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Felidae (Felidae #1)

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An internationally acclaimed suspense novel features the adventures of Francis, a house cat who, in trying to catch the murderer of his feline friends, meets up with a bizarre cat cult, a kitty computer whiz, and a perceptive Persian. 20,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.
Hardcover, 292 pages
Published January 26th 1993 by Villard (first published 1989)
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Astrid I used it for a book discussion about 6 years ago. It seems cutey cute at first, but it gets really dark. Personally, I really liked it. Some people…moreI used it for a book discussion about 6 years ago. It seems cutey cute at first, but it gets really dark. Personally, I really liked it. Some people found it too disturbing, but if you like cats and books that have a little depth to it, you might like this one.(less)
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"At the anniversary of the Pegida protests in Dresden on 19 October 2015, Pirinçci was invited as keynote speaker. He accused German politicians of being "Gauleiter against their own people", called Germany a "shit state" ("Scheißstaat") and female asylum seekers "fugitive sluts" ("flüchtende Schlampen"). Further, according to Pirinçci, Muslims want to "pump infidels full of their Muslim juice" ("Ungläubige mit ihrem Moslemsaft vollpumpen") and Germany awaits a "Muslim garbag
This is a story about cats. Who have a murderer among them. Told from the perspective of a cat. You may want to stop here. This may not be the book for you. This is a mystery seen through the eyes of out hero Francis. Francis is new to the neighborhood and is shocked to learn that many of his feline "family" are being murdered. It is clear the murderer is another cat. The preferred method of killing is a cat-bite to the neck. Francis, believing himself to be of greater-than-average intelligence, ...more
Feb 25, 2011 Bethany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phew. What can I say? Buying the English translated book off of eBay I didn't know what to expect. This is my second time reading through it, and was at first appalled at the language and gore that I was not use to being associated with the cat genre. But as I read on the mood set was amazing. Dark, depressing, and truly insane. Footnotes let you know that Akif must have done a bit of cat research before writing. This book just never ceases to amaze me.
Mar 18, 2014 Olesya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S obzirom da ova knjiga i nije previše poznata široj javnosti, a riječ je o kvalitetnom i zanimljivom štivu, dopustite da vam predstavim Felidae.
Ova knjiga zadire u svijet mačaka u kojem pronalazimo dva iznimno inteligentna protagonista: Francisca i Pascala. Radnja ovoga romana je protkana elemantima krimića i detektivskim, postupnim putem dolaženja do spoznaje i otkrivanja zločina. Zločini o kojima je riječ su niz krvoločnih ubojstava. Inteligentni detektiv Francisc, postupno rješava misteriju
EroticaAfterDark (Lilith)
Francis is new in town, cocky, smart and sharp-tongued and he's a cat.
Stumbling upon a gore-ish murder in his neighborhood, he cannot stop himself from investigating a crime and unveiling an ingenious, but murderous nazi-like conspiracy - between cats.

It's been some time since I've read this book, but I still remember many details of it. This book was just as the main character, funny and smart, somewhat shocking and definitely surprising.

Felidae is a unique, awesome read. If you don't mind a li
Jan 22, 2016 Gizem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Book Eaters
Dec 26, 2014 The Book Eaters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Today I shall be reviewing one of the quirkier books of the literary world: a tale of murder, prejudice, hypocrisy, religious cults, genetics and cats.

Felidae is a neo-noir detective book written by the German author Akif Princçi, and tells the tale of domestic cat detective Francis, just arrived in a new neighbourhood, whose welcoming present is a corpse in the garden. Confused and upset, Francis
Jul 22, 2014 Saschki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this novel to be truly unique. It is the opposite of a cat "cozy" - more of a cat gothic wrapper on a deeper philosophical meditation, with occasional Chandleresque interludes - so it is worth reading whether you *believe* you have any interest in cats or not. If you come to it with an open mind, you will be rewarded. Finally, the author uses cats to illuminate questions that mean something quite fundamental to us human animals - yet, without reducing the feline characters to mere device ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Boris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ein Krimi erzählt von einer Katze. Klingt interessant. Und der Plot ist nicht im Geringsten naiv oder verspielt, wie man vielleicht bei Büchern vermuten möchte, in denen eine Tierwelt vermenschlicht wird. Das Gegenteil ist eher der Fall.
Trotzdem weiß ich nicht so recht, was ich von diesem Buch am Ende halten soll. Und das hat sicher nichts damit zu tun, dass ich kein großer Fan von Katzen bin. Mir hat es sogar sehr gefallen, wie gut der Autor den arroganten Katzencharakter in seinem Erzähler zum
Jul 05, 2013 Enterpricicle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a curious little novel.

The protagonist, Francis, who happens to be a cat, investigates a gruesome crime and discovers a number of disturbing things that are happening in his neighbourhood.
(I'm not going to tell you anything specific about the plot, just a heads-up.)

I personally love this book. It is creepy and frightening at times (Francis' nightmares are particularly disturbing), but the author has a way of writing that really draws me in. He sets up a storyline with a number of threads
Jan 22, 2010 Melanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book years ago (I remember picking it up at a book market for next to nothing!) and its one that always sticks in my mind. It took me a while to read it as I found it hard going till about as third of the way through. Then it all seemed to come into place.

It is not the usual genre I read and I would say it is more of a thriller/crime. The characters are great and because of my love of cats I found the book very warming. It took me 4 years to find the sequal.

I'd say give it a go if it
C.N. Wolf
Mar 08, 2014 C.N. Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What goes better than cats and murder mysteries?

I've tried reading other feline-flavored mysteries, but somehow they all seem contrived and awkward (Cat Who series, I'm looking at you). But instead of super-smart cats working with people to solve human murders, Felidae is planted firmly in a cat's worldview, narrated by Francis the cat as he tries to track a feline serial killer. Humans appear only in the periphery and provide the occasional plot break (which, in my experience, is exactly how my
Susan Strickland
Feb 02, 2015 Susan Strickland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cat-noir
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Dolly Anderson
Mar 28, 2015 Dolly Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW, Once I started reading I truly couldn't stop. This story is related to us by Francis. He has recently moved and finds himself involved with trying to find out about the recent murders and mayhem that occurred in and surrounding his new residence. The very unique thing is Francis is a feline. This definitely is not your "fluffy" cat tale. There's a bit of gore involved. This novel is not intended to be for children.

Overall, fast paced, wish dashes of intrigue, elements of horror making it qu
Gave me the creeps and was a bit graphic, thus the three stars. As far as the writing and the thoughts it evokes, I would give it 5 stars.
Laura Davies
Aug 03, 2015 Laura Davies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why there are so many reviews in here saying this is a horror novel, or that it's gruesome. In my opinion, this is a straight-up mystery, but from a cat's POV. I enjoyed it immensely. The protagonist, Francis, is written in a way that I can truly believe our feline friends would think and behave. I loved the way the supporting characters are presented, too - especially Francis' 'tin-opener'. I thought the book was funny and thrilling at the same time. Sure, there's violence - cat's ...more
Anu Korpinen
Kissan näkökulmasta kerrottu salapoliisitarina. Francis-niminen kolli muuttaa "purkinaavajansa" kanssa uuteen naapurustoon, ja törmää heti sarjaan hirveitä kissamurhia, joiden takan on ilmiselvästi lajitoveri. Aluksi hätkähdin tekstin väkivaltaisuutta ja kaikkea sen veren määrää, mutta toisaalta se on hyvin ymmärrettävää. Eläimet joutuvat usein kokemaan väkivaltaa, ja varsinkin tässä kirjassa kuvattuja koe-eläinten kärsimyksiä ei ole siloiteltu yhtään. Hyvä niin.

Päähenkilö Francis on näsäviisas,
This book brought on the smooth transition from my talking animals phase (age 6-10) to my crime phase (age 10-14). It is not a book for children. Nor is the film, which also has talking cats and which really creeped me out when I was in my young teens. I remember really liking Francis and being really interested in the backgrounds of the murders.

From reading it I remember being grossed out by both the vivid descriptions of gorey murder and the surprising sex scenes, which I had not seen coming.
Oct 30, 2014 Petra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Akif Pirinçcis Felidae ist ein echter Klassiker. Hauskater Francis stellt nach seinem Umzug in einer neue Wohngegend fest, dass in seiner Umgebung Morde passieren - Morde an Katzen. In der Nachbarschaft hat sich die Vermutung eingebügert, dass es sich dabei um die grausamen Taten der "Dosenöffner" handelt, aber Francis kluger Kopf und seine schlaue Spürnase verraten ihm, dass hier keine Menschen am Werk waren. Von einem inneren Drang geleitet, versucht er den Katzenmörder zu finden. Er trifft da ...more
Felidae is a German murder mystery starring cats. A cat named Francis, belonging to a clueless German man, has just moved into a new neighborhood. As he is exploring his new territory he comes across a series of cat-murders and investigates.

As far as anthropomorphizing the animals, this is somewhat in the middle of the range. They generally don’t do anything that a real cat wouldn’t, but they sometimes do. Mostly, they think and act the way real cats would. The narrative is peppered with bits of
Dec 29, 2012 Luna_schaf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Die Wahl zwischen 2 oder 3 Sternen fiel schwer.
Felidae ist kein Buch, dass mich sonderlich begeistert hat. Von der Beschreibung aus Katzensicht hätte ich mir mehr erwartet, andererseits habe ich mir vorher auch keine großen Gedanken gemacht, in welchem Stil eine Katze wohl ein Buch schreiben würde.
Für mich war die Mischung aus "ich folge animalischen Instinkten" und "ich kann aber auch lesen und kenne mich super mit fremden Kulturen usw. aus" sehr merkwürdig.
Die Kombination von beiden ist nachvo
May 03, 2012 Natalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel of murder, mystery, thriller, with detectives and riddles and many, many secrets waiting to be uncovered, as well as betrayal. Oh, and it is also about cats.

Francis is our feline protagonist who moves into a new neighbourhood with his human named Gustav. He is irritated by the poor condition the house is in, as well as the laboratory-like smells coming from it. Very soon after moving in, he discovers a dead body of a tomcat, whose name, we find out later, is Sascha. Francis also
Mary Anne Thompson
Feb 03, 2016 Mary Anne Thompson rated it it was amazing
Truly an amazing work written with the voice of a young and intelligent cat, Francis, who moves to a neighbourhood where cats are being killed. He must solve the mystery and in the process is able to write about the relationship between humans and other animals and cats. The novel is deceptive in its seeming simplicity: it is profound in its view that violence begets violence but that peace is achievable. If only the world were run by intelligent cats. (The translation is amazing as I kept forge ...more
Sep 30, 2015 Duke5781 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-have
This is definetly not a book for kids. Although, the movies animation and beginning sequence makes you think it is. Within ten minutes/pages a cat had already died. It gets worse from there. Although Felidae is well-written and perfect for some teens and adults, you must be careful not to mistake it as one of the books like The Warriors, or The Guardians of Ga' Hoole. This time the animals are much more violent.

Check out my blog review.
Okay, this book was very surprising. You think at the first
Carolina Gonzalez
Cuando Francis y su dueño se mudan al nuevo vecindario nunca se imagino que se vería envuelto en misteriosos casos de asesinato entre sus congéneres felinos. Esta es una obra imperdible para cualquiera que disfruta de los libros de misterio y además tiene gusto especial por los gatos.
No es para nada un libro infantil, aunque sus personajes principales sean gatos, si te adentras en su mundo pronto descubrirás que es más interesante y oscuro de lo que aparenta.
Clare O'Beara
Jul 12, 2014 Clare O'Beara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book will probably appeal to horror fans. I thought it was a crime book; it turns out to be much more of a horror. The cat spends a lot of time dreaming about bodies of dead cats, mounds of dead
cats.... after a while he does get to meet mounds of dead cats....

I don't even like reviewing it, I just want to warn other cat lovers that this may not be what they expected.
I liked the story, but not the writing. Looking through other reviews, I was shocked to see only a couple of people mention this, but the author is just trying so hard to sound like a good writer and it's awful. He actually says, '' It's elementary,'' like that's normal or something. I can't help but wonder sometimes if it was a joke...

Alright, I was looking back to make sure I added this to my "read", and can't believe my review was so harsh. The writing did get on my nerves and sometimes that
Anita George
I didn't like this, though I loved the idea (first "cat" narration by a cat trying to find out who's killing cats in the neighborhood). As this is the first in a very popular series by a Turkish author, I'm going to assume that the problem is one of translation. It is hard to translate humour and satire does not always work well in another culture and language.
Dakota Cook
Mar 15, 2014 Dakota Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I saw the movie long before I ever read this. Being the horror that is was I fell in love with it. I love the concept of animal murderers and this hit that sweet spot. If you haven't read this I recommend you do, I really don't think any other book will ever make you look at your pets the same way again.
Markus H
Dec 18, 2015 Markus H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number 1 in the series about the Humphrey Bogart cat. A cat as a PI absolutely awesome. Book got everything you need if you like cats and thrillers. And Francis is an awesome character. There's even an animated movie. Dubbed in German by famous actors. Also recommended, but not for too young kids. It's a bit scary
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Akif Pirinçci (pronunciation: [piːʁɪntʃi]) is a German writer of Turkish origin who is best known internationally for his novel Felidae.

Pirinçci was born on the 20th October 1959 in Istanbul, Turkey, but emigrated to Germany together with his parents in 1969. He began to write fiction at a young age, and published his first novel Tränen sind immer das Ende (literally, "tears always are the end") i
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