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Posted July 9, 2007
This is truly an odd, almost nonsensical read from a Grandmaster of the Science Fiction genre. Published in 1985 just three years before his death, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls appears to be in many ways a summation and celebration of Heinlein's life, with protagonist Dr. Richard Ames standing in as the author's alter-ego. According to posts on wikipedia, several characters who appear in the book's final act are major characters from other Heinlein stories, including Lazarus Long and Jubal Harshaw. Although the book's subtitle is 'A Comedy of Manners,' there's not much funny going on here. Basically, the plot is a seemingly random series of events and characters with a lot of chatty dialogue that rambles on and on with no end in sight. The ending was merely frustrating and unsatisfying, although fans of Heinlein might feel differently (having only read one Heinlein book before this one, I have to admit a lack of perspective). Recommended for fans of the author only!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2005
The cat that falls into the pit
This is an incoherent, nonsensical book that has been a great disappointment. My apologies if I offend any RAH fans or any others. The story begins with Richard Ames, a successful writer having dinner with Gwen an apparent woman-about-town, when a mysterious person shows up at his table and gets shot. There is no reference to this incident in the rest of the book, but the story describes the misadventures of the pair as they are dragged from one listless scenario to another. Neither the scenarios nor the characters are convincing. There are too many pointless references, characters and discussions that are not properly explained. Who is Bill? Who is the Galactic Overlord? Was this book really necessary? If it is a satire, the point is lost on me. True Terran life is riddled with car dealers,landlords and women whose character changes by the minute. There is little in RAH's style that I could appreciate except his abrupt and bizarre sense of humor '....whereupon Herr nameless had materialized and sat down uninvited..' I have read Heinlein's Starship troopers, but cannot say I really enjoyed it, except for the story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.