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The Cat Who Walked Through Walls Book Review Summary

This is a very interesting book; in fact, it's really two books in one. In the first half, Colin Campbell and his new wife Gwen have to flee unknown assailants who are trying to kill them for equally unknown reasons. We see what life is like in a space station orbiting the moon; as the duo flees to the moon, we see what life is like on pioneer settlements on the moon, from remote outpost like Lucky Dragon to progressively larger settlements and cities up to Luna City itself. There's a lot of action and adventure in the story as Colin and Gwen crash land on the moon, have a shootout with villains while riding a "space bus" along the surface of the moon, and have other assorted adventures.
And then we come to the second half of the book; Gwen opens a portal in space/time, which leads Colin to the growing Lazarus Long polygameous family. Colin is immediately initiated into the orgy/family, having sex with a number of men and women. The story begins to get preposterous as we are told that Colin has been recruited for a mission to rescue an antiquated computer on the moon. They (Colin and the Long family) yap endlessly about it, in between arguments about who should sleep with whom, before deciding to rescue the antiquated computer, for reasons that still aren't very clear. The story, while not bad, loses credibility as more and more unlikely things happen. It had more interest, and realism, in the first half, when they couldn't simply jump back and forth between a dozen universes before lunch.
Still, it's a great read, if only for the first half.

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Cat Who Walked Through Walls

R. Ames, a Writer is out on a date when a stranger sits at his table and says, "we need you to kill a man" the stranger then dies, assassanated. R. Ames spends the first half of the book tryingng to figure out who he is to kill and why. the second half is spent with Lazurus Long trying to save a senteint computer from the past. the end reveals the killer of the stranger and why.
This report prepared by Richard Ames



This is the story of Colin Campbell meeting Gwen Aimes, their getting a quickie marriage, and being pursued by unknown assailants. They flee to the moon where they crash land, and make their way from one frontier settlement to another to get to civilization--Luna City. But when they get there Gwen reveals she's part of a secret put-the-galaxy-in-order organization led by Lazarus Long, and asks Colin to join her on a secret mission to rescue an antiquated computer she onced loved. During their long flight they pick up various hanger-ons who they eventually marry and have sex with.
This report prepared by Steve








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   destined love (dream or prediction) Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   deposing an evil leader Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   40's-50's    -   long lived adults

Setting

Terrain    -   Planet surface, need spacesuit    -   Domed/Underground City Spaceship setting:    -   primative (present, near future) human spaceship Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   explicit references to torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed    -   a significant amount of technical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   mostly dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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