From Amazon.com: Stranger in a Strange Land, winner of the 1962 Hugo Award, is the story of Valentine Michael Smith, born during, and the only survivor of, the first manned mission to Mars. Michael is raised by Martians, and he arrives on Earth as a true innocent: he has never seen a woman and has no knowledge of Earth's cultures or religions. But he brings turmoil with him, as he is the legal heir to an enormous financial empire, not to mention de facto owner of the planet Mars. With the irascible popular author Jubal Harshaw to protect him, Michael explores human morality and the meanings of love. He founds his own church, preaching free love and disseminating the psychic talents taught him by the Martians. Ultimately, he confronts the fate reserved for all messiahs. The impact of Stranger in a Strange Land was considerable, leading many children of the 60's to set up households based on Michael's water-brother nests.
I read this in the 70s and plan on rereading soon. It was one of the best sci-fi novels I read at that time. Interested how this will hold up.
I have an extra paperback copy that I will send out as a bookray.
Journal Entry 3 by perryfran at To the next participant in Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada on Monday, June 19, 2006
Released 15 yrs ago (6/19/2006 UTC) at To the next participant in Bookring/Bookray, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- Canada
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
On its way to the UK!
Journal Entry 4 by wubbaducky from not specified, not specified not specified on Friday, July 28, 2006
Hurrah! After a little concern on both sides, Stranger in a Strange Land arrived this morning! I'm VERY glad it didn't get lost en route! I'm looking forward to reading this one - although, as usual, bookring books never arrive by alone :)
Journal Entry 5 by wubbaducky from not specified, not specified not specified on Saturday, August 12, 2006
I enjoyed this book a lot. It shows its age in certain places but overall, it's a simply lovely read. The ending was inevitable but I liked it anyway and I liked how Mike evolved over the book and grew from being the student in all things to the teacher of his Truth. Thanks for sharing this book, Perryfran! It's a great read. I have 4orty7even's address already so will be posting out shortly!
Journal Entry 6 by wubbaducky from not specified, not specified not specified on Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Just a quick update. I'm about half way through now. It's taking me longer than usual, probably because I'm not really keen on the writing style, which has curbed my enthusiasm a bit. I'm finding I have to "force" myself to carry on, but I'll get there eventually ;o)
Sep 23rd : Just finished it this morning. Did find it slow going to begin with, especially the chapters dealing with Mike's inheritance, but once that was out of the way the story built up nicely and I thouroughly enjoyed the second half of the book.
Will get it off to pam99 in the next few days.
Journal Entry 9 by 4orty7even at on Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Hmmm... gave this my best shot but just not getting into it and don't really have time just now to persevere, so I'll pm Escalla for an address. It looked interesting but science fiction's not really my thing, perhaps I will try it again in the future.
This book has washed ashore at the Lost Book Island after not being heard from for many months. This new arrival will be shown to a room and be allowed a bit of rest before being introduced to the many fun things to do here at the island.
All around there are books sipping cool drinks under shady palms while other books participate in a wide variety of beach sports. There is plenty of sand, surf and sun here for all of the lost and wayward books to enjoy.
It is hoped that very soon a new journal entry will come to rescue this book from the island and send it back out into the BookCrossing world so that it may continue on its journey. It is hoped that the new journal entry will tell all the interested parties where this book has been this long time and where it will be traveling to next.