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08:02 pm: Heinlein part 2
OK, so what Heinlein book should I read next? :)

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From:abigailb
Date:March 22nd, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
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there seem to be 2 different versions of stranger in a strange land - the original edited one, and the unedited one. eek!
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From:sannse
Date:March 22nd, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
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It's a while since I read them, but I didn't see that many differences between the two iirc, and the couple of differences I spotted were probably improved by a bit of cutting... but either is good
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From:nmg
Date:March 23rd, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
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Friday is a rather jolly adventure romp, but To Sail Beyond the Sunset is pretty poor - Heinlein revisiting large numbers of characters from previous books and trying to tie them together into one coherent timeline and family.

Stranger is okay if you can overlook the low level misogynism that pervades. I agree that it's a classic (and the edited version is marginally better), but it's a difficult read for the above reason.
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From:nmg
Date:March 23rd, 2005 05:43 am (UTC)
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People always remember their first Heinlein - I'm fairly sure that mine was Between Planets.

My rule of thumb re: Heinlein novels is that he lost it in the early 1970s, and everything after that time is mediocre at best. Friday is the only real exception to this, although Job comes close in places (it's a bit preachy for my liking).
From:fluffymormegil
Date:March 22nd, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Glory Road.
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From:ryo_chan
Date:March 22nd, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
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now thats a damn weird book ^_^

I still love "time enough for love" but everyone reads that.. or its direct tie in to sail beyond the sunset
From:fluffymormegil
Date:March 22nd, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC)
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I haven't read either of those. I've read:
Space Cadet, Podkayne of Mars, Job: A Comedy of Justice, Glory Road, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, Have Space Suit Will Travel, Starship Troopers, and a couple of others whose titles I can't remember.
I definitely haven't read The Cat Who Walked Through Walls or Friday or SiaSL.
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From:ryo_chan
Date:March 22nd, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
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I still need to read friday, but the other two are worth the time to sit down and read*nods*
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From:reddragdiva
Date:March 22nd, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
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None of them. HTH!

You coming to London on Saturday?
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From:abigailb
Date:March 23rd, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
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I am indeed. Do we know which pub, yet?
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From:reddragdiva
Date:March 23rd, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
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From:sannse
Date:March 22nd, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
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"All You Zombies" was one of the few stories I've read, then turned instantly back to page one to read it again. Come to think of it, Heinlein has done that to me more than once, I'm pretty sure I read "I Will Fear No Evil" straight through twice. But I've read them all so many times it's hard to remember now :)
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From:fluffymormegil
Date:March 22nd, 2005 03:28 pm (UTC)
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The edition I read has a grey ending; she lives, but it's by no means clear that she'll recover her health.
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From:elseware
Date:March 22nd, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)

I will Feat No Evil

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For the love of god, read "I will fear no evil".

I've not read it in about 15 years but it was the first.

And I'm amazed I didn't suggest you read it a long time ago. I think I meant to give you a copy and forgot.

Don't bother reading the back cover, it'll probably give away too much. Just read it with zero spoilers.

Although "Friday" is my favorite.
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From:nmg
Date:March 23rd, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)

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ha ha! you have a livejournal!
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From:nmg
Date:March 23rd, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)

Heinlein to read and avoid

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Heinlein to read: the short stories in the Future History collections (The Man Who Sold the Moon is a good place to start, followed by The Green Hills of Earth and Revolt in 2100); The Door into Summer (SF timetravelling romance at its best); Starship Troopers; The Moon is a Harsh Mistress; any of the juveniles, since they're possibly the best stuff he wrote (The Rolling Stones and Have Spacesuit - Will Travel are especially good, as is Between Planets).

Heinlein to avoid: Farnham's Freehold (to quote Dorothy Parker: this is not a book to tossed aside lightly - it should be thrown with great force); Stranger in a Strange Land (overrated); anything written after 1970.
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