The Number Of The Beast #(2020)
- Title: The Number Of The Beast
- Author: Robert A. Heinlein
- ISBN: 9780450047367
- Page: 461
- Format: None
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A fan of Robert A Heinlein s earlier works, generally classified as his juveniles published from 1947 until the late 50s, may be confused and disappointed by his 1980 novel Number of the Beast Also, those familiar with and inspired by his middle period, roughly late 1950s until 1970, spanning the publications of The Door Into Summer in 1957 until I Will Fear No Evil in 1970 the period that I regard as his zenith may likely be nonplussed by what is going on in this work published when the grandma [...]
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.When I was a kid I loved some of Robert A Heinlein s Juveniles science fiction stories for children and teens Red Planet was one of my favorites and I must have read it at least five times These novels are part of the reason I kept reading science fiction they left such an impression on my young mind.Despite this nostalgia, I haven t read Heinlein in years When Blackstone Audio recently started releasing some of his later novels on audio, I thought it was [...]
A complete stinker of a novel It meanders, it wanders, it stutters, it changes direction, it digresses Heinlein rides all of his hobby horses The original premise is okay, though not up to Heinlein at his best a machine which can translate our explorers into other times and alternate universes They discover that all the fictional worlds that they have explored in literature can be accessed through this device and have a visit in Oz with Glinda as a result Time traveling aliens seem to feel threa [...]
There s this terrible thing that happens to some science fiction writers near the end of their careers they want their oeuvre to make sense, with all the books related to each other in some complex structural way I mean, who do they think they are, Balzac or Powell or someone Get a grip, guys You were just SF hacks If you were lucky, you were good SF hacks, and be proud of that Don t try and aim higher, because you ll regret it.Well, it happened to Asimov, who disastrously attempted to link toge [...]
This book is to science fiction literature as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is to cinema a big, fat, sloppy, self indulgent love letter to everything its creator holds dear The first time I read it I hated it, but a few years later I got into an argument about it with someone at a party and decided to give it another try just so I could feel good about being right Um, it s yeah, it s kind of great The of the references you get, the better it is, so just re read it every few years until you lik [...]
This morning I was perusing book reviews at that, for the most part, lambaste Robert A Heinlein s 1980 novel The Number of the Beast, which I haven t read in years and years This poor treatment of this particular novel surprised me somewhat, as I remembered TNotB to have been a rather extraordinary read As I looked over the harsh reviews posted that bash Heinlein s other books, I realized that the old man is not holding up too well with the times I can t really disagree with many objections bein [...]
I ve been a big fan of Heinlein for years But with each successive Heinlein book I read these days, my enthusiasm for his writing wanes just a bit This book was so dismal that it actually negatively affected my feelings about other Heinlein books specifically Time Enough For Love.In a nutshell, this is Heinlein at his most masturbatory Towards the end of his career, he set out to tie together not only his own quite broad body of work but also the entire scope of human fiction, sending his chara [...]
I read this book a long time ago, but it stayed with me oh how it stayed with me Go ahead and read some of the other one star reviews of this book that are here on I ll wait.So, having read them, you might want to ask me Come on Mike, is this book really that bad I m glad you asked, because it is It really and truly is This book is bad in the way that only a master like Heinlein could achieve Other bad books can only dream of being as bad as this The hypothetical collected works of Kilgore Trout [...]
Arguably one of Heinlein s finest and controversial.Before forming an opinion on this novel, one must first be familiar with golden age scifi pulps particularly Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom Mars stories, E.E doc Smith s Lensmen stories, the fiction of Asimov, Clarke, Poul Anderson, and the likes of Larry Niven, Pournell and Bova as well Even the worlds of OZ is also featured And naturally, most of Heinlein s earlier work Only then will you appreciate the scope and wit of this novel.Alright, care [...]
Fair warning this is going to be a contrarian review The Number of the Beast is roundly recognized to be one of legendary sf author Robert A Heinlein s very worst novels, right down there with I Will Fear No Evil and his final living works, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls and To Sail Beyond the Sunset This particular book was written, in fact, while Heinlein was suffering from a debilitating arterial condition that starved his brain of oxygen and caused him to sleep about 16 hours a day not the [...]
Teats A Hate StoryExploring the super multi omniverse sounds like a simultaneously exhilarating and horrifying experience I would imagine that, were I in the airborne equivalent of a Ford Focus with three of the people closest to me in this world my brother having been murdered roundabout the same night I was nearly murdered, myself , I would be less concerned with things like maintaining command structure decorum I also sincerely hope that I would not find vast expanses of breasts sorry, teats [...]
When I was in elementary school, I went through some boxes my uncle stored in our garage I was a nosy kid , mostly stuff from his grad school years Other than a ton of textbooks, I found his diary, some porn, and a bunch of science fiction books To this day I credit my uncle for my love of sci fi And porn Just kidding Sort of.This book was in those boxes I still have it, and it s totally falling apart I ve taped the cover back on a few times.In elementary school, I could not get beyond the first [...]
WARNING Do not read this book until you have read Heinlein s Time Enough For Love, Revolt in 2100, Methuselah s Children, Stranger in a Strange Land, Glory Road, Podkayne of Mars,and The Rolling Stones You should also have at least a familiarity with The Land of Oz, Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars series, and Wonderland Fans of Science Fiction from the 1940 s to 1980 s will be most capapble of enjoying the work in its entirety.During the last years of his life, it seems Heinlein had a desire to gather [...]
I must say that I didn t like at all This is the first book I read by Heinlein and this is already a disadvantage It should be a science fiction story there is a brilliant scientist, a great invention, a group of adventurers, a threat to their life and the beginning of an inter dimensional travel Halfway though, I began to wonder if it was worthwhile to finish it and it went from there getting worse The player follow the adventures of the characters in their wanderings, in some cases absurd, gro [...]
I feel very conflicted about this book It s one of the ones that I ve re read every year or two it s large, and once you start it it s very hard to put down Heinlein, whatever his faults, was a storyteller and a gripping one.But his faults are largely on display in this book.When I was a young teen, my brother and I used to torture each other by reading particularly ripe and painful passages out loud to each other This book, and the Notebooks of Lazarus Long excerpts from Time Enough For Love, c [...]
I was looking forward to reading this and it started off quite pleasantly, I was enjoying the story, such as it was, but then it got dull, quickly, that is about a third of the way in, and its a 500 page book.Basically a scientist invents a dimension jumping machine cum time machine, based around an old Ford car, and he comes up with a theory of the number of universes based on the number 6 raised to the power of 6, 6 times 6 6 6 A group is assembled, a kind of family group, off on their jollies [...]
Heinlein gets such a bad rap these days, and I feel like I want to defend him and say that a lot of his stories are really not that bad and sometimes even really cool I seem to remember enjoying some of the early stuff By his Bootstraps is a terrific short story Friday and Job were good books This though The characters are intolerable Everythin gs so smug and pontificating and self congratulatory The dialogues go on and on with their self important posturing and weird internal gender politics an [...]
You can t go home again I read this book a million times when it was new When I was newish And, oh, how I loved it I thought the dialogue scintillating, the ideas deliciously outr , the sex delightfully transgressive, the politics brilliant I tried to wrap my head around who I was then to think those things about this tired, clich d, and worst of all boring story of some breasts and the brilliant women attached to them I m sorry I tried, I d much rather have had the warm fuzzy memories.
After exhaustive research, I have determined that all Heinlein books are mostly about time and or space travel, utopian familial structures, casual nudity, physics, incest, human nature, and what is intended to be witty banter That sounds interesting, and it was the first 2 or 3 times At this point though, I feel like I m reading the same book over and over Which is why I made it maybe 50 pages into this and called it quits.
My best friend at the time gave me this book in tenth grade and said, Here, read this It was the first Heinlein novel I read I had never heard of the author before It was a great story and I was hooked from the first words, although I remember being a bit confused toward the end when some of Heinlein s characters from other books appeared Since two of the main characters were named for characters in the Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars novels, reading this book led me to investigate those as well This [...]
It takes a real artist to make truly terrible work Their mistakes are likely to be original ones, radical sins of commission where the spark that brought them success then points them into the abyss Robert Heinlein s The Number of The Beast is a terrible novel in exactly this vein Heinlein s return to writing in 1980, after taking most of the 1970 s off due to ill health, is nothing if not ambitious On the face of things, a multi dimensional romp through time and space, it also aims to be An hom [...]
I seem to have been reading a lot of strange books lately.
What a weird book And by weird , I don t mean that tangible sci fi brilliance that gets under your skin and opens your mind to all the incredible possibilities of human endeavors I mean, it s weird that Heinlein would think it a coherent idea to write this book at all, and even weirder still that a publisher would fund its release Its content is a convoluted mishmash of Heinlein s worst excesses, including endless chummy banter that probably makes up 60 70% of the page count, characters from oth [...]
The later world as myth novels of Heinlein are generally my least favorite This book suffers from this syndrome to a greater extent than any other with Heinlein finally surrendering to the urge to collect the characters of all of his stories, the characters from Heinlein s personal favorite stories that he didn t write and even two Heinleins from parallel universes and get them together for a party I didn t like the book much when I read it the first time, but I have to say that it has two thing [...]
This is the worst book I have ever read.On the surface, it s just trashy disposable science fiction But it possesses a solipsistic, asphyxiating quality that I found disturbing.In fact, the text is so solipsistic that I wonder why it was ever written I don t think it was intended to be read by other sentient beings besides the author it is a memo to myself filled with fantasies both vapid and lurid, that somehow got printed in a sad publishing accident It reminds me of Mark Twain s The Mysterio [...]
Lo m s pulp, a mi modo de ver, que ofreci el autor en toda su carrera G nero Ciencia Ficci n.Lo que nos cuenta Zebadiah J Carter acaba en brazos de una joven y fascinante muchacha conocida como Deety cuando esta le confunde con su primo, cuya especialidad universitaria es del inter s del padre de Deety, totalmente sumergido en una investigaci n practica del viaje entre universos y tiempos Quiere saber m s de este libro, sin spoilers Visite librosdeolethros
By the time I finished this book I had a major headache The POV changed constantly with no indication it was switching or who it was switching to The sex was supposed to be sensual, but it was just juvenile sex, not even soft core porn, which I find silly.The annoying parts I stated above actually masked any true plot from being good.One of the few books I ve read that weren t for an assignment for school that I hated so much.
Can t believe I dragged this piece of crap around for years before reading it It was so bad, from almost the first sentence He s a Mad Scientist and I m his Beautiful Daughter That s what she said the oldest cliche in pulp fiction She wasn t old enough to remember the pulps.The thing with a silly remark is to fail to hear it I went on waltzing while taking another look down her evening formal Nice view Not foam rubber.It goes downhill from there 1 2 Star.
One of the few books I have actually given up on This book is one tedious argument about who the fuck is gonna drive the spaceship Ugh FAIL.
Others before me have written many very eloquent and cogent criticisms of this book, and of The World as Myth at large My opinions of these criticisms 1 All of Heinlein s social uh ideas are front and center and forced into the reader s face Sympathetic characters are, to a wo man, promiscuous, misogynist, multiamorous, obsessed with maximal reproduction, incestuous, and apparently competing with each other to see who can be most shocking to conventional morality All of these behaviors are accom [...]
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