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The Star Beast Lummox had been the Stuart family pet for years Though far from cuddly and rather large it had always been obedient and docile Except that is for the time it had eaten the secondhand Buick But now

  • Title: The Star Beast
  • Author: Robert A. Heinlein
  • ISBN: 9780345300461
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Lummox had been the Stuart family pet for years Though far from cuddly and rather large, it had always been obedient and docile Except, that is, for the time it had eaten the secondhand Buick .But now, all of a sudden and without explanation, Lummox had begun chomping down on a variety of thingsnot least, a very mean dog and a cage of virtually indestructible steelLummox had been the Stuart family pet for years Though far from cuddly and rather large, it had always been obedient and docile Except, that is, for the time it had eaten the secondhand Buick .But now, all of a sudden and without explanation, Lummox had begun chomping down on a variety of things not least, a very mean dog and a cage of virtually indestructible steel Incredible John Thomas and Lummox were soon in awfully hot water, and they didn t know how to get out And neither one really understood just how bad things were or how bad the situation could get until some space voyagers appeared and turned a far from ordinary family problem into an extraordinary confrontation.

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    1. Robert A. Heinlein

      Robert Anson Heinlein was an American novelist and science fiction writer Often called the dean of science fiction writers , he is one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre s standards of literary quality He was the first SF writer to break into mainstream, general magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, in the late 1940s He was also among the first authors of bestselling, novel length science fiction in the modern, mass market era.

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    1. These are my comments and I can do what I want - throwing that out there considering that I have given this book 5 full stars - and for no other reason that this was one of the first books I read when I was let loose in the towns library.Okay so childish petulance aside I loved this book the first time round I read it - especially the final scenes and it was just as much fun reading it this time too. I know that a lot has been said about Robert Heinlein and opinions vary on him (which is not sur [...]


    2. Struggling to know how many stars to give this one. My 10 year old son gave it 4.5 stars and my 16 year old son gave it a 4 star. When they told me that I was shocked. In the beginning, I probably would've given it the same, but then it turned political and bored the hell out of me. I would've preferred a fun story of a boy and his "star beast", not a trial concerning a boy and his beast. Blah!The audiobook was an enjoyable full cast production.


    3. Tenía este libro aparcado en el lector y decidí echarle un vistazo aprovechando una noche de sábado tranquila. Al terminar el primer párrafo recordé que lo había leído hace un millón de años, cuando aún era joven y todo me sorprendía. En otro momento lo habría dejado y buscado algún libro que no hubiese leído pero por nostalgia seguí leyendo. Lo recordaba como un cuento corto y al final resultó ser toda una novela. A pesar de su sencillez es una novela que trata temas profundos: [...]


    4. This is distinctly a Heinlein juvenile, and it's not one of the best. It's not terrible - Heinlein is almost always readable and interesting, whether or not the story is great, or the politics worrisome. But it's not great, and certainly not as good as some of his other juvenile novels. His take on female characters is particularly weak in this one.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the [...]


    5. La bestia estelar, SIGUE EL CURSO (aunque ésta es anterior a las aventuras de la Lolita marciana) DE OTRA DE LAS NOVELAS PARA EL PUBLICO MÁS JOVEN DEL MAESTRO: "Hija de Marte"; un GRAN EJERCICIO NARRATIVO DE AVENTURAS JUVENILES, CARGADO DE DENUNCIA SOCIAL Y POLÍTICA, EMPERO, ADEMÁS DE VALIOSAS LECCIONES PARA LOS MÁS JÓVENESY QUIZÁ PARA LOS ADULTOS (SI SE DIGNAN A HACER CASO DE ELLAS). UNA OBRA PRECURSORA DEL ACLAMADO FILM " E.T, el Extraterrestre" en buena medida, con las principales ENSE [...]


    6. Despite its juvenile status, I’m glad I didn’t read this novel as a child. It’s not that there’s anything in it that is particularly objectionable to children, I just really don’t think I would have appreciated it in the slightest. From the basic plot description, one could easily think this was a classic boy and his dog (though replace dog with star beast) style story, filled with heart warming moments of separation, reunion and everyone learning a valuable lesson… and indeed these [...]


    7. Heinlein. What more need be said, really?A side note, if you will, on the subject of women in Heinlein's universe. Someone noted in a review a quote from the male lead ""very nearly as good a head on her as a man, and pretty to boot". This quote, out of the context of the novel, is quite damningbut how the male lead describes the woman, and how the woman is portrayed by Heinlien are two completely different things. This woman who is "nearly as good a head as a man" runs circles around EVERY male [...]


    8. Star Best landed on my bookshelf after I picked it up at a used book store for less than a dollar. I simply couldn't resist the slightly adorable, eight-legged, dinosaur-creature-thing on the cover. I regret how long it took me to actually start reading this as its highly engaging and enjoyable. I work in the legal field, so Heinlein's use of accurate legal terminology was a pleasure for me to read. I fell in love with Lummox from the first page. His (or her) personality reminded me of Lennie fr [...]


    9. This is an extremely pleasant juvenile from Heinlein. Though I like it a lot, I found that it was increasingly poor as a re-read, that is, until this time.This time, I decided to try it with my kids. I had always imagine Red Planet would be the intro to Heinlein for the kids, but we stumbled into this one, and they absolutely fell in love with Lummux. It took a month of car trips with the whole family, but they finally got through it, and loved it.2014: A touch over a year after going through th [...]


    10. I've read this so many times, I can't believe I haven't marked it as "read"! An all time favourite that doesn't lose its charm for me.



    11. This is more of a 4.5 because of the sexism, but Lummox is such a great character I'm going to not discount for the sexism. After the flat cats, I think Lummox is Heinlein's greatest Extraterrestrial. John Thomas the eleventh, has grown up taking care of Lummox. He isn't so bright but can be creatively disobedient which is a hint that there is a lot of intelligence there. His great grandfather (Well, one of the prior John Thomases, I'm too tired to check on the relationship) saw Lummox on this p [...]



    12. Note: Even though this is Book 8 in the series, it works perfectly fine as a stand alone novel.John Thomas Stuart has a very large pet, Lummox. He’s a gentle beast with eight legs, a very thick hide, and a taste for roses and steel. Lummox has been in the Stuart family for generations but has recently outgrown their small town. No pen can hold Lummox and while John can reason with him to some extent, there is no physical means by which to make Lummox obey. Town authorities are ready to go to e [...]


    13. This has the distiguished honor of the being the first REAL book I read. I remember I was in grade school (fourth grade? I don't remember) and did a book report over it and everything. At the time, I loved itbut re-reading it as an adult, I realize that it's not one of Heinlein's best. It's not even one of his best "young male" novels, but it's still a great way to pass an evening or two. The run-down (non-spoilered): John Thomas has a giant, talking pet alien, named Lummox, who is always gettin [...]


    14. -A pesar de que se puedan encontrar cosas en el fondo, pura evasión.-Género. Ciencia-Ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. Lummox es “un animalito muy tímido” para su dueño, el adolescente John Thomas Stuart XI, pero para casi todos los demás es una bestia enorme a medio camino entre un rinoceronte y un triceratops de ocho patas, apetito insaciable y voz de niñita cuya última travesura termina llamando la atención del Departamento de Asuntos Espaciales de la Federación, que manda un delegado [...]


    15. 1977 grade B+1995 grade B+2015 grade A-/B+This book was written at the time when Heinlein was trying to transition SciFi from Teen to Adult. It still appears to have a teen protagonist but he is also a figurehead. It also still mostly has the earlier quick paced story telling style. But the differences soon be come apparent. The only reasons it does not get a full grade A are the style, the courtroom scenes, and the political maneuvering - the last two just being things I don't care for much. Bu [...]


    16. I read Panshin's review of Heinlein's work, Heinlein in Dimension A Critical Analysis, & got a craving to re-read this old favorite along the way. I'm glad I did. It's one of the Scribner YA novels he wrote & very well done. Well worth the re-read. The story is simple & interesting. Of more interest were the many dropped hints about politics, society & various future gadgets. While it's not a future I find real, it's interesting & fun. Lummy, short for Lummox, AKA The Star Be [...]


    17. A classic Heinlein juvenile, one of the few with a strong female character. The full-cast audio version is extremely well done. It's not a traditional YA novel. There's a diplomatic crisis and a courtroom drama in the novel. There's not really any action, but there's a lot of excellent character interaction, especially the YA leads, Betty and John Thomas with "The Star Beast" named Lummox. Many of the characters aren't as fleshed out as they could be (e.g John Thomas's mother), but I love the yo [...]


    18. I read this in high school, many moons ago, and just re-read it last week. It still totally captivated me. I loved the way the story changes your perceptions and assumptions about the 'Lummox' beast as the story progresses. And the relationship between boy and beast is charming.


    19. I recently reread this so Ian and I could discuss it. I'm not sure if he's finished it. But I remembered how much I love Heinlein.


    20. Listened to the Full Cast Audio CDs, an excellent reading of another excellent Robert Heinlein book. I look forward to reading the 1954 book that I have never read before!



    21. An excellent SiFi story for young readers, and extremely funny. This is my favorite Heinlein book. Highly recommended.


    22. This is one of the timeless stories Heinlein wrote for teenagers in the fifties. My fiance, dad and I all have a soft spot for the Heinlein stories in this vein.



    23. Here’s my latest reread of Heinlein’s works, as I go through the Virginia Edition series.And by 1954, we’re now well into the Heinlein juveniles. Some would say here’s where Heinlein was settling into a purple patch, with many of his best-loved and long-lived novels appearing.Following on from Starman Jones, The Star Beast (title reduced to Star Beast here in the UK) is pretty much what we expect from Heinlein at this stage of his writing career. Whilst clearly writing to the template fo [...]


    24. “We'll make great pets, we'll make great pets” – Porno for PyrosRobert Heinlein writes a fun, readable, engaging adventure like few others, when he doesn't get too caught up in whatever Big Idea is on his mind at the moment. He does a great job here. One of the themes that comes up again and again in The Star Beast is the idea that even though a person may not be fully adult, that person still has a fundamental right to self-determination, and that the well-meaning parent can be an unknowi [...]


    25. thots while reading:Holy cow, but the start of the second chapter is super-negative! Had forgotten that was the case. At the same time, it is almost hilariously funny how morbid it is. Heinlein introduces different scenarios that do not necessarily have anything to do with this story, and in each scenario everybody dies [or is going to die]. It's too funny.So the judge is a Muslim, eh?I like how the kids fly around with mini-copter-backpacks. Kinda cool.Still funny how they have two-way communic [...]


    26. This is the first science fiction novel I ever read, in about the fourth grade. I love this book; it's fun and humorous, and I think Robert Heinlein was having a lot of fun poking at people and their notions.The story is mostly about the relations between John Thomas (no snickering!) Stuart and his 'pet' alien, Lummox the Star Beast. Brought back by his great-great-great-ish grandfather on one of his legendary missions to the Out There, the beast has been in the family ever since. After a disast [...]


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