I tried to like it. I really did. This series is not the literary masterpiece everyone hails it as. It just isn't. I'm not going to blow sunshine up TI tried to like it. I really did. This series is not the literary masterpiece everyone hails it as. It just isn't. I'm not going to blow sunshine up Tolkien's ass just because everyone thinks he's some sort of god-man/prophet/creator of fantasy. His pacing is torturous, his descriptions mind-numbingly boring. His character development is almost non existent, as is his portrayal of action. I tortured myself to get through the first two books, but I could go no further. There are far better books I could be reading.
I understand that these books were written in a different time, but that is no excuse. Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, even Homer all came before or at the same time as Tolkien, and every one of them was a far superior writer. Even if the style he was writing in was old, it doesn't mean it had to be appallingly tedious to digest.
I wouldn't even bother reviewing this series if it didn't have a legion of rabid, extremely vocal followers. However, if you're a nerd and you don't like LOTR, all other nerds think you have a mental deficiency. This has to stop. If the hype wasn't there, I think most people would write off this series as, at most, "meh." These books have to stop being flaunted as the absolute best fiction and literature of all time. If you're honest with your self, you know they aren't and never will be....more
Starship Troopers is the book on which the movie was based (duh). That being said, don't expect the book to be action packed. There are some moments sStarship Troopers is the book on which the movie was based (duh). That being said, don't expect the book to be action packed. There are some moments sprinkled her and there, but they're few and far between. Let's get another thing out of the way. This is one of the first books to popularize the idea of power armor, and I'm a sucker for power armor. For that reason alone I went into this book expecting it to be awesome. It was, just not in the way I expected.
Heinlein uses the story as a platform to give voice to his worldview, which isn't uncommon. However, it isn't even thinly veiled, he just makes up a reason to get on his soapbox and hits you with it. Almost to the point of bludgeoning you with his opinions. Some of the things he has to say are pretty good, but some of them come across as almost fascist (I'm not saying that he was a fascist, I'm just pointing out that some of the ideas he expressed came across that way).
My other problem is that it was written in first person, which I am not a big fan of. This is entirely a personal preference, but this book gets a pass because I feel the story was better served the way it was written. The writing is still rock solid, and matched only by Herbert and P.K. Dick. The plot moves along at a fast pace, and I found myself devouring huge chunks of the book in every sitting. Heinlein is truly one of the giants of his craft.
In conclusion, Starship Troopers is a great coming of age story that may make you look at your life in a different way. If it doesn't, at least you read a great sci-fi classic....more