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Old Aug 10 2009, 04:42 PM   #1
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Catalist : A Tale of the Barque Cats
Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

I found this yesterday:

http://www.amazon.com/Catalyst-Tale-...9865009&sr=1-1

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Old Aug 11 2009, 02:45 AM   #2
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Science Fiction and cats, this must sell
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OoOoO I like the cover!!
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great!! I will add it to my list along with todds new one in april and marion zimmer bradley/diana l paxsons new one in december! Now if only christopher paolinin's newest would get a release date i will be up on all my series! well, except for jean auel whom we all know takes at least a decade to produce a new book lol...

I just love it when there is a run of great book releases. its better than summer movies!

Does anyone have anyidea of the basic plot outline for barque cats? It's title sort of implies a "beginning of the species" kind of element to me...
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May I be the first to say I don't like the cover? Then again, I'm partial to how Rascal is depicted on The Rowan, and this just looks like a bog-ordinary cat. They should have gotten Romas to do the cover
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The cats do evolve to look more like the Rowan's cat by the middle of Catacombs. But Anne says they were originally Maine Coon cats and that guy looks pretty coonie. I think he's an adorable cat although the porthole does look a bit, as a friend of mine said, like a washing machine with nebulas and planets in it instead of socks and knickers. But I think he's a lovely kitty and I would never hurt his feelings by telling him he looked wrong.
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I think that the lettering being tucked behind the 'porthole' does add to the confusion.

But I'm far more interested in the contents..















Or even the index!
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Overall I think it's a nice cover. It has a cat. How bad can it be?
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And she's not even given us a hint, EANN, please....
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A hint? Oh--okay
Here's the copy I wrote for the Del Rey online newsletter.
The Catalyst for Writing CATALYST

It is a not so well kept secret that Anne McCaffrey and I adore cats. We both came up with ideas for books about cats in space at the same time. Anne had previously introduced her Barque Cats in her Tower and Hive books but they played as minor a role as a cat can play. That is, for cat lovers, they stole the show but there was not all that much told about them or their origins. So Anne’s idea for the book was that it would be the backstory for the Barque Cats. I wanted to do a cats in space adventure book too but we couldn’t do a Tower and Hive story about them since they don’t come into that milieu until they are a well established and much-admired (what else? They’re cats!) species.

My idea was inspired by the memory of a Cordwainer Smith short story called “The Game of Rat and Dragon,” a classic in the annals of science fiction and cat literature. I liked the idea that cats transcended being pets while still being closely tied by bonds of an affectionate psychic connection to certain humans. Catalyst tells of the beginning of the bond, starting with Chester, a descendant of the first Barque Cat Tuxedo Thomas, and Jubal, a farm boy who loves cats and has a talented grifter for a dad.

Where else would we go for inspiration but the cats we’ve been fortunate enough to know and love? Chessie, the ship’s cat aboard the Molly-Daise, and Chester’s mother, is named for a beloved cat of Anne’s, a mighty hunter and a good mother of beautiful kittens. Anne has had several tuxedo cats (not Maine Coon, as Barque Cats are) including my old buddy Bronski and Maggie (pictured). I had a wonderful tuxedo tom named Saddle Shoes when I lived in Alaska. The first year I visited Annie in Ireland she had Bronski and Bear. By the second year, Bear had moved next door and Bronski was starting to decline, so Anne had bought some purebred Maine Coon cats, who proceeded to have kittens. Lots of kittens. Her gardener got one of the kittens he called “Legless” (Irish slang for drunk) because he said, “That cat never walks anywhere. Someone is always carrying it.”

I wanted one too but importing one of Anne’s was out of the question. Kittibits, a half-wild ginger tabby with all of the Maine Coon traits, grabbed my finger at the shelter, gave it a lick and came home with me. We lived happily ever after for 15 years. Now Pancho represents the race of Coony cats at my house. So it’s not too strange that Barque Cats start out, in appearance at least, as Maine Coons.

Chester’s personality is much more like sleek, smart, loving and loyal Cisco’s. and Git’s personality is very much like Kittibits’, who was always looking after the welfare of the other cats.

The wily Pshaw-Ra character is similar to that of Treat, the funny/annoying shelter cat I adopted as an adult. Treat dominated me if not the universe. Unlike the more sophisticated cat in the book, Treat’s plot probably would have involved a lot of peeing on things.
CATALYST is both the kind of classic animal story about the love of a boy and his cat and an adventure about how these cats decide to “take matters into their own paws” as Paul Gallico’s Thomasina was fond of saying, and arrange the universe to suit themselves.
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Makes me want to read it now...I'm feeling so deprived and can't wait to order it in at my local Dymocks store
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OOh yeah... I wants to read it too!
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LOL Yeah it has. I am picking up my copy tomorrow.

BTW... I have loved "Thomasina" since childhood.
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Thomasina is wonderful as is The Abandoned (in the US. In England it's called Jennie). I loved Paul Gallico--especially the kitty books and Too Many Ghosts.
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This cats short story, S'kitty and drats, can't recall the author at moment, it a book about cats, along with another of Andre Norton short stories.
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Is "S'kitty and Drats" the name of the short story?
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Treasury of Cat Stories, 1997
  • "S'kitty" by Mercedes Lackey, 1989
  • "Clara's Cat by Elizabeth Moon 1991
  • "Noble Warrior" by Andre Norton, 1989

I found hidden on me by Dan J,

He was just trying to make space, he put my Brain Ship book in the back of a deep shelf, along with other bigger paperback, its three layers thich of smaller paperback with, buch of paperback in the shelfs that have sliding glass door and in not order.

Its reminds me of a CS clame site, lol at myself before you take out the cut cystal, with shards from eary cuts not pick up yet.
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Yeah, Misty likes cats and has a good sense of whimsy so it could be her-- or even Jody Lyn who is often also funny.
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Eann..just finished CATALYST... and I LOVED IT! Although I have to admit, my favorite character didn't have a big role, and won't be back....I adored Git.

Just as well I have finished reading it. My ten year old has next claim on it.
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I liked Git too.
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There's a very nice piece on this book, by author eann, in the DRIN (Del Reyn Internet Newsletter).

If you are not subcribing to it yet, I suggest you do.

or read it here: http://www.randomhouse.com/delrey/DRIN/
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She posted it above in #10, Hans, but it's worth checking it out on the DRIN for the pictures included with the article!
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I thought it was funny that they picked from my cats the picture of the Late Great Treat as their fave. He was the model for Pshaw-Ra, personality-wise if not physically. He did have plenty of catitude.
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I thought it was funny that they picked from my cats the picture of the Late Great Treat as their fave. He was the model for Pshaw-Ra, personality-wise if not physically. He did have plenty of catitude.
lol reminds me of Reggie our oldest, and the other cat remind a bit like Smokey, not all the books are up from storge yet, so the story I'm thinking might still be packed. In the DINK article.

I do hope they have in audio, as much as I love books, and reading I can only read for short time before I must rest my eyes.
I see they have as an e-book, still having some problem with that too, just read the bit posted, and as soon as I can I hoping to hold of a copy, new phone and stuff have had to put it on the to get list.
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The people doing the audio book wrote to me asking for pronunciation help and are going to send me a copy so I know it's being done in audio.
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That's interesting to learn that they ask for help. You never know as a listener whether the pronunciations are as the author intended or not.
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If they're being careful with new material they do, otherwise they seem to just wing it. When we did Powers That Be they even had us help edit the abridgement and so forth but not for subsequent books--and it showed.
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That is good, for I recall a phone call about having to have DF redone for the Talking Book Libary, for they didn't know how to pronuciate problems when it first came out, I didn't know the till I hear the slient part of F'lar's dragon till I heard it, or how to say klah either.
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I've haven't hear any yet, I've read most of them.

I was trying to spell some else and had a hard time putting my words into writing. I found what I was looking for, and get tired.
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I also said some to the book being in audio over at NKT, for some folks on long car trips like to listen to them, or us folk with low vision read them that way.
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I love audio books and books I read myself too. I just like stories. I'm taking JOHNNY AND THE DEAD and JOHNNY AND THE BOMB on audio books with me on a road trip tomorrow. I just finished the Tiffany Aching books on audio today. I've already read all of them on the page but I love listening to someone read them to me too. Kind of like Mom reading to me when I was little.
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I love audio books and books I read myself too. I just like stories. I'm taking JOHNNY AND THE DEAD and JOHNNY AND THE BOMB on audio books with me on a road trip tomorrow. I just finished the Tiffany Aching books on audio today. I've already read all of them on the page but I love listening to someone read them to me too. Kind of like Mom reading to me when I was little.
When we were in the UK, my mom sent my daughter tapes of her reading the kidling's favorite set of books: The Saddle Club. The kidling used to pop one in at bedtime, and fall asleep with Grammie reading to her from a different continent!
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I started trying to read just a short story into a recorder with the idea of recording some of my unrecorded books eventually--I'm not a bad reader in front of a live audience but oh my, I screwed up so much it sounded like a blooper reel.
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I started trying to read just a short story into a recorder with the idea of recording some of my unrecorded books eventually--I'm not a bad reader in front of a live audience but oh my, I screwed up so much it sounded like a blooper reel.
I know the feeling mom wanted something recorded for her, I tried, and that didn't qute turn out.
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Old Jan 26 2010, 08:08 PM   #39
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I have several frying pans myself. The cast iron ones are harder to clean than teflon, but do a better job on the peskier varieties of supernaturals. At least the ones silver doesn't work on.

We got good news about Catalyst today! Enough of them found homes that the publisher has gone back to press for another 1,500 books making a grand total of 16,500. This is within a month of publication and in hardback so not bad! Annie is very pleased as am I.
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If anyone gets a chance to read The family frying pan by Bryce Courtenay, go for it. It's a great story about a frying pan that gets used by a group of people escaping Russia, during WW1. I did have a copy but I've since sold it.
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