Review: Podkayne of Mars

Podkayne of MarsPodkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I forgot to review this after finishing it so memory is a bit light now. I remember the story being okay, an interesting female protagonist with some unfortunate sexist ideas to deal with.

This definitely requires a re-reading because despite the time period in which it was published, I like Heinlein’s heroines, which are few. He seemed to have a hard time writing a good female co-star as anything but a sex object, but when put in the driver’s seat, his leading ladies were capable and strong and independent.

That’s confusing to me. Heinlein is pretty confusing, though, due to his inconsistent writing over the years. I have speculated before that I believe he was experimenting with a lot of different ideas over the years, which led to some truly magnificent novels and some quite bad ones–whereas it’s usually preferable for a writer to produce consistently good stuff. Nope, not Heinlein: he either knocked it out of the park or struck out. That implies a daring personality willing to take risks, and I can respect that.

View all my reviews

Similar Posts

  • Review: The Vampire Lestat (0)
    The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice My rating: 2 of 5 stars I am so relieved to have finished this ridiculous, overrated, badly written novel. And I can't wait to get started on Queen now. […]
  • Review: Alien: Sea of Sorrows (0)
    Alien: Sea of Sorrows by James A. Moore My rating: 2 of 5 stars The writing was just abysmally bad, plus there were a lot if stupid mistakes (like calling the year 2500 a "new […]
  • Review: No Country for Old Men (0)
    No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy My rating: 5 of 5 stars Marvelous. I enjoy it more after every read and do not get tired of it. I'm using Mccarthy now as a model to improve […]
  • Review: The Currents of Space (0)
    The Currents of Space by Isaac Asimov My rating: 2 of 5 stars Surprised at how boring this old classic Asimov turned out to be (same reaction I had to The Stars, Like Dust--however, I […]
  • Review: Gods of Night (0)
    Gods of Night by David Mack My rating: 3 of 5 stars I slogged through it and it was never quite right for me, very hit or miss. But, I like David Mack and will read the next two to […]

Leave a Reply