I Will Fear No Evil

I Will Fear No Evil

Book - 1970
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Publisher: New York : Putnam, [1970]
Characteristics: 401 p. 22 cm

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JJAlora
Jun 04, 2019

I sooo expected to enjoy this book, (having found Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land to be thought-provoking and unique). However....ughh, it was an effort to get through this one hoping it would get better since the premise was so full of potential. Nope, sorry Mr. Heinlein, but you could have done so much better after a promising start to this book, in my humble opinion. The idea of a man's brain being implanted into a woman's body, and then ending up with both entities inhabiting the body, was absolutely amazing! It brought up so many questions around where the personality actually resides, where thinking comes from, the urges & temperament of each gender & how they are viewed by others when inside a gorgeous body, & more. I feel like I was cheated of so many questions that I was hoping would be expressed by the author's genius. The combined character "Miss Smith" was annoying, manipulative, sex-crazed rather than loving it seemed, and the dialogue seemed to go on forever with him/her trying to entrap the next sex-partner in his/her web. Perhaps I'm viewing the book from less evolved sexual mores or attitudes (a touch square?), but nevertheless I was disappointed in this literary effort.

filled with humor, and fascinating to read. be not warned off of this one. an author before his time.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 21, 2012

Absolutely one of the most disappointing novels I've read. I've been impressed by much of Heinlein's work and even when I've disagreed with his work I've generally considered it worth reading. This book was not worth reading. I finished it, on the off chance that it would improve, but I consider it wasted time.

Really this book seemed little more than Heinlein's ideas of what sexual mores ought to be (namely, that there shouldn't be any). The idea is that an old man has his brain transplanted when he dies, only it winds up being a female body.

In sum: Heinlein wrote some amazing novels. You should go read them and never bother glancing at this one again. It is not worth your time.

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unbalancedbutfair Apr 21, 2012

Sexual Content: No really. A lot of sexual content.

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