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Book Review – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

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After reading Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, I have definitively become a Robert Heinlein fan. This last book, like the previous ones, has both good narrative and impressive philosophical depth.

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress tells the story of how the moon colonies became independent, being helped by a very unusual subject. The moon is populated by earth criminals, that are given the choice of “freedom” by going to live on the moon. An as the title says, the moon is a harsh place to live in. But once you manage to survive the initial shock, the lunar society is a lot more civilized than the earth. As in previous books, Heinlein experiments with different types of family arrangements, social conducts and specially on how women affect the behavior of men.

The political views proposed in the book are very interesting, and most of them make sense. The law of the people is the law, and the government has close to zero influence on how this works. This creates a very effective place where there is no wasted government expenditure (unlike what we have now in the world where in some countries the government consumes some half of the country’s money!). But I think this can only work in small societies where anonymity does not exist.

Another great book by a great author. Definite recommendation.

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June 17th, 2012 at 11:21 am

Book Review – Stranger In A Strange Land

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The classic science fiction novel, Stranger in a Strange Land started pretty good, moved partly into a cheap soft porn mini-novel of the 70’s and in between provided interesting views on religion, life and may other things.

While the book shows many ideas that may bother the reader, like free sex, lots of sexism and stuff like that (many comments about this in the reviews in goodreads), there is a lot very interesting material in the views displayed by Jubal, one of the two main characters of the book (the second one being the man from mars, Mike). But what made the most impact in me was the way Mike understood why we laugh. Just one day after finishing the book I happened to go to a stand-up comedy show and was impressed on how correct he was. Mike says (SPOILER ALERT): “I’ve found out why people laugh. They laugh because it hurts so much… because it’s the only thing that’ll make it stop hurting.”. How fascinatingly true, and how incredibly sad.

Anyway, makes for good bedtime reading or listening while driving. And as always, you can buy this book from amazon (use the link) and I will get a teeny weeny percentage of your purchase (I plan to be rich… but this is surely not going to help :-). But still, every bit counts)

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Written by vainolo

March 8th, 2012 at 12:07 am

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