|Plot Summary of Glory Road|
|"A very long-lived Queen (who looks young) recruits a guy into retrieving a magical artifact for her that's held by magical beasts. She and the guy and her assistant go together on a road trip."
Steve, Resident Scholar
|"An unusual Heinlein book, basicly not sf. Well written as always. As a fencer myself I enjoyed his descriptions of fencing matches."
Philip A. Petmecky, Resident Scholar
|"Heinlein's venture outside of SF and into the world of Fantasy! A typical Heinlein story of a strong male hero that rescues a damsel indestress, then finds out that the damsel is the stronger of the two. A fun read with lots of action and some humor. "
Walt, Resident Scholar
|"The easiest way to describe "Glory Road" is as a fantasy book for the first half, science fiction for the second. Oscar, the main character, is selected as a "champion" by a beautiful woman, and finds himself in a fantasy world, acting as her warrior/bodyguard. He learns about himself in the ensuing journey, and much about societies and how he fits in."
Kim Marks, Resident Scholar
Tor, Oct 2004, 24.95, 320 pp.
After spending time being shot at in Viet Nam, former soldier E. C. "Scar" Gordon rests and recuperates on the French Riviera. After being shook up by seeing the most beautiful woman he ever seen, Scar answers a strange ad for employment in which some of the perquisite skills are courage, perfect health, and willingness to travel. Intrigued and needing work, Scar answers the weird ad.
The employer turns out to be the woman from the beach. After struggling with her name, Scar calls her Star while she calls him O-scar. The job is to protect her as she searches universes for the Egg of the Phoenix. Oscar accepts the assignment as he has no family that will miss him; the pay is great and a chance to see exotic locations while accompanying a gorgeous woman who claims she is the empress of twenty universes. Oscar will battle dragons and ogres.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Glory Road|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- part earth & part fantasy world
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- roaming fantasy world, battling hostile monsters
- destined love (dream or prediction)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Very much smarter than other characters
- very athletic
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- vague references only
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog