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It's not hard to state a condescending opinion in the form of a question in an attempt to disguise it as a desire to spark conversation. It's much harder to start an intelligent discourse about a topic that you have a strong negative opinion of without making your opinion the topic of discussion.
In short, less ad hominem attacks, more book criticism. (less)
Should be required reading in all schools.
Let me start by dismissing a couple of possible theories. One reviewer wonders if it's deadpan satire. I suppose, when you see some of Heinlein's later books (Stranger in a Strange Land ...more
This is not at all about action, and fighting bugs, it is a study of a man’s compulsion to fight and or serve his country, and a discussion about our society’s, and any society’s responsibility to its citizens and what is best for society. Like many Heinlein novels, it works well on many levels, the surface science fiction, and then the deeper, more complicated voice of the storyteller, speaking from his own experience.
This is a controversial book. Criticized for ...more
The only one knowing how much of the author is in this work is Heinlein himself, because it would be tricky to write a military sci-fi novel without glorification of war and a military dictatorship to give the whole thing that certain something. Was his writing too realistic or did he really believe in it, nobody can say for sure. Did he even satirize militarism in a way that was too subtly hidden behind the obvious happenings?
Both military scienc ...more
So when I decided to reread it as an adult, I was expecting some old-fashioned shoot-up-the-aliens classic pulp SF, like, say, The Puppet Masters.
What I go ...more
The story is set in a future society ruled by a world government dominated by a military elite. The first-person narrative follows Juan "Johnny" Rico through his military service in the Mobile Infantry.
Rico progresses from recruit to officer against the backdrop of an interstellar war between humans and an alien species known as "Arachnids" or "Bugs".
Interspersed with the primary plot are classroom scenes in which Rico and others discuss philosophical and m ...more
By the way, I must say this. It's often (actually more often than not) true that a movie doesn't live up to t ...more
Starship Troopers is mostly a Bildungsroman about the US Armed Forces (Robert Heinlein himself was a US Navy office ...more
“Nothing of value is free. Even the breath of life is purchased at birth only through gasping effort and pain.”
Since NPH is one of the reasons Starship Troopers remains a favorite film of mine, I think I’ll let him express my sentiments on the paper version . . .
I need to realize that sometimes it’s okay to not read the book. Starship Troopers is such a cult classic – it’s just soooooo bad that it somehow became great. The boo ...more
Big nasty communist spiders are attacking Earth and all the planets it has colonized! It's a battle between man and bug, and who is to save us?
I'll tell you who! Guys with really fucking big guns, that's who! With spacesuits that make it so they can jump over buildings, and deflect bullets, and drop from spaceships to the surface of planets without getting hurt! That's who!
These guys get dropped onto planets with their spacesuits and their big guns, and they can incinerate some little brown peo ...more
Starship Troopers was definitely a page turner and one did feel like he was on the ground with the Mobile Infantry, bouncing around killing Bugs. But. It was also incredibly pro-war and the middle development section got a little long. You remember how great Full Metal Jacket was, but that the great parts were at the very beginning and at the very end? Well, I felt that this book also started and ended with adrenaline rushes but that the middle was a bit flat. That being said, the reali ...more
By contrast Starship Troopers, the movie, is also one of my favorites, but for completely different (and admittedly shallow) reasons. The movie only vaguely resembles the book, but it has hot-hot-oh-SO-HOT ch ...more
The problem with many classics is that they are painfully tedious. The problem with many science fiction novels is that they are mindless entertainment in space. Starship Troopers is neither of these things. It is way more entertaining than the average classic and way smarter than the ave ...more
I've read this before. Several times, even, back when I was a newb when it came to Heinlein or SF in general. You know, pick up the Hugo Award winners and see if I like the author enough to continue on. Twenty books later, (THAT YEAR,) I discovered something. I like Heinlein. A lot.
But not ALL of Heinlein equally. Starship Troopers seemed kinda preachy to me, a little slow, and RAH, RAH, RAH Civic Duty. :) Suffice to say, I liked it pretty well. Caveats: it di ...more
Aliens (sure it's the wrong movie, but a cool quote nevertheless)
The book has very little in common with the movie. The film is something that is ubiquitous on cable. You can probably see the entire thing in snippets just by changing the channels over the course of a year.
In both the film and book, the soldiers battle big bug thingies. The book is only bookended with battle sequences, the rest is training ...more
So much more than any movie adaptation, or battles against the alien 'bugs,' Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers is a solid story about finding one's way in a future army unit called mobile infantry. Against the backdrop of government propaganda and patriotism, what goes into Johnny Rico's decision to join, stay in and make a career out of mobile infantry? This forms the basis of the most interesting part of the novel. While th ...more
Brave people defending our planet!
Grand Science Fiction!
Johnny Rico wears tech-warrior mech-suit as a member of the Mobile Infantry on his path to become a Citizen. For only soldiers can take part in shaping society.
Quotes from the book:
"'You. What is the moral difference, if any, between the soldier and the civilian?' 'The difference,' I answered carefully, 'lies in the field of civic virtue. A soldier accepts personal responsibility for the safety of the body politic ...more
Starship Troopers is not what I expected. 10% action, 40% philosophy, and 50% mechanics of the military. I really did not care about all the training an ...more
I've been wanting to do this for a while. Write a series of book reviews of the books that had the most direct influence on my writing, and on The Expanse series in particular. Hopefully, this is just the first.
Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein:
Starship Troopers moved onto my nightstand a couple of days ago. I always have a nightstand book, and it tends to be something I've read before. I'll read a few pages while my wife does her pre-bed puttering, an ...more
This book greatly influenced me when I was a boy- and it still colors my thinking today- 35 years later.
This should be on the reading lists of every high school.
I would like to correct what appears to be a common misconception about the society described in Heinlein's book:
YOU DID NOT HAVE TO BE...more
The novel follows our narrator Johnny Rico and his experiences through Federal Service, with trials of military life at the forefront of this novel.
I think I was expecting more of action packed story like the reader is given in the opening section, though Heinlein raises some interesting aspects through Johnny’s formative y ...more
And boy, those two renditions of the story couldn't be more different. But more about that later.
We follow Juan Rico who enlists with the Federal Reserve and becomes an Infantry Man against his parents wishes. The book opens to one of his company's firefights (it's more a skirmish designed to disrupt the enemy rather than an actual battle). However, after that, as a flashback, we follow ...more
Yeah, I don't really know what to think about this book. I picked it up solely because it was an inspiration for one of my favorite books, Old Man's War by John Scalzi. While the writing was very good, there was never an "I can't put it down" moment. I'd say ninety percent of the book was Juan Rico's military life. There wasn't a lot of action until the end.
I liked t ...more
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He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre ...more