I know it’s been quite some time since I did my last review. It’s not that I haven’t been reading, quite the opposite in fact. My wife and I have been enjoying access to a great library system. I told a friend that going online and requesting holds was like Amazon only I had go to pick them up, a relatively short drive, rather then having them delivered.
I think the reason is that I either read too fast, and move on to the next book too quickly to write a review. Or if I’m in one of my slogging phases (whether I’m busy with other things or reading a difficult book) where it just drags out too long to complete.
I’ll of course try to be better but I’d rather have a gap in my reviews and still be reading then the alternative.
So why this book, why now? Well I won’t get into the reasons that I decided to read Starship Troopers. I’ve read a few Heinlein books before and the way in which he uses “language” as a scientific concept is really interesting. However, my only exposure to this book is from the movie, and while I knew they made a second and third movie, I didn’t expect the volume of such film would reflect highly on the quality of the novel itself.
Let me assure you, this is still every bit the quick read you’d expect it would be. I finished it with just a few nights of effort. However, what I really enjoyed is that it’s much more like one of those thrash out “dialogues” you’d have in a class like “Religion and Moral Philosophy” then some sort of bug zapping hack and smash.
My minor in college allowed me to take a lot of philosophy classes, and I wouldn’t claim to be great at such abstract thinking (it’s really the act of conveying a thought that I find most difficult) but I do love the introspection and the insights you can gain from a good teacher. I happen to have had one at a Summer Scholar’s session I attended and this book brought me back to those sessions.
I think the movie does a good job of conveying the content, though the campy nature of the movie, which I enjoyed, seems opposite of the book’s flow. If you’re looking for an entertaining story which will take you back to the debating days of school then this is the one.