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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,490 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Francis, der samtpfotige Klugscheißer, ist neu im Revier. Als er bei seinem ersten Erkundungsspaziergang auf einen grausam zugerichteten toten Artgenossen stößt, ist ihm klar, daß hier sein Intelligenzquotient gefordert ist. So rollt sich vor dem Leser mit katzenartiger Geschwindigkeit eine Geschichte von serienmäßigen Morden und religiösen Sekten, von Computern und rollig ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published July 1st 1989 by Goldmann (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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Chances are that if you are of a certain age, the film version of Watership Down has left you more or less completely and utterly traumatized in one way or another as a child. "Aww, a cute movie about cute little bunny rab- OH MY GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING OH GODDD ARE THOSE BUNNIES SUFFOCATING?!"

And chances are that if you are a German in a certain age bracket, the film version of "Felidae" added several more mental flesh wounds into your innocent little children's soul, only a couple of years later
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
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.
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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Dolly Anderson
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Clare O'Beara
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
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
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.
Dark, disturbing and surreal with a touch of humour as Francis, a cat, new to an area, sets out to uncover a murderer and in the process uncovers a web of horror in which humans and science play a major part ...

Written from Francis's view point, humans are 'tin openers' in the vernacular of his new friend, 'Bluebeard' ... you may never look at a cat the same way ...
"A novel of cats and murder" reads the description above the title of this awesome read. Francis and his owner, Gustav, have just moved to a wreck of a house in an otherwise gorgeous neighborhood. But all is not calm. Francis soon encounters several cats who'd been murdered. Through his friendship with Bluebeard and Pascal. He uncovers the motive and the murderer. It is Pascal, who was the Claudandus used as Prof. Preterius guinea pig in attempting to find a glue to heal wounds. So warped by his ...more
Çevirisini kötü buldum. Belki yazarın tarzını da çok beğenmedim. Gereksiz, süs cümleleri fazla gibi geldi. Ancak kitabın fikri (kedilerin dünyasında geçmesi, kedi cinayetleri ve kedi dedektifi olması, vs) ve kurgusu fena değil.

Франсис, Фелисидас, Синята Брада, Конг, Паскал, тайснтвеният Клаудандус и много други образи оживяват в книгата на Акиф Пиринчи. Авторът очевидно е направил задълбочени проучвания относно характеристиките и начина на живот на тези създания,което може да бъде подкрепено с подробните бележки на автора изнесени в края на книгата. Те са всявали възхищение и са били на почит в много култури през годините. Те - котките, FELIDAE.

Котки, луд учен или гений (защото къде свършва гениалността и започва лу
Julie Rylie
This was great!

Ok put cats in a comic with a nice plot and it's everything I would ever need to be happy.

This is a story about a cat that just moves to a new neighborhood and meets another cat that starts talking with him about cat murders that are happening in the region and this orange tabby just starts playing the role of an investigator.

I just saw they have vol. 2 and 3 of this books in the library. nice!
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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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Felidae (8 books)
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  • Das Duell (Felidae, #4)
  • Salve Roma! (Felidae, #5)
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