October 19, 2007
Starship Trooper by Heinlein, RobertFiled under: Sci-Fi | Buy on Amazon
The first chapter is amazing. The rest? Not so much.
It's better than the movie, but that should go without saying (could it be worse than the movie?). Unfortunately much of the book is taken up with a boringly detailed explanation of how Rico goes through training and becomes an officer and then the politics of soldiering and volunteering for war. I realize that's supposed to be more of what the book is about, but please. It's boring.
If the rest of the book had been written like that first chapter, or even a third of the book, it'd be way better. As is you only get two chapters like that, and the second one ends rather abruptly (though I suppose that's what happens in war, so I shouldn't complain that it's realistic).
The writing is great, I just wish it had a plot worth reading.
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