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  1. says:

    Piers Anthony should be glad that Glory Road was Robert A Heinlein’s only fantasy work since it gives the fantasy writer a run for his money especially the Xanth series Actually since Heinlein published Glory Road in 1964 and Anthony did not publish A Spell for Chameleon until 1977 the uestion may be How much was Anthony influenced by Heinlein? I grew up reading RAH and so reading him now feels a little like coming home His frank libertarianism and anachronistic sexism even his corny barbs make me smile and turn the page Published in 1964 and only losing the Hugo Award to Clifford Simak’s brilliant Way Station Glory Road is a rambunctious barnstormer of a fantastic adventure Maybe the coolest element of this book is Heinlein’s exploration of what happens after “and they lived happily ever after” I have long said that the 60s were his zenith period where he was at his masterful best after the juvenile publication years and before his aging experiments with weirdness Glory Road is a fair representative of this middle chapter in his work a fitting companion to The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land; but it is also a pre cursor of his wildly imaginative later works like The Cat Who Walks Through Walls A very good read


  2. says:

    Re reading my least favorite of Heinlein's works because who knows? Maybe an older eye can shed some light upon this most shameful of tales rife with sexism unabashed fantastical thinking that works because this is a fantasy or the fact that there might be a good reason why Heinlein only wrote one fantasy novelResults of my analysis are pretty much the same as when I was a kid Odd that I mean sure there's the fighting of dragons and lots of really cool swordplay geometrical magical symbols and magic flying everywhere and adventure adventure adventure and while none of that is particularly noteworthy in a world literally overwhelmed with such things there is a certain odd uirk to this novel that at once feels way out of place for a fantasy novel and later how it becomes almost the entire focusIt's a book about relationshipsNot heroism guts luck or doing one's manly dutyIt's about getting in the girl's pants discovering that she's playing him for the same reason marrying her because of a sense of that's what men do learning she's a galactic empress in a high tech interstellar kingdom learning he's filthy rich and then even though he's wildly in love with her gets bored within months and drops her to go back to earth and act like a screwed up war vet all the while obsessing over her the fact that he'd just given up high tech immortality and endless wealth and he dropped her all because she's freaking old too and it doesn't even matter if she looks like she's in her early 20's and she's an empress that has been ruling for a long time He's upset because she went out to sow her wild oats and he was the resultWild sexism is rampant throughout this novel Absolutely All on his part He's pretty much the perfect example of do as I say not as I do idiocy that men tell each other about the women in their lives and because this is a poor fantasy because it is just as fantastical to see this dipshit as a lady's man that all the chicks flock to it IS a condemnation of such thinking tooI mean I think I'd have preferred to have read the book from Star's PoV not Scar's After all she's out there playing the game and even offering this dipshit not just the world but her wonderful self endless wealth immortality and the respect of a whole empire for the heroic deeds that he and she accomplished She played the game as only a smart and sexy woman of 1964 could play it hamming it up for the benefit of the idiot male and giving him what he expected at every turn All she really wanted was fun and companionship and a bit of love She'd already had three children and 50 born ex vitro She has experience she's smart and she's boredIt's just a shame that we had to follow along with this asshole instead If the novel had been written the way that Heinlein had written Maureen from Sail Beyond the Sunset this novel would probably be a long enduring classic But it wasn'tI did like the full synthesis of other universal conditions that changed the laws where certain tech isn't feasible but magic is This makes the novel Science Fantasy rather than standard SF but I have no problems with it It was nominated for the Hugo in '64 and Way Station won instead That was a smart move Way Station was awesome I knocked off a star from my original review for all the reasons listed It may be unfair to judge a work that is of its times this way kind of like judging the men in Mad Men in the early 60's for their behavior by our standards but it is what it is shrug Let's see how some of my better beloved Heinleins will hold up


  3. says:

    ARE YOU A COWARD?This is not for you We badly need a brave manHe must be 23 to 25 years old in perfect health at least six feet tall weigh about 190 pounds fluent English with some French proficient in all weapons some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential willing to travel no family or emotional ties indomitably courageous and handsome of face and figure Permanent employment very high pay glorious adventure great danger You must apply in person rue Dante Nice 2me étage appt DE C “Scar” Gordon answers this advertisement and suddenly he is on other worldsplaces fighting weird monsters and coping with strange alien cultures Oscar Star and Rufo find a uniue way to defeat a constructed enemy golemI had started with my arms around his knees and I stayed that way of necessity as long as I could while Star tried to weigh down one of his arms and Rufo the other But the situation was fluid; Igli thrashed like a rattler with its back broken and was forever getting one limb or another free and trying to gouge and bite It got us into odd positions and I found myself hanging onto one callused foot trying to twist it off while I stared into his open mouth wide as a bear trap and less appetizing His teeth needed cleaningSo I shoved the toe of his foot into his mouthIgli screamed so I kept on shoving and pretty soon he didn’t have room to scream I kept on pushingWhen he had swallowed his own left leg up to the knee be managed to wrench his right arm loose from Star and grabbed at his disappearing leg—and I grabbed his wrist“Help me” I yelped to Star “Push”She got the idea and shoved with me That arm went into his mouth to the elbow and the leg went farther in uite a bit of the thigh By then Rufo was working with us and forced Igli’s left hand in past his cheek and into the jaws Igli wasn’t struggling so hard by then short on air probably so getting the toe of his right foot started into his mouth simply reuired determination with Rufo hauling back on his hairy nostrils while I bore down with a knee on his chin and Star pushedWe kept on feeding him into his mouth gaining an inch at a time and never letting up He was still uivering and trying to get loose when we had him rolled up clear to his hips and his rank armpits about to disappearIt was like rolling a snowball in reverse; the we pushed the smaller he got and the his mouth stretched—ugliest sight I ever have seen Soon he was down to the size of a medicine balland then a soccer ballthen a baseball and I rolled him between my palms and kept pushing hard—A golf ball a marble a peaand finally there was nothing but some dirty grease on my handsRufo took a deep breath “I guess that’ll teach him not to put his foot in his mouth” The dinner party and what didn't happen afterwardsDoral Letva his hostess flanked by two girls led me to my chambers and put me to bed They dimmed the lights and withdrew while I was still trying to phrase a gallant good night in their languageThey came back having shucked all jewelry and other encumbrances and posed at my bedside the Three Graces I had decided that the younger ones were mama’s daughters The older girl was maybe eighteen full ripe and a picture of what mama must have been at that age; the younger one seemed five years younger barely nubile as pretty for her own age and uite self conscious She blushed and dropped her eyes when I looked at her But her sister stared back with sultry eyes boldly provocativeTheir mother an arm around each waist explained simply but in rhyme that I had honored their roof and their table—and now their bed What was a Hero’s pleasure? One? Or two? Or all three?I struggled to put my decision in poetic languageI didn’t manage it but I put over the idea of negativeThe little girl started to bawl and fled Her sister looked daggers snorted “Hero” and went after her Mama just looked at me and leftShe came back in about two minutes She spoke very formally obviously exercising great control and prayed to know if any woman in this house had met with the Hero’s favor? Her name please? Or could I describe her? Or would I have them paraded so that I might point her out?I did my best to explain that were a choice to be made she herself would be my choice—but that I was tired and wished to sleep aloneLetva blinked back tears wished me a hero’s rest and left a second time even faster Oscar must deal with even stranger customs and fight even horrible monsters to reach his goal Waiting for you at the end of the glory road Oscar reminiscesI know a place where there is no smog and no parking problem and no population explosionno Cold War and no H bombs and no television commercialsno Summit Conferences no Foreign Aid no hidden taxes—no income tax The climate is the sort that Florida and California claim and neither has the land is lovely the people are friendly and hospitable to strangers the women are beautiful and amazingly anxious to please—I could go back I could—This is an early Robert Heinlein story full of action adventure and comparisons with our modern life Take delight in the author's energy and excitementEnjoy


  4. says:

    September 2019This was a September Group Read for the group Hoyts Huns and as I voted for it in the poll I felt obliged to re read That said this was an enjoyable read I won't get bogged down in any of Heinlein's politics or his later shall we say interesting read weird views on feminism and sexuality suffice to say read at the level of an interesting story this is well an interesting story Personally I have never bothered to read too deeply into any book just enjoyed the tale for what it isThis book does however hit home with certain truths about marriage and Heinlein's increasing out there views That said it is a tale that fair hacks along at a pace and ultimately is well written and enjoyable very enjoyable I am almost close to bumping this up to 5 stars but 4 it remains 44 ish ha haMaybe I am just reminiscing because of what day it is 😉 March 2017An enjoyable book that I've read before and in my opinion probably the last good book by Heinlein before he started getting too weird and focussed on human relationships Stressing it is purely my opinion he has written some fantastic books with wide ranging ideas and great perception of human nature I was therefore disappointed when back in the 80s the wonderful balance he brought to his books began to be disjointed and uneven All of that said he wrote some wonderful Sci Fi books and those I still continue to read and enjoy


  5. says:

    So American service man gets wounded and badly scarred in a heroic act no one seeshe leaves the service intent on bumming around a while and meets HER And SHE is frankly a WOMAN she also turns out to be anthe Empress of the multiverseGood read not typical Heinlein fare I read it the first time in the late sixties and it's still on my shelf well a new edition but the same novel I list this as one of my favorites Heinlein runs in my opinion of course a little hot and cold but this one is good Glory Road is not only good for Heinlein it's uniue his only foray into what I'd term overt fantasy While a lot of his novels may push or cross the line between Science Fiction and Fantasy this one makes no pretense at being anything but From a cosmic Empress who makes Dejah Thoris look plain to a warrior who can handle whatever comes with sword gunor whatever this is a fantasyI recommend this one fun fast excitingwhy not saddle up or pull on your SWASH top boots BUCKLE on your sword and come along on THE Glory Road Update after another rereadI had forgotten a lot of the philosophical content in this one Heinlein puts a lot of his beliefs and so on into the conversations and situations here That aside and I agree with him some as well as disagreeing with him some this book is still a good action packed fantasy with humor thrown in along the wayWe'll be getting to a brick road farther aheadAre the bricks yellow?Yes the mud here is yellow does it make a difference?Just don't make a Hobbit of itGood book still highly recommended


  6. says:

    If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewGo To Feel Good Novel Glory Road by Robert A HeinleinIt's just past midnight and as I stare across the desk at the book wall opposite I spot the slim red spine of an old paperback Robert A Heinlein's “Glory Road” It must be ages since I last read it; it was worth dipping into again; it’s always been a go to feel good book for meIt tells the tale of a Vietnam vet recruited in Europe on his way home from Vietnam by the Empress of the Multiverse to recover the Egg of the Phoenix a stolen political database for a trans dimensional civilization that leads him on a hero's journey that includes ogres


  7. says:

    When I picked up my copy of Glory Road I was met with a cover depicting a buxom woman in tights a dwarf and a guy dressed like Robin Hood battling what appears to be a fire breathing dinosaur and a blurb proclaiming this one of the best SF novels of all time And I thought to myself this is precisely why some people don't take science fiction as a literary genre seriously Covers like this that depict such absurd scenes really can put off the serious intellectuals who look down their nose at sci fi and can't see the forest for the treesThen I read the book and the scene on the cover actually happens within the pages of Glory RoadWhoopsI guess that whole don't judge a book by its cover thing thing really does apply hereAnd here we come to my yearly reading of Heinlein I participate in a science fiction and fantasy discussion group and each year our January selection is by Robert Heinlein Having read Starship Troopers last year and missed a discussion on Stranger in a Strange Land that leaves a lot of the other lesser Heinlein novels on the table for reading and discussion I tried suggesting a collection of short stories but after hearing this one advertised as young man answers classified ad for hero and has adventures I have to admit I was kind of intrigued by it Looking at when it was written by Heinlein I was hopeful it might be from the period before he became old pervy and pretty much insane Alas Glory Road is a preview of the old pervy and insane Heinlein to come EC Scar Gordon is your typical later period Heinlein hero By that I mean he's this fantasized version of himself that Heinlein puts into just about all of his later books Gordon is a man's man virile red blooded full of opinions and completely attractive to every woman he encounters Women can't resist him becuaseummwell if you figure that one out you let me know Gordon is the veteran of an unnamed war in Asia clearly the Vietnam war though at the time Heinlein wrote that name hadn't stuck yet who decides to finish his education on the GI Bill That is until he finds out that Congress hasn't approved the funding leaving him stuck in Europe He decides to spend some time in France in a town where going around in the buff is common and fully accepted by everyone On the beach one day he sees a stunningly beautiful woman who he falls instantly in love with though he fails to do something silly like catch her name or introduce himself The next day he is torn between trying to find this beautiful woman or taking advantage of his ticket in the Irish SweepstakesUpon finding his ticket is a fake he returns to town and tries to find the girl But to no luck He sees an ad various papers he reads looking for a hero and since it applies to him all except the part about being handsome he says he decides to follow up on it before returning to the United StatesAnd lo and behold the naked girl from the beach is the one who placed the ad To find him I'm not joking on that one Gordon calls her Star and she says she needs a hero to accompany her and a dwarf on a dangerous journey full of peril to retrieve some object becuasewell she doesn't actually tell him at this point It's at this point and this is only the first third at best of the novel that the book begins to uickly derail As I said before Oscar is clearly a Heinlein stand in and it's only moments before Star is desparately in love with him Why I'm not sure since the guy is a manipulative controlling man who threatens to keep her in line by spanking her if the need arises Star who apparently hasn't been around any men lately finds this incredibly sexy and falls deeper and deeper in love Eventually the two get married but not before Star offers to let Oscar sample her first sexually In fact upon his proposal Star offers to jump his bones right there on the Glory Road Meanwhile the trio are on some kind of uest journeying up the road At several points Oscar asks Star what the nature of their uest is only to have her deflect the uestion This gets frustrating because it's clearly Heinlein trying to keep the coming twist a secret as long as possible But given that Gordon is such a man's man and in complete control over Star it's hard to believe that he'll just accept the secret and not pursue it further It's a contradiction in character that is alarmingly apparent and really ruins the middle third of this novelAnd believe me there's a lot working against the middle third of this book A journey up the Glory Road should be well exciting Or at least interesting Instead it's justwell there There is the battle with fire breathing dinosaurs and the way that Oscar deals with a couple of threats reuires such a huge suspension of disbelief that it completely took me out of the story And that doesn't even begin to cover the long sections of characters sitting around discussing Heinlein's views on women and sexual relationships If you think the whole Star offering herself right there to Oscar is a bit out there wait until you get to the part of where the ruler offers his three daughters to Oscar In many ways it's a preview of the later Heinlein obsession with the idea that monogomy goes against the basic urges and insticts of mankind And that men if the right kind of man mind you should be able to have sex with whoever and whenever possible in order to sow the wild oats and produce men like himThankfully the novel finally ends this third and we find out the twist Star is the ueen of the Multiverses And Gordon is her husbandconsort The final third of the novel has some interesting moments though Heinlein's political idea that the best way to deal with any issue is to leave it alone seems a bit naive at best It may stem from feelings at the time of writing about the conflict in Vietnam The final third tries to look at how Oscar reacts to his new life and what really gives life meaning and purpose When it gets there it is interesting and almost enough to redeem the novel But not uiteI've read several places that many consider this one of Heinlein's top novels I can't say I agree I will admit I've read only a limited amount of Heinlein but Glory Road is precisely one of those novels that exemplifies why I just can't get excited about reading of his works


  8. says:

    Glory Road has long been one of my two favorite Robert A Heinlein novels I cheerfully volunteered to review this then new 2004 edition Well there's always a risk in revisiting an old favorite especially for a critical readingI did enjoy Samuel R Delany's graceful and affectionate afterword Young Galahad aka EC Gordon is pricking o'er the plain of life when on the Ile du Levant he runs into She Who Must Be Obeyed and her grandson Alberich cum Sancho Panza all three of whom then journey down the Yellow Brick Road until after a bit of hedonistic horseplay and a variety of dragon slaying they are to the Dark Tower come Delany even figures out that the Mystery Swordsman was none other than Cyrano de Bergerac CoolAnd Heinlein is careful to give sfnal explanations for all these magical shenanigans What's he continues the story after the uest is Won to see what happens to a Hero whose dreams have all come true Hint it ain't pretty Heinlein's prose in Glory Road is as clear as crystal a joy to read So there's still a lot to like hereWhat I didn't like this time were the dumb outdated sex role attitudes of the characters I mean here's Her Wisdom Empress of the Twenty Universes endlessly simpering over 'Scar' Gordon hick from the sticks He is a Hero and a hunk but give me a break And the constant condescension of the Galactics for us poor old Earth humans is both silly and wearingSo I just didn't have that much fun rereading Glory Road this time guys The book felt dated and silly and tired There's a lot windy pontificating on Heinlein's hobby horses than I remembered and the whole novel has a makeshift ramshackle feel to it SighAnyway I'm kinda sorry I signed up to do this review Another hazy golden memory of youth slain by critical rereadingSo should you read Glory Road if you never have? I may not be the best one to ask The problem is I've read the book at least a half dozen times since it was published in 1963 I used to love this book It's been a reliable comfort read for decades but I'd never read it in analytical review writer mode And it just didn't hold up to thatGlory Road has been accumulating praise and brickbats since it was first published fifty some years ago And it can still stir up controversy I posted an early draft of this mildly negative review to an online Heinlein newsgroup and was furiously attacked to the point that the then President of the Heinlein Society emailed my editor at SF Site demanding that he not publish this review It is puerile shows evident lack of critical analysis and knowledge of a classic work yadda yadda That's right folks Banned by the Heinlein Society That's a lot of heat for a 60 year old pulp adventure novel written to paraphrase its author to compete for Joe's beer money For better or worse Heinlein's influence on SF has been massive For pure escapist reading you could do a whole lot worse than Glory Road Especially if you are a horny young male Older readers however may want to hold on to the illusions of youth and pass up the rereadI found three substantial critical reviews of Glory Road online which is three than you'd find for 98% of the bestselling novels of 40 years ago The most recent is an interesting review essay by Jonathan Strahan a sharp then young Australian editor which is spoiler free Honestly as much as I loved it when I was young and as much as I've admired Heinlein all these years it's hard to see Glory Road as being anything other than one for the history books note 1Novelist and critic Alexei Panshin has an interesting near contemporaneous review no longer online He didn't much care for it which was a pretty common reaction among fans at the time Glory Road spends the bulk of its energy on conversation about the relativity of customs the second rate nature of sex as practiced on this planet Earthmen are Lousy Lovers etc The sword and sorcery fantasy merely comes as an interlude in the conversation as though clowns were to pummel each other with bladders as an entr'acte on Meet the PressDelany's 1979 afterword no longer online is the most sympathetic The ease and energy about Glory Road suggest an author in a pleasant state vis a vis his own creative power It is a voice that carries a high degree of joyous abandon Look it seems to say if not sing This is no serious than a feather nor will it ever be Wonderfully written and insightful stuff Note 1 The late President of the Heinlein Society summarily rejected Mr Strahan's opinions because he's barely forty years old and wasn't even born when Glory Road was written His undergraduate degree was in economics and history not literature That's right folks He's not ualified to review Glory Road because he's not old enough And he doesn't have a degree in literature Strahan's review is no longer onlineReview commissioned by SF Site 2005 revised 2017


  9. says:

    Hmm Not one of Heinlein's best IMHO but then no author I've ever come across has not had at least one book in their collection that was 'meh'Don't get me wrong this book did have some good parts and interesting concepts but overall and the ending left something to be desired The most I can give it is 3255 starsFor a solid Heinlein read I suggest 'The Past through Tomorrow' 'Stranger in a Strange Land' or 'Time Enough For Love'


  10. says:

    2020 reread #1Ah the glories of free audio books on demand I needed a pick me up during some stressful tasks and having this running in the background proved just the thing2020 reread #1Sometimes Heinlein is just what I need His characters are rich and plots neatly crafted Glory Road has always been one of my favorites with a least a nod to Heroes and Monsters among the satire and commentary and the fallacy of the All American BoyMy library has again expanded electronic offerings and opportunities for borrowing them and I recently found that Glory Road was in audio form and ready so I let it lull me to sleep a few nights and sing with me in the shower for a few morningsThe audio version well To the plus plus plus plus plus side the voice artist is the ridiculously talented Bronson Pinchont who manages distinct accents and voices over at least five characters To the negative though they needed an eually talented editor familiar with the book to prep and filter the voicesThe trouble starts in the center of the book when we find the Hero's nemesis a seemingly throw away swordsman guarding the treasure He's dressed for the Paris of Richelieu and sports a merry grin and the biggest nose west of Durante and astute readers will recognize him as the shade of Cyrano de BergeracSo Mr Pinchot plays him with an accent somewhere between Star Trek's Riley and Pirates' BarbosaWell the trouble actually backtracks to the early chapters Since our Hero meets his travelling companions in France even though they are from way out of town they have French accents So the French accents are already taken and apparently Inigo Montoya filled the uota of Spanish world class swordsmen yep we'll go IrishBut wait there's Near the end of the book we are in civilization and find that Star has lost her accent No big deal But our Hero's buddy won't give up bad French even after being described as speaking Cockney like a costermonger Bostonese like Beacon Hill Aussie like a KangarooSo yeah reasonably good in audio but with that feeling that things just aren't right


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Enty universesRobert A Heinlein's one true fantasy novel Glory Road is as much fun today as when he wrote it after Stranger in a Strange Land Heinlein proves himself as adept with sword and sorcery as with rockets and slide rules and the result is exciting satirical fast paced funny and tremendously readable a favorite of all who have read it Glory Road is a masterpiece of escapist entertainment with a typically Heinleinian sting in its tail Tor is proud to return this all time classic to hardcover to be discovered by a new generation of reade Glory Road has long been one of my two favorite Robert A Heinlein novels I cheerfully volunteered to review this then new 2004 edition Well there's always a risk in revisiting an old favorite especially for a critical readingI did enjoy Samuel R Delany's graceful and affectionate afterword Young Galahad aka EC Gordon is pricking o'er the plain of life when on the Ile du Levant he runs into She Who Must Be Obeyed and her grandson Alberich cum Sancho Panza all three of whom then journey down the Yellow Brick Road until after a bit of hedonistic horseplay and a variety of dragon slaying they are to the Dark Tower come Delany even figures out that the Mystery Swordsman was none other than Cyrano de Bergerac CoolAnd Heinlein is careful to give sfnal explanations for all these magical shenanigans What's he continues the story after the uest is Won to see what happens to a Hero whose dreams have all come true Hint it ain't pretty Heinlein's prose in Glory Road is as clear as crystal a joy to read So there's still a lot to like hereWhat I didn't like this time were the dumb outdated sex role attitudes of the characters I mean here's Her Wisdom Empress of the Twenty Universes endlessly simpering over 'Scar' Gordon hick from the sticks He is a Hero and a hunk but give me a break And the constant condescension of the Galactics for us poor old Earth humans is both silly and wearingSo I just didn't have that much fun rereading Glory Road this time guys The book felt dated and silly and tired There's a lot windy pontificating on Heinlein's hobby horses than I remembered and the whole novel has a makeshift ramshackle feel to it SighAnyway I'm kinda sorry I signed up to do this review Another hazy golden memory of youth slain by critical rereadingSo should you read Glory Road if you never have? I may not be the best one to ask The problem is I've read the book at least a half dozen times since it was published in 1963 I used to love this book It's been a reliable comfort read for decades but I'd never read it in analytical review writer mode And it just didn't hold up to thatGlory Road has been accumulating praise and brickbats since it was first published fifty some years ago And it can still stir up controversy I posted an early draft of this mildly negative review to an online Heinlein newsgroup and was furiously attacked to the point that the then President of the Heinlein Society emailed my editor at SF Site demanding that he not publish this review It is puerile shows evident lack of critical analysis and knowledge of a classic work yadda yadda That's right folks Banned by the Heinlein Society That's a lot of heat for a 60 year old pulp adventure novel written to paraphrase its author to compete for Joe's beer money For better or worse Heinlein's influence on SF has been massive For pure escapist reading you could do a whole lot worse than Glory Road Especially if you are a horny young male Older readers however may want to hold on to the illusions of youth and pass up the rereadI found three substantial critical reviews of Glory Road online which is three than you'd find for 98% of the bestselling novels of 40 years ago The most recent is an interesting review essay by Jonathan Strahan a sharp then young Australian editor which is spoiler free Honestly as much as I loved it when I was young and as much as I've admired Heinlein all these years it's hard to see Glory Road as being anything other than one for the history books note 1Novelist and critic Alexei Panshin has an interesting near contemporaneous review no longer online He didn't much care for it which was a pretty common reaction among fans at the time Glory Road spends the bulk of its energy on conversation about the relativity of customs the second rate nature of sex as practiced on this planet Earthmen are Lousy Lovers etc The sword and sorcery fantasy merely comes as an interlude in the conversation as though clowns were to pummel each other with bladders as an entr'acte on Meet the PressDelany's 1979 afterword no longer online is the most sympathetic The ease and energy about Glory Road suggest an author in a pleasant state vis a vis his own creative power It is a voice that carries a high degree of joyous abandon Look it seems to say if not sing This is no serious than a feather nor will it ever be Wonderfully written and insightful stuff Note 1 The late President of the Heinlein Society summarily rejected Mr Strahan's opinions because he's barely forty years old and wasn't even born when Glory Road was written His undergraduate degree was in economics and history not literature That's right folks He's not ualified to review Glory Road because he's not old enough And he doesn't have a degree in literature Strahan's review is no longer onlineReview commissioned by SF Site 2005 revised 2017 The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, universesRobert A Heinlein's one true fantasy novel Glory Road is as much fun today as when he wrote it after Stranger in a Strange Land Heinlein proves himself as adept with sword and sorcery as with rockets and slide rules and the result is exciting satirical fast paced funny and tremendously readable a favorite of all who have read it Glory Road is a masterpiece of escapist entertainment with a typically Heinleinian sting in its tail Tor is proud to return this all time classic to hardcover to be discovered by a new generation of reade Glory Road has long been one of my two favorite Robert A Heinlein novels I cheerfully volunteered to review this then new 2004 edition Well there's always a risk in revisiting an old favorite especially for a critical readingI did enjoy Samuel R Delany's graceful and affectionate afterword Young Galahad aka EC Gordon is pricking o'er the plain of life when on the Ile du Levant he runs into She Who Must Be Obeyed and her grandson Alberich cum Sancho Panza all three of whom then journey down the Yellow Brick Road The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, until after a bit of hedonistic horseplay and a variety of dragon slaying they are to the Dark Tower come Delany even figures out that the Mystery Swordsman was none other than Cyrano de Bergerac CoolAnd Heinlein is careful to give sfnal explanations for all these magical shenanigans What's he continues the story after the The Asset (Wounded Warrior uest is Won to see what happens to a Hero whose dreams have all come true Hint it ain't pretty Heinlein's prose in Glory Road is as clear as crystal a joy to read So there's still a lot to like hereWhat I didn't like this time were the dumb outdated sex role attitudes of the characters I mean here's Her Wisdom Empress of the Twenty Universes endlessly simpering over 'Scar' Gordon hick from the sticks He is a Hero and a hunk but give me a break And the constant condescension of the Galactics for Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911, us poor old Earth humans is both silly and wearingSo I just didn't have that much fun rereading Glory Road this time guys The book felt dated and silly and tired There's a lot windy pontificating on Heinlein's hobby horses than I remembered and the whole novel has a makeshift ramshackle feel to it SighAnyway I'm kinda sorry I signed Amazing Discoveries That Unlock the Bible up to do this review Another hazy golden memory of youth slain by critical rereadingSo should you read Glory Road if you never have? I may not be the best one to ask The problem is I've read the book at least a half dozen times since it was published in 1963 I The Ruminator used to love this book It's been a reliable comfort read for decades but I'd never read it in analytical review writer mode And it just didn't hold Infamous up to thatGlory Road has been accumulating praise and brickbats since it was first published fifty some years ago And it can still stir Comfort of a Man up controversy I posted an early draft of this mildly negative review to an online Heinlein newsgroup and was furiously attacked to the point that the then President of the Heinlein Society emailed my editor at SF Site demanding that he not publish this review It is puerile shows evident lack of critical analysis and knowledge of a classic work yadda yadda That's right folks Banned by the Heinlein Society That's a lot of heat for a 60 year old pulp adventure novel written to paraphrase its author to compete for Joe's beer money For better or worse Heinlein's influence on SF has been massive For pure escapist reading you could do a whole lot worse than Glory Road Especially if you are a horny young male Older readers however may want to hold on to the illusions of youth and pass A Cowboy Christmas up the rereadI found three substantial critical reviews of Glory Road online which is three than you'd find for 98% of the bestselling novels of 40 years ago The most recent is an interesting review essay by Jonathan Strahan a sharp then young Australian editor which is spoiler free Honestly as much as I loved it when I was young and as much as I've admired Heinlein all these years it's hard to see Glory Road as being anything other than one for the history books note 1Novelist and critic Alexei Panshin has an interesting near contemporaneous review no longer online He didn't much care for it which was a pretty common reaction among fans at the time Glory Road spends the bulk of its energy on conversation about the relativity of customs the second rate nature of sex as practiced on this planet Earthmen are Lousy Lovers etc The sword and sorcery fantasy merely comes as an interlude in the conversation as though clowns were to pummel each other with bladders as an entr'acte on Meet the PressDelany's 1979 afterword no longer online is the most sympathetic The ease and energy about Glory Road suggest an author in a pleasant state vis a vis his own creative power It is a voice that carries a high degree of joyous abandon Look it seems to say if not sing This is no serious than a feather nor will it ever be Wonderfully written and insightful stuff Note 1 The late President of the Heinlein Society summarily rejected Mr Strahan's opinions because he's barely forty years old and wasn't even born when Glory Road was written His Comfort of a Man undergraduate degree was in economics and history not literature That's right folks He's not Husband From 9 To 5 ualified to review Glory Road because he's not old enough And he doesn't have a degree in literature Strahan's review is no longer onlineReview commissioned by SF Site 2005 revised 2017

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E C Scar Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia but he hadn't given up his habit of scanning the Personals in the newspaper One ad in particular leapt out at himARE YOU A COWARD? This is not for you We badly need a brave man He must be 23 to 25 years old in perfect health at least six feet tall weigh about 190 pounds fluent English with some French proficient in all weapons some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential willing to travel no family or emotional ties indomitably courageous an Re reading my least favorite of Heinlein's works because who knows? Maybe an older eye can shed some light upon this most shameful of tales rife with sexism unabashed fantastical thinking that works because this is a fantasy or the fact that there might be a good reason why Heinlein only wrote one fantasy novelResults of my analysis are pretty much the same as when I was a kid Odd that I mean sure there's the fighting of dragons and lots of really cool swordplay geometrical magical symbols and magic flying everywhere and adventure adventure adventure and while none of that is particularly noteworthy in a world literally overwhelmed with such things there is a certain odd uirk to this novel that at once feels way out of place for a fantasy novel and later how it becomes almost the entire focusIt's a book about relationshipsNot heroism guts luck or doing one's manly dutyIt's about getting in the girl's pants discovering that she's playing him for the same reason marrying her because of a sense of that's what men do learning she's a galactic empress in a high tech interstellar kingdom learning he's filthy rich and then even though he's wildly in love with her gets bored within months and drops her to go back to earth and act like a screwed up war vet all the while obsessing over her the fact that he'd just given up high tech immortality and endless wealth and he dropped her all because she's freaking old too and it doesn't even matter if she looks like she's in her early 20's and she's an empress that has been ruling for a long time He's upset because she went out to sow her wild oats and he was the resultWild sexism is rampant throughout this novel Absolutely All on his part He's pretty much the perfect example of do as I say not as I do idiocy that men tell each other about the women in their lives and because this is a poor fantasy because it is just as fantastical to see this dipshit as a lady's man that all the chicks flock to it IS a condemnation of such thinking tooI mean I think I'd have preferred to have read the book from Star's PoV not Scar's After all she's out there playing the game and even offering this dipshit not just the world but her wonderful self endless wealth immortality and the respect of a whole empire for the heroic deeds that he and she accomplished She played the game as only a smart and sexy woman of 1964 could play it hamming it up for the benefit of the idiot male and giving him what he expected at every turn All she really wanted was fun and companionship and a bit of love She'd already had three children and 50 born ex vitro She has experience she's smart and she's boredIt's just a shame that we had to follow along with this asshole instead If the novel had been written the way that Heinlein had written Maureen from Sail Beyond the Sunset this novel would probably be a long enduring classic But it wasn'tI did like the full synthesis of other universal conditions that changed the laws where certain tech isn't feasible but magic is This makes the novel Science Fantasy rather than standard SF but I have no problems with it It was nominated for the Hugo in '64 and Way Station won instead That was a smart move Way Station was awesome I knocked off a star from my original review for all the reasons listed It may be unfair to judge a work that is of its times this way kind of like judging the men in Mad Men in the early 60's for their behavior by our standards but it is what it is shrug Let's see how some of my better beloved Heinleins will hold up The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, up his habit of scanning the Personals in the newspaper One ad in particular leapt out at himARE YOU A COWARD? This is not for you We badly need a brave man He must be 23 to 25 years old in perfect health at least six feet tall weigh about 190 pounds fluent English with some French proficient in all weapons some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential willing to travel no family or emotional ties indomitably courageous an Re reading my least favorite of Heinlein's works because who knows? Maybe an older eye can shed some light The Echo (The Anomaly Quartet, upon this most shameful of tales rife with sexism The Asset (Wounded Warrior unabashed fantastical thinking that works because this is a fantasy or the fact that there might be a good reason why Heinlein only wrote one fantasy novelResults of my analysis are pretty much the same as when I was a kid Odd that I mean sure there's the fighting of dragons and lots of really cool swordplay geometrical magical symbols and magic flying everywhere and adventure adventure adventure and while none of that is particularly noteworthy in a world literally overwhelmed with such things there is a certain odd Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911, uirk to this novel that at once feels way out of place for a fantasy novel and later how it becomes almost the entire focusIt's a book about relationshipsNot heroism guts luck or doing one's manly dutyIt's about getting in the girl's pants discovering that she's playing him for the same reason marrying her because of a sense of that's what men do learning she's a galactic empress in a high tech interstellar kingdom learning he's filthy rich and then even though he's wildly in love with her gets bored within months and drops her to go back to earth and act like a screwed Amazing Discoveries That Unlock the Bible up war vet all the while obsessing over her the fact that he'd just given The Ruminator up high tech immortality and endless wealth and he dropped her all because she's freaking old too and it doesn't even matter if she looks like she's in her early 20's and she's an empress that has been ruling for a long time He's Infamous upset because she went out to sow her wild oats and he was the resultWild sexism is rampant throughout this novel Absolutely All on his part He's pretty much the perfect example of do as I say not as I do idiocy that men tell each other about the women in their lives and because this is a poor fantasy because it is just as fantastical to see this dipshit as a lady's man that all the chicks flock to it IS a condemnation of such thinking tooI mean I think I'd have preferred to have read the book from Star's PoV not Scar's After all she's out there playing the game and even offering this dipshit not just the world but her wonderful self endless wealth immortality and the respect of a whole empire for the heroic deeds that he and she accomplished She played the game as only a smart and sexy woman of 1964 could play it hamming it Comfort of a Man up for the benefit of the idiot male and giving him what he expected at every turn All she really wanted was fun and companionship and a bit of love She'd already had three children and 50 born ex vitro She has experience she's smart and she's boredIt's just a shame that we had to follow along with this asshole instead If the novel had been written the way that Heinlein had written Maureen from Sail Beyond the Sunset this novel would probably be a long enduring classic But it wasn'tI did like the full synthesis of other A Cowboy Christmas universal conditions that changed the laws where certain tech isn't feasible but magic is This makes the novel Science Fantasy rather than standard SF but I have no problems with it It was nominated for the Hugo in '64 and Way Station won instead That was a smart move Way Station was awesome I knocked off a star from my original review for all the reasons listed It may be Comfort of a Man unfair to judge a work that is of its times this way kind of like judging the men in Mad Men in the early 60's for their behavior by our standards but it is what it is shrug Let's see how some of my better beloved Heinleins will hold Husband From 9 To 5 up

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D handsome of face and figure Permanent employment very high pay glorious adventure great danger You must apply in person rue Dante Nice 2me étage apt DHow could you not answer an ad like that especially when it seemed to describe you perfectly? Well except maybe for the handsome part but that was in the eye of the beholder anyway So he went to that apartment and was greeted by the most beautiful woman he'd ever met She seemed to have many names but agreed he could call her Star A pretty appropriate name as it turned out for the empress of tw If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewGo To Feel Good Novel Glory Road by Robert A HeinleinIt's just past midnight and as I stare across the desk at the book wall opposite I spot the slim red spine of an old paperback Robert A Heinlein's “Glory Road” It must be ages since I last read it; it was worth dipping into again; it’s always been a go to feel good book for meIt tells the tale of a Vietnam vet recruited in Europe on his way home from Vietnam by the Empress of the Multiverse to recover the Egg of the Phoenix a stolen political database for a trans dimensional civilization that leads him on a hero's journey that includes ogres