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The Puppet Masters

Copyright 1951 by Robert A. Heinlein

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SOJALS rating:     
one SOJALS point one SOJALS point no SOJALS point no SOJALS point no SOJALS point    Mediocre (2/5)

I most recently read this on the 30th July 2002.

Aliens have invaded! A flying saucer has landed in Grinnel, Iowa. It's disgorged slug-like alien invaders. These aliens are parasites that attach themselves to people's backs and instantly seize control of the victims body and mind. Once overcome the victim works tirelessly for his new master, heart and soul dedicated to furthering their invasion plans.

Sam works for a small top-secret government agency. His boss, the Old Man, and his new, beautiful and deadly associate Mary go to Grinnel investigate.

Within a short time it's clear that this area is a disaster zone, and that the alien infestation is rapidly spreading, and that the United States may not survive.

This is a young man's guide on how to battle an alien invasion: find the perfect wife; develop into a leader of men, a man of whom your father would be proud; defeat the aliens. Along the way, you'll learn how a real man feels about cats, the rest of the animal kingdom, nudity and free love and the beginning of an interest in cosmetics. For all that I laughed at the idiocy of some parts of this book, it's a good read and, bearing in mind when it was written, it's subversively liberal (although of course, this is Liberalism Through Strength rather than wishy-washy pinko liberalism).

Loaded on the 19th August 2002.
Cover of The Puppet Masters