Reviews of Cat Who Walks Through Walls, the (1985)
Review by fastfinge (2005-10-26)
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* leaves something 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 be happier.
Review by sTalking_Goat (2003-12-12)
The book that caused me to stop reading Heinlein.
After I had gotten through most of his early stuff, I ran into 'I will Fear no Evil' (see my review). Figuring that the sloppiness in that book was a fluke I turned to Friday, which wasn't as bad but defintely not good. But this abomination finally did me in.
I'll just add to what everyone else said. This was going just fine until Heinlein decided, rather suddenly, to turn into another Lazarus Long book. Then it just got stupid. Its not the pointless sex and the preachy philosophizing about free sex that bugs me, its how he just drops the story in progress to pursue those "ideas".
Eventually when the disappointment from this books wears off I'll read the rest of his stuff.
Review by freejazz (2003-04-12)
I agree, I thought the first one third of the book was very good, would of made a good short story, but it just got really bad, I couldn't finish it. I really like his books stranger in a strange land and moon is a harsh mistriss, maybe if I had read more I would understand the end, but since It was not sold as a sequal I didnt think i would have to of
Review by rootbeer (2003-03-10)
I was extremely lost near the end of The Cat Who Walks Through Walls, as it merges with a number of other Heinlein books (via The Number of the Beast) at that point, only one of which I had read at the time. It doesn't do a very good job of introducing an uninitiated reader to the world Dr. Ames finds himself in, and I think that spoiled it for me somewhat. The quick 180 degree turnaround about three quarters of the way through the plot didn't help matters either. I might have enjoyed it more if I had read those other books first, but in either case I felt this was below par for Heinlein.