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Book Review – Beyond This Horizon

Beyond This HorizonBeyond This Horizon by Robert A. Heinlein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers]

Beyond This Horizon, is the second of Heinlein’s published novels, and introduces us to a future utopia where poverty no longer exists and genetic engineering has advanced to a point where it is possible to selectively breed children for increased health, intelligence and longevity. The biggest problem faced by most of this world’s denizens is what to do with their time, leading to a society in which decadence is the norm and duelling with sidearms is considered an acceptable way of resolving disputes. Non-advanced citizens also exist, known as control normals, and are seen by the majority of others as a baseline with which to compare the genetic improvements found in the general populace.

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Book Review – Dracula

Dracula (Penguin English Library)Dracula by Bram Stoker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first read this book back in college as part of my English Literature course, and in particular as part of an exploration of how the vampire was represented in literature. Of the half-dozen or so early examples of the genre (vampire lit) I read, this and Sheridan le Fanu’s Carmilla were the two that stuck in my mind the most. I’ve since read both a number of times, and probably will again going forward.

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Book Review – Rocket Ship Galileo

Rocketship GalileoRocketship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers]

Rocket Ship Galileo is the first book that Heinlein had published, and as one his works aimed at younger (juvenile) readers is heavy on action and adventure but light on heavy thinking. It’s also one of the earliest Heinlein books I remember reading as a pre-teen and still holds a strong appeal for me despite the passage of time.

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