The Cat Who Walks through Walls

The Cat Who Walks through Walls

by Robert A. Heinlein

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A fast-paced, science fiction romp through multiple universes from the bestselling author of Starship Troopers and Stranger in a Strange Land.

“[Heinlein] is, if possible, a greater genius than ever before...this time by giving us a thinking man’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Dr. Richard Ames is an ex-military man, a sometime writer, and unfortunate victim of mistaken identity. When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike could change the direction of all human history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441094998
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/1988
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 146,680
Product dimensions: 6.84(w) x 4.14(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert Anson Heinlein was born in Missouri in 1907, and was raised there. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1929, but was forced by illness to retire from the Navy in 1934. He settled in California and over the next five years held a variety of jobs while doing post-graduate work in mathematics and physics at the University of California. In 1939 he sold his first science fiction story to Astounding magazine and soon devoted himself to the genre.

He was a four-time winner of the Hugo Award for his novels Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), Starship Troopers (1959), Double Star (1956), and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966). His Future History series, incorporating both short stories and novels, was first mapped out in 1941. The series charts the social, political, and technological changes shaping human society from the present through several centuries into the future.

Robert A. Heinlein’s books were among the first works of science fiction to reach bestseller status in both hardcover and paperback. he continued to work into his eighties, and his work never ceased to amaze, to entertain, and to generate controversy. By the time he died, in 1988, it was evident that he was one of the formative talents of science fiction: a writer whose unique vision, unflagging energy, and persistence, over the course of five decades, made a great impact on the American mind.

Date of Birth:

July 7, 1907

Date of Death:

May 8, 1988

Place of Birth:

Butler, Missouri

Place of Death:

Carmel, California


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

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The Cat Who Walks Through Walls 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
lycomayflower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable for all the reasons Heinlein is ever enjoyable--fast-pace, snappy dialogue, likable characters, dashes of philosophy, and gripping writing. The precise workings of the final third escape me (I suspect a more thorough and recent familiarity with several other key Heinlein novels would help with this problem), but mostly I was having too much fun to care much. I can never tell when I thoroughly enjoy a Heinlein if that fact is the result of my being in just the right mood for him or of that particular book being better than some of the others. Whatever the reason, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls was a delight.
jimmaclachlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book was disappointing. Long, rambling & full of 'sage' advice from his various father figures. More tying his various universes together, unnecessarily. If you like any of his books originally published after 1970, you might give it a try, but I wouldn't put it high on my list. If you like "To Sail Beyond the Sunset" you'll like this.
Unreachableshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In spite of some pacing problems, this is a fun adventure that anybody who enjoys any of Heinlein's longer works should be able to enjoy. Just make sure that you read enough of the other World as Myth books first so that you will not feel lost.
PaulFAustin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really, really ordinary. Which for RAH is a shame
Audacity88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't stand books with supercilious narrators.
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
WARNING: You must read Heinlein's "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress," "The Rolling Stones," "Time Enough for Love," and "The Number of the Beast" before reading this book. It would also be helpful to have read "Stranger in a Strange Land," and "Friday." Familiarity with Baum's Oz stories and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars series is recommended. I think that a lot of the negative reviews here stem from people reading the series out of order or just picking this book up independently of the series or any other Heinlein book. The Cat Who Walks Through Walls is a volume in the continuing saga of Lazarus Long and what has come to be known as the World as Myth stories. Richard Ames is a resident of Golden Rule habitat, which is a space colony near the moon. He is out to dinner with Gwen Novak when a man is killed directly in front of him. Before he knows it, he's running for his life from an enemy (or enemies) unknown. Because this is World as Myth, there's a lot more to the story than Richard is prepared to believe. Those of us familiar with (and half in love with) Lazarus Long might be put off by Richard's disdain for the man, but his position is understandable. Familiar friends are revisited yet again, especially after the action moves to Boondock, where little clothing is worn and lots of intimate action occurs regardless of gender or familial relation. In one amusing exchange, Richard calls Lazarus a "mother-" and Gwen replies, "In his case, that's merely descriptive." If that sort of thing is reprehensible to you, you might want to skip this (and everything else Heinlein's ever written). Fans who overlook (or agree with) his philosophy, and sexism, will find this a rollicking good time. P.S. Unfortunately, Pixel, the title character, doesn't show up until much later than I had remembered. That's sad, because he's awesome!
Kade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first half of this book is great, especially for people who've read "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", it kind of expands on Heinlein's opinions of free market/personal freedom politics and how they don't work in a non-frontier society. In some ways the characters are so stereotypical it's like Atlas Shrugged in Space, where the rugged individualist men and women are busty, strong, and apparently well hung, while the socialists and deadbeats are weaselly little bastards. Not bad, if you like that sort of thing. Then the plot goes way off the tracks and into a canyon below, exploding in a flaming trainwreck that would command cable news coverage for three days straight. From a "Flee-from-location-to-location" to "extradimensional deus ex machina", I was scratching my head and wondering where the sequel to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress went.
fastfinge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first half of this book is just as good as anything Heinlein ever wrote. However, the second half leaves something to be desired. I mean, *really* leavessomething to be desired. While it isn't as confusing as the ending of _to sail beyond the sunset_, it makes up for this with the fact that it *really sucks*.When you start coming across many characters you recognize from other books, it's time to stop reading. Make up your own ending if you must. You'll behappier.
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
if you are generally a heinlein fan, save this one until last. it's disturbing. here's why: yes, there is a cat, but he is non-essential to the story, and yes, he walks through walls, but so what? he only does it twice. the story is supposed to have a climax, denouement, and resolution. this one has neither a denouement or resolution, and the climax is doubtful. last but certainly not least, if you are going to write science fiction, very good, but don't jump the line to pure fantasy. there is no science that says frank l. baum's land of oz and the wonderland of alice actually exist. and the reason for them existing is as equally unscientific. all in all, a disappointment and will keep me off bob for awhile.
pepster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A really great start and the tie in with TMIAHM is an unexpected twist. The second part slides into phantasy and self destructs. Read this when you run out of anything else by the true master of science fiction.(spoiler ahead) the only nice touch is the discovery, by an easy to miss side remark, at almost the last page of the book - that our hero is black. Heinlein pushes one of his favorite ploys to an extream this time.
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first Heinlein book I have had the chance to read. Lets just say it was interesting and not really what I was expecting. From one of the most famous leading sci-fi writers I get a book that is closer to Michael Moorcock's Legends at the End of Time, and the parallels are strikingly similar.What I found the hardest part of the whole thing was the conversations between the two main characters. It took me over half the book catch on to what they were saying vs. what they meant. Also the first half of the book seemed to be one story being told without any real direction then we switch and have another whole story going on that fits onto the first like a leggo.Overall it was an OK book, it never got dull and most of the book was in constant motion though I think part of that was to keep you from thinking to hard about the story line. The ending was pointed and ambiguous if that makes any sense. Hope the next one of his I try is better.
szarka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Trust me: start with one of Heinlein's earlier novels and maybe come back to this one if you still want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read Heinlein for many years, and thought I might enjoy this,one of his last works. I am two thirds into it, and in the middle of one of those long tedious passages where Richard and Gwen spar sexually with each other. At this point the narrative  has come to a stop and after having put the book down for a few days can't get back into it. again. He the author calls it a comedy of manners, and that may explain the absurdly whimsical dialogue and manner in which everyone talks to eacplot each other. I have since read a few reviews and don't feel like finishing it, and that is unusual for me. A lot of the latter part connects with characters and situations in Heinleins other books, and that makes it a great in joke for some of his hard core fans,but probably leaves the rest of us to go HUH !  A great opening chapter that begins the book well,  but the book starts to fizzle quickly WITHE rambling banter between Gwen and Richard in chapter two. Heinlein is notorious for being a male chauvinist, but the character of Gwen is the most interesting one in the book. Unfortunately given the rest of the book,that may not be saying much.
TechnicalDifficulties More than 1 year ago
Boring ramblings from an otherwise master of science fiction.
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