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Like many people, I go way, way back with Heinlein. My very favorite book (and one that stands out in my mind--and with much affection--to this day) is Tunnel in the Sky. I really, really wanted to go off to explore new worlds with a covered wagon and horses, like the hero does at the very end of the book. But one of the nice things about Robert Heinlein is that he's got something for everyone. One of my best friends has a different favorite: Podkayne of Mars. Go figure.
--Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
This was the fourth and last Heinlein book I've read. I am now thoroughly sick of Heinlein's self-assured I'm-smarter-than-you-are characters. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Derek Truesdale
Too much of the same banter and not enough plot movement. It is simultaneously clever and silly and complex and stupid. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 2003
I first read this book when it came out in 1980 (I was a *huge* Heinlein fan at the time), and I remember being vaguely disappointed with it at the time. Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by Dr. Rod S. Taylor
Heinlein was not a good prose writer nor was he a good storyteller at this stage of his life. This book is awful, the story is bad, the writing is even worse. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2002
Good but way too dirty. Heinlein can be one dirty old man sometimes, in fact quite often. This is not bad in and of itself. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2002 by yitzchok
In the Number of the Beast, a scientist builds a device that transports four people to parallel worlds. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2002 by Herbert Custer
I ~love~ Heinlein. I couldn't make it though this one, it was so revolting. The book was okay until it turned into a mastubatory fantasy for Heinlein... Read morePublished on July 24 2002 by Steven M Sanders
In a matter of a decade, Heinlein went from churning out masterpieces like The Moon is a Harsh Mistress to passing off this slug. Read morePublished on July 23 2002 by Gary M. Greenbaum