August 05, 2004

Nænig onfand þone catt


As I mentioned before, the next book on my reading list was No One Noticed the Cat by Anne McCaffrey, pictured above with my cat Tigger. Actually, the only reason I read this book was because my wife, who is a big McCaffrey fan, got it out from the library, and since I’m such a cat fanatic I decided to read it too.

It’s actually more of novella than a novel, and only took me a short amount of time to read. It was reasonably enjoyable and diverting to read, but it did remind me of why I’m not a big fan of such fantasy books. They have no grounding in reality and yet are so clearly patterned after an unreal, romantic notion of a nondescript, mythical past. What turns me off even more is that such books often take themselves far too seriously. And in this case, there wasn’t nearly enough cat in it. I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as I did Terry Pratchett’s The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, which didn’t take itself too seriously and contained an awful lot of cat.

Posted by Mark at August 5, 2004 10:59 PM