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Milk Treading [Paperback]

Nick Smith
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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May 1 2002
The cats live in a city called Bast, a sprawling world of alleyways and claw-shaped towers. Julius has to contend with political intrigue, territorial disputes and dog-burglars. For murder, mystery, mayhem and milk treading, join Julius as he prowls deeper and deeper into the crooked underworld.

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"Milk Treading is equal parts Watership Down, Animal Farm and The Big Sleep. A novel of class struggle, political intrigue and good old-fashioned murder and intrigue. And, oh yeah, all the characters are either cats, or dogs." TOD GOLDBERG, LAS VEGAS MERCURY --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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For political intrigue, murder, mayhem and milk treading... join Julius as he prowls deeper and deeper into the crooked underworld of Bast.

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"Milk Treading" is the only completely cat-centered political thriller/detective story I've ever read. The characters are all cats, dogs, and assorted rodents, and British author Nick Smith does an amazing job of capturing real cat behavior. I'd give it an A for staying in character throughout, a B for plot (as in B movies), and a B/B+ for social commentary.
Parts are gritty -- this isn't your mother's fuzzy kitty story. These cats hunt, scheme, love, and fight for their survival in a world of political intrigue and fierce territorial disputes. And it's a fun -- and funny -- novel, with a quirky, dry wit. I've bought copies for grown-up gifts and told my more adventurous friends to check it out. "Animal Farm" meets "Trainspotting," or maybe "Die Hard" meets "The Aristocats."
Corrupt politicians, illicit romance, hack journalists, venal church officials, deadly gang rumbles, slums, class conflict, catnip parties, pro wrestler-turned-celebrity, murder, mayhem, and milk treading -- this has it all!
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I picked this book up after hearing an interview with the author on NPR. It is a fascinating work in that it is written from the unusual perspective of anthropomorphized cats and dogs (ie, they have human feelings and drives). It is definitely not a book aimed at children, like many of those based on animal characters. Some parts are even shockingly harsh, but the author captures the behaviors and style of actual cats and dogs very well.
I felt like there could have been a little more background, since the setting is left deliberately vague. We never get an idea of scale, or how these cats and dogs ended up in acting like humans, living in cities, having a religion, and so forth.
A unique work, and well worth a look for that alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat's Pajamas Dec 17 2002
Format:Paperback
A must buy. I'm getting two copies for friends as Christmas gifts. An all-cat thriller based in a city filled with felines. This is an exciting and intriguing novel - I couldn't stop reading til I got to the end. An excellent novel, the best I've ever read. Good cover too!
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life isn't easy for a small cat with a big mouth Dec 9 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Milk Treading" is the only completely cat-centered political thriller/detective story I've ever read. The characters are all cats, dogs, and assorted rodents, and British author Nick Smith does an amazing job of capturing real cat behavior. I'd give it an A for staying in character throughout, a B for plot (as in B movies), and a B/B+ for social commentary.
Parts are gritty -- this isn't your mother's fuzzy kitty story. These cats hunt, scheme, love, and fight for their survival in a world of political intrigue and fierce territorial disputes. And it's a fun -- and funny -- novel, with a quirky, dry wit. I've bought copies for grown-up gifts and told my more adventurous friends to check it out. "Animal Farm" meets "Trainspotting," or maybe "Die Hard" meets "The Aristocats."
Corrupt politicians, illicit romance, hack journalists, venal church officials, deadly gang rumbles, slums, class conflict, catnip parties, pro wrestler-turned-celebrity, murder, mayhem, and milk treading -- this has it all!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat's Pajamas Dec 17 2002
By Jason Lindsay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A must buy. I'm getting two copies for friends as Christmas gifts. An all-cat thriller based in a city filled with felines. This is an exciting and intriguing novel - I couldn't stop reading til I got to the end. An excellent novel, the best I've ever read. Good cover too!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty thriller set in a world of felines and canines Feb. 25 2003
By Omar Siddique - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I picked this book up after hearing an interview with the author on NPR. It is a fascinating work in that it is written from the unusual perspective of anthropomorphized cats and dogs (ie, they have human feelings and drives). It is definitely not a book aimed at children, like many of those based on animal characters. Some parts are even shockingly harsh, but the author captures the behaviors and style of actual cats and dogs very well.
I felt like there could have been a little more background, since the setting is left deliberately vague. We never get an idea of scale, or how these cats and dogs ended up in acting like humans, living in cities, having a religion, and so forth.
A unique work, and well worth a look for that alone.
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