I read this book originally back in the 1970s and hadn't realized that I had read it before until I was well into the current reread. I have always liked Heinlein and probably liked this one when I first read it, but I have to say that this novel didn't hold up very well for me. It's kind of a mishmash between fantasy and science fiction and borrows heavily from Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tolkien. The story is pretty outlandish and Heinlein views on sex and politics dominate the theme of the book. He denounces democracy and considers women to be like cats - when they want affection, you better give it to them, if not, leave them alone. Overall, I would recommend rereading one of Burroughs Mars stories rather than reading this drivel again!
This is one of Heinlein's best. But I would say that about any of his works. He had a great imagination and wrote wonderful books. "Scar" Gordon answers a personal ad that promises adventure and travel and requires courage. Of course, he had to apply.
This was a really good book although it didn't seem as much like heinlein's style as most of the books I have read by him this one was very different
Light sci-fantasy with a libertarian/libertine streak. Perfect if you're a 20-something white male who secretly hopes Barbarella will step through an extradimensional portal and ask you to help save the universe.
This is a pretty good yarn about a guy at loose ends who gets caught up in the adventure of a lifetime. If you like Heinlein, yet have never read this one, its worth the time. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Decided to get this book for my 13 year old son, after his father recommended it . He had read it as a teen and enjoyed it. My son truly enjoyed this book.
an interestign read, the whole displaced hero plot (regular american ends up taking a job guarding a fantacy queen) always makes a book interesting and it works well in this book.
My favorite Heinlein book. Straightforward Space Opera!
One of the classics of sci-fi.
badly dated, awful writing.
Robert Heinlein wrote it. Nuf Said
This book is by Robert A. Heinlein.