Finally got around to reading this thing after years of putting it off. Don’t really like Sci-fi, or fiction for that matter but really enjoyed this book. Great book.
Random observations below:
Hard to believe it is over 50 years old. It would easily pass for a book written today.
I can see why this book is considered a classic. So many sci-fi tropes started with this thing. I can’t even name them all. It seemed so familiar but I had to remind myself that it was familiar because everyone copied this book, not the other way around.
Did he invent space marines? Reading this book I couldn’t picture anything other than the marines from Starcraft and the Zerg. I’m sure those characters were inspired by this book. Hell, that whole game seems to have been inspired by this book. That’s not a bad thing.
The last act was a LITTLE bit much, with his Rico’s dad joining up and ending up under his command. But again, this may seem cliche to me because it’s been done so many times since.
A little bit of the classroom stuff started to drag on, but that may be because I was kind of rushed to finish the last 50 pages or so.
Anyone know why this book isn’t available on Kindle or iBooks? Seems like one of only a few literary classics that aren’t.
I need to go back and watch the movie now. I know it’s not anything like it but I don’t remember much of it. Did the marines even wear power armor in the movie? I don’t remember it.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Are there other sci-fi books that are considered “classics” in a general literary sense like this book is? Are any of his other books as good as this one?