Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.
©1959 by Robert A. Heinlein; (P)1998 by Blackstone Audiobooks
The story itself is well written, and, none too surprisingly, quite different from the movie from a few years back. The major issue I had with the audio read of this book was in the audio track itself, vice the story or the narrator. There were parts where the sound quality obviously changed, both tempo, timing and background sounds. These parts were made all the more obvious by their lasting only a few seconds at a time, to note that they were not completely in the same track as the rest of the read.
My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
The film adaptation that became famous in 1997 is one of my favorites but the novel goes so much deeper. Differences are apparent and play a major role in the book (Dizzy is a guy in the novel, but a woman in the movie. In the novel they are separated from women and by the time Rico comes in contact with them he has completely forgotten how to act around them.). There are many other differences but I don't want to make this too long.
Some of the discussions that Rico has in his "History and Moral Philosophy" class are mind-probingly interesting. For example they have a discussion about Juvenile delinquents and go into a discussion comparing their rash behavior to that of raising a puppy. This all of course is a discussion about the books "past" which is technically our time, but was written over 50 years ago.
Keep in mind that Heinlein wrote this book basically in response to his views on nuclear weapons testing in his time. He received alot of heat from different people but his views on military and political actions were brilliantly defined by the novel.
There is just too much to say about the book, and not enough time to say it. "The forever war" is definitely a polar opposite and its my recommendation that if you do not have a firm stance on the described issues and want to see both sides of the field, to read these in succession.
"...war is controlled violence for a purpose. The purpose of war is to support your governments decision by force."
Yes, it is a great story. Longer and more in depth than the movie (as books tend to be) .It gives more insight into how society functions in a future where vets are the only ones with a vote. It has great sci-fi and military content.
The description of dropping from the troop transport as well as the reading of the recall song.
Mellow, Even, Clear
The audio needs work and should be read by someone with a little a swagger in their voice.This was required reading at the Officers Basic Course at one time and when I read it I imagined one of the combat vets that I knew telling it as his story. The reading was a bit flat.
Love history, love books. Love current events. Christian conservative. British history. Military history. Political history. Classic fiction.
I'm a Heinlein fan, but this book wasn't as good as I remembered. Comes off as something of a sci-fi civics lesson. Too much of the always-heavy handed author intrusion making his political points. Its not offensive, as some reviewers seem to conceive, but it is nearly boring. The narrative is sparse, the lectures endless. Now, the production is bad; just bad. The voice is fine, but the very frequent editing and re-recording is painful to hear. The voice is professional, but the production quality is just terrible.
ST is one of my favorite sci-fi stories--a good action yarn wrapped around a bunch of political ideas. Unfortunately, the reading was rather monotone--leaving me drowsy and hypnotized at times instead of interested. There were also a couple mispronounced words--small details, but something I'd expect to be correct.
I like the lesser characters actually--Sergeant Zim, Major DuBois, etc.
I'm not sure. The audio presentation says it was copyright 1998 and times change--but in the exact same delivery? No, probably not.
Done right, Starship Troopers would be a great movie--Full Metal Jacket in space. The movie that was done is NOT the same as this book.
Just below "Altas Shugged"
learning about the social structure
Fiction of the past, leasons for the future
I was recommended this book by a friend a few years back. I will have to say that if you compare the movie to the book you will be disappointed in the movie.
Fantastic book. Well written and entertainingly constructed. Heinlein does a fantastic job of mixing an entertaining story with spot-on social commentary and a lucid portrayal of age-old leadership principles. Disregard the negative comments about the narrator, he does a great job of impersonating a soldier's journal or internal thoughts.
A must-read (so to speak).
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