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Number of the Beast review

I enjoyed your review of The Number of the Beast by Robert Heinlein. I remember my sense of wonder when I read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, my stoned-out excitement over Stranger in a Strange Land and thought of myself as a Heinlein fan. I even dabbled in quasi-libertarianism inspired by his stories. Now I wonder if his work really deteriorated so badly or if my adult eyes see a different world than my teenage eyes did. At any rate, I agree that Heinlein's later stories, especially Number, deteriorated badly--and that the whole sex thing became distracting from any sense of plot. What a shame that an author like Heinlein has works like Number and Friday as the culmination of his career.

Re: Number of the Beast review

I've read through most of his work during these past years. And some books hold up very well. I especially enjoyed Starship Troopers and even better, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Others like Stranger... not so much.

I'd advise people to just read the good books.