Glory Road

Glory Road

by Robert A. Heinlein

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Overview

Recovering from combat duty, E.C. "Scar" Gordon encounters a beautiful, sensual woman who sweeps him from this universe into another that seems far more dangerous... Dragons, hostile guards and strange customs are just some of the challenges confronting Gordon, who must respond with courage, skill and grace.

Heinlein's wit, wisdom, social commentary and humor are on full display in this brilliant fantasy novel that presents other worlds to illuminate and evaluate our own.

Called "a triumph" by the Chicago Tribune,  The Reader's Guide to Fantasy wrote "GLORY ROAD is a tour de force performance that delights lovers of both fantasy and science fiction."

Sample quotes from Scar Gordon in GLORY ROAD:

"Logic is a way of saying that anything which didn't happen yesterday won't happen tomorrow."

"An insult is like a drink; it affects one only if accepted."

"A man who always obeys the law is even stupider than one who breaks it every chance."

"The person who says smugly that good manners are the same everywhere and people are just people hasn't been farther out of Podunk than the next whistle stop."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156724406
Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 62,570
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

"Not only America's premier writer of speculative fiction, but the greatest writer of such fiction in the world … [Heinlein] remains today as a sort of trademark for all that is finest in American imaginative fiction."  - Stephen King

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California

Education:

Graduate of U.S. Naval Academy, 1929; attended University of California, Los Angeles, 1934, for graduate study in physic

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Glory Road 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Quixote85 More than 1 year ago
My favorite Heinlein book. When I read this book for the first time as a teen I was motivated to accomplish many things (not the least of which being learning to fence with Epee and Saber). This is the men's (or teenage boy's) answer to the romance books for women. To the young man I say: read the book and "Dum Vivimus Vivamus"
Guest More than 1 year ago
When one thinks of Robert Heinlein, Science Fiction inevitably comes to mind, although he wrote in nearly every genre, under a variety of pseudonyms during his long career. An unabashed fan of many great fantasy writers, from Edgar Rice Burroughs to J.R.R. Tolkien, 'Glory Road' is Heinlein's tongue-in-cheek homage to both classic mythology (particularly 'Beowolf') and the works of contemporary fantasy authors (watch for his puns on hobbits and Robert Howard and Fritz Lieber's fantasy stories), with a healthy dose of sexuality tossed in. If you ever felt the great fantasies were a bit too 'highbrow', 'Glory Road' may change your mind!
thomasJamo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a lot different than most Heinlein books. It's more fantasy than it is Sci-Fi, but he does a great job with it. It's a short read, but I really enjoyed it. It's a fast-paced adventure. There is something for everybody in this book. It's a lot of fun and it's worth checking out.
bigorangemichael on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I picked up my copy of "Glory Road," I was met with a cover depicting a buxom woman in tights, a dwarf and a guy dressed like Robin Hood battling what appears to be a fire-breathing dinosaur and a blurb proclaiming this one of the "best SF novels of all-time." And I thought to myself--this is precisely why some people don't take science-fiction as a literary genre seriously. Covers like this that depict such absurd scenes really can put off the serious intellectuals who look down their nose at sci-fi and can't see the forest for the trees.Then I read the book and the scene on the cover actually happens within the pages of "Glory Road."Whoops....I guess that whole "don't judge a book by its cover thing" thing really does apply here.And here we come to my yearly reading of Heinlein. I participate in a science-fiction and fantasy discussion group and each year our January selection is by Robert Heinlein. Having read "Starship Troopers" last year and missed a discussion on "Stranger in a Strange Land," that leaves a lot of the other "lesser" Heinlein novels on the table for reading and discussion. I tried suggesting a collection of short stories but after hearing this one advertised as young man answers classified ad for hero and has adventures, I have to admit I was kind of intrigued by it. Looking at when it was written by Heinlein, I was hopeful it might be from the period before he became old, pervy and pretty much insane. Alas, "Glory Road" is a preview of the old, pervy and insane Heinlein to come. E.C. "Scar" Gordon is your typical, later period Heinlein hero. By that, I mean he's this fantasized version of himself that Heinlein puts into just about all of his later books. Gordon is a man's man, virile, red-blooded, full of opinions and completely attractive to every woman he encounters. Women can't resist him becuase...umm....well, if you figure that one out you let me know. Gordon is the veteran of an unnamed war in Asia (clearly the Vietnam war, though at the time Heinlein wrote, that name hadn't stuck yet) who decides to finish his education on the G.I. Bill. That is until he finds out that Congress hasn't approved the funding, leaving him stuck in Europe. He decides to spend some time in France in a town where going around in the buff is common and fully accepted by everyone. On the beach one day, he sees a stunningly beautiful woman who he falls instantly in love with though he fails to do something silly like catch her name or introduce himself. The next day he is torn between trying to find this beautiful woman or taking advantage of his ticket in the Irish Sweepstakes.Upon finding his ticket is a fake, he returns to town and tries to find the girl. But to no luck. He sees an ad various papers he reads, looking for a hero and since it applies to him--all except the part about being handsome, he says--he decides to follow up on it before returning to the United States.And lo and behold, the naked girl from the beach is the one who placed the ad. To find him. I'm not joking on that one. Gordon calls her Star and she says she needs a hero to accompany her and a dwarf on a dangerous journey, full of peril to retrieve some object becuase...well, she doesn't actually tell him at this point. It's at this point (and this is only the first third at best of the novel) that the book begins to quickly derail. As I said before, Oscar is clearly a Heinlein stand-in and it's only moments before Star is desparately in love with him. Why I'm not sure, since the guy is a manipulative, controlling man who threatens to keep her in line by spanking her if the need arises. Star, who apparently hasn't been around any men lately, finds this incredibly sexy and falls deeper and deeper in love. Eventually, the two get married but not before Star offers to let Oscar sample her first sexually. In fact, upon his proposal, Star offers to jump his bones right there on the Glory Road. Meanwhile, the trio are on some
danschu63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First Heinlein book I read (at age 13, around 1976.) Hooked me good.
joeteo1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The multiuniverse travel that Heinlein explores more extensively in later novels including "The Number of the Beast" is introduced in this book on a more superficial level. Witchcraft and science are entangled in the plot of this story with interesting effects. The action is fast paced but it does end about two thirds into the book and fizzles out in a rather anti climatic ending.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a combination of science fiction and fantasy, though technically it is science fiction. Either way, it is an excellent adventure story. Its not complicated, pretentious or involved, but it will keep your interest the whole way.
szarka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heinlein gets in touch with his inner pulp sword & sorcery adventure writer. but, really, who else would have his hero get in trouble for not sleeping with his host's daughter?
wenestvedt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun tale by Heinlein, for once eschewing (mostly) spaceships for swords-and-sorcery. It eventually reveals his usual weird worldview and attitudes toward women, but it's an enjoyable read if you can set that aside. (Bought at the lamented Avenue Victor Hugo book store in Boston's Back Bay.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More of an adventure-fantasy rather than science fiction, but still a great read.
Carter_Mitchell More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I love to come back to time after time. Chivalry, courage, perseverance in face of overwhelming adversity - Heinlein is a master story teller and this is one of his best!
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I think this is one of my favorite Heinlein books. To follow the glory road and be a hero, it is quite a quest. While I thought it was slow to get started, once the quest was started it is an engrossing read. Rufo is my favorite character, but I can so feel for Oscar, especially after the he has returned home. Is this a statement on our lives, loosing our identity unless we are are needed and following that quest in our lives? You will not be disappointed. To bad I'm now reading the personals to see if I am being called.
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