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Starman Jones – Nice boyish adventure

Starman JonesStarman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was a desperate time, when one’s next meal and the comforts of home couldn’t be taken for granted. Max Jones, a practical, hard-working young man, found his escape in his beloved astronomy books. When reality comes crashing in and his troubled home life forces him out on the road, Max finds himself adrift in a downtrodden land. Until an unexpected, ultimate adventure — as a stowaway aboard an intergalactic spaceship — carries him away…but to where? And “when?” And how could he ever get back? With the ship’s pilot dead and his charts and tables are destroyed, Max must call upon all of his untested knowledge and skills in order to survive….

This is a nice small novel about a young boy running away into galactic adventure land. Some say this book is now feeling outdated but I think it holds up quite well still. I definitely liked it. It wasn’t wow-what-a-great-book or anything like that but I liked it. It is a simple, straightforward, boyish adventure, nothing more, nothing less.

I would have liked it even better if they would have stayed in space instead of that little adventure down on the planet where they felt forced to land and I would, of course, have liked that it didn’t skip over the idiot astrogator’s well deserved demise as quickly as was done.

On the whole it was a nice read although a bit quick. It didn’t take me much more than a day to finish it.

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