I'm a science fiction fan, and I like many of Heinlein's books. But this one is just a bit too sex-obsessed for me. All the babes are beautiful and horny and everyone walks around naked and shares long deep kisses. Sounds like an adolescent boy's fantasy, not serious science fiction.
Though I'd heard this was a classic I had no idea how dated the ideas were. So, in that sense maybe it isn't a classic, in the timeless senes, but instead a picture of an era framed in a pretty good story. Lots and lots of pontificating at the expense of plot.
A BLAST FROM THE PAST: READ THIS IN THE SIXTY'S WHEN IT WAS A CULT FAVORITE. I GROKED IT THEN AND I GROK IT NOW. FRODO LIVES!
When god made me he broke the mold out of frustration. That is what i believe if i believed in god that is. but i em a kind and interesting person who has a lot of interests. some cool some not so cool but i do not care because i live my life the way i wont to I follow my own path. i em an artist and love what i do. i watch way to much TV but i must emit it is in my genetics. both my father and grandfather watched way to much TV. ; )
i have only listened to it so
this is one book you must read. i think every one should read this book once. i have read it like 7 times its a great read.
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
Yes, because I think I may have not given it a fair shot, having expected something a bit more action-packed. It was still a great story, but I thought this was an action-scifi book, which I now do not think.
This has to be one of the worst books I've read in a long time which was ironic because Starship Troopers was fantastic. Jubal was the only good character in the book. The man from Mars went from stoic infant to stoic, communist, martian, sex, cult leader. If I wanted this sort of rhetoric I'd dig out the jonestown tapes. I might give Heinlein another shot because Starship Troopers was so good - maybe he was just taking too much acid or something. All the free-love, and money-doesn't mean anything made me gag not least because the Man From Mars had more money than god - but then again - he was god.
This story is not nearly as good as when I first read it in the 70s. Now it seems very dated. Most of the story wasn't about Smith but about Jubal (Heinlein). He goes on and on spouting his free love philosophy. That was cool in 1969, now it is nonsense.
Wow kinda weird and heavily dated but I did enjoy the story and agree with much of the basic philosophy infered. As weird as it may be at times it is still an accurate depiction of human behavior and mass hysterical, depravity of any understanding or logic. " Drink deep, Thou art GOD!"
Hi, I purchased this book just to discover that the sound quality of this audio book is terrible - nearly unintelligible - be forewarned.