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By hx on 09-10-10
This story caught NASA's attention? Really? Why, did they laugh out loud in front of the press? It's a pleasant idea, there's no great trauma or suffering in the book and it presents a very optimistic view of our awaiting future. But it's just too perfect, there was no significant effort, or sacrifice, and hence no depth to any of the characters. Carefree people usually grin like idiots and roll their thumbs, they do not come up with deep meaningful thoughts, they do not perform awe-striking deeds that leave you wanting more. That goes for this book too. It's mellow. It's like a children's tale. I only bought this book because it said it caught NASA's attention. I'm sorry now.
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By Dave on 08-20-08
I'm all for nostalgia, but this book was awful. Picture Johnathan Livingston Seagull meets Close Encounters meets River dance, meets Cheech and Chong. All rolled up in a silly tale that reeks of the failed (1965-1975) promise of free love and pot induced euphoric flower power. This might have been good as a novella but it feels stretched thin and full of holes as a stand alone work.
Where Heinlein's books may be dated, they still make you stop and think, this author just makes me giggle.
His reading of his own work was over the top and the voice so character laden that he failed to fade into a role of first person story telling and instead vied for the readers attention like a Greek chorus who steals the show.
I give it two stars for entertainment value, but I don't think it was a laugh that the author was going for.
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