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Review: Robert Heinlein book I Will Fear No Evil
Robert Heinlein book I Will Fear No Evil
Gender
Rich man's brain is put into a young woman's body.
From: Joan Gnarlwode , 605 months, post #1
This book will be considered offensive to people of classic feminist sensibilities. But if you come from the other school of feminism, that says that the differences between men and women are wonderful, and that the old-fashioned sex roles are functional and conducive to
happiness to many men and women, you won't find this offensive. In fact it some ways Heinlein was rather brave to put forward this view of things--which portrays female characters who are strong, independent, and sexy, but fiercely and proudly old-fashionedly female. I think there's a bit of unconscious misogyny in people who find this view offensive.

That's really what Heinlein is explaring in this book. The TG elements here are very strong, it's basically the main storyline and pretty damn sexy. The ending does become a bit unfocused, but it's still fun. If you've read a lot of Heinlein you'll recognize that this suffers from some of the predictable problems of later Heinlein, but if Heinlein is relatively new to you this shouldn't bother you.

It would also be tempting to suggest that this book's TG elements are handled in a "cliched" fashion, except this book was written decades ago and as such has to be considered to predate anything that's become cliched in modern TG fiction. The book was well ahead of its time.


From: Azrana , 605 months, post #2
The book was ok as far as the challenge of making things appear to be a reasonable male to female switch, but the consept of two and later three identities inside one body and conversing with each other makes it appear as though the book is the story of a schizo instead of a man finding himself to be a woman. Some good paragraph's but the book as a whole is not connected right.


From: Gavin , 605 months, post #3
Late Heinlein, i.e. not very good at all. I found the quasi-mysticism irksome.



From: Ivan Homeless , 605 months, post #4
I think Robert Heinlein's biggest problem is that all of his works have the same characters and the same basic feel. So it is here. Most women I've talked to about this book were insulted by Heinlein's conception of what being transformed into a woman would mean, and I can't help but agree. It's occasionally interesting, and certainly grapples with many of the "change" issues that most of us would associate with the shock of waking up in a body of the opposite sex, but it does so in extremely cliched fashion. All that being said, it IS first and foremost a TG body-swapping novel, and will probably interest most readers of this list on this basis alone, despite Heinlein's poor sense of character development and gender politics.


From: Corwin , 233 months, post #5
Superb book. A must-read. This one should be on the "top ten" list of books on this list, maybe even number 1. The fact that it predates so many similar works -most of which are pale imitations- is all the more remarkable. And, while it was published decades ago, it presents and explores male and female characters and characterizations vastly better than most writings which have come out since. No psychos. No head cases. No neurotics.
Find this one! Buy. Read. Learn.

From: johanson , 210 months, post #6
For its time, this book is interesting and groudbreaking. Look Irma La Deuce for a comparison. If you did like this, then may I recommend all of John Varley's work,including, Milineum(non tg). The future is here and his name is Varley, now let's get him off his duff.

From: anonymous , 207 months, post #7
This is no great work of art, but if you like Heilein and pure escapism, then it is a good light read. It is a good airport book in that you can skim thru most of i in 8 to 12 hours. It is also fun to reread as Heilein does make some points that are fun and funny.

From: guest (Gamemaker1) , 165 months, post #8
I don't really know what to say about this story. It was compelling, but only if you like physical joy. This stories really bothering me, wrong images always popping up. One subtle point to the story. In the beginning of the book(after the brain transplant) he hears the voice that had occupied the body. You don't know if shes crazy. But, I wouldn't recomend this book to anybody under the age of 25. Bit radical, but the entire book is as bad as the Eyes of the Calculor. (Don't even ask) The cover was pornographic.

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