Pendleton, IN, United States | Member Since 2006
Japanese assassin hero
Lawrence Block's Hit Man series, in terms of living inside the mind of a pro killer. But more like Richard K. Morgan's Broken Angels (and many others) in its hardcore cynical tone.
Excellent reader - perfect for the genre.
A killer hardened by Vietnam, CIA dirty work and many years of contract killing, but he still has an ethic - informed by his Japanese heritage - and does the right thing... If he can figure out what that is. Loved the underlying theme of comparing American culture and values to Japanese.
I truly love Heinlein - which is why I was floored by this meandering stringing-together of male adolescent fantasies. I'm no prude and I've read racier scenes than these in much better novels. It's just that these were awkward, uncomfortable and unapologetically misogynistic.
Yes, Heinlein was a product of his times and I've forgiven him on numerous occasions for (mostly) mild misogynistic behavior in his characters. And I could even put up with a little of his sermonizing on the evils of Victorian ethics and the beauty of free love. (The book was originally published in 1970.) But in this novel, it never ends...
The biggest shame here is that the plot had all kinds of potential: brain transplant, being suddenly young and "doing it all over again" and especially the different ways men and women think about sex. Although I think Heinlein thought he was doing the latter, he simply projected his male fantasies into the mind of a woman and made her the two dimensional mirror image - a sex object that lives only to make men hot and happy.
It's truly staggering to me that the same mind that produced Stranger in a Strange Land (one his best) and dozens of other sophisticated, thoughtful novels wrote this. As others have said, if you're new to Heinlein please don't start here. In fact, fan or not, just skip this one entirely. Let's all just pretend he never wrote it!
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