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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, 15 Nov. 2009
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Ms Lixie (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Catligula (Spartapuss) (Paperback)
I loved Spartapuss and was eager to get on to the second book. Having just finished this one I'm about to order the third.

This one picks up where the first left off but reading Spartapuss first isn't necessary. Lots of new characters are introduced as well as the previous cast list. I really admire the way the author brings the real historical elements in without bogging you down with detail. Also the cat-ification of the story never reaches silliness - the puns aren't stupid and it's all done very consistently and cleverly.

I should probably admit I'm a full grown adult so I can't really say much about what age group these would be good for - I just really love this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series of books, 21 May 2011
This review is from: Catligula (Spartapuss) (Paperback)
These are a great series of books. My 12 year old brother loves them, they're a really creative way of getting young people interested in classics and history! The author is sometimes at Greenwich market signing books, which is how I heard about them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An innovative fantasy for all ages ..., 11 Feb. 2007
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Dpt Barter "Book conoisseur" (England, Britain, UK) - See all my reviews
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I haven't actually read the first book in the Spartipuss series but I read this one and still thoroughly enjoyed it. The setting is a fictionalised ancient Rome run by anthropomorphic cats. When the main character, Spartipuss finds a collar with a gold coin on it in a tree he thinks it's his lucky day and what's more, the Captain of the Spraetorian guards (don't ask), Captain Matro, gives him a job as the Emperor's scribe. However he later finds that the collar he found is cursed and he can't get it off. When the Emperor Tibbles dies and his successor, Gattus "Catligula" Tiberius comes to power things get worse. Catligula is wearing the partner collar to Spartipuss's and when the sinister Catligula starts finding out about crimes that Spartipuss has seen, Spartipuss realises that the Emperor can see through his eyes. What's worse is that the already slightly bonkers Catligula starts going mad with power, appoints his pet rat a position on the Senate, declares war on the God of the Sea, Neptuna and poisons all his enemies at a banquet held in his honour. Captain Matro decides enough is enough and arranges to assassinate the insane, corrupt Emperor at the Gladiatorial Games. It's good news for Spartipuss who will be able to remove the cursed collar once the person who controls it is dead but will the strongly moral Spartipuss be able to go through with killing a fellow cat in cold blood? Even if it is an evil power crazed despot? Little do they know that other forces are at work and a threat as terrible as Catligula is out there, waiting to reveal itself.

There are a few major plot-twists towards the end and the Cat-puns on Roman names are very funny and always keep you guessing. Mewpiter, instead of Jupiter, Klaws instead of Mars, Clawdius instead of Claudius and of course Nefikitti. Although I wonder who Peus is supposed to be a parody of. On an interesting sidenote, Catligula sort of reminded me of Count Olaf from the Lemony Snicket books. They're both very theatrical and conceited. Both start off as being dark, obviously deranged characters but become more humorous and comical as the story goes on an gradually become deluded, arrogant fools who nevertheless still manage to maintain a serious threat to the heroes. A hilarious moment is when they're all in the belly of a giant snake and Catligula thinks he's on Olympuss and begins complaining about how filthy it is to a white bull who he thinks is the King of the Gods. All in all, a jolly good novel which I strongly recommend reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 July 2014
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This review is from: Catligula (Spartapuss) (Hardcover)
Great quality. Delivered quickly.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book on sale buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 26 Mar. 2007
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Mrs. T. Wood (Salisbury) - See all my reviews
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I bought the book catligula at the globe theatre in london and got it signed by robin price. It is the second book in the so far trilogy, the first is i am spartapuss which was wonder ful but i think my favourite of the three is ctligula its just so intence and fantastic, i just love it is all i could say. This book isnt for four year olds id sugest it for 9-11 year olds. Great book.

from mallory wood.

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