Thursday, June 11, 2020

Starship Troopers

Starship TroopersStarship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I went into this expecting to love it based on how many of my favorite authors have praised the work. Unfortunately, I merely found it slightly better than average. The biggest hurdle for me was the massive amount of nothing happening. I understand what Heinlen is doing, digging deep into the military training and structure to provide some sort of potential ideal, but the honestly that got old fast. There is a lot of talk about promotions and the way things are done, but it all felt unnecessary when I finally reached the end as if there was plenty of set-ups and no payoff. Maybe the book needed to be longer so I could actually read how these various characters evolve, but as is, Rico felt like the only three-dimensional entity in the whole book, whereas so many one-off characters went on long-winded diatribes with repetitive points between them. Dare I say, the movie is far superior?

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