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Starship Troopers (1959)

by Robert A. Heinlein

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With Earth embroiled in a vast interplanetary war with the "Bugs," a young recruit in the Federal Reserves relates his experiences training in boot camp and as a junior officer in the Terran Mobile Infantry.
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    dClauzel: Starship Troopers et All You Need Is Kill ont tous les deux la même intensité, avec de brèves périodes de forte violence pour une quête de la recherche du sens.
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    dClauzel: Des soldats dans l’espace. Des extraterrestres. Des armures de combat. Vélocité. Fatal.
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    47 Echo by Shawn Kupfer (tottman)
    tottman: This book reminded me of Starship Troopers, without the aliens. A fun, quick, military romp with a healthy suspension of disbelief.
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    Anonymous user: Interesting thought on the military and their responsibilities in a space travelling society.
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Tedious paean to militarism. I'll stick to the film, at least it's satirical and full of action. ( )
  SChant | Nov 14, 2022 |
It had been many years since I read this, and it's just as fascinating, infuriating, confusing and inspiring now as it was then. There are a lot of political overtones here, but it's not fascism or even militarism. Nor is his disdain for Marx hidden, or his disgust with Plato. But it still defies easy pegging - Heinlein was neither round nor square, and consequently trying to peg him often leads to a mismatched hole.
Some of the contexts are dated - some vague racism and superficial sexism, but read in the context of later Heinlein efforts you can certainly see the germination of his overall philosophy here.
Should be required reading for any high school History and Moral Philosophy class... ( )
  dhaxton | Nov 9, 2022 |
Once in awhile, I see the movie before I read the book. This was the case with Starship Troopers. I absolutely loved the movie, even though the acting was mediocre. But the BUGS! Giant bugs that the Federation is at war with! They were so cool. So, I thought I was going to get even more of this by reading the book. Nope. Barely the last 15% of the book dealt with a battle with the bugs, and there was very little description of these creatures and how they operated. Big disappointment; most of the book dealt with the protagonist's time in boot camp, military training maneuvers, and Officer Training School. Yawn. I'll have to watch the movie again. ( )
  burritapal | Oct 23, 2022 |
Read long ago, don't really remember the story, but I'm pretty sure I liked it (just don't remember how much).
  MartyFried | Oct 9, 2022 |
2.75 stars.

So, the movie was better than the book, in that it had much more excitement and action. I can also understand why they went the way they did with the movie. However, the book told a much more interesting story than the movie.

While the book was fascinating, it was rather boring. The story is told from future Juan Rico's point of view. It was almost like a memior in that he spoke of how he came to volunteer for for service, his time in boot, his first missions, how he ranked up, and so on. All of it was interesting, but very blah. It's the only way I can currently think to explain it.

Rico's story kept me listening because I wanted to hear it, and also note the [vast] differences between book and novel.

The narration was terrible, and the copy I borrowed from the library also had audio issues. This did not help my enjoyment of the book. It was just bland. Perhaps better audio and a livelier narrator would have helped, but I cannot say for certian. This hasn't soured me on the author, however. I will definitely check out more of his work. ( )
  ViragoReads | Oct 4, 2022 |
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Robert A. Heinleinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Brambilla, FrancoIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caldwell, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, Gordon C.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giancola, DonatoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haldeman, JoeIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hickman, StephenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, LloydNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehr, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lundgren, CarlCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I always get the shakes before a drop.
Anyone who clings to the historically untrue-and thoroughly immoral-doctrine that 'violence never settles anything' I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and of the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedom.
"The noblest fate that a man can endure is to place his own mortal body betwen his loved home and war's desolation."
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With Earth embroiled in a vast interplanetary war with the "Bugs," a young recruit in the Federal Reserves relates his experiences training in boot camp and as a junior officer in the Terran Mobile Infantry.

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In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best-sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the Universe--and into battle against mankind's most frightening enemy.
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