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Re: Starship Troopers

From: Allan Goodall <agoodall@s...>
Date: Sun, 10 Nov 1996 18:48:01 -0500
Subject: Re: Starship Troopers

At 11:26 PM 11/8/96 GMT, David Brewer wrote:
>In message <> "
>I have recently read ST, for no better reason than the film was
>being discussed on the 'net.
>It isn't very good, although I do realise that I'm above the age
>group that it is aimed at. I thoroughly recommend not reading it.

THANK YOU! With all the praises it was getting on the list, I thought it
just me that didn't much like it. I read it AFTER I got the board game
immediately after reading Haldeman's _The Forever War_ as I'd heard that
was an inspiration for Haldeman's book. 

Sure the combat scenes (and there are precious few considering the
title) were enjoyable, but there was a lot of muck that you had to wade
through. I was supremely disappointed by the end of the book as I was
expecting a climactic combat scene. Heinlein should have just written a
political essay and been done with it. _The Forever War_ was a much

>Mr. Verhoeven, being, I think, a Dutchman, may a have a somewhat
>different viewpoint to Mr. Heinlein. Heinlein had a jolly good
>WWII, being an American invalided out of Annapolis. Holland had
>a pretty poor WWII, what with all those enemy soldiers swanning
>about with all their character-building martial values.

Well put. While I think Verhoeven's dropping the power armour will
leave me as cold as the stillsuits with no hood in the Dune movie, there
no way that a fully faithful adaptation of Heinlein's book would make it
the theatres.

Allan Goodall: 
"You'll want to hear about my new obsession.
 I'm riding high upon a deep depression. 
 I'm only happy when it rains."    - Garbage

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