Ble and sex obsessedThat discussion reminded me of Heinlein s I Will Fear No Evil A Book I Loved As Will Fear No Evil a book I loved as teenager but really haven t thought about in years For people who haven t read it the basic plot is that you have this old billionaire who decides he ll cheat death by having his brain transplanted into someone lse s body He has a super hot young PA that he kind of has a very abstract thing with he s no longer in shape for any concrete things Not only is she stunningly gorgeous she s also a really nice person Due to a bizarre series of accidents she gets killed the same Cabaret evening he s going to have the transplant operation and his brainnds up in her body When he wakes up and finds out what s happened he goes a bit crazy he s been in love with her and it s too much to handle He starts fantasizing that she s still somehow there and he can talk with her It s never made clear whether this is pure fantasy or not Hethey decide to live histheir life according to his idea of how a hot young 20 something chick ought to live itLooking at other people s reviews here Chris complains that the book contains way way too much sex Denise on the other hand complains that she really shouldn t like this book so much but somehow still does Interesting by the way that the negative review comes from a man and the positive one from a woman I m inclined to side with Denise I think it s what Orwell called a good bad book for all its faults the psychology isn t unrealistic A man who somehow nded up in a super hot woman s body probably Would Spend Most Of His Time Having spend most Of His Time Having With Everyone He Might Honestly his time having sex with veryone He might honestly that that s what the body s original owner would want him to do it s less obvious she d agree with him In a way Heinlein s saying some reasonably interesting things about how hard it is for a man to see the world through a woman s yes ven though the situation is set up to give him the best possible chance to do soI was also reminded of a joke I saw a couple of years ago in the British magazine Viz If you haven t seen it it s a strange beast the humor is ostensibly as crude and stupid as possible but under the surface is often remarkably sensitive and sophisticated The joke came from a fake sex advice column In the letter supposedly from a male reader the guy complains about the fact that his girlfriend sometimes refuses him sex If I were a girl he says I d be up for it all the time Oral anal you name it She says that if I were a girl I d want to be treated with respect Which of us is right The supposedly male advice columnist replies You are right and your girlfriend is wrong It s uite funny when you think about it Oh God I shouldn t love this book as much as I do I really really shouldn tOkay first off let s get this out of the way This book was written in 1970 and it reads as horribly dated to a modern reader Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice especially with the gender and sexual politics You re going to have a few moments where you look at it and just go I can t believe he just said that This also isn t at all a good introduction to Heinlein for that try The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress or Tunnel In The Sky orven Stranger In A Strange Land and a lot of people consider this book to be the turning point where Heinlein started going off the deep En plein coeur end completelyThat having been said I still love this book A lotuick plot summary Ultra rich mega billionaire Johann Sebastian Bach Smith is dying of old age di I m not sure how I feel about this book How can one book be so progressive about sexual identity and so sexist at the same time When one thinks about it this is an incredibly forward thinking book Published in 1970 it accepts the idea of multiple labels for sexual desire beyond heterohomo It also takes the idea of not seeing gender but just loving a person to a new height And yet it is probably one of the most sexist books towards women I havever read To Mr Heinlein sexual freedom for women means sex is all they think about The only female characters are nurse secretary and model and they spend most of the book nak. Recently deceased secretary Eunice But Eunice hasn't completely vacated her body. .
I have often wondered where was the point of no return the line of demarcation when Robert A Heinlein left his brilliant work of the 1960s and began his slow descent into weirdness and dirty old manity I think that line xists in I Will Fear No Evil published in 1970 True there was some creepiness prior to this Stranger in a Strange Land and There Is Also Some Fine is also some fine after this segments of Time Enough for Love Job A Comedy of Justice and parts of The Cat Who Walks Through Walls but Heinlein never came back to the glory daysHeinlein is one of the all time greats one of my personal favorite writers but I could not bring myself to finish this one Rich old man pays for a uniue way to get a new body What follows is A LOT of internal dialogue about generation gaps differences between the sexes and AAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHH I just could not take any I was having dinner with some friends the other night when I was reminded of this book Well this one and several others We were talking about how teens in Singapore these days have so much access to positive representations of gay men and gay life than when we were young It s not only because of the internet and gay celebrities coming out It s not ven only because at the time I was a teen it was the decade of AIDS and mainstream representation of gay men was singularly stereotypical and derogatory It was also because gay novels and films were not imported into Singapore In addition to a perceived lack of
there was also the problem of censorship Well Dance Real Slow evidently the censors only went for the obvious stuff Andvidently nobody bothered to check the science fiction novels So my teenage self already an avid fan of fantasy and science fiction discovered surprise surprise positive representations of gay men in th Can Science Fiction Writers Really Predict the Future part 94Not who s just acuired a new Lenovo ThinkPad has spent the last hour getting familiar with the speech recognition capabilities She s been reading out bits of text looking at what comes up on the screen and The Art of Memoir editing the mistakes all using nothing but voice commands After a while I realized why it seemed oddly familiar there s a scenearly on in this 1970 novel where the hero s sexy PA does The Day Christ Was Born: The True Account of the First 24 Hours of Jesus's Life exactly the same thing The way she uses the speechnabled word processor is described in considerable detail and is remarkably similar to what I saw just now And if you aren t sufficiently impressed already at Heinlein s skills as a prognosticator the novel is set in 2015 Spooky or what In fact there s only one important detail he gets wrong Not was fully clothed while Eunice in the book is wearing nothing but a lot of body makeup and an ntrancing smile Well it s hard to score 100% on these things The Bad Sexism Misogyny Reading Heinlein s books today any of his books it s hard not to wince at the things that just aren t acceptable by today s standards His sexism is probably the most difficult so reading a book where the main character Johann Sebastian Bach Smith has his brain transplanted into the gorgeous and perfect Eunice Branca ffectively becoming a woman is bound to be off putting And it isThe way that Heinlein saw women would make anyone taking a Women s Studies course angry give a Professor of Women s Studies an aneurysm and make most of the rest of us cringe at least Once Johann becomes Eunice or Joanne Eunice as she has veryone call himhe I read this back in my younger sci fi days and it was so bad I never read another Heinlein book An old bloke becomes a young girl of very good looks and the point is laboured for about a 1000 pages Well that was what it felt like anyway Great cover though that smoking skull Good name for a book too Hey what the heck after having a look around Goodreads it all remind s me of some of the complete trash I once read I Will Fear No Crap Book I Once Read Heinleinwtfwhat was this I don t venI don t know where to beginOkay I can forgive Heinlein a lot I forgave him for Friday in which the main character another super Johann Sebastian Bach Smith is immensely rich and very old His mind is still keen. Took me about a month to read this sluggish piece of pelican crap Every day I d pick it up read about 5 pages and immediately become so bored I actually started cutting Yea right I may not have started outwardly displaying my inner pain by blading like a distraught high school dork destined to be the next trench coat mafia moron but anyone who liked this book probably shouldHaving read the lauded Heinlein classic Stranger in a Strange Land about a year ago and not PostgreSQL Server Programming - Second Edition enjoying it I really can t comment on why the hell I d think this largely ignored and rightfully so work might be some sort of improvement But the resale shop down the street has paperbacks for 50 cents so I guess that was the impetus for buying itI got about 1 percent of that investment back at least I will should Iver be stranded on a frozen tundra and need to burn this for heat It seems Heinlein is unable to write a book without having an integral character that s ancient beyond rich seething with sarcasm unspeakably clever and possessing an unparalleled sexual appetite This time that character is the focus of the book old ass Johann Smith Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography entrepreneurbillionairelife supportee In order to cheat death as he s cheated the IRS legal system and the masses for years henlists a controversial Aussie doctor to perform a brain transplant into a fresh young vessel for him giving him another chance to do whatever the hell he wants Alas the transplant takes place but his consciousness is unceremoniously dumped into the body of the ultimate male sexual fantasy his former secretary Eunice the The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, epitome of male desire and a genuinely decent person to boot While trying to overcome the remorse and guilt that such a beautiful life was lost in order toxtend his own wretched timeline Eunice s body actually retains her ssence and the two fuse into one in a very cumbersome and unreadable manner And then they start fucking veryone Seriously Absolutely veryone Nurses doctors and orderlies male female or transgendered from the hospital where Johann was housed Johann s longest tenured friend and lawyer his ntire security crew and anyone The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl else able to get their groove on joins in including Eunice s former husband and his new love interestIs the book a tongue in cheek statement to how sexually repressed American s have become Is the wanton promiscuityven remotely interesting Is the cerebral debating between brain and host body Exile and Pilgrim ever close to redeeming over the course of 500 pages Absolutely not This book has threesomes foursomes and somes but it completely lacks any redeeming substance The same bullsht repeated incessantly about the divergent sexual s and public misconceptions between Eunice s day and some prehistoricpoch in the dawning Iron Age when Johann could still get it upYou d xpect that there would have been something of interest concerning the social impact of the transplant procedure something
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INVOLVING ANYONE OUTSIDE THE MICROCOSM OFanyone outside the microcosm of s immediate group of friends that might take place Nada If it doesn t involve a sticky climax between awkward relations it didn t make the cut and that s the main reason this book doesn t have anything to offer Sure Heinlein probably realizes that his focus in books is a bit too narrow so he has little introductory recaps of the goings on in the larger world before some chapters This only xposes the reader to the realization of how large a gap this is and detracts from the tale if anything So arlier today I was talking with choupette apropos houellebec about the fact that men apropos Houellebec about the fact that men women have different perceptions of sex As I said there are good biological reasons why it has to be that way If you re potentially capable of producing thousands of offspring with only a few minutes of work invested in ach one your mind is just hardwired differently from the way it s going to be if ach baby takes nine months of pregnancy followed by a painful and dangerous birth and then years of looking after the child When you consider it it s almost inevitable that women see men as irresponsi. So he has surgeons transplant his brain into a new body the body of his gorgeous.