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The Cats of Seroster (Piccolo Books) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 1986

4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New edition edition (Jun. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330292390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330292399
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 1.8 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 679,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story of a young man ahead of his time, this book rips along as it follows the adventures of the hapless hero, Cam. One man's journey through a fascinatingly accurate (and dangerous) mediaeval Europe encompasses self-discovery, ancient religions, civil war, love and the terror of the Inquisition. And cats. For movie buffs: this unique book somehow manages to combine the fantasy of "The Princess Bride" with the historical depth of "The Name of the Rose". My sole criticism is that this book is usually classed as a children's book: it's being robbed. "Cats" is a truly wondrous novel.
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By A Customer on 14 May 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second time I've read this book, the first time I read it at 14, and now, over 10 years later I consumed it again! I'd say it's much more than a children's book, works on a lot of different levels. The descriptions of the cats, the Miw, the Matagot, the battles are so absorbing, you're almost there with them.
I thoroughly recommend this book. It's fabulous!
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This is a mystical tale from Westall, steeped in legend and history. There are one or two "adult" references here but perfectly suitable for teens. Westall is one of the great and often overlooked children's authors, writing for different ages (you need to be selective). If I were to (perhaps unfairly) compare this, it isn't as compelling as The Machine Gunners (but that is rather a classic) and this is worth hunting out if you have enjoyed any of Westall's other books.
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I read this as a young teenager, and loved it then, checking it out of the library several times. I had forgotten about it until recently. I was a bit worried that, in adulthood, the book would not live up to my childhood evaluation of its quality ... I was pleasantly surprised. I have never read a novel like this one. It is skillfully written, and offers adventure and mystery. Among the main characters are cats, but don't let that put you off - Westall writes their perspective with such accuracy that it is fully believable. Westall writes with such vivid clarity that the book is totally absorbing.

A must-read for all book lovers.
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I have read this book several times over the past few years and every time I am struck by the juxtaposition of children's fantasy with adult concepts. The plot concerns a battle for a city, setting the villagers and the young Duke against the murderous usurpers; in fact, a usual good versus evil fight.

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
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By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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, fast-paced, mystical and strange enough to keep up all enthralled. Themes of leadership (including Amon the Miw), and reluctance in the face of heroic destiny (Cam) are fascinating. Cat lovers will enjoy the observations of human/cat species differences. It would be a fantastic animation film like 'Spirited Away' when this gem has its Christopher Columbus moment.
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