Featuring "All You Zombies", the basis for the movie Predestination
This collection from grand master Robert A. Heinlein includes five short stories sure to please science fiction fans everywhere. The title story tells the tale of a young man who meets a time-traveling bartender whose origins - and relation to the young man - are more complex and stranger than the Ouroboros ring on the barkeep's finger. In The Man Who Traveled in Elephants - one of both Heinlein and Spider Robinson's all-time favorite stories - we join a former traveling salesman on a bus. The man and his wife had once traveled with a host of imaginary animals searching for places to sell elephants.
"They" takes listeners inside a mental institution, where a man suffering from delusions has been confined. In "Our Fair City", a parking attendant named Pappy, a sentient whirlwind named Kitten, and a crusading reporter named Pete aim to take down their corrupt city government. Lastly, in "And He Built a Crooked House", a clever architect designs a house in the shape of the shadow of a tesseract, but it collapses through the fourth dimension when an earthquake shakes it into a more stable form.
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Disappointing For Heinlein
As a big fan of most of Heinlein's work, maybe I just came into this one with expectations a little too high...
By no means were the five stories in this small collection bad, but aside from the first story, none of them really made an impression with me.
Spider Robinson did a pretty damn good job of narrating the book, especially considering that he himself is an author and not an actor. But as I alluded to previously, the content itself just wasn't that great for him to work with.
If you LOVE Heinlein, you might want to add this book to your collection, but otherwise, I would pass on this one.
6.96 / 10.00
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