This story is a sci-fi epic retelling of the American Revolution, only this time the people of the moon are rebelling against Earth and the Lunar Authority led by a sentient computer and a ragtime group of ice miner and farmers.
Heinlein gives the reader some interesting ideological viewpoints about government, people's rights vs. government, marriage and women's rights and empowerment.
This is classic Heinlein at his best and although the story may be showing it's age a little, it is still a very fun read.
Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant lies in the hospital with a broken leg and he is utterly bored. Since Grant has the ability to judge a character from a persons look, he takes a look at a photograph of Richard III, who is supposed to have killed his two nephews, the princes in the towers. He immediately becomes interested in the mystery of the past. Has Richard III. really commited the crime?
I didn´t know anything about this book when I started reading it and I have to admit, this novel took me by suprise. I have never read a book before, where someone is solving a mystery by doing extensive research in books. And it is not even boring. I felt utterly compelled by this book the whole way through.
I have to admit, though, that I would have enjoyed this novel more if I would have known more of the Plantagenets and their history. Which means I will revisit this book as soon as I have brushed up on my historical knowledge.
I´ve read this book for the historical mystery square and it was a perfect read for this square.
Page count: 206 pages
Money earned: $3.00
According to the only e-reader that I own, I'm such a slow and lazy reader that I still got more than one hundred hours to go to reach the end of the story. But it's not because I'm such a slow, or such a lazy reader as my e-reader shows me to be, but because this enchanting story captivates me and simultaneously confuses me, and I find the chapters really hard to read through, even though they aren't that long. Anyway, nothing much has happened in the last chapter, or the chapter before that chapter, and I'm still having mixed feelings about Julian's and Ivy's sleeping arrangement. She was so feisty in the beginning and then she just relented to his wishes, because, you know, he was so damn attractive and so damn hot, she just couldn't resist his charm and had no other choice but to accept his deal. Well, she had one choice, she could have gone away and starved to death and preserved her dignity. So you see, nothing romantic at all. Julian has shown some character depth though, but not that kind, that I as a reader am searching for in a character. And neither did Ivy. Thus, Susanna is still my favorite character, and at the moment, she's the only reason why I find this story captivating enough and why I even remotely desire to finish it.