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Stranger In A Strange Land (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) School & Library Binding – August 1, 1995
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Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
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The plot is deceptively simple. The first manned mission to Mars never made it home to Earth. The second mission, twenty years later, found Valentine Michael Smith, an infant born on Mars and the only surviving member of the ill-fated first mission. Having been raised by Martians, Smith is literally a stranger in a strange land when he is brought back to earth with "miraculous" abilities and a Martian philosophy of life. The Federation government basically hides him away from prying eyes, partly in fear of the legal and political dangers posed by his unique status.Read more ›
And so it does not sound like any other Heinlein novel, and this has split the "Stranger" camp right down the middle. There are those to whom the original book was bible -- and those tend not to like other Heinlein works. Those of us who love Heinlein have always felt kind of "meh" about Stranger... until the uncut version was released (in 1991).
Now, the Kindle version being sold is the cut version, so if you were a fan of that (published in 1961) you'll love this version. However, if you are not a huge fan of that version I would stay away from this Kindle version at all costs (there are easily found web versions of the uncut novel -- I'm not advocating piracy, but it's unlikely we'll ever see a Kindle uncut version as Amazon seems clueless here -- even official reviewers seem to think this version is uncut, but I can promise you it isn't, as the passages are clear and easy to find in even the sample version).
One last thing -- if you have read the cut version (either this Kindle version or otherwise) you might want to give the uncut version a try. Also, if you are new to Heinlein and want to know what all the fuss is about, definitely read the uncut version. Watered down beer tastes just like that.
Most of them presume that Heinlein was writing from their 90s or post-2000 perspective for some insane reason. Take note: He wrote this *before* the so called "free-love" movement had become widespread in the 60s. Take further note: The water-brother mini-society he created in the novel wasn't "free-love" at all, but had a quite high barrier to entry.
Other negative posters are clearly unable to escape their ethnocentric viewpoint, finding the relationships constructed by Heinlein to be distasteful based on their societal values. If you are unable to think about a society that practices polyamory without feeling embarassment or nausea, or really think that it is simply "unnatural", then don't read this book. (...)
Most of all, remember this is science fiction. It's intended to portray an alternate reality, and I think it does a fine job of that while satirizing our reality at the same time. I could go on about other particulars of the book, but I won't: In short, this is one of the finest books ever written.
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The Bible for the 60's generation of the counter-culture. Required reading my my kids in High School, and I thanked the teacher for making it so.Published 1 day ago by Mark Mynhier
This book is a trip. I absolutely loved reading it, and am so glad that I did, but I really only care for / understand the first 2/3 of the book. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bussell
I first read this book when I was 18 and have just read it again for the umpteenth time at 65. This novel and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress are in my opinion the two best science... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
'Stranger in a Strange Land' remains a fascinating read after all these years, though for different reasons than when it was originally published. Read morePublished 6 days ago by John Popham
The premise is interesting: a man raised by Martians comes to Earth and learns its customs, but because he has learned other powers, eventually starts his own church. Read morePublished 6 days ago by JamieGamer
Much more detail than the original version published when I was a teenager. RecommendedPublished 7 days ago by Don L. Binder
I read this years ago. Retread was pleasant read. Love Heinlein. "Time enough for love" next.Published 7 days ago by pscharr
Fantastic read from one of the original science fiction writers!Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer