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Old Apr 16 2007, 04:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Zainal's appearance vs. Video Game Images

I think those vague cat ears were purely artistic license. The cover artist probably assumed that an alien called Catteni was cat-like. There is nothing at all in the books to suggest that they are. They have grey skin, yellow eyes (IIRC), and on average big and beefy compared to the average human -- but not so different that humans can't pass as Catteni with some stage makeup.

The later books in the series are probably best at giving descriptions of the Catteni, as that's when the humans start disguising themselves as them. (Maybe just in the 4th book, it's been a while since I read them all.)
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