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Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein

Red Planet (1949)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Heinlein is one of my favorite authors. This one made me laugh out loud. He has a great sense of humour. ( )
  jaddington | Feb 16, 2015 |
Heinlein is one of my favorite authors. This one made me laugh out loud. He has a great sense of humour. ( )
  jaddington | Feb 16, 2015 |
I read this when I was a teenager. I loved it back then and read it many times. I have fond memories of my feelings for this book! ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
simple language and a fun imaginative story make this enjoyable for both young readers and adults alike ( )
  mccandlessn | Apr 6, 2014 |
It's fascinating to read Heinlein's juveniles again after so many years have gone by. I read this as a young teen, and again perhaps 15 years ago. I was very struck by the libertarian views, particularly after the 2012 election. Heinlein has lots to say on second amendment rights--probably why he set so many of his stories on the "frontier" (the last frontier, anyway.) It was his views on education and schoolteachers that I winced over the most.

I found I had also sort of blanked out the ways male & female characters interact, too. Red Planet has only a few female characters, very few of whom are more than two dimensional sketches: the annoying younger sister, the sweet mom, the snobby neighbor, etc. It's not like Heinlein COULDN'T create good female characters for younger readers: Betty in Star Beast, Hazel in The Rolling Stones. I suppose he was very focused on his perceived audience (male teens) or perhaps he was focused on what he thought bookstores and librarians perceived as his audience.

Verdict: I'd rather reread Star Beast. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
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Robert A. Heinleinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Geary, CliffordIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Savage,SteeleCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The thin air of Mars was chill but not really cold.
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Jim Marlow and his strange-looking Martian friend Willis were allowed to travel only so far. But one day Willis unwittingly tuned into a treacherous plot that threatened all the colonists on Mars, and it set Jim off on a terrfying adventure that could save--or destroy--them all!

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A young colonist on Mars befriends a strange round creature called Willis who gets him into trouble when he goes away to school, but whose presence and friendship finally enable the colonials to negotiate a treaty with the Martians.

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