Freehold shares a strong libertarian point of view with science fiction authors like Heinlein.
Unfortunately, the novel is nothing but a libertarian day dream without much of a plot. Essentially, in the near future Earth is under the control of the corrupt United Nations which provides unemployment benefits and other corrupting things which has made Earth become a sort of soot-stained Dickensian nightmare, albeit on the dole and lazy.
The story’s protagonist has been framed for corruption and escapes to Freehold, a libertarian colony where people are strong and carry guns and don’t pay taxes and have great sex without the government bothering them.
After a few hundred pages of that and not much else, this reviewer stopped reading.
Much great science fiction has stemmed from dreaming of different kinds of societies and how they might work, but at the same time there has to be some kind of plot to drive things forward. Unfortunately, Freehold doesn’t have one.
Posted Saturday, 03 December, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.