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The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
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Oct 16, 2011

really liked it

(My reviews aren't intended to recap the story. You can read the book jacket for that. The spoilers are here by accident, only because I felt I wanted to comment on this or that aspect of the story. It's really just my random thoughts.)

Loved the actor who did the audio on this one. He did a great job differentiating all the characters and maintaining the various accents. Quite a challenge in this book!

This is one of those classics of sci-fi that was on my long list to read until the other member of my Super Secret Book Club suggested it. I would probably have never gotten to it otherwise so I'm glad he brought it up. I read a bunch of early Heinlein as a kid and thoroughly enjoyed him back then.

I had a little bit of a hard time knowing what to make of this. Sometimes I felt like I was reading instructions for mounting a revolution. And sometimes it felt like Heinlein's opinion on how a free society could operate. A truly free society, that is. And I really couldn't figure out what he was trying to say about marriage.

It was a little annoying that he introduced the Wymoming character and then promptly moved her to the backseat rather than letting her stay a strong character in the frontlines. But I suppose all the characters were, to an extent, fairly typical archetypes. Once they fulfilled their role, they weren't needed.


What I really found curious was what Heinlein didn't forsee. I mean, the computer PRINTS OUT stuff on paper for Manuel. Really? I would normally say that Roddenberry isn't someone to go to for solid sci-fi. It's more space fantasy. But in the area of seeing the future of technology, I have to say I was unimpressed with what Heinlein didn't come up with, especially compared to Roddenberry. I did, though, appreciate that he did attempt to address the various limitations of space travel. I don't like assumed gravity on board the vehicle in space travel.

This is worth reading, but more so for the person who considers themselves a serious sci-fi reader. If you are just dabbling in the genre, or in Heinlein, try Time For the Stars instead.
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