Jul 15, 09
Read in July, 2009, read count: 1
** spoiler alert **
This was a much more satisfying Heinlein book than Stranger in a Strange Land. Part of it is that it's a bit shorter and the pace is very quick. A lot goes on in a short book. But where Stranger jumped around a lot, the narrative in this book is very clear. There are temporal jumps, but everything is logical; you understand what's going on before reading several pages for the reveal of who we're actually hearing about and where we are.
Even the ending was pretty good. I like the ideas behind progress and doing something not because it's the ultimate way something will be done, but because it is worth doing to see what can be done.
I found it a bit weird that Tom plans to marry his great, great-niece, who genetically is actually his great-grandaughter. I like the idea of the love behind the intense connection they share, but it's sort of weird to think about.