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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 7, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345423054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345423054
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Have you ever wondered what your cats get up to when they go out at night? Do they just sit in the garden and watch the world go by, or do they travel into the night on wild adventures that take them to faraway places human eyes have never seen?

The Golden Cat is a follow-up to the highly successful The Wild Road and the fairy-tale story of Tag the tabby cat, who after the death of his mentor Majicou inherits the task of the caretaker of the wild roads. When two of the King and Queen's three golden kittens go missing, Tag is asked to find them. One of the three kittens is the famous Golden Cat, but which one is it? Tag soon finds himself on yet another perilous journey across the wild roads with Leonora, the third kitten, in tow.

It's obvious that Gabriel King has a great love for the feline species, which shines out with great warmth from her writing. Observational detail rubs shoulders with moments of comedy strong enough to evoke a reaction from the hardest of hearts. There are also elements of high drama as she delves into the darkest side of vivisection and animal cruelty. A great read in its own right and a worthy follow-up to The Wild Road. --Elly Russell, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

King (actually two authors, both British) continues the adventures of the cats from The Wild Road in this story of ordeals, magic and redemption. Comparisons to Watership Down are inevitable, but these cats are both more and less human than Richard Adams's rabbits, though no less heroic. Through magic, felines ally themselves with foxes and fish; one cat even reads. They travel the wild roads, though something seems wrong with these occult pathways. This mystery drives the book, along with two quests for kittensAone by the golden offspring of the Mau, an archetypical mother, and one by Sealink, a sassy wanderer from New Orleans. The cats of New Orleans also suffer a strange decay. Is it the oppressive domination by the cat Kiki la Doucette? The aftermath of the cats' battle against the Alchemist in the previous volume? Or the stealing of cats for experimentation, ? la Adams's The Plague Dogs? Connections are made and interestingly explored, and the cats become truly human (and humane) characters. A must for cat lovers, this book offers rewards for any fantasy reader who can accept a primarily feline cast.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

What can I say...I laughed, I cried, I loved it!
K. Tucker
Such a sweet tale, such an interesting plot, such unique characters... And lots more.
Tanya
I would recommend it to anyone who loves cats and a good book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SIS on February 25, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I give this book 5 stars, and I think it's much better than "The Wild Road," King's first book. It's not nerely as hard to stay interested to, and I particularly liked the focus on the character of Sealink, and how you learned a lot more about her origins. One thing that I found a little confusing is how the personalities of the characters changed, rather too abruptly into the second book to be realistic, Tag and Ragnar in particular. Other than that I found this book an interseting, enjoyable read, and much better and easier to follow than "The Wild Road".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I bought "The Wild Road" on a whim; I had read Tad Williams' "Tailchaser's Song" a few years ago, and wondered what it would be like to read a similar story by a more recent author. I was far from disappointed, and "The Golden Cat" exceeded my expectations, quickly becoming one of my personal favorite books of all time.
If there is one point to criticise, it would have to be the sometimes confusing narrative, which strays from the style many reader have come to expect. This, however, strengthens the story in my mind rather than weakens it. The characters are brilliantly presented, the plotline is strikingly complex, and the book makes you want to look for Wild Roads everywhere - I've already spotted a few in our own neighbourhood.
In short, anyone who's willing to stray from Fantasy norms and experience something different and wonderful, look no further!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Galligar Chance on April 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's obvious that Gabriel King has a great love and respect for the feline species, which positively purrs forth from his writing. Employing intense observational detail with moments of delightful comedy strong, King's clever prose in "The Golden Cat" will evoke a positive reaction from animal lovers everywhere. Admirably, King also explores and comments on animal cruelty throughout this part mystery/part fantasy tale. As a lover of cats, I found "The Golden Cat" to be a purrfect read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julia Rampke on May 19, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first book I read during a long event where I had lots of time to sit by myself. I'd read and read and read and then wonder, where is this going and when is he going to get to the point? But during the busier times that I wasn't reading, I kept finding myself thinking about the story... wanting to get back to the book and find out what came next.

The second book is paced better. I don't have problems with multiple subplots - switching points of view isn't a big deal for me. The writing and plot were both tighter, the conclusion satisfying.

Interestingly, I've noticed that nobody else has mentioned here in reviews the obvious: "Gabriel King" is not one person, folks. These two books were a collaboration between Jane Johnson and M. John Harrison, published under the name "Gabriel King."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading The Golden Cat 20 minutes ago, and I must say, I thought it was as good as, if not better, than the first book, The Wild Road. Gabriel King's writing is outstanding, the plot is unique, and the characters are fully described without making the book long and boring. This book, along with the Wild Road, is a must-read for all animal lovers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Reynolds on December 11, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As with "Wild Road", couldn't put this one down till I'd finished it. Loved the reconciliation between what Majicou and the Alchemist represent, so at the end they could once more be just Isaac, and his cat Hobbe. Also loved the return of Mousebreath--although somehow I guess he lost his accent along the way (so we wouldn't know it was him). Another great character: Uroum Bashou, the Elephant (great name!)
One thing, though: both books kind of glamorize the lifestyle of feral cats and cast scorn on the pampered lives of housecats. This is where the anthropomorphizing creeps in (on little cat feet?); in real life, I'd say, housecats live by far the happier existence. But what do I know? Anyway, loved the book; very heartwarming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Tucker on July 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you fell in love with "The Wild Road" like I did, then you will LOVE this sequel! The character development delves even further in this storyline, making it that much more intriguing to read. All of our favorite characters are back in this tale of good vs. evil and battling the alchemist once more to return the Wild Roads to their natural state. I found this book to have a more "serious" tone than its predecessor because it goes right into the heart of animal cruelty, experiementation, and vivisection. Some sections are very upsetting that deal with these topics, but even those squeamish of heart should try to get through them as they are a reality to many animals. Beyond the serious topics, there is still plenty of high adventure and humor, especially when it comes to Sealink! There are also some wonderful surprises in store for return readers :-)What can I say...I laughed, I cried, I loved it! If you are a cat lover and have not read these two books, I can assure you that they will quickly rise among your favorites. Will there be a third??
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Carter on August 4, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Did Gabriel King, the author of the wonderful, beautiful The Wild Road, make a bet with a friend that he could write the sequel with half his brain tied behind his back? It sure seems like it.
Where is all the myth, the magic, the sheer Mystery that inhabited The Wild Road? Why is the bad guy someone we see all of two pages worth of? Where are all the fantastically poetic descriptions? And why, oh why, does nobody EVER stay good and dead?
The fact that we met most of these animals in the first book does not mean that no further characterization is needed. I felt like I was reading cardboard cutout characters. But the folks I'd really like to know about are the folks that Mr. King completely glossed over. Who was the fine, gentlemanly Monsignor Gutbag? What's a manta ray doing swimming in outer space? And what about that utterly fascinating Reading Cat? Knowing him would have been grand. Not to mention the foul Kater Murr--do his problems stem from his odor, or what? And the Dog?--now that was a major letdown in the ending. And La Mere? And the armadillos? And Amelie? And the.... The list goes on, but Mr. King has decided to only give us the most cursory of introductions to these worthies.
Maybe it's just me. I expected the same magic as I got out of The Wild Road. Instead, I should have looked for a mediocre fantasy tale centering on a group of supposedly heroic felines.
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