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by Robert A. Heinlein

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ISBN: 0425043320
ISBN13: 978-0425043325
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation (February 15, 1980)
ePUB size: 1402 kb
FB2 size: 1799 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 196
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This is an excellent short novel/long short story by Robert Heinlein. It's not the hard sci-fi he usually wrote: it's more of a horror/suspense story (as you can tell by looking at the great cover of the Kindle edition). But Heinlein was a great story-teller & his short stories were always well-crafted & interesting. I don't want to give anything away so I won't say anything more about it other than that it's a very memorable little story & I can still vividly remember the first time I read it many (many!) years ago.

I do want to mention that the Kindle version consists of just this one short story. When this was published in paperback, it was accompanied by five or six other stories & it's a little disappointing that this is being published solo. Hopefully, the other stories from the original collection will appear in Kindle editions sometime in the future--I want to read them on my Kindle too! But if you're wondering if this edition contains anything other than "Hoag", it doesn't. I'm not complaining, but wanted to let potential buyers know that this was different from the paperback edition.
While this has never been one of my favorite Heinlein stories, it's still enjoyable. It continues to frustrate me as I convert my old printed versions to Kindle when the books are not published with their full contents. Since this was originally novelized with "All You Zombies--", "They", "And He Built a Crooked House", "Our Fair City", and "The Man Who Traveled in Elephants", it is irritating to buy them separately on Kindle. The others are sold together in a separate Kindle edition as "All You Zombies-": Five Classic Stories by Robert A. Heinlein.
1. Short review: :-| (Amazon rating: 3 out of 5 stars -- It's okay.)

2. Long review:
2.1. What I liked: Heinlein's name. The line level writing.
Roller-coaster or walk-in-the-park? Walk in the park trying to be a scary roller coaster.

2.2. What I did not like: The nebulous conclusion. The ludicrous cover.

2.3. Who I think is the audience: Serious RAH fans. Rod Serling's Night Gallery fans.

2.4. Is the book appropriate for children to read? No. No blood, no violence, no foul language; but the story does not resolve its issues in a way that is satisfying to children. I think of it as Little Red Riding Hood had that story ended with "What big teeth you have."

2.5. On the basis of reading this book, will I buy the author's next book? No, but on the basis of reading RAH's other works, I shall.

2.6. The plot in a nutshell: Read en(dot)wikipedia(dot)org/wiki/ The_Unpleasant_Profession_of_Jonathan_Hoag#Plot_summary

2.7. Other:
First, I am a big fan of RAH and his works. Big fan.
I heard about The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag many years ago and searched for it without success. When I found it as an ebook on Amazon, I bought it immediately.
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag is a novella, not a novel (130 pages = 32,500 words). It is not science fiction; it is fantasy. Not even science fantasy like Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. If you ever read RAH's Magic, Inc., it is in that vein. RAH's version of fantasy. Dark and not promising.
RAH published his beloved science fiction under his own name and pseudonyms. The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag is the only story he published under the pseudonym John Riverside. RAH published in second-tier markets under the pseudonym Lyle Monroe so as not to tarnish the brand of Robert A Heinlein. That he chose another one-off pseudonym for The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag should tell you something.
RAH did the mechanics well even when the story was weak. The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag is a weak story with good mechanics.
'The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag' is a strange book that is a bit hard to quantify. It is not your typical sci/fi book and in fact has very little sci/fi in it. It is primarily a detective / mystry story, with a bit of suspense and a touch of horror and a slapdash of fantasy. It took a little effort to get into it, as it is set in post WWII Chicago and the characters are typical of the times. Yet as the mystry builds and the suspense and horror makes themselves known to the reader, I found it hard to put down the book.

Overall, I must say that the book was enjoyable and thought provoking and I certainly recommend it to other readers. Give it a try and remember, if it is a little slow at the beginning, be patient, for as you continute to read, you will get caught up with the author's tale and soon you will really want to know what is Mr. Hoag's profession.
I love just about anything from Robert Heinlein. I haven't read this one for many years before I found the digital version available, and I enjoyed it tremendously. I am VERY glad they are finally digitizing his works... Keep going!! I want the rest too!

For anyone who has never read it... it is a bit of a mystery, a little thriller, a lot of innuendo (as is normal for Heinlein), with a surprise at the end. Worth the trip!
Famous for his Science Fiction novels and short stories (some of which are now Motion Pictures), Heinlein made a brief foray into the world of Psychological/Supernatural thrillers, with this book. In some ways, this book reminds me of that old Twilight Zone episode where a couple wakens to find that the world is being torn down and rebuilt every sixty seconds. Not that this is what is happening in this story, but that the universe actually operates under different rules than what they had been taught, growing up, rules that permit terrifying things and people to exist, behind the scenes....
This is a great Heinlein read. Well drawn characters. Compelling story. If you are in the habit of reading the last few pages first, do yourself a favor and read the story in order. You will be glad you did!