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- Print Length: 257 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (December 7, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 7, 2010
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003WUYOPC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Catacombs: A Tale of the Barque Cats (A Tale of Barque Cats Book 2) Kindle Edition
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A plague leads to the government order to destroy those considered the carriers, which brings unwanted focus on the Barque Cats. Pshaw-Ra opens up a mousehole to carry the Barque cats and their Cat Persons on the starship Ranzo to Mau where he plans to breed the newcomers with his felines; the offspring will rule the universe. However, he finds problems at home with daughter Nefure claiming the throne while his other daughter Renpet fleeing into the catacombs beneath the Mauan desert. Pshaw-Ra is a target of scorn while something dormant for almost as old as the universe has awakened with a thirst for the light starting with cats for breakfast.
This is a fun feline frolic as the Barque Cats and their Cat Persons try to save the universe from the Mau residents. Faster than the speed of light, readers will enjoy the escapades on Mau although wonder why everyone especially the off-worlders seem emotionally detached from Pshaw-Ro's scheme. Still this is an entertaining human-feline outer space thriller (see Catalyst).
One that immediately comes to mind is where the Grand Vizier, Pshaw-Ra is teaching the kittens to control gravity so as to make themselves heavier or lighter. This shows great insight and experience with the joys of living with one or more cats. I'm sure we can all recall instances when cats could move as light as a feather and others when they could seem as heavy as lead. The latter being the case when one may be lying down and your beloved cat decides to walk across you and each step weighs down upon your body as if the cat weighed 80 pounds.
This is definitely one of those books you'll have problems with if you can't accept the premises established by the authors. If you're willing to cut them some slack and just go with the flow I believe cat lovers will find enough reminders of their experiences with well loved cats to make the book worthwhile reading.
The cuteness is offset by some minor plot and characterization flaws that are easy enogh to overlook, assuming you had a reason to do so. For example: there are only three or four places in the book where one is forcibly reminded that the MHC (main human character) is a ten year old boy and not a 19 year old hardened space veteran. And every time it comes up is a jarring and sudden reminder that startles the reader out of the narrative flow. The reason for thi is because the character of Jubal (the MHC) isn't well developed or made distinct in any significant way. But you can get back into the story easily enough by picturing how cute the kittens are at whatever it is they're doing next. After all, the focus of the book is on the kittens most of the time so they are, in a way, the reason for the minimal character developement.
I read this book without having first seen the previous book in the series (Catalyst - I think). But it seems to be complete enough to read on its own as there are enough "reminders" in the text to play catch-up with. I suppose that also varies according to what kind of reader you are but attentive readers willing to do a litte analysis shouldn't have any difficulty.Read more ›
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I love Anne McCaffrey's stories! I've never encountered a bad one.Published 6 months ago by Yvonne Kalis
This story held true to the way we think cats think. It was thrilli to have that perspective. Thanks for a great read.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
It's ok but does not compare to her dragon books. I expected more.Published 9 months ago by Katherine
Not quite as fun or well written as other novels. I read most all McCaffrey's work, just left me wanting more.Published 11 months ago by TMC
This is a fast paced, action packed, cat filled story every cat lover will enjoy. If you own a cat, curl up with your kitty for a good read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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