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The Outlaw Varjak Paw Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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"Original and amazingly engrossing . . . it is much enhanced by its high-quality production and the beautiful illustrations by Dave McKean" (Sarah Crompton Daily Telegraph)
"To today's overprotected children, Varjak Paw is the perfect emblem of the joys and dangers of freedom. Beautifully illustrated by Dave McKeen and written in spine-tingling prose, the novels have a suspenseful edginess that children instantly respond to" (Amanda Craig The Times)
"A wonderfully original creation: a fearless feline with a gift for whizzy martial arts . . . grippingly vivid . . . Dave McKean's scratchy, lean drawings perfectly capture Said's dark narrative" (Evening Standard)
"It's refreshing to enter a world of cats. And not just any old cats, but the rich collection of heroes and villains in the world of Varjak Paw . . . The Outlaw Varjak Paw is another swift, compelling tale. And Varjak is an appealing and believable hero" (The New York Times)
"The bleakness of the story is magnified by Dave McKean's brilliant illustrations. The combination of his blood-spattered paintings and Said's staccato descriptions lends the fight scenes an almost balletic quality . . . The world inhabited by these emaciated cats becomes engrossing, while the emotional ambiguities offer plenty for adults to think about" (Time Out)
The second adventure in the life of the extraordinary Mesopotamian Blue, Varjak Paw: kung fu for cats!See all Product description
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What's it about? Imagine a junior Sin City featuring feral cats and lost dogs, full of martial arts philosophy and urban strangeness. A sequel to 2002's Varjak Paw, this sees our feline hero leading a new street gang that believes in those old clichés liberty and justice. But he, his fellow cats and his canine friend Cludge are opposed by a sinister threat from the dark side, in the thin, ice-white shape of Sally Bones and her dead-eyed henchman Luger.
With simple but stunning illustrations from Neil Gaiman collaborator Dave McKean, Said tells his story in spare, elegant prose that maintains its tension without playing sentimental tricks. Dark and wonderful.
I remember the first one being a bit better/fresher, but this is an admirable sequel, with a hint of mystery in its icy eye!?
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