The Cats of Seroster (Piccolo Books) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 1986
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I thoroughly recommend this book. It's fabulous!
A must-read for all book lovers.
What sets this book apart from so many similar stories is that the cats of the city are active participants in the battle and their cat ways are dealt with as seriously as those of the human protagonists. Of the main characters, half are cats and half are humans; what is very noticeable is that none of the cats is a villain. The background of the cats links them to Ancient Egypt and to the Goddess Bastet and it is this introduction of the old religions that is not child-like at all.
For the most part the dialogue runs easily and the narrative is smooth. The plot unfolds like an obstacle race but our various heroes (and heroines) take all in their strides. The myth of the ancient warrior who returns when his people need him is given a new twist here that works well. It is easy to identify with the characters, both those who fight for freedom and those who oppose them, and there is a credibility about an incredible situation that is almost magic. There lurks also an odd sense of melancholy which adds a sadness to the story that is not reflected in the outcome.
I have given this book four stars because of the author's annoying habit of proliferating dots instead of ending his sentences. He indulges himself freely in this literary tic, often two or three times on each page. I confess to having used my white-out liquid as freely because I found his dots such a distraction. I know there is a correct term for using dots as punctuation but I have forgotten it...
An enjoyable book, if a bit strange. Possibly therein lies its appeal
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can still remember the first time I read this book, twenty years ago when I was 10. I loved it and when I finished it I started it again straight away. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2010 by xyz
My daughter brought this book home from school as her English teacher knew she loves cats and was sure she would like it. Read morePublished on 22 July 2009 by B. Dear
Reminiscent of Pullman's style, this book has been wonderful to read aloud to my sons. The imagery is delightful, the humour well observed, and the fantasy is clever,... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2006
This book, although old, is very modern and is slightly obscure. Ironically, performing some research into Egyptian words, I have found that the word "Miw" is translated as cat. Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2003