The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert A. Heinlein
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Why, why, why? Why am I so stupid? After I finished my last Heinlein book some months ago (can’t remember which one, sorry), in my review I said I’d never read another one of his books, I was so disgusted with him as a perverted writer. I mean, he’s a De Sade pervert. Dirty old man. And I’m no prude. But I don’t want to pick up a decent seeming sci fi book only to find it full of nothing more than gratuitous sex and little else, likely designed to shock and titillate. It’s stupid and, frankly, boring. I think Heinlein has written a couple of decent books I’ve liked over the years, but generally he’s very overrated and he’s really a disgusting person. So I can’t explain what made me stop in the bookstore this weekend while browsing through the shelves and pick this book up and look at the back cover. But the synopsis made it sound interesting and since it was a decent used price, I thought why not. So I did. And regretted it.
The book is about Dr. Richard Ames, who is a resident of Golden Rule habitat, which is a space colony near the moon. One night, he is out to dinner with his soon-to-be wife Gwen Novak when a strange man is killed directly in front of him at his table. Before he knows it, he’s running for his life from an unknown enemy or group of enemies. The thing that made me want to stop reading this book, which I did, was that so many unlikely things happened to Ames and Gwen in a 20 hour period, that it was completely unbelievable. The murder, the three minute cleanup and disappearance of the corpse, the assassination attempt, the evictions, the other murder, the murder frame up, the chase, the rip offs, the sabotaged space ship which crash lands, etc. It’s just too damn much. If half of this stuff would happen to anyone in a 20 hour period, they’d have a nervous breakdown. It’s not believable. To make matters worse, the dialogue is so damned “proper” and so, frankly, stilted, it’s not to be believed either. Gwen takes the assassin under care to turn him into a proper person by educating him in his speech patterns, because one needs to learn how to speak properly if one wants to get ahead in life. Seriously? He just tried to kill your husband. WTF? That’s beyond stupid. And their dialogues and “witticisms” (if you can actually call them that) during their stressful flight from authority stretches imagination. No one talks like that. At all. Ever. No one. It’s beyond stupid. And so I stopped reading. Bear in mind my comment that Heinlein is a perv. So I read some reviews of this book after I stopped reading and to my total lack of surprise, this book turns into a giant Penthouse jerkoff complete with orgies and incest and tons of naked women throwing themselves at Ames throughout the book and why am I not surprised? I know a lot of sci fi writer geeks are a little sex obsessed, probably because they never got any growing up, but damn, what the HELL is wrong with Heinlein? He’s a sick bastard. OK, I learned my lesson. I should have stuck to my guns. No matter how good the back cover sounded, it was Heinlein and bound to be bad, so this was definitely my last Heinlein book ever and he can kiss my ass. What an overrated writer. What a bad excuse for a sci fi author. What a freak. Definitely not recommended, both for the plot and the porn.
2 thoughts on “A Review of The Cat Who Walks Through Walls”
Robert Heinlein! You’re reviewing some great authors. Ok, so you don’t like him. I’m still gonna read this because it says “cat”. Remember the times he lived in. Maybe he was ahead of his time in the late ’30s and ’40s when movies were following the Hays Code. P.s. I almost had a nervous breakdown, once. 🙂 Seriously, I like your review. If I do read the book, I’ll be like a robot on MST3K and have fun with it.
Thanks for your comment about the great authors! Re Heinlein being ahead of his time, it’s possible you’re right, but this book was written in the 1980s, as were most of his books which I detest. It’s like he turned into a dirty old man. I don’t get it. I’ve hated everything of his that I’ve read that came out since the early ’70s. Liked stuff from the ’50s, etc. Thanks for your compliment. If you do read it, let me know how you like it. I’ll be interested in your take on it.
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