Joan D. Vinge is an American science fiction author. She is known for such works as her Hugo Cat[edit]. Psion (); Catspaw (); Dreamfall (). Cat’s paw is a phrase derived from La Fontaine’s fable, “The Monkey and the Cat” , referring to a person used unwittingly or unwillingly by another to accomplish the other’s own purpose. Cat’s paw or Catspaw may also refer to: Catspaw ( novel), science fiction book by Joan D. Vinge ยท Catspaw (TV series), TV series. Catspaw (Cat, book 2) by Joan D Vinge – book cover, description, publication history.

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I didn’t like it as well as the second and third, obviously. Isabel rated it really liked it Aug 06, Well done, complex, flawed Cat. Books by Joan D. I just found out it is the second part of a series, but obviously it cwtspaw be read on its own without any problems. I am pretty sure I know who wanted to kill who and why. Violence is not simply an action piece; it’s insight into Cat’s social status and his efforts to put his past–and his overwhelming feelings of helplessness–behind him.

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It, along with Songmaster, was my introduction to this genre. Has wear to the cover ivnge pages. Cat is an orphan, and a catspzw part human, part alienand is trying to find a place where he can survive. It’s kind of a drag, but he likes knowing he’s helping Jule’s family, and on top of that he now has access to drugs that let him use vingw telepathic talent he damaged in his fight with Quicksilver.

Feb 28, Brooke Banks rated it it was amazing Shelves: Please try again later. And eventually, it all comes together in his plot to expose Elnear’s competition, Sojourner Stryger, as a bigot, by using himself as bait. R R rated it it was amazing Jun 27, Even the sexual encounters are not there for the sake of titillation or overwrought romance–they’re about power, loneliness, and fear.

Vinge with the very popular Catspaw and Dreamfall. All of them sound like aliens.

Catspaw by Vinge, Joan D

Swap 7 have, 11 want. So Cat is thrown headfirst into a rich family of vips who dislike him, and he has to try to learn how to act. From the homicidal enclaves of drug kings to a fanatic’s pulpit. I urge folks to give Psion a chance but to remember that it is just the beginning of a journey.

My review from my first read doesn’t do the book enough cayspaw, but reading it was still an intense experience the second time.

When I graduated from elementary school and children’s books, “young adult” was the next step, and I found that apparently I was supposed to start liking books about romance.

He loses every fight. Warner Books Inc, My only real problem with the book was the repetition. First of all, let me begin with the things I do like about Catspaw.

You tried and failed and kept on trying, never knowing whether you’d ever get what you wanted. One thing I’ve noticed as I rerereread this, in the context of years of gaming and gaming theory, is that the protagonist not only makes poor decisions much of the time, but repeatedly fails at standard “heroic” catxpaw.

Sometimes telepathy is used as a crutch for poor character development — telling instead of showing. It’s clear he’s damaged through and through, and doing his best to work through it, and you can’t help but love his mixture of sensitivity and badassery. Sure, I had crushes on other catwpaw, but Cat was such a complex character.

That said, not everyone is happy wi Cat is trying to make something of the life he nearly lost in the previous book, and he’s minding his business going to university when he’s kidnapped. He discovers his strength and power.

As my friend said while discussing this book, such inclusion makes it feel more real. Cat is so well done: