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Double Star
Double Star | Robert A. Heinlein
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Many of Heinlein's fans consider the novels he wrote in the fifties amongst the author's strongest work; when he was at the peak of his talents. "Double Star" is considered by many to be the finest of his titles. Brian Aldiss called it his "most enjoyable novel." Whether it is the simplicity of a lively tale, the complexity of the situation, or the depth of characterization, the book has developed a loyal following. It also won Heinlein his first Hugo. The story revolves around Lawrence Smith-also known as "Lorenzo the Great"-a down-and-out actor wasting the remainder of his life in bars. When he encounters a space-pilot who offers him a drink, before he knows what is going on, he is on Mars involved in a deep conspiracy with global consequences. He is given a mission where failure would not only mean his own death, it would almost certainly mean an all-out planetary war. "Heinlein's novels of the 1940s and 50s shaped every single science fiction writer of my generation and everyone currently writing science fiction. Or making science fiction movies ... and Double Star is an excellent example of all the reasons why."-"Connie Will"
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RamsFan1963
Double Star | Robert A. Heinlein
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Mehso-so

Not one of my favorite Heinlein books, mainly because I found the MC so irritating. He's an actor stereotype, vain and egotistical, also selfish and whiny. The ending was fairly predictable too. 3 💥💥💥

Book 1 for #24B4Monday readathon, although I really tried to finish it before midnight.

@Andrew65 @SumisBooks @jb72

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 3y
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Jari-chan
Double Star | Robert A. Heinlein
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Pickpick

This was my book by Heinlein, but I hope it's not rhe last one. I thought it was especially interesting how he imagined the future 🔮🚀

#sci-fi

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xicanti
Double Star | Robert A. Heinlein
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Pickpick

This was surprisingly fun! The story barrels along at a great clip, fuelled by a strong narrative voice and an enticing plot. It‘s predictable, yeah, but that actually makes it all the more enjoyable as Heinlein heightens the tension between Lorenzo‘s expectations and the outcome the reader can‘t help but see coming.

There IS a certain amount of dismissive misogyny, though, and Lorenzo does need hypnosis to overcome his extreme xenophobia.

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xicanti
Double Star | Robert A. Heinlein
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I just finished a long, rather gloomy #audiowalk through the aspen parkland and surrounding environs, with a couple of little reading breaks thrown in. It went pretty well, I guess. I wanted it to boost my mental health and I DO feel a bit better than I did this morning.

rockpools 🌱Looks like a looong walk. Glad it helped! 3y
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xicanti
Double Star | Robert A. Heinlein
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I finished GLASS BEADS by Dawn Dumont and started DOUBLE STAR by Heinlein on a nice, long #audiowalk that took me through the abandoned golf course. Jo Walton cited this one as a favourite Heinlein in her book on the Hugos, and I‘m having a lot of fun with it so far. There‘s some, “Hey there, little lady,” for sure, but Lorenzo‘s so obviously full of shit that I find it easier to tolerate than I might otherwise.

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RealBooks4ever
Double Star | Robert A. Heinlein
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A recent acquisition. #ashapeinthetitle #junebookbugs

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TindraTieren
Double Star | Robert A. Heinlein
Pickpick

The plot is one that has been recycled many times since. But here it gets the usual Heinlein treatment of emphasizing tolerance towards diverse groups, and utter and complete failure if the protagonist wasn't backed up by a brilliant and talented woman (but with her support he not only rises to the occasion, but does better than anyone, least of all he, could expect).

Also, darn good narrator.