Whats next?

Ive read a few other novel since i finished the Heinlein Project. Most notably Nathan Lowell’s latest To The Fire Called .

My next project is to read the original James Bond Books by Ian Fleming and where possible compare them too the Movie .

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“To Sail Beyond the Sunset”

published in 1987. It was the last novel published before his death in 1988.

The novel is the Memoir of Maureen Johnson Smith Long the mother of Lazarus Long. It starts with Maureen waking up in a hotel in bed next to a dead man with no recollection how she got there. She is arrested and imprisoned and recounts her memoirs into a personal recording device. Maureen is a time agent and her constant “companion” is Pixel (”The Cat Who Walks Through Walls”) .

Her Memoirs start with her as a young girl in Missouri in the late 1800’s and progress through her formative years, her marriage , her children and through her life as a member of the Howard Families ( “Methuselah’s Children”)

An interesting read it shows a different viewpoint on the events of some of the other novels.

Heinlein obviously knew this would be his last novel as he finishes it of effectively by saying that they all lived happily ever after.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Sail_Beyond_the_Sunset

Thats the end of the Heinlein novels. I found a few more short stories that were written with different pen names so I’ll try a few of them later. But for now I’ll read something different.

”The Cat Who Walks Through Walls”

Published in 1985 Written in the 1st person it starts with Colonel Colin Campbell on a date with Gwendolyn Novak at a restaurant on a space station when he gets framed for a murder. He and his date are evicted from their apartments and manage to escape the space station one step ahead of the station guards. There spaceship then crashes on the moon . It appears that someone is trying to kill Colin. Gwen turns out to be Hazel Stone (“The Moon Is A Hard Mistress” , Rocket Ship Galileo ) who is a Time agent sent by Lazarus Long to recruit Colin to rescue Mike a self aware computer (“The Moon Is A Hard Mistress” )

As you can see this book forms part of Heinleins multiverse series .

The title of the book refers to a young cat Pixel who doesn’t know he can’t walk walk through walls so he just does it. Pixel doesn’t appear in the book umtil about 2 thirds of the way through it.

A fast oaced book with lots of changes and action.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cat_Who_Walks_Through_Walls

 

“Job: A Comedy of Justice”

Published in 1984  Job: A Comedy of Justice takes its name from the book of JOB in the old testament it is essentially a satire of American Evangelical Christianity. The main character Alex meets a danish cruise ship hostess ( Margrethe) and together they experience a series of random world changes. They find themselves in parallel universes normally with only the clothes on their back (and sometimes not even that). They work there way slowly from Mexico to Kansas and as they near there destination are separated by the Rapture (  the rapture refers to the controversial “predicted” end time event when all Christian believers—living and resurrected dead—will rise into the sky and join Christ for eternity) . Alex can not bear to be without Margethe and descends to hell to look for her.

An interesting read although I must admit I came close to giving up on it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Job:_A_Comedy_of_Justice