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The Book of Night with Moon Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1999


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Aspect (March 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446606332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446606332
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 186 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,212,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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They never turn the lights off in Grand Central; and they may lock the doors between 1 and 5:30 A.M., but the place never quite becomes still. Read the first page
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Set in the same Universe as the Young Wizards tetralogy (and featuring guest appearances by its main characters, Nita and Kit, and their immediate wizardly supervisors, Tom and Carl), this fascinating if sometimes sad and depressing fantasy tale focuses on a team of wizards who are both Terran and nonhuman--in short, cats. It seems that we humans share this planet with many sentient species--whales, dogs, and cats among them--and in each of these wizards are born on a regular basis. Rhiow, a black New York City housecat, is one of them, the leader of a team that includes the constantly itching Saash (no, she doesn't have fleas, though her ehhif (Cat-language for humans) think she does) and the young tomcat Urruah. Deep underneath Grand Central Station to investigate the malfunctioning of one of the many Gates that lead from world to world, the trio find an injured kitten, Arhu, who turns out to be a wizard-on-Ordeal--if he survives, he'll come into his power, just as they did in their time. Gradually it becomes clear that Something very nasty is messing with the Gates, and the cats must not only help to defend the City from a plague of dinosaurs that come charging through, but penetrate to the dinos' universe of origin and find a way to stop further incursions.
Reflecting her other career as a writer of sf (she's perhaps best known for several Star Trek:TOS novels including the excellent Rihannsu subseries), and perhaps a belief in the corollary of Arthur C. Clarke's maxim "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," Duane's magic is sometimes extremely technical (I can't work out how the Gates function *at all*, though the cats can).
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If you enjoyed Kit and Nita's adventures, you'll probably enjoy Rhiow and her team's adventures in the line of work! True, some of it is technical, but once you get past those few paragraphs, it's an awesome read! I haven't looked at my cat the same since, and I probably never will! It's a great mix for people that love wizardly reads and cats!
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This book combines two of my favourite elements: cats and wizards. The striking cover art catches the eye immediately, and the story synopsis completes the allure. My previous familiarity with Duane’s work is limited to her Star Trek novels, but I consider her contributions to be a high point of the series. All these things combine to make this a novel I would want to buy at first glance.
Chalk it up to my love of cats, but I find it easy to step into their world. Or maybe it’s the writing. Either way, the transition is smooth. The plot unravels slowly, building to a climax that is well worth the wait. Duane’s attention to character development pays off. The reader cares what happens to the four feline wizards.
The fact that most of the characters are cats could have been reduced to the level of gimmick. This is an area where Duane’s skills as a storyteller are quite apparent. She invites you into a willing suspension of disbelief, and you happily accept. While the cats seem as "real" as people, one never forgets that they are cats. Body language, indeed. Every movement, every reaction, is true to feline behaviour.
Each of the cats has a distinct personality, which keeps the reader's interest even through the slower parts of the story. Urruah is the most entertaining, with his sardonic attitude toward just about everything. Saash is the ultra-professional, despite the fact that she has the most to lose. Rhiow functions well in her central role, giving the reader an accessible heroine. Arhu is the most riveting of the main characters. He undergoes the broadest changes, which serve as a benchmark for the developing plot.
As much as I like Ith, I find it difficult to take him seriously.
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Although the main stars are of the feline persuasion, even those who do not care for cats should like this series. There is no obvious or cutesy anthropomorphism & I loved the way the tables are turned in this story. Duane's a gem of a writer & one I'll read anytime, anywhere. Her grasp of fantasy, mixed with a strongly moving plot, and a highly skilled instinct for when to be more introspective is excellent. Highly recommended.
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The Book of Night with Moon is not, as some Duane fans might hope, what it sounds like. The mythical Book of Night with Moon figures prominently in some of Duane's other stories, but this story, while related to the others (Nita and Kit do appear briefly) isn't quite the same. It does, however, contain all the elements that Duane has used to great effect in the Young Wizard series: science, magic, mixing reality with fantasy, all in good fun.
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By Aubri Webb on March 27 2002
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Many books and movies attempt to tell us how animals see the world. Unfortunately so many of them try to make the animals think and talk the way humans do. Diane Duane knows that cats are a different species and therefore have different ways of thinking. From that she created an entire book in which we see the world through a cat's eyes. The cat's words are translated into English for our convenience, but we are told when the English word just isn't a good translation, or when body language is used instead. She creates personalities and mannerisms and everything feline based on what we already know of cats, or at least the real cat lovers do. In fact, she's so accurate that you'll probably look at your own cat and wonder if you have a normal cat or a wizard on your hands. Because, you see, the cats in this novel are not just ordinary cats going about their feline ways, they are actually wizards, working hard to keep the world and New York in balance. If you are a big Diane Duane fan, you have to read this book, and if you like the Young Wizard series, then you're in for a treat, because it's set in the same world and has a few cameo cross overs. Enjoy!
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