Yeah, those are pretty mediocre.
Imagine discovering Heinlein by reading Farnham's Freehold or Sixth Column.....
I discovered Heinlein by reading Children of the Stas
, which was impressive to a ten year old. Later, i read Stranger in a Strange Land
because it was then a popular cult classic. At some point in between i read Starship Trooper
Then, in my 30s, i read Farnham's Freehold
. I thought to myself, "What a racist, sexist, elitist ****." Then i re-read Starship Trooper
, and realized how much it sucked. The movie was no better than it deserved to be. Since then, i have read several of his novels, and read them in record time, too--i just skip over the self-righteous preaching, which eliminates more than half of the book. Heinlein's a great story teller, but i would be ashamed to admit that he were my friend. Of course, that never happened, lowly worm that i am.