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Starship Troopers
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on June 24, 1999
I read this book twice in my life.
This book was typical in the Heinlein political and social messages. It was fairly two dimensional. It is certainly not Heinlein's best work. It is a short story that lasted a bit too long. But it is a classic for its kind.
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on December 8, 2000
I read this book twice in my life.
This book was typical in the Heinlein political and social messages. It was fairly two dimensional. It is certainly not Heinlein's best work. It is a short story that lasted a bit too long. But it is a classic for its kind.
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on June 7, 1997
An excellent story! Full of politacl philosophy, it follows the path of an army volunterr. Some action, but it's the character development and political beliefs that take center stage. Not for young teens, more for the older child. It makes you think
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on August 23, 1998
I've said it before , read the book.It's about a young man who has to think about war.That's it. How American to discover that the film is confused with a novel. Read the book without baggage.It's not bad,and makes you think.
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on July 14, 1997
Good,readable book,but it is too unrealistic - it is too old.Itis vision of impossible future.At present we have better computersthen in the book. No use of virtual reality, aiming computers annd so on...
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on June 6, 1997
I read this book back in 1960 and thought it was
a good novel with mostly childish views of
society and militarism. It was and is, however,
an excellent action novel for teenage boys.
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on June 12, 1997
The book was fun and exciting. I thought the book was rather thought provoking and interesting regarding cumpolsory military service and democracy in the U.S
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on September 25, 1999
A gripping story and racy narrative makes the book extremely interestingand the philosophical foundation is laid very artfully so as not to bore the reader.
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If you thought you knew what Starship Troopers was about because you saw Verhoven's horrible abomination of a movie, forget everything you think you know.
Starship Troopers is a thoughtful exposition of Heinlein's views regarding freedom, natural rights, social responsibility, and the necessity of violence in defense of civilization. Whether you agree with his positions or not, this book forces you to at least confront them. Thinking about them is your responsibility.
In addition to the exposition, Starship Troopers is a slam-bang action novel that hovers on the more realistic fringe of space opera, and is responsible for introducing some of the things we now consider standard concepts, like personal battlesuits.
If you're into military SF action, you'll enjoy this book. If you're into political exposition, you'll enjoy this book. If you like both, you'll be ecstatic.
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