2 journalers for this copy...
"Strongly reminiscent of the best of Heinlein. This is probably the best first novel I have ever seen."
"You, lucky reader, are about to meet one of the most engaging characters in science fiction history - and the best new writer since John Varley - and if you fall hopelessly, shamelessly, head over heels in love, don't say I didn't warn you."
I'd be willing to read it based on those recommendations, but actually I read the novella before there was a full-length book, so there was no question that I'd buy this when it first came out. I'm still a big fan of Candy and her adventures, although having a macaw live next door for a few years made me think I might not like Terry as much.
I'm still looking for back issues of Analog from July through October 2008 so I can read the serialized version of "Tracking", which is supposed to be a sequel...
Here's another copy on my shelf.
I like it too much to take a chance on wild releasing it; it's much more fun to send it to someone who I *know* wants it. ;)
I'm counting this as a release for Secretariat's 2012 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Challenge (week 51: automobiles) and my D for December challenge.
BTW, I adore Spider Robinson and have read each of his books, but I really detest when a sci-fi author is compared to Heinlein, because with few exceptions, I really can't stand Heinlein's writing. I also don't think this book sounds anything like Heinlein.