3 out 5
The characters in this book are more illustrations of types than characters. They are left
stranded when a survival course goes wrong and have to build a sustainable society until they are rescued, which gives Heinlein a chance to explore and espouse social programming theories. It’s an interesting thought experiment. It feels like a computer could’ve created this as a virtual simulation and has as much emotion as one.
3 out of 5
Ursula Le Guin did a good job worldbuilding the culture of the bisexual natives and the effects their environment and sexuality has on their culture. However, the protagonist’s First Contact procedures need to be ironed out to work for this book to work as more than mid-grade scifi. I find the fact he’s left on an alien planet with no proof he comes from another planet counterproductive to his attempts to establish diplomatic relations. How is he supposed to convince people he’s what he says he is and not crazy?
What can a magician’s minion do when he’s between an ambitious upstart and a hard master in a magical battle? That’s a trade secret you can learn on Kindle and Kindle Select..
3 out of 5
Heinlein wrote and thought out a credible tale of alien invasion, but it seems to be more a means of liberating 1950s society of norms he found constrictive. Then again that can be said for most alien invasion and disaster stories that are popular nowadays. Humans rise to the challenge in Heinlein’s tale while today’s authors would write of a complete societal collapse. Some may prefer Heinlein’s resolution but the modern reader seems to like things gritty and grimdark. At the very least they will enjoy the fact that Heinlein’s grasp of science, biology and technology is better though out than most modern sci-fi offerings.
These are the type of fantasy writing prompts you’ll see in my upcoming fantasy writing prompt releases in 2018.
What if a Byzantine noble commissioned the construction of this as a means of art therapy to destress from Byzantine politics?
Byzantine-Era Monastery and Church Uncovered in Israel
Shelton Sharpe may not be the most powerful of magicians, but he is the shiftiest!
Meet Angel Child from The Shifty Captive
Name: Angel Girl
There was that little girl at different stages of growth starting from infancy to what must be her current age. Some older cards of her were set aside and stored in a box with a scrapbook with clippings of her hair.
Meet Tobias the Raven from Th e Shifty Captive.
Name: Tobias the Raven
Current Residence: 101 Luxe Lane
Quote: “You will soon be carrion. Fat, juicy carrion!”