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Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
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May 10, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: classics-of-sci-fi
Read from May 06 to 10, 2010

So, first strengths:

A plot was really interesting and catchy - i couldn't stop reading until i finished. The material was organised correct in order to reveal the whole view. This is 5.

Characters were vivid and i really liked some of them, especially sergeant Zim, captain Blackstone, and some other sergeants and officers. Almost 5.

What i liked the most - the main idea. Very good description of the army, ideal army i may say; however, not unrealistic, although very rare. And i believe Heinlein, regarding his study in Naval academy, Navy service, and work for army. So, adequate and colorful description. 5 without questions.

So, why only 4? Only because of "philosophical" part. Yet i liked his description of that society, i found the argumentation very, very weak, especially given during that courses of History and Moral Philosophy. Maybe some of arguments were enough for children or, probably, for some teenager, but not more. Genetic background for culture, "Morals — all correct moral rules derive from the instinct to survive", demography as a cause of every war, radiation as an only "engine" of a development, role of violence, etc, etc, etc. As a political scientist, i was extremely disappointed by this unsound argumentation. "I was heaping scorn on an inexcusably silly idea" So DO I, but towards the Heinleins' ideas!!! There is no space to prove all this weaknesses. It's twice pity, when good ideas are supported by unsound arguments! So, this aspect - less than 1.
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