The Number of the Beast Paperback – Oct 1 1987
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When two male and two female supremely sensual, unspeakably cerebral humans find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies -- and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller coaster ride of adventure and danger, ecstasy and peril. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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His ability to take you inside the thoughts of his characters not only unleashes a bond between reader and character but it creates a synergy of thought on behalf of the reader.
Why do we read books? Sure the characters get naked and have morals that stray away from the bible belt code of conduct. So what! I read to be inspired, not to recieve a cheap thrill(that's just a bonus) RAH's explanation of the inner workings of the universe was terrific and only surpassed by his attempt to show us the inner workings of the ideal mind(Stranger in a Stange land) and then much later to show us the inner workings of the here after(Job) The best thing about these three stories is that they are the same but a million miles apart. If you don't love a good paradox, read L. Ron Hubbard or Al Gore.
in particular...other heinlein stuff such as: time enough for love, stranger in a strange land, the unpleasant profession of jonathan hoag, the rolling stones.
and possibly others, but those were the ones i noticed at least
the book is divided into three sections, the first, can mostly stand on its own, and not require much knowledge of any other literature...
the first part details the setting for the other two sections, and is basically about how the space-time twister comes into being... having a basic grasp of mathematics through here will not hurt you much either
section two is the foray into other dimensions and such, and here, is where you will begin to require a little knowledge of other literature, as heinlein begins to incorporate other fiction here, so a little knowledge is an assest, but not essential
third section, this is where heinlein gets incredibly self-referential, although it begins in the second section, but is expounded upon in the third.
not the heinlein book to start with, but if you have read some of the aforementioned materials, you will derive great pleasure (or should) from this book
however, another handy thing to have, would be the oxford english dictionary, as it seems to be one of the few places you can track down the word floccinaucinihilipilificatrix, which is among the words you may (like myself) find yourself looking up.
it is quite refreshing to feel your mind involved in reading.
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Robert Heinlein always writes a superb sic-fi novel. I like the way he very often incorporates scientifically/mathematically correct concepts into his stories. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Widi
This is early 80s sci-fi and kind of a relic piece. A mcguffiin machine is invented by Dr.Jake Burrows and quickly leads to a universe-jumping adventure with Hilda, DT and Zeb in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pol Sixe
Do not, under any circumstances, make this your first Robert Heinlein book. Don't make it your second or third, either. (And don't make it your _last_. Read morePublished on March 24 2004 by John S. Ryan
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
This was a very enjoyable book and one which should be read by any Heinlein Fan. However, there are a few books you should read first. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2003 by Rachel E. Watkins
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 am an admirer of Heinlein's work, but that didn't stop me from grinding my teeth throughout this nearly unbearable self-indulgent work. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2003 by Jack R. Tallent
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
I am a fan of Robert Heinlein. Like many people, I started out with the juvie novels when I was young. Then I moved onto novels like Stranger in a Strange Land, etc. Read morePublished on March 10 2003 by Richard O'brien