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Here, Kitty, Kitty Hardcover – July 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 283 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312143532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312143534
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,192,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A plucky cat and her human companions stumble upon some Pleistocene Era beasties in Elze's clever, entertaining second novel (after The Changeling Garden), in which woolly mammoths, sabertooth tigers and other extinct animals mysteriously show up in an Adirondack village. The novel opens on an August night as Emma Vernon rows out to nearby Tenacre Island to retrieve her stranded cat, Billie, whose thoughts and adventures are deftly chronicled throughout the story. Billie regularly visits the "otherside," a 10,000-year-old place where humans wear animal skins, carry clubs and live amidst sabertooth tigers and other wild creatures. When Emma tells her husband, Max, a cartoonist, that she saw a huge deer with antlers "at least nine feet wide" on the island, he good-naturedly dismisses her claim. A year earlier, Emma's father, a high-school physics teacher, was viciously killed there by an unknown animal. After a local restaurateur is murdered, villagers vow to hunt down the four-legged attacker, while Emma and Rutledge, the animal control officer, try to capture the growing number of "extinct" animals before they're killed. Suspecting that the animals are coming from the island, Emma goes there and stumbles briefly into the "otherside," where she learns how her father's space-time experiment has perilously opened the doors between the past and the present. The story's neatly wrapped-up ending disappoints, but Elze's taut dialogue, intelligent plot and simmering suspense make this novel enjoyable.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

On an isolated island near a small Adirondacks town, a physicist constructs a maser that he hopes will unlock secrets encoded in rocks left by the glaciers. Soon after activating the maser, he dies in an attack by a wild animal. Emma and her pet cat Billie discover that he and another man have been killed by animals that existed ten thousand years ago; somehow, the maser has opened a portal to the Pleistocene Epoch. Now these and other animals are fleeing for their lives from hunters on the other side of the doorway. While the denouement demonstrates how humankind may have been responsible for the extinction of many Pleistocene animals, the story is sedately told; even the most dire situations the tension level is minimal. This, however, may appeal to certain readers. Appropriate for large fiction collections.?Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, Md.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Winifred Elze was born on Staten Island, New York. She is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy and of New York University.

She acted for a year with the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where she met and married Robert Warlock. They lived in Manhattan and appeared as extras in various films and commercials, as well as on "The Doctors," a daytime drama.

They bought a farm in Argyle, Upstate New York, and grew blueberries. After ten years, Robert got a job at Proctors Theatre, and they moved to Schenectady, NY, with their three children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Wright on May 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is not the type of novel that will keep you up at night, but the plot has an interesting premise that kept me reading. The book reads quickly, I finished it in a day. The 3 core characters are interesting and involved, although all other characters remain on the periphery. Part of the suspense is derived from the fact that the cat and owner cannot communicate about what they experience. The ending is weak, I think, and attempts to bridge two worlds that are not compatible. Overall, though, the plot moves well and makes the book fun to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 1996
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in two sittings. I would have finished it in ONE, but it was very late and I needed sleep. If you enjoyed Jurassic Park, you will probably like Here, Kitty, Kitty. While the suspense is not quite as intense, it's still in there. This book is also more "fiction" than "science," which makes it a more interesting read for those of us who would like to see a real, living wooly mammoth or sabertooth cat... never mind the detailed mechanics of how it might be possible. As a cat owner (or own-ee?), I laughed out loud at "Billie's" observations about her human companions and the animals from "otherside."<P
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BarkLessWagMore on December 29, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
HERE KITTY, KITTY is a thoughtful novel about the beauty and the cruelty of nature and left me with both a feeling of hope, wishing the author's world of was possible, and a feeling of sadness knowing in reality it probably isn't. Parts of the story were a bit hard to stomach, the author paints vivid and painful images of the brutality of man and nature but they make the story all the more powerful. Being owned by a cat myself, I can vouch for the authenticity of Billie's character, her scenes were accurately done with care and were interesting to read. This is a book for those with a strong stomach who have a soft spot in their heart for the injustice done to animals in the wild.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Sting on May 5, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In "Here Kitty, Kitty," by Winifred Elze, Emma's cat, Billie, gets her hair singed when she confronts mammoths and saber-toothed tigers in a Neolithic time warp.
A nice combination of old and new and an interesting viewpoint of Billie that you'll enjoy, by a literary stylist you need to read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be an utter diappointment. The characters never seemed to be fully developed nor did the plot ever seem to be a fully developed idea. The cat seemed to be the most developed character in the book. I felt like I had missed part of the story even though I had read each and every page. The ending seemed like the cliffhanging ending for a Saturday morning cartoon "tune in next week for the dramatic conclusion of Here Kitty Kitty". I think that this would have appealed to the young adult market more that the adult market. The time travelling cat and the prehistoric theme would appeal to that age group more appropriately.
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