Review of The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein

Part of the Worlds Without End Grand Masters Reading Challenge

I didn’t expect to read a Heinlein novel as part of GMRC, because I wanted to try more “new” old authors.  But I ended up pressed for time, and so resorted to a shortie, one of Heinlein’s “Juveniles.”  I must be juvenile-minded, because this book was a lot of fun.  The Stone family and their goodnatured bickering really made me grin.  A welcome relief from the stuffy prose and flat characters that I have found to be the key ingredients of most of the Grand Master books I picked (damn me).  I particularly loved Heinlein’s semi-rant about the preposterous reciprocating engine, and the Stone twins, Castor and Pollux, reminded me of the Weasley twins from Harry Potter.  I picked this book not just because it’s short, but because I read about it on the super-awesome website Atomic Rockets, and with good reason is it cited there – quite a bit of info about rocketry, orbital mechanics, and the complexities of space travel can be found tucked away amidst the hilarious bantering of the Stones.  Enjoy.

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