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Cat Fantastic [Hardcover]

Martin Harry Greenberg , Andre Norton
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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February 1997
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. Original.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I've always loved this series... Oct. 22 2002
Nothing quite like curling up with a purring cat in your lap and an adventures cat in your book! ^_^
As with all compendiums there are some good, and some bad stories, but I feel that the good drasticaly outweight the bad. I've found this to be a well collected anthology series and would highly recommend it to anyone who is fond of cats!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly great June 29 2002
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It's short stories. What are you going to do? After all, some are bound to be fantastic, and others... well others just aren't as good. That's how I felt about this book. My favorite was The Dam Cat, but many of the others were good too. Cat lovers everwhere: it's a wonderful must read.
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...then you've got to try this anthology. Any one who enjoys seeing the world through the eyes of these not-so-usual cats can find something to sink their claws into here. There's SF, there's fantasy, humor, drama . . . almost any style you could wish for. Not all the stories will appeal to everyone, but the collection offers the reader a buffet of good choices with quality stories. I admit, I liked the second anthology slightly better, but "Critical Cats" had me seriously teary eyed. The fun of an anthology is that these are short stories and you can pick one to read anytime! It's my favorite travel reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beach Book May 16 2001
I am thoroughly pleased with the variety of stories in this book. I intentionally got it for light summer reading but sadly I am through it...will be purchasing the rest of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 15 tales of familiars, shipscats, et al. Feb. 25 2001
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Belden, Wilanne Schneider: "The Gate of the Kittens" - Yes, the title is a reference to Norton's novel _The Gate of the Cat_; this is a Witch World story, although not directly related to the novel.
Bell, Clare "The Damcat": The writing style here reminds me of Lilian Jackson Braun's 'oral history' stories, without an interviewer. The elderly narrator worked on the Black Canyon dam project in 1934, along with a Hopituh and his wildcat, and has his reasons for saying that it can't be demolished.
Boyer, Elizabeth H. "Borrowing Trouble" - No relation to "Trouble" later in this volume; the human protagonist is a fire wizard's apprentice who gets a familiar to keep from being expelled as hopeless. The character's names are all Scandinavian, but there aren't many other Scandinavian overtones.
Cahoon, Blake "Day of Discovery" - Toys with the 'cats are aliens' theory (see Norton's _Star Ka'at_ for an example). The human characters are physicists who may answer the eternal question, how can a cat disappear in a small apartment?
Carr, Jayge "Wart" - Spacers' shipscats run the gamut from the Biotech shipscats in Lackey's SKitty stories, where they've been genetically modified for greater intelligence, to this story. Wart and his rival Grimalkin not only don't mindspeak each other or the humans aboard ship; Wart doesn't think in particularly sophisticated terms, although this story is told from his point of view.
Dunn, Marylois "Yellow Eyes": Cat and White Cat also appear in _Tales of the Witch World 1_ and Catfantastic 2's "Shado". White Cat, the female, acts as a familiar to the lady of the castle, while the macho Cat spends his time hunting, bossing the other cats and dogs around, and cadging food in the kitchens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Sept. 27 2000
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I got this book yesterday and I just started reading it. The stories are delightful and very well-written. I recommend this collection to all cat-lovers.
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