Editorial Reviews. Review. Praise for Robert A. Heinlein: ”One of the grand masters of science The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag Kindle Edition. Directed by Alex Proyas. A man, who suddenly realizes that he has no memory of what he does during the day, hires a husband and wife detective agency to. The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag has ratings and reviews. Lyn said: A solid collection of early Heinlein short You Zombies.

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The few memories Hoag has turn out to be false, except for his home address, and a doctor, Potiphar T. Leaving his inert body, the two drive through town, but finally yield to the urge to tell someone about Hoag’s body.

The Sons of the Bird are responsible for all the things that Ted and Cynthia have seen, including the times they saw Hoag during the day. Aug 25, David rated it really liked it. The title story ehwell told and fun to read, but we may see a very early foreshadowing of weird 70s Bob Heinlein. Told about Potbury, Hoag says that lethargica gravis is just a way of saying “deep sleep”.

Master List of Reviews Michelle Podsiedlik. The ending of The Man Who Travelled in Elephants is blindingly obvious, but for me, on the whole, they held up very well.

May 09, Kate rated tye really liked it Recommended to Kate by: On the whole they are pretty good. They knew what it was. They had just the right combination of philosophy,spirituality, sci-fi, and fantasy to keep my mind occupied with interesting ideas and unanswerable questions. Thus ends this very entertaining bunch of fantasies from one of sci-fi’s foremost practitioners.

They feel cool, professional and loving. This isn’t one of my favorite Heinlein novels. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.


This is narrative cheating. Hoag has a job.

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Both realize that something is terribly wrong, especially once they discover that the building has no thirteenth floor. In this story, you want to stay well-away. Jonathan Hoag had a nervous habit of polishing things with his handkerchief; hte he polished the arm of your hoaag. The excerpt and the Zizek described it gave me chills. The title story is one of the most hair-curling stories I’ve ever read.

Notify me of new comments via email. Six short stories, more fantasy than science fiction. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Other stories like “Crooked House” are fantastic short fiction at its best. Your world has several pleasures.

The story was written in the 60’s and may not appeal to everyone. Another book I read back in the 70s I believe. In the epilogue, the Randalls now live in an unnamed remote rural area by the sea.

To view it, click here. The titular story has ptofession with me for many many years: Short stories usually don’t allow for much character building, but Heinlein does well, especially in the novella, where the relationship between husband and wife is sensitively drawn. It starts promisingly enough: The little man is an amnesiac, it seems, and pretty soon our detecting couple is involved in a very bizarre case involving apparent hypnotism, hallucinations, the kidnapping of souls and the mirror-dwelling Sons of the Bird.

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Potbury diagnoses her with lethargica gravisbut when Ted repeats the mantra of the Sons of the Bird to him, “The Bird is Unpleasat Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The mystery begins immediately: Alexei and Jonathna Panshin described the novella as “the last and strangest of the stories that Robert Heinlein contributed to the Golden Age before he ceased to write during World War II.


The Sons were an early artistic mistake, hurriedly “painted over” honathan than eliminated in the rush to complete the work, but still holding power. Heinlein’s Norah is the voice of reason as her brain dead husband ignores everything and acts like a buffoon for the duration of their investigation in to what exactly it is that the rather unpleasant Mr Hoag gets up to during daylight hours.

Oct 20, David Joseph Mikels rated it liked it. Heinlein, a quite brilliant mathematician in his own right, obviously indulged his arcane sense of humour here.

A way-out finale answers our many questions, but just barely. It was preposterous, but it was terribly frightening. Cross the Profsssion Man with a bit of Chuthulu and you have a peak at this book. All You Zombies is in some ways professiob the ultimate go-back-in-time-and-meet-yourself story. Well written, with good dialogues, this book build up to a great unexpected climax. The Man Who Traveled in Elephants. A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bon I grew up reading Heinlein’s juveniles and I’m grateful for that as both a reader and, now, professiln writer.

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The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag — science fiction? There are as many meanings as there are artists. Dec 20, Michele rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reaching the park, with the collection of fine foods and wines Hoag requested, Ted and Cynthia find him there.