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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
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This story starts in a style typical of the era: a leisurely, thoughtful examination of an imaginary society - in this case, humanity on the moon in the not-too-distant future. It's classic Heinlein with solid science, thinly-veiled political philosophy and some suggestions on how our society might evolve (such as polygamy with as many husbands as wives).

But then, about half-way in, the book changes tone and becomes a fascinating story of political intrigue, growing eventually into a rather thrilling military confrontation. What made this so enjoyable was the fact that I wasn't expecting it at all based on the earlier part of the book. Now Heinlein is the grand-daddy of military sci-fi so this wasn't a stretch for him, but it was still a radical shift in tone for a single novel - in my humble opinion.

The earlier part of the book is rather slow, and the dialogue is quite stilted throughout (normal for a book of this age) and unfortunately these factors slightly reduced my enjoyment of an otherwise brilliant and engaging book.
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