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The impact of Stranger in a Strange Land was considerable, leading many children of the 60's to set up households based on Michael's water-brother nests. Heinlein loved to pontificate through the mouths of his characters, so modern readers must be willing to overlook the occasional sour note ("Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it's partly her fault."). That aside, Stranger in a Strange Land is one of the master's best entertainments, provocative as he always loved to be. Can you grok it? --Brooks Peck --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Like many great novels, the books makes you think while reading the novel and after reading it.
It is easy to see why they had wanted to ban this book with its themes of sexuality, religion, society and morals.
There were too many dull periods when one of the characters would sermonize on philosophical points.
One of the Classics. I read it for the 1st time in the early 60's. Still good.Published 1 day ago by Byron K. Kuppinger
I first read this masterwork in 9th grade & fell in love with it. It spoke to me on many levels as "the weird kid" who didn't fit in with any of the standard cliques. Read morePublished 1 day ago by J. Cromeans
Good book. Enjoyed it. I don't usually read Sci-fi. But really worth the read.Published 2 days ago by Miami Duff
I so wanted to like this book but alas it is highly overrated. The writing is not at all artful, the characters are flimsy, the plot lines meander and seem inconsequential when all... Read morePublished 2 days ago by S. Tschinkel
Read the book in the 70's...loved it so much I bought it for my nephew's 21st birthday...he's as much a sci-fi fiend as I am & I know he'll love it every bit as much as I did.Published 3 days ago by Joni the Artisan
The beginning of this novel is fantastic albeit unintentionally comic in it's datedness and sexism. The second half is a great example of what not to do in a novel. Read morePublished 4 days ago by James T. Barringer
People who go to science fiction conventions tell a story about a bet made by Robert Heinlein and L. Ron Hubbard over dinner. Read morePublished 5 days ago by N. J. Simicich
Valentine Michael Smith is a Martian-Human introduced to Earth as an adult. He starts as a pure innocent and ends as Christ figure. Read morePublished 10 days ago by NoOneYouKnow