It was originally published in the October edition of Unknown Worlds magazine under the pseudonym of "John Riverside". It also lends its title to a collection of Heinlein's short stories published in Jonathan Hoag, a lover of art and fine dining living in Chicago, realizes that he has no memory of his daytime activities when asked, at an evening dinner, what he does for a living. Furthermore, when he washes his hands in the evening, he discovers a red-brown substance, possibly dried blood, under his fingernails. The partners, actually the husband and wife team of Ted and Cynthia Randall, agree to this. They try to collect fingerprints from their client, but find that Hoag left none, even when not wearing gloves.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Every evening, Jonathan Hoag finds a mysterious reddish substance under his fingernails, with no memory of how it got there.
He hires the husband-and-wife detective team of Ted and Cynthia Randall to follow him and find out. But Ted and Cynthia are mystified when they find that their own memories of what happens during their investigation do not match. There is a thirteent Every evening, Jonathan Hoag finds a mysterious reddish substance under his fingernails, with no memory of how it got there.
There is a thirteenth floor to Jonathan's building that does not exist, there are mysterious and threatening beings living inside mirrors, and all of reality is not what they thought it was. And He Built a Crooked House All You Zombies Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 15th by Berkley first published March 1st More Details Original Title. Chicago, Illinois United States. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 15, Lyn rated it liked it. A solid collection of early Heinlein short work. And He Built a Crooked House is classic SF, told by a grandmaster, flipping it upside down, reversing the strings and playing it left-handed.
The title story eh , well told and fun to read, but we may see a very early foreshadowing of weird 70s Bob Heinlein. Heinlein fans need to have read or have on the list and this would probably be a good introduction to his A solid collection of early Heinlein short work.
Heinlein fans need to have read or have on the list and this would probably be a good introduction to his works without reading a full novel.
View all 9 comments. Offbeat, oddball detective fiction squared. Does it ever get any crazier? We're in Chicago right around , the publication date of American author Robert A. And we're about to enter into a case that's, as the saying goes, nuttier than a fruitcake. Too nutty and too full of unexpected, quizzical U-Turns right from the first pages to say anything more about the story line; rather, I'll serve up several slices from this Hein Offbeat, oddball detective fiction squared. Too nutty and too full of unexpected, quizzical U-Turns right from the first pages to say anything more about the story line; rather, I'll serve up several slices from this Heinlein fruitcake to stimulate your literary taste buds.
His prime question: what do I do all day that serves as my means of employment? Furthermore, Jonathan is perplexed as to the reddish substance resembling dried blood under his fingernails. The doctor he consults, one Potiphar T.
Potbury, is no help at all; quite the contrary, without the least provocation, Potbury throws him out of his office and demands he never, ever return. Hoag hands Mr. Randall a fistful of large bills for shadowing him during the day to find out what exactly he does. Bizarre request, to say the least, but Ted and Cynthia can use the money, so they agree. These two call each other Teddy and Cyn and have always worked well as a gumshoe team.
Even when we were broke and trying to get the business started we had fun. We went to bed smiling and got up happy.
We still do. Cyn says she clearly saw Teddy speaking with Hoag out on the street but Teddy replies in alarm, he never exchanged a word with Hoag.
Teddy recounts how he shadowed Hoag to the 13th Floor of the Acme Building and discovered Jonathan Hoag works as a jeweler for a company called Betheridge. But Cyn claims he did nothing of the sort. They both return to the Acme Building to solve the puzzle. Flabbergasted, Cyn and Teddy consider the explanation could lie in either hypnosis, hallucination or even madness. The thick plottens. Much freakier. At home one evening he is led through a large mirror into another dimension where he is confronted by beefy business types sitting around a conference table, a group of men calling themselves "The Sons of the Bird" with talk of "The Bird is cruel.
Incidentally, this part of the tale had served as inspiration for a number of the novel's book covers, as per above. It showed a crowd pouring out the door of an underground train while another crowd attempted to force its way in. Getting on or getting off, they were plainly in a hurry, yet it seemed to give them no pleasure. The picture had no beauty itself; it was plain that the artist's single purpose had been to make a bitter criticism of a way of living.
Heinlein isn't Theodore Dreiser or Upton Sinclair or Sinclair Lewis, but he does include a good bit of commentary on the underside of American society. Cynthia is probably recollecting Subway , a painting by Daniel Celentano In much similar spirit: Subway , a painting by George Tooker As below, so above. Wood-construction back porches which proclaimed the fire-trap nature of the warrens despite the outer brick shells, family wash hung out to dry on those porches, garbage cans, and trash bins.
Mile after mile of undignified and unbeautiful squalor, seen from the rear. And over everything a film of black grime, old and inescapable, like the dirt on the window sill beside her.
Heinlein to speak in glowing terms of an individual's capacity to be an art critic and refined Epicure with highly attuned tastes and sensibilities. And a lover capable of great sacrifice. Made me wonder if anybody has ever addressed the topic of aesthetics in the literature of Robert A.
I'm half joking here but only half. To compound matters, we are asked to ponder the prospect of our created world being one of process with echoes of Alfred North Whitehead and process theology. As to the question of how all of this fits together, I urge you to read The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag to discover for yourself.
One of the giants of science fiction, American author Robert A. Heinlein, "Poets have sung of the beauty and innocence of childhood. But it could not have been this street, seen through Hoag's eyes, that they had in mind.
The small boys seemed rat-faced to him, sharp beyond their years, sharp and shallow and snide. The little girls were no better in his eyes. Those of eight or nine, the shapeless stringy age, seemed to him to have tattletale written in their pinched faces — mean souls, born for trouble- making and cruel gossip. Their slightly older sisters, gutter-wise too young, seemed entirely concerned with advertising their arrogant new sex — not for Hoag's benefit, but for their pimply counterparts loafing around the drugstore.
View all 19 comments. Feb 16, Manny rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction. Most of them are satisfyingly creepy, and it's hard to get them out of your head. Anyone who's got even the tiniest trace of paranoia ought to read They.
You haven't come across it? Do you think that's just pure chance? All You Zombies is in some ways still the ultimate go-back-in-time-and-meet-yourself story. And if you figure out what Jonathan Hoag's unpleasant profession is before he tells This book could reasonably have been called Collected Paranoid Tales of Robert Heinlein. And if you figure out what Jonathan Hoag's unpleasant profession is before he tells you, you're good at this kind of thing View 1 comment.
Six stories from Robert Heinlein, all dating from the 40s and 50s.
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