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Stranger In A Strange Land (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) School & Library Binding – August 1, 1995
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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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A must read for any person interested in the most existential story ever told.Published 8 days ago by Zy
The first act of this book was interesting if a bit choppy. Some great ideas that are never fully explored as the author seems to have other plans for the novel. Read morePublished 10 days ago by iSquidy
It was thoroughly engaging and thought provoking though the theme was ancient. A science fiction genre but very philosophical. The redeemer and the inevitable outcome.Published 10 days ago by Happy person
By modern standards, this books is predictable as clockwork. What was once novel and groundbreaking is now cliche. Read morePublished 11 days ago by csp022470
It was very fun to revisit one of my favorite sci fi books of the 1960s. It quickly became a classic and is fun to read today not only for the story but for the historical... Read morePublished 27 days ago by ama x 4
Replaced my copy that I loaned out. Great book to share ... I can always get another if it doesn't come back!Published 28 days ago by Sarah Woolley
There is not now, nor has there ever been, a true bard any better than this man. This book is one of his finest as he truly groked mankind in the fullness of time. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Randy Eveland
I was expecting to be more engaged, provoked and moved by Stranger in a Strange Land than I was. Several people that have inspired me (like Peter Diamandis) cite this book as one... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Samu Lattu