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The Temple Cats [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Soto

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Book Description

Lin Mei and her younger brother Bio Mei fled to the western deserts of China to escape the people who siezed their home and killed the rest of their family. When the caravan they were hiding in took shelter in an abandoned temple, they found two kittens and adopted them. Then their lives got really interesting...

This is a group of five stories first published in SWORD & SORCERESS 21-25. The individual titles are: Step by Step; Night Watches; Hope for the Dawn; Sages and Demons; and Winter in Khotan.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 260 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust (30 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073PH6CU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #606,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Siamese Cats & Fantasy 6 Mar. 2012
By TiUTiger - Published on
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This compilation of short stories is very well done. The different segments follow one another seamlessly. I really enjoyed the interaction between the two cats and the hero and heroine. The setting of the stories was also interesting - around medieval China or someplace similar. Very well written.
3.0 out of 5 stars Author shows promise, and it's a good story 12 July 2013
By BARBARA S OCHSNER - Published on
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I'm looking forward to some other of her books. The characters are kind of flat, but the story is good. The author shows good promise and I look forward to reading more of her works.
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read 2 Mar. 2013
By Ann C. Prester - Published on
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It's a collection that's a very quick read. It would like to see more with these cats and their humans.
3.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different 29 Jan. 2013
By Dragon Lady - Published on
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A set of short stories that were easy and enjoyable light reading. The siblings and their cats seem to have not quite specified abilities that help them through the dangerous time and places they frequent. A interesting look at what I would call Ancient Asia life.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Caravan on the Ancient Silk Road 22 Jan. 2013
By Patricia P Nelson - Published on
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This is a series of short stories featuring Lin Mei, her brother Biao Mei and two cats they have adopted (or vice versa). The first story sets the physical and historical scene. Lin Mei is 17, a groom in a caravan along the borders of the Chinese Empire. Her brother is 15, a guard in the same caravan. The caravan stops at a deserted temple for the night and, as foretold in a dream of Lin Mei's, they find two kittens whose mother died defending them from a weasel. In the process of getting milk for the kittens, they spot an intruder and sound the alert, saving the caravan from assassins and earning Lin Mei a promotion to guard.
In the next two stories the caravan is hired by a wealthy merchant to guard his home and warehouse. These flow smoothly as a group. In the last two stories they are secret agents for the Imperial Security Service, one set in Tibet and the other in an oasis on the southwestern edge of the Taklamatan Desert.
The reader is immediately immersed in Central Asia in the 9th and 10th centuries CE. The characters feel real and the descriptions are vivid. The magical and the mundane interweave perfectly understandably.
My only problem is with what is not there. A vague reference to their family having been "wiped out" and another to an uncle and to "winning back" what is theirs is the nearest it comes to an explanation of how two teenagers of obviously well-to-do backgrounds come to be working as caravan hands. Their sudden transformation to Imperial secret agents is left to the imagination as well.
There is a note that the author is planning to turn the series into a book. I will look forward to adding a fifth star to my rating when that happens.
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