Catfantastic: Nine Lives and Fifteen Tales

Catfantastic: Nine Lives and Fifteen Tales


Paperback, Pages: 320

Genres: Fantasy, Short Stories, Anthologies, Animals

Language: English

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Two of the biggest names in the fantasy field have put together a unique collection of fantastical cat tales for friends of furry felines. Cats work a special magic in these stories from the future, from the past, and from dimensions people never dream of.

Introduction: Speaking of cats--
a very weighty subject / by Andre Norton --
The gate of the kittens / by Wilanne Schneider Belden --
The damcat / by Clare Bell --
Borrowing trouble / by Elizabeth H. Boyer --
Day of discovery / by Blake Cahoon --
Wart / by Jayge Carr --
Yellow eyes / by Marylois Dunn --
It must be some place / by Donna Farley --
The dreaming kind / by C.S. Friedman --
Trouble / by P.M. Griffin --
Skitty / by Mercedes Lackey --
The game of cat and rabbit / by Patricia Shaw Mathews --
From the diary of Hermione / by Ardath Mayhar --
Its a bird, its a plane, its--
supercat! / by Ann Miller and Karen Elizabeth Rigley --
Noble warrior / by Andre Norton --
Bastets blessing / by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

  •    Dour Hossann
    Find my review on my blog as part of my 'Retro Fiction Review Series' -

    This anthology is beautifully put together as a hardcover with thick paper and it's one of those books you enjoy the physical feeling of reading. The book boasts 15 stories with an interesting table of contents. The anthology features predominantly female author names, with three or four gender ambiguous names as well. There are a variety of protagonists, some human, some cat, some male, some female - a nice balance that reads well.

    In her introduction, Andre Norton discusses the "weighty subject of cats" (vii) and what she suggests is an affinity between them and writers. She points out that it is because the cat is known to be mysterious, at times imperious and well known to live by their own (non-human) standards that makes cats such a fascinating subject for story telling. Certainly if this anthology is anything to go by, I find myself agreeing with Ms. Norton. She summaries the book as "fifteen histories [that] deal not only with spells but also with diplomatic relations on other planets, with forbidden research, engineering on a grand scale and with guardians who know their duty and expertly do it" (viii).

    I'm not usually one for short story anthologies, although every so often I come across an anthology sufficiently seductive enough that I cannot resist.


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