become so famous mostly because of the story surroundingAt first I wondered if this one girls' journal of hiding in an attic during the Holocaust had become so famous mostly because of the story surrounding it, but now I understand why this particular journal has become so well known. Anne goes from being a spoiled 12-year-old child, to a bratty teenager who nevertheless manages to complain about her annex-mates in a very witty way, to a girl experiencing her first infatuation to an introspective self aware girl hoping, dreaming, and planning for her future. Although edited, it's clear Anne paid much attention to those imprisoned with her and paints a surprisingly clear portrait of them and their life in hiding. While few details are given, it's still sad to hear why the diary stopped and how most of the lives discussed in the diary ended. Now that I've read it, it's obvious why Anne's clear voice has remained so popular in describing the tribulations of the Holocaust. Not as graphic as stories of concentration camp survivors, but just as important in describing the senseless deprivations of this cruel period....more
Stephanie Meyer could take a few lessons from Becca Fitzpatrick on writing a debut novel about a girl in love with a paranormal bad boy. Not that thisStephanie Meyer could take a few lessons from Becca Fitzpatrick on writing a debut novel about a girl in love with a paranormal bad boy. Not that this book is a rip off of Twilight, but there are several similarities, but in the end I didn't feel like I had to justify my love of Fitzpatrick's fantastic romantic suspense tale, while I still have a very love/hate relationship with Meyer's addictive, but very flawed series.
Nora Grey is the definition of a good girl. A high school sophomore who's already worrying about getting into an Ivy League school, she lives by the rules and is not thrilled about her biology partner, Patch, who does anything but. Still, there's no denying that an attraction exists between the two, only everyone around Nora keeps telling her not to trust Patch, making her all the more curious about his mysterious past. As she digs into Patch's history and the unexplainable events that have occurred around her ever since his entrance into her life, she discovers that someone else may be the villain, but it's not quite who we expect, as there are several twists and turns before the final reveal. The resolution leaves plenty of loose ends for a sequel to tie up, and that's just fine with me because I love the murky Maine setting and the surprisingly emotionally mature and developed characters. It's refreshing to meet a high schooler who isn't desperately trying to spend eternity with the first paranormal creature that trips her fancy.
Yes, if you liked Twilight, you'll love Hush, Hush, but really anyone interested in a good suspense story and okay reading about teenagers and mushy emotional stuff, should be fine with this one. The suspense is real and the slighty dark and gritty feel to the whole story keeps the romantic parts from running away with the rest of the plot's brains. A really solid book everyone should check out....more
**spoiler alert** This year's Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction Winner has certainly brought controversy among the young a**spoiler alert** This year's Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction Winner has certainly brought controversy among the young adult librarians in communities I follow. Some think it's a sign of exciting new directions in young adult fiction, others couldn't finish it.
In a departure from her usual teen historical romances, Bray tells the story of 16-year-old slacker Cameron Smith. His family has stopped caring about each other, his teachers have written him off and his few pleasures in life involve smoking weed in the high school's fourth floor bathroom and going to the local record store to by albums by his favorite artist, the Great Tremolo, a Tiny Tim-esque Portuguese singer of tragic love ballads. When Cameron starts seeing things and acting even stranger than usual, he is eventually diagnosed with mad cow disease and that's where things get interesting.
The rest of the book I really don't know how to write about without spoiling at least some of the action. After his diagnosis Cameron flees medical care with his friend Gonzo and is joined along the way by one of his visions, punk-rock angel Dulcie, and a yard gnome named Balder. They travel across the southern United States to fulfill his mission to find Dr. X, the only person who could have a cure for Cameron's illness.
Cameron's English class was reading Don Quixote at the time of his illness and parallels between Cameron's illness fueled travels sync up with Don Quixote's delusions at several points. In fact the story feels metaphorical at several points, with several aspects of modern culture parodied throughout the story. Even though it's fairly clear from the beginning that Cam's road trip is all in his head, and the coincidences and happenstances that occur throughout are thanks to his diseased brain, I still couldn't help but appreciate the way all the pieces of the story intersected. There's a lot going on in this story and it's extremely entertaining.
I'm still not sure I'm sold on all the directions Bray decided to take with her rambling road story, but I really loved the journey she took her readers on. If you're okay with something a little rambling and a lot different you'll enjoy this....more
The similarities to Twilight are still there and Becca Fitzpatrick still makes me want to tear my hair out a lot less than Stephenie Meyer, although IThe similarities to Twilight are still there and Becca Fitzpatrick still makes me want to tear my hair out a lot less than Stephenie Meyer, although I was worried for awhile in this one. Nora is ridiculous about her boyfriend Patch in only the way a teenage girl can be, but when push comes to shove, she can definitely stand on her own two feet. We find out more about how her dad died, but just as we think we've figured out the big pieces of the puzzle - CLIFFHANGER!
If you liked the Hush, Hush, you'll want to read this one. Even though the beginning is slow and angsty it gets so much better. Fitzpatrick still manages to keep up the slightly dark and brooding atmosphere and the independent Nora eventually reasserts herself halfway through the book and everything that was great about Hush Hush is back....more
**spoiler alert** Card's second installment in the story of Bean begins with situations and focuses on individuals not too surprising to readers of En**spoiler alert** Card's second installment in the story of Bean begins with situations and focuses on individuals not too surprising to readers of Ender's Shadow. Unlike Speaker For the Dead, Bean's sequel is much more similar to it's predecessor. In essence, Battle School moves to Earth and of course Battle School's most intelligent student plays a major role in the ensuing chaos.
While Bean is able to spend some time getting to know his family, an international crisis requires them all to go into hiding and Bean to put his superhuman brain to work figuring out how to save the day. As is hinted in Ender's Shadow, Bean eventually seeks out Peter Wiggin and has to struggle with whether he is any better than Achilles.
Another thing that didn't totally surprise me was the big role Petra played in this book. I wanted to learn more about Petra ever since Ender's Game, but after she became friends with Bean at the end of Ender's Shadow, I somehow assumed that that relationship would be an excuse to explore her personality more in this book. I was smugly satisfied when events demonstrated how Petra, while not the same level of genius as Ender or Bean, was clearly more intelligent than the other members of Ender's crew. The thing that's always so satisfying about reading these books about extremely gifted children is that by following their internal monologues and how they easily solve problems that challenge others, it makes me as a reader feel like I'm smarter too. Maybe it comes from being labeled as smart kid growing up. Or maybe with the intellectual beating I get in grad school, I'm looking for any sort of confirmation that I'm smart too. Since I can follow along with Bean or Petra or Peter's train of thought, then I must be smart too.
Ah yes, and then there's the Hegemon himself. If you've read Ender's Game, then you know that Peter Wiggin becomes Hegemon eventually. This book fills in more of the details about how that actually happened. After some of the hints dropped in the other Ender books & Bean's realization in Ender's Shadow that Peter is his best bet for a powerful ally, I also assumed that we'd finally get a better look at Peter in this book. We see that the monster of Ender's childhood has transformed into someone more likely to be the subject of Ender's classic work The Hegemon, and Bean finds out one possibility why. We get to hear a little bit of Peter's internal monologue, but this book is primarily about Bean's unfinished business and the large role Petra unintentionally plays in it.
I thought that I'd want to get into Peter Wiggin's head more in subsequent books, but since most of the important things we learn about him are from other people, it strikes me that Peter is not terribly self-aware (despite how arrogant and selfish he is) & therefore not very interesting to me. It's amazing how much more Bean knows about Peter by the end of the book than Peter knows about himself. Maybe if he discovers this information he'd be a little interesting, but right now he's still a pretty one-dimensional character. It seems like now that he's not scary, he's not interesting.
Speaking of scary, I bet you all guessed that Achilles escape from the mental hospital at the end of Ender's Shadow would mean he'd play a big role in this book. Even though Achilles is so one-sided, he's fascinating partly because his one facet is expressed in such a not-socially-acceptable way & also because he's so diabolically clever in trying to achieve his one aim - total domination. Holy crap, Achille scares the crap out of me, but I don't really know what to say about that without giving away any more plot details than I already have.
The history/politics nut in me absolutely loved this book. Card's afterword talks about how his childhood obsession with the game Risk, played a major role in the creation of this book. It reminded me how we used to sit around in my Contemporary History class in high school talking about all the complex (and not so complex) sets of moves that led to, carried out, and eventually ended WWII. Anyone who finds such discussions fascinating should definitely check out Shadow of the Hegemon....more
Shadow of the Giant ends at roughly the same point as Ender's Game, shortly after Ender and Valentine have reached their colony planet & reconcileShadow of the Giant ends at roughly the same point as Ender's Game, shortly after Ender and Valentine have reached their colony planet & reconcile themselves with their brother Peter, the (now retired) Hegemon. While I really liked the later Ender stories' mystical bent, I've always been too much of a politics junkie to not prefer the way Card uses international politics as a backdrop to cover some the same emotional territory with Bean. I also enjoyed that Bean's stories tell you a lot more about what happened to the other Battle Schoolers and explores just how special these children are....more
I promise this is the last Orson Scott Card book I will be reviewing for a long time. While I've enjoyed his books, it's time to move on to another auI promise this is the last Orson Scott Card book I will be reviewing for a long time. While I've enjoyed his books, it's time to move on to another author. First Meetings in Ender's Universe, however, was a nice collection of short stories filling in some of the gaps in the Ender series. While you may appreciate it more after reading all the books in the series, you could really appreciate it anytime after reading Ender's Game.
"Polish Boy" takes place during John Paul Wiggin's early childhood in Roman Catholic Poland, and also introduces us to one of my favorite characters of the Shadow series - Hiram Graff.
"Teacher's Pest" fast forwards us to John Paul's undergrad days, where the extremely bright, but bored young man is disgusted to discover he's been enrolled in a class taught by a graduate student. However Theresa Brown is much more than he expected. These first two stories give me something I've been craving ever since I read Ender's Game - proof that the parents of the extremely talented Peter, Valentine, & Andrew really are just as smart as their children.
"Investment Counselor" is the only one that sort of 'spoils' anything in the other books. While you don't meet Jane until Speaker for the Dead, this story takes place in the space between Ender's Game and Speaker, so while things in the later parts of Ender's story are foreshadowed, they aren't actually spoiled for anyone who hasn't read them. This story takes place just after Ender and Valentine have landed on yet another colony planet, only this is the first time Ender has been old enough to pay taxes. However, his immense government pension has complicated the issue, until a very helpful piece of software offers him its services.
"Ender's Game" is the original short story that later became the now popular novel. It's interesting to see the little details that were changed when the story was expanded, but for the most part, this story is remarkably similar....more
If you haven't already read the first two Alcatraz books, then you really should because the third one is the best yet. This time around Alcatraz andIf you haven't already read the first two Alcatraz books, then you really should because the third one is the best yet. This time around Alcatraz and the rest of the Smedries, as well as their bodyguards, return to Nalhalla only to discover that the King is on the verge of signing a treaty with the evil librarians. As usual there are plenty of diversions along the way as Sanderson weaves another clever tale in the story of the Free Kingdom hero.
To continue the similarities with that other magical series, we meet She Who Cannot Be Named (no really, no one can pronounce her name), and Alcatraz suddenly has to deal with the fame of being royalty when he finally enters the land of his birth.
I would love to give more plot summary, but if you haven't read the first two books, then I'll just be giving too much away, so read my review on the first book if you need convincing and then pick up this hilarious series. ...more
The intelligent, independent, and colorful Stone family, one of the founding families of the Luna Colony, sets off on a trip to Mars and encounters alThe intelligent, independent, and colorful Stone family, one of the founding families of the Luna Colony, sets off on a trip to Mars and encounters all manner of adventure along the way. This solid book of space travel is a great example of why Robert Heinlein is still a major name in Science Fiction.
According to Genreflecting, The Rolling Stones is primarily a Space Travel Science Fiction novel (223-4), as the story is centered on the Stone family’s trip through the solar system. Herald actually lists two other Heinlein novels in this category: Citizen of the Galaxy and Have Space Suit – Will Travel, so this one of several Sci-Fi subgenres Heinlein is comfortable with. This novel also fits with Hard Science (210) novels surprisingly well. Even though Heinlein wrote The Rolling Stones a decade before human beings actually experienced space travel, his descriptions of space flight are incredibly accurate. His descriptions of the effects of weightlessness stick out especially, but throughout the story Heinlein takes a timeout from the action to explain the physics behind a certain aspect of space travel. Anyone who has seen the movie Apollo 13, will recognize the ship’s flight plan to circle the Earth and use it’s gravity to fling the ship toward Mars more quickly as serving the same purpose as the wounded Apollo spacecraft’s trip around the moon to return it quickly and safely to Earth. Considering that the Apollo mission’s improvised flight plan wasn’t created for another 20 years and that the US was still 5 years away from launching any kind of orbiting object into space, Heinlein must have had his fingers on the pulse of scientific developments of his day.
This was a good adventure story I would recommend to any patron interested in that kind of story. Because it is a family story there are no galactic overlords or grand space battles. But with a scheming entrepreneurial set of teenage twin boys, who land themselves in Martian jail, a little brother who can read minds, a wily grandmother who was one of the lunar pioneers to provide entertainment for the other three “filler” members of the family, the story still moves quickly enough to keep most adventure lovers interested. Heinlein’s solid foundation in real science will also keep readers especially interested in science more than intrigued.
The only problem I had with The Rolling Stones was the lack of character development. Every member of the family is introduced with sharp characters traits, however they seem to be more caricatures as their responses are always extreme and never really show any emotional depth or development. Near the end of the book there is a scene where ever thinks the seemingly unstoppable grandmother has died, and real emotional development seems imminent. However, it’s just a false alarm and everyone continues with their light-hearted adventures. I know that I should know better and not depend on Sci-Fi for character development. That is why I wouldn’t recommend this book to romance readers or anybody looking for the kind of character development I hoped for. The fascination in this story is with the scientific wonders of the new places the Stones travel to, not with the people in them.
Heinlen, Robert A. The Rolling Stones. New York: Ace Books, 1952.
Herald, Diana Tixier. “Chapter 6: Science Fiction.” Genreflecting: A Guide to Reading Interests in Genre Fiction, 4th ed. Englewood, Col.: Libraries Unlimited, 1995. (207-57)....more