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- Publication Date : October 9, 2018
- File Size : 1894 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 245 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07H5S7SHH
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,754 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read the sixteen stories over a few evenings and loved how each author took the same theme of cats and applied it so differently. Some of the authors created an entirely new world with some great worldbuilding like J. L. Rowan in one of my personal favorites of the collection “The Secret Treasons of the World.” (I was excited then to realize the author has other short stories and entire novels set in the same world!) Other authors wrote on a more contemporary tone with stories like “Whiskers Width” by H. L. Burke and had a fun, lighthearted feel. Some took on the challenge of myth or fairytale re-tellings; while others, focused on a teaching a moral lesson, like “The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew,” a tale of two young guards caught in the middle of a royal quarrel over a cat.
I’ll definitely be reading more anthologies by these authors, and overall I’d give a 3.5 average rating over the stories.
As always, here are my favorites:
The Witching Hour by Savannah Jezowski
Alex the Cat and Alex the Prince by Ace G. Pilkington
Whisker Width by H.L. Burke
The Honorable Retrieval of Miss Sunbeam Honeydew by Pamela Sharp
Death Always Collects by Jeremy Rodden
But they're all purr-fect, really. There's so much to love in this Fellowship of Fantasy cat anthology!
A cat lover, I was returned to some of my early favorite reads: fairy tales, fables & magic. An extremely accomplished group of writers’ short tales were selected, truly excellent curation & editing!
Jeremy Rodden’s contribution had quite an emotional wallop.
Suitable for YA readers, or those who remain young at heart.
Other than that weave there is no dominant narrative - the collection itself has melancholic stories, wistful ones and down-right belly laughers!
I am not a big fan of fantasy per se unless cats are involved - but here I have been introduced to some new authors that I plan to look for going forward!
I very much appreciated that all the stories were clearly edited. I never tripped up on bad grammar or missing words. Plus, there just aren't enough stories that involve cats, so yay for an anthology surrounding them!
The romance is contrived, lighthearted moments are tinged by selfishness or contaminated by fear like they don’t realize that the source of help is not required to also be terrifying, self-involved, arrogant, deceitful, vain, and utterly lacking the ability to even like others as much as themselves, much less behave altruistically toward others.
In the heroes, integrity is ignored in favor of cunning and vengeance, while those playing the role of villains are inept or faceless, two-dimensional placeholders acting as a background for the emotionally abusive, hapless fumbling, or manipulative machinations of the protagonists. One example of a happy ending for a protagonist is that his, “reward,” is to be stripped of his self-control and humanity while also being distracted and forced into believing he is happy about it. He isn’t supported to grow, carry out his good intentions, or learn about himself to decide a better future. Most of the endings are very disappointing and have nothing healthy to say about dealing with difficulty or grief besides dominating others, drowning unhappiness in substance abuse, while looking to romance or money to solve the problem of needing to establish safe boundaries, exchanging services quid pro quo instead of real friendships, and bizarre, unnecessary references to the occult that offer nothing to the integral message offered by the authors of each story.
Usually, fantasy has something to say about love, honor, value, and acceptance along the lines of Galatians 5:22-23, as the fruits of the God’s Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Even if the story isn’t Christian, either the fruit of it’s harvest is good and life giving or it’s evil and doesn’t nourish emotional, mental, or spiritual healthiness. The fruit of most of these stories is evil and their symbols, metaphors, and idea contributions offer nothing helpful or life nourishing to anyone.
Top reviews from other countries
Wouldn't let my cat read it though, in case it got ideas!
Thoroughly recommended for lovers of the genre (and cats)
Some did seem to drag, but most were fun.
A cute little book to pass time by