The Book of Night with Moon (Cats of Grand Central, #1)
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The Book of Night with Moon (Feline Wizards #1)

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Rhiow seems a perfectly ordinary New York City cat. Or so her humans think -- but she is much more than she appears. With her partners Saash and Urruah, she collaborates with human wizards to protect the earth from dark forces and maintain the network of magical gateways that connect to different realities. But amid this amazing secret animal world lies a danger that threa...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1997)
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A.K.
Wizard cats that can see the forces of physics... I want to sit in a coffee shop just so someone will ask me what my book is about.
Valerie
I've never been the sort to believe that any vertebrate acts on 'instinct'. Frankly, I've had doubts about quite a few INvertebrates, as well. The characters of the cats in this book are well developed; subtle and complex.

I liked the scenes in the NYPL, which don't get mentioned much in reviews. I also liked the descriptions of cat politics/games. I liked the descriptions of the worldgates, which are often rather sketchily defined in other books in this series. And, since I hate opera, I have to...more
Gwen
Jul 28, 2011 Gwen added it
I love Duane's "Young Wizards", but had only heard of this companion book once. But regardless, knowing how successful Duane is in writing I had to snag this book when I saw it for sale at a used book store. Seriously, $3.50 is a steal. The entire cat culture described in this book is phenomenal; so detailed and yet also not entirely fiction. Yes, this is a fantasy novel, but everything is so plausible. If cat wizards did exist, they would behave exactly like this. And the word crafting! Duane h...more
Kevin Veale
I realise that this makes me very late to the table, but I hadn't read this book until just a few days ago. I enjoyed the Young Wizards books when I was a teenager, but somehow never ran into this one - though I had heard of it.

A friend heard about this grievous error and gave us a second-hand copy for Christmas, which was excellent.

I thought it was very cool. A tale of wizards, who happen to be cats, saving the world from the forces of entropy.

I think The Book of Night With Moon is aimed at mor...more
Christina
This book has been standing on my shelf for 8 years before I got around to reading it...! I love the idea of the book - cats as wizards, working together with human wizards, trying to save humankind, from heat disaster but more urgently from about a billion dinosaurs trying to enter this world and eat us all! My favourite part in the book is when Pavarotti gets eaten by a dinosaur - how many other book does that happen in???
I liked the whole parallel universe ideas, where wizards are able to tra...more
Talena
Anyone who has cats will love this book. It is obvious the author has lived with and observed cats for a long time. She captures their attitude and social structure while weaving a story of magic and myth that is captivating. Even the small nuances of cat behavior become a part of their language. Her technical descriptions of the cats work add depth the story and I love how her characters interact with each other and with other species. I also found her references to mythology to be a refreshing...more
Claudia
just re-read this after finding it in B's room...amazing what books rotate into his room and off the main bookshelves...I was looking for a Terry Pratchett book and that is always a good place to find them. After reading this book again I recognize how I miss having cats in the house - yes, this book is better if you have lived with cats. And you'll never look at them the same way again. Not my favorite Diane Duane, but still a good read - and a continuation of the Young Wizards trilogy although...more
Joan
May 25, 2014 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cat lovers and fantasy lovers
Recommended to Joan by: June Krell
Our system has this classed as adult. I think now this might go YA instead. It was likely classed adult because of people's discomfort with one scene, where the two cats observe sex between two humans which was not at all explicitly described. Other than that, there really isn't much to distinguish this book from others in the Young Wizards series. Rhiow is the main character and is one of the People, what less enlightened souls would refer to as a cat. She is also a feline wizard, sworn to slow...more
E
I'd been putting off reading this, even though I am an avid fan of Diane Duane's Young Wizards universe, and a sucker for fantasy novels set in New York. I have never been a fan of having talking animals as characters. So I let that put me off.

And boy, was I wrong. This was lovely. The cats worked as fully realized animal characters, with well crafted personalities. Point of view stays mainly in Rhiow's head- she's a house cat and a wizard. As a cat lover myself, I found her meditations on human...more
Jennifer Seyfried
This was defnitely a fun read. It's classic wizard fantasy, only starring cats. Or as they refer to themselves, People. The story and the concepts are interesting, and it is definitely fun to imagine my cats as secret wizards, helping humans run the wizarding world. The only part I didn't care for was the smattering of "cat language" which seemed unnecesary. There was some explanation included about how it differs from human speech and magical speech, and how it's almost impossible for a human t...more
Mars
This is set in the same universe as the Young Wizards books, but is more adult-oriented, so decided to give it a try.

It's about the secret lives of cats. Which also happen to be wizards. Which also happen to be continuously saving the world O_o. With random sci-fi elements thrown in for no apparent reason.

It's hard to even decide if it's good or not, though. It tries to pluck strings, which is annoying. It has some strange approaches to magic, which is meh. It has some curious approaches to cat-...more
Anna
"I finally made myself read this book, despite being a bit intimidated by the 446 pages (paperback). I should have known that it would be an enjoyable read and not seem to be nearly that long. Diane Duane is a word weaver, and a very good one. This book is part of the Errantry universe that began with So, You Want To Be A Wizard. It wasn't until I was well into the book that I realized there were others that came before it. However, Duane has set this one up to stand on its own, so while I suspe...more
Xyra
Would like to give 3 1/2 stars because I sit between liked it and really liked it. The author provides well developed characters and a good story. However, the vocabulary specific to the main characters sometimes gets in the way of the story. In addition, the story is heavy on philosophy specific to the universe created around this story.

The author's vivid descriptions present clear pictures in the readers mind as to the characters, their surroundings, and what is happening in the story. So I fe...more
John Kirk
This is a spin-off from the "Young Wizards" series, set in the same world. Chronologically, it comes after A Wizard Abroad, although that may get a bit wonky with the new NME timeline because Luciano Pavarotti (who appears in this book) died in 2007. Anyway, you don't need to have read any of those other books first; this is actually the first book in the extended series that I read, and I followed it ok. There are some cameo roles from familiar characters, but this book tells you everything tha...more
Candace
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Kelsey
This is one of the few books with an animal protagonist which I have read in which the animals do not seem like humans with slightly different bodies; they have their culture, and traditions, and instincts. They interact in a very different way then humans do. The author is definitely a cat person; she nailed the way that cats behave, and did a good job of expanding from that behavior to an entire society, given that all animals and plants, and even many objects, in this world are sentient and s...more
Ariel
I had actually started reading the second book first a few years ago, but had out it down because I found it a little on the dull side. However, I kept thinking about the book and I started to wonder how ended. After a bit of digging around (because I had long since forgotten the title), I found this book and decided to try and give it another go.

I must admit that I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and found that I was actually able to connect with t...more
Mandi
It's hard to explain why I like this book so much without giving away a lot of the plot. I could just take the easy way out and say it's because it's by Diane Duane, and because the series is called "Feline Wizards" (which could honestly be enough for me to love it), but it's more because of the nature of wizardry in Duane's books. There are multiple good explanations of that nature that I could quote, but I feel like reading them before reading the book would spoil it a bit, because the plot is...more
Colleen
So not only are there sci-fi-tech wizards (magic = an advanced understanding of physics) but cats can be wizards too. Because they can see intra-dimensional portals better than humans. NO WONDER they're always staring into space like that! Brilliant. The glory of this book is that it's aimed more for adults than the So You Want to Be A Wizard series. Glorious not just in the extra length and complexity of plot, but because the 'late-middle aged' cat protagonist (on one of her latter lives) has a...more
Ellyn Hugus
It took me a long time to read this... not only is this a dense book to get through, but life seemed to have it out for my ever finishing it! Reaching the end, however, has been rather bittersweet because the writing is stupendous and I became rather attached to the feline characters as I read with them through their journeys. Then there is the hilarity of the feline perspective on humans that lightens up the heavy influence of physics and metaphysics on the magical world that is created on thes...more
Ellyn Hugus
It took me a long time to read this... not only is this a dense book to get through, but life seemed to have it out for my ever finishing it! Reaching the end, however, has been rather bittersweet because the writing is stupendous and I became rather attached to the feline characters as I read with them through their journeys. Then there is the hilarity of the feline perspective on humans that lightens up the heavy influence of physics and metaphysics on the magical world that is created on thes...more
Terry
If you are going to have a book with multiple species of sentient beings, then, of course, you will include sentient cats, especially cats who relinquish enough of their independence to swear the Oath to the Powers. And, of course, the cats must combat entropy. Then you may as well mix in dinosaurs. Very enjoyable.
Jen
If you like books from the viewpoint of anthropomorphic animals, you will probably like this book. I checked it out from the library because it's set in the same universe as the Young Wizards series. I really liked that world and that set of rules for magic, so I had hopes for this book.

The story is good. I liked the events and the outcomes of the choices that the characters made. I was not so thrilled by it being all in the brains and voices of cats.

I'm not a cat person. That probably hurt this...more
Rob
The Young Wizards universe, but from an adult perspective—even if it is a cat. Personally, I find myself far more at home with Rhiow than with Kit and Nita. And Duane's retelling of Egyptian mythology (from the cats' point of view) is masterful, and the cosmology she develops from that is quite intriguing.

I say 'even if' but Rhiow is an adult, with adult understanding of her task and its consequences. Kit and Nita are always discovering, growing into their tasks, but Rhiow knows who has set her...more
Charlie
Every thinking species has its share of wizards. In this book it is the cat wizards who are trying to save the day. The main character Rhiow is a leader of a team of wizards that keep the world gates in Grand Central Station New York functioning so that wizards can get around the place. When the gates stop functioning her team have to go into another world to set grand and magical, potentially world shattering things right in the heart of a mountain.

Quite a cute book. Written for cat-loving, act...more
Nora Peevy
This book is amusing for cat owners and lovers. I always wonder about the lives of cats and now I know they are truly magical, something I already sensed. I enjoyed this fantasy, but I can't give it five stars, only three. It would have gotten five from me, if it hadn't started out so slow and then lagged in the middle. Also, I enjoy a more complicated plot. This is a very basic plot, though well told.
Marie
A reread. I always forget how delightful this one is - I love this universe anyways, and the addition of both cats and dinosaurs works for me.
Raq
Nominally a kids book, I read this as an adult and loved it. I haven't cried at a book in a long time, but this one had me sobbing.
Jane
Cats and Diane Duane and NYPL. Sorry that's the wrong order - NYPL, cats and Diane.

That's better.
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.
Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and a...more
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