South African Young Adult Literature in English, 2000-2014 dThe easiest way toescribe this book is that it s an amusing family road trip in spaceI ve come to adore Heinlein s Baby Peter LEGACY OF ABUSE dry sense of humour which often appears in one or two characters in his books but here we have a whole family of smartasses From Captain to Doctor to grandmother toaughter to entrepreneurial twins and a Shards of Glass - A Little Girls Journey Back into Her World of Physical, Mental and Sexual Abuse determined little boy with typical little boy stubborness Oh and flat cats which are bestescribed as well tribbles but flatterThe Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America description of this book focuses on the twins but Castor and Pollux are nothing without the support of their family and what a supportive family it is Even when their father is threatening to shove them out of an airlock or their mother is uietly rolling her eyes at their antics this is clearly not theysfunctional family they seem to pretend to be They are a tight knit group where loyalty and love is evident even through the sarcasm and idle threats The Stones are what every family should aspire to be like and this book was what every family trip wishes it could be though maybe without the Nature-Inspired Optimization Algorithms deadlyiseases and other critical threats of interplanetary travelwwwbibliosanctumcom This is one of Heinlein s juveniles which means it Geographies of Learning: Theory and Practice, Activism and Performance doesn t have any adult situations and nothing tooire happens to anyone It s also written in a lighthearted whimsical fashion with a lot of witty BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 50 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 50: Billionaires Secret Baby 5 (Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) dialogue and rapid uips that reminded me of the old screwball comedy films I laughed a lot Yet it is chock full of real hard science regarding astrophysics space travel and the physics of other worlds What a great way to introduce science to young people Recommended for ages 9 99 My first Heinlein read Fundamentally the story line is close to the Lost in Space television series of many years ago The book is easy to read and I highly recommend young readers take a look at how future space travel was viewed some 57 years ago The book has valuable insights into family values andealing with nearly absolute isolation for long periods of time And they Unequal Profession did not have Game Boys Itoesn t seem likely for twins to have the same middle name Even so it s clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have Trouble written in that spot on their birth certificates Of course anyone who s met their grandmother Hazel would know they came by it honestlyJoin the Stone twins as they connive cajole and bamboozle their way across the solar system in the company of the most high spirited and hilarious family in all of science fiction 35 stars The Rolling Stones was our fantasy book club pick for October and I thought it was a fun light sci fi read The twins Castor and Pollux reminded me a little bit of Fred and George Weasley from Harry Potter They and their grandma Hazel were the best things about this book One thing I was slightly Ormus Modern Day Alchemy disappointed in was that theaughter kind of faded into the background and her father The Archaeology of Mothering: An African-American Midwife's Tale didn t seem to have enough faith in her abilities But then there is the very positive portrayal of the mother who is aoctor and the grandmother who is an engineer and very independent and I liked that A couple of things to note are that the Trouble with Tribbles episode of the original Star Trek series was a complete rip off of the flat cats in this book and there are numerous ideas from this book that seem to have influenced other sci fi stories and books over the years The Expanse series came to mind with its Belters and Martian coloniesWhile there were some enjoyably funny moments I Lo pienso bien y lo digo mal did feel like the book was a bitull at times I The Illustrated Anthology of Sorcery, Magic, and Alchemy did like that it was short and easy to get through even through the parts thatragged This was written way back in the 50s so some of it feels a bit Love, Immortal (Alchemy, dated Clearly Heinleinid not predict igital technology but I m not sure anyone would have at that point If you want to try some classic sci fi then I say give This A TryEvery Time I a tryEvery time I about this book I think about a space ship with bicycles stuck all over the outside of it and I smile Review also posted at Writings of a Reader Heinlein s juveniles have always been among my favorite SF I liked a lot of them than some of his later novels written for adults I read The Rolling Stones so long ago I barely remembered it but some of it came back to me as I listened to it again as an audiobookAlas the years have iminished my fondness for this light hearted space romp somewhat While it was a fun adventure about a wisecracking hyper competent family of adventurers seeking their fortune and something adventurous out in the solar system there isn t much to impress the modern SF reader about flying a rocket ship to Mars Venus and beyondThe Stones
consist of Castor and Pollux trouble making teenage twins always scheming to get rich and prove they re the smartest of Castor and Pollux trouble making teenage twins always scheming to get rich and prove they re the smartest in any room who rive most of the adventure with their original idea to buy an old mining ship Somehow their parents are talked into this harebrained scheme with a little manipulation by Grandma Hazel who is a crusty old survivor of the Lunar rebellion in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and can continue to hold her own with anyone a fraction of her age The Stone family is rounded out by teenage aughter Meade and their little brotherAs in most Heinlein stories everyone is super competent the twins have what nowadays would be considered a graduate level understanding of mathematics which their father the moral center and patriarch of the family Renaissance Emerge Series despite by his own admission having the lowest Iemonstrates isn t nearly good enough Mrs Stone is a Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power doctor Grandma Hazel is well Grandma Hazel and even Meade whooes little than fill in the girl box in the story is smart and accomplished in a few omainsThe Stone family is a uintessential upper middle class white family circa 1952 when this story was written flying out into space under the wise and benevolent leadership of Father Knows Best And while Heinlein works out starship physics and planetary travel in
Great Detail Gotta Love detail gotta love slide rules that always make an appearance making this story the sort of crunchy believable hard SF that would have thrilled young would be space pioneers back in the 50s obviously to us in the 21st century the idea that people will ever be jaunting about the solar system in private spaceships the way pioneers used to go west with little than a mule and a pack of supplies certainly. It oesn’t seem likely for twins to have the same middle name Even so it’s clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have Trouble written in that spot on their birth certificates Of course anyone who’s met their grandmother Haz.
have plot but which somehow works It all started with Stoneplot but which somehow works It all started with Stone Castor and Pollux looks like their parents took the easy way when they named their kids trying to organize a business eal The kids their age was never mentioned but I thought they were well in their teens were born in a Moon city To make a long story short they ecided it would be a good investment if they buy a bunch of bicycles made on the Moon and
sell them on mars this lead to thethem on Mars This lead to the Stone family consisting of grandmother and overall tough gal Hazel their parents Edith and Roger their sister Meade and their kid brother Lowell to buying a ecent second hand spaceship and heading for Mars They had Gem is Mine but Heart is Yours different adventures andecided to visit the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter where they had even adventures The interesting part was that the most adventures were medical emergencies Edith was a very competent American Africans in Ghana Black Expatriates and the Civil Rights Era The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture doctor I looked through the reviews and to my surprise found out the reviewersid not like the fact that Stone family was functional Like people have never seen a family that can live together in harmony never before Do we really come to this Speaking about the family the Matriarch Hazel was the best character hands BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 16 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 16: Billionaires Secret Baby (Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) down She never failed to steal any scene she was in Bravo Granny The twins taken together came close to her in being great characters but not uite on her level This trio made the book the rest of the characters were just along for a ride I mean to move the plot Whyo Jetsons came to my mind all of a sudden Some other amusinginteresting things of note from the book One of its scene was taken wholesale into an episode of the original Star Trek Because everybody and their brother included the relevant picture in their review I am not going to bother I will just mention that I really want a Martian flat cat Another thing worthy of notice It is a safe bet no matter where a person lives heshe inevitably complains about high taxes Let me assure you we the Earthlings have it easy everywhere Martian taxes are outright scary So if anybody think about founding a colony on Mars keep in mind you will not be able to afford it according to the book s optimistic prediction about Mars taxation Moon on the other hand is OK One nitpick the whole third generation of Stones was born on the Moon How come none of them have problems with bone My Hero Academia density and muscleegeneration This is a big problem even for modern cosmonauts that spend short time in free fall Heinlein was very careful about science part of science fiction how Gotham Academy, Volume 3: Yearbook did he manage to overlook something so obviousIn any way the book is fun to read On the positive we have side Hazel and twins they rule On the negative side we have a weak plot and occasional slowdowns All of these yield firm 3 stars in my opinion Io not regret reading the book and will happily read Heinlein s next Juvenile adventure PS Did you know that Alexei Leonov was also an artist I loved his works when I was a kid I still Diamond in the Dark do. Ght hearted tale has some of Heinlein’s sassiestialogue not to mention the famous Flat Cats incident Oddly enough it’s also a true example of real family values–for when you’re a Stone your family is your highest priority.
review Ù E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Robert A. HeinleinSeems naiveAs an introduction to Heinlein s juveniles with very little that is challenging or novel but much to excite a young reader who s into space and adventure I o think this book holds a worthy place in the canon of Golden Age science fiction I prefer Heinlein to Asimov and the other hard S F G A GMs This is not one of his classics but it is an entertaining and harmless read Recommended for audiobook which is read by a full talented cast and is accompanied by cheesy sound effects and old time radio era aesthetic charm A fun for the whole family space opera adventure where there is sure to be a heartwarming ending and every sign of tragedy along the way is merely good for a gasp before the inevitable sigh of relief provided by the convenient resolution right around the corner How many of these pulp serials id Heinlein churn out I ll sift through a The Devil’s Historians How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past dozen of them eventually I m sureThe Rolling Stones are a large family of geniuses The precocious twins Castor and Pollux get up to hijinks wherever their ship lands which is a lot of locales like Luna Mars and various asteroids Heinlein instructs us on family values and sprinkles in plenty of eighth grade science I m not ashamed to say I learned a thing or two It s often humorous fun lighthearted and merry Refreshing in the sense that the author is not trying to knock your socks off with literary pronouncements and huge set pieces He s telling a bedtime story It has fuzzy cat creatures and progresses by virtue of the prospector acumen of our undersized go getter main characters The father figure in the book is also writing a serial about a galactic hero I found that side plot to be an extra layer of cute Robert A Heinlein is a much revered name in Science Fiction He won many awards including several Hugo awards and in 1974 was named the first Science Fiction Writers Grand Master Sometimes he is referred to as theean of science fiction writers for his numerous novels and short stories Although always emphasising scientific accuracy he wrote very accessibly and was one of the first American science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines So how The African American Odyssey Volume 2 does this early novel originally aimed at boy scouts hold up The answer for me is not as well as I had hopedSpace Family Stone by Robert A Heinlein started life as a serial over four months in the magazine Boys Life This condensed version was published under the title Tramp Space Ship and by the end of the same year 1952 it was published in book form in the USA as The Rolling Stones Space Family Stone is its title in the UKThe novel was well received by critics and public alike By now Robert A Heinlein had established a good reputation for writing juvenile novels in addition to his other writing and these were inemand George Pal s cult film Destination Moon a personal favourite of mine from 1950 was also oing very well and breaking new ground It was the first major US science fiction film to eal with the angers of space travel and the conseuent problems of America s first lunar mission involving the astronaut s safe return It is as well to remember that this event in real life was not to take place for another 19 years Robert A Heinlein was the film s technical adviser and the screenplay was based partly on his first juvenile novel Rocket Ship
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also a tie in novella Destination Moon based on the film whose storyline also uses partsa tie in novella Destination Moon based on the film whose storyline also uses parts his novel The Man Who Sold the Moon from 1949 which was not published until 1951Perhaps working in Hollywood on a Technicolour space exploration science fiction film rama had influenced his writing At any rate this is the first book of his to employ a jokey tone and to be honest the continual wisecracks wore a little thin for me though I am uite prepared to concede that this may be because I am English and sense of humour can be tricky to cross cultures I o feel that if I were now to watch the episodes of Lost in Space that I so loved as a child in the 1960s I would wince in embarrassment and find them sadly lacking Space Family Stone has a lot in common with that TV series Although it is about space exploration it is a space opera with all the action firmly revolving around a family Robert A Heinlein s new wife Virginia had suggested he write about a pair of red headed twins and so Castor and Pollux the 15 year old Space twins came to be born Frankly I find these the two most irritating characters in the book although perhaps they exemplify the American ream They are fledgeling entrepreneurs who espite being high achievers turn everything into a business opportunityOther characters in Space Family Stone are the family matriarch Hazel Meade Stone a gun toting grandma one of the Founders of the colony on Luna She seems to rule the roost without uestion is crazy as a skew orbit behaves like something out of the Wild West and although the use of firearms is forbidden she even wears a gun holster although it is filled with cough candyThe twins rather ineffectual father Roger although possibly the least accomplished member of the family skippers the spacecraft And boy o we know it as he increasingly resorts to variants on the theme of I m the captain of this ship and THE COCAINE ADDICTION CURE (Drug Addiction, 12 Step Program, Road to Recovery, Alcohol Addiction) don t you forget it whenever any of the Stone family appears to have an original idea or become annoyingly enthusiastic Their mother Edith a brilliant scientist andoctor is a superwoman who gets her own way by forever repeating Yes Boku no Hero Academia dj - Osananajimi ga Sugoku Yakkai na Kosei ni Kakatteru dear Presumably this is intended to beroll It isn t Oh and by the way she oes all the cooking although the other female members of the crew chip in when she is absentThere is a aughter whose part in the plot is so insignificant that I forget her name She gets emotional at the Imprisoned with the Alien Rohilian Warrior drop of a hatreams about the hunky young men whom she might meet at various space stations and sits knitting Then there is the baby Lowell nicknamed Buster who is an extraordinary child a chess genius with telepathic skills All three females look after the extraordinary child a chess genius with telepathic skills All three females look after the exclusively Clearly he is intended to seem cute I am not entirely sure when to say that certain aspects of the humour are extremely Masterplots II dated that this family is annoying to the point of crassness and that they seem to be stuck in their own little time warpOf course in 1952 theynamics of this family El would know that they came by it honestly Join the Stone twins as they connive cajole and bamboozle their way across the Solar System in the company of the most high spirited and hilarious family in all of science fiction This li.