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#1 Aug 30 2005 at 9:17 AM Rating: Decent
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Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein.

This book is a great read. I encourage all of you to pick it up. It discusses politics, punishment, voting, responsibility, and is entertaining for the action/adventure alone.

It is nothing like the movie. Actually imagine your favorite book, then take all the awesome out. Thats how they made the movie.

Colonel Lake wrote:
The movie was made by liberal communist bed-wetting pussies.


He was my Marine ROTC instructor. He introduced me to Troopers. He also had many more great sayings.

This books is actually on the Marine recomended reading list, or was, or will be, or somthing.

If you've ever read it you know what I mean. If you haven't it only takes a day or two because it is so short.

Heinlein is a very prolific writter and I'd recomend his other books. I've read Space Cadets, Double Star, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and several others I can't remember right now. Most are short and quick. Suprisingly good.


Discuss amongst yourselves.
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#2 Aug 30 2005 at 4:53 PM Rating: Decent
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Not even in the same league as Enders game, i would even go so far as to say same galaxy, but that would be a little harsh.

It's impossible to choose a single best ever book since it's a personal choise.

That said Enders Game is the best written sci-fi/Fantasy book i have ever read by a long long way.

Other notable mentions

Eon: Greg Bear
Dragonsdawn: Anne McCaffery
Magician: Raymond E Fiest
LotR
Grunts: Mary Gentle

and really bazaarly i loved L.Ron Hubbards Mission earth decology and Rob Asprins Myth Series which clearly shows that taste is a wonderous thing and very very individual.

Starship Troopers was well.... ordinary.
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#3 Aug 30 2005 at 5:59 PM Rating: Decent
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I think you missed the point of Troopers.

AngryUndead wrote:
It discusses politics, punishment, voting, responsibility, and is entertaining for the action/adventure alone.


Not to mention the suits were bada[u][/u]ss.

Ender's Game is probably my second favorite but it doesn't come anywhere near touching on the same scope of issues.
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#4 Aug 31 2005 at 12:44 PM Rating: Decent
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So does any of Tom Clancy's books Undead.

Not that i don't like Tom Clancy.
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#5 Sep 01 2005 at 3:53 PM Rating: Excellent
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If you liked starship troopers, go read "Armor" by John Steakley. trust me on this one.
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#6 Sep 05 2005 at 11:14 AM Rating: Decent
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I liked the book, no doubt about that, but I would definitely never call it the best book of all time (Illium/Olympos by Dan Simmons get that credit imo) and I don't even consider it Heinlein's best. It is indeed quite different than the movie, much better but I did enjoy it too.

I love Heinlein's work, read all the books I could find. My favourite would be 'Time enough for love', and that only if I had to choose between them.

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#7 Sep 22 2005 at 4:02 PM Rating: Decent
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When discussing the Dean of Science Fiction one must do so with all care and respect. While Starship Troopers may not be the BEST novel in the genre, it certainly is one of the best. I have read the entire Heinlein library, and even purchased all of the movies that were made based on his books. I am secretly a highschool english teacher, so I am constantly building up my library of books, and Starship Troopers is the first book on my reading list for my grade 11 students. When I teach in the US it goes well with their US GOvenrment class, and when I teach in Canada it goes well with the Grade 11 social studies cirriculum because thats when we discuss citizenship education. Starship troopers is definitely one of the top books in the genre for a couple of reasons. One, it is so well written that it deserves every award it has ever won. Secondly, and most importantly it is so full of meaningful content for our young readers, they seem to gravitate to this book. Once one student reads it they all want it for some reason.

I would like to say that I am a huge fam of all of the Lazarus Long stories. I personally feel that his Lazarus Long stories might be the most important stories written in the last century. Time Enough for love was so compelling I read it in two nights. I had to go back and read it again right away because it was so good.
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#8 Sep 25 2005 at 7:42 AM Rating: Good
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I also liked starship troopers and would probably put it in my top 20 books of all time. I think I have read it three or four times.

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#9 Jan 23 2006 at 1:33 PM Rating: Decent
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I think that I've refined my opinion some. It is certainly the best book I can think of for comunicating some ideas extremely well.

I too liked the Lazurus Long books. My roomate read Starship Troopers and was on Amazon two days later buying all of Heinlen's books. I read quite a few. I really enjoyed Double Star.

It is certainly still one of my favorites, comfortably in the Top 5... usually number 1.

And Kao: I really enjoyed Armor, I read it on a recomendation from the forward of Ender's Game.

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#10 Mar 03 2006 at 4:24 AM Rating: Decent
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Starship Troopers is the one book i kep returning to when I'm out of anything new. It is also the first Sci-Fi book i read.
#11 Mar 04 2006 at 8:34 AM Rating: Decent
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I read all of Heinlein's stuff way back when. While I enjoyed Starship Troopers I think it rates well below Time Enough for Love and Stranger in a Strange Land

Those two novels are his best IMHO, but the list of his published works is LONG. You can find it HERE

As a kid I greatly enjoyed his entire Future History series of short works.

#12 Mar 07 2006 at 8:22 AM Rating: Decent
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If you liked starship troopers, go read "Armor" by John Steakley. trust me on this one.


Let me add my recommendation here as well! I loved the writing style in "Armor." It also relates to the topics of politics and responsibility, and it does so through the characters. The book is really about the characters, not the events, if that makes sense.
In fact, the main character, "Felix," is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters.

Edited, Tue Mar 7 08:26:08 2006 by MinisterofDOOM
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#13 Jan 30 2007 at 9:09 AM Rating: Decent
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It's not a bad book, but its one of those that tends to be a vehicle for the author to preach on his own favorite subjects. If you want an interesting counterpoint, read Joe Halderman's the forever war.
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#14 Jan 31 2007 at 10:41 AM Rating: Decent
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I really enjoyed the book, but I like the song even more. *grin*

Chieftobique wrote:
and Starship Troopers is the first book on my reading list for my grade 11 students


Your students are all lucky bastards, all I get to read is Persian poetry. /pout Okay, maybe it's not all that bad, but I would rejoice if we got to read something like Starship Troopers.
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