Reviews of Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, the (1966)
Review by clong (2004-12-27)
For me The Moon is a Harsh Mistress has to be considered one of Heinlein's best books. Don't read it if you are looking for profound insight into the human psyche, timely commentary on the challenges of developing artificial intelligence, or an inspiring vision of the future evolution of society. Do read this book if you are looking for an faced paced and entertaining story.
The four protagonists who lead a lunar revolution are likable and sympathetic (if not particularly deep) characters. Mike, the newly self-aware supercomputer (whose top priority seems to be trying to understand humor), is a particularly intriguing character. Similarly the complex society envisioned for the lunar colony is fascinating but not really remotely likely.
My biggest complaint is that I found Heinlein's habit of omitting the subject of sentances to be mildly irritating. I guess this was supposed to be moonspeak.
But that is a minor quibble. Overall, this is a fun story which has influenced many later writers, and is definitely worth your time.
Review by freejazz (2004-10-18)
I haven't much Heinlein and some of of his reaccuring chacters and strange sexual scenes confuse me, but This book is a wonderful standalone exelent story that will have to reading untill your done. It really takes you for a ride
Review by alanhunt (2004-08-24)
My favorite Heinlein. If I'm going to recommend only one book by him to a friend, this is always the one I recommend.
Review by rootbeer (2003-03-10)
Clearly one of Heinlein's best, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a fairly transparent allegory for the American Revolution, but it deals with topics and technology that simply didn't exist in the late 18th century. It's a masterfull telling of the revolution as it unfolds. The Moon is indeed a harsh mistress, and this shapes a new sort of society under its fragile habitation domes. The revolution that comes about in this unique situation is quite unlike anything else.