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No One Noticed the Cat

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After the death of wise old Mangan, the Regent of Esphania, many of the regent's skills and qualities seem to have been transferred to his beautiful and intelligent cat, Niffy, who at once attaches herself to the new ruler, Prince Jamas. When the king of a neighboring kingdom seems keen to forge an alliance with Jamas by allowing the prince to marry his niece, the real dan

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Mass Market Paperback, 182 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Leisure Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Monica!
This is going to be a frivolous sort of review, y’all, because when you read a silly little fantasy book (“little” not just in terms of page numbers, but also just… it’s just a legitimately tiny book, size-wise) that consists mostly of Cats Being Awesome and also Sassy Princes Being Sassy, there’s not that much you can say about it.

Because everyone loves cats and sassy princes.

Really the only downside was the occasional typo of a character’s name (“Hey!” said Geroge.) and that’s just not enough...more
Carroll
No One Noticed the Cat
By Anne McCaffrey

This is a pleasant, gentle Fantasy story that is suitable for third-graders but would be best suited to the fifth-grade class. Prince Jamas has just lost his friend and Regent, and is still just short of achieving his majority so that he can rule the country of Esphania. Fortunately for him, the recently departed Mangan had seen the need approaching, and had surrounded the Prince with trustworthy and discrete advisors and protectors, among them the cat Niff...more
Heather
The key to appreciating this book is to imagine it is a bedtime story someone is making up on the fly for a child. By those standards, it is an excellent story. It was in the adult sci fi section at the library, but its length (124 half-size pages) and content would be perfectly suitable for any child with a decent attention span. The story's simplicity was especially obvious -- and not altogether unwelcome -- considering that I read this at the same time as A Game of Thrones, which seems to hav...more
Peter Thomsen
This book is a book about Jamas; a prince who has just lost his regent, Mangan. He has to deal with the king of a neighboring kingdom, Egdril, and his ambitious wife, Yasmin, who trys to kill him once her daughter has married him. He knows that as soon as he marries the princes willow she will try to kill him but he still marries her. The cat on the cover is the main assistant that the dead regent left. The cat is the one who eventually kills the queen and is never seen while doing so. That is...more
Mirjam
I love cats, fairy tales and Anne McCaffrey, so imagine my surprise when I discovered No One Noticed The Cat! I had never heard of this book before, but once I did I just had to get better acquainted. Unfortunately it is currently out of print, so it took some effort - and time- to get my hands on a copy, but I succeeded!


Young Prince Jamas was raised by the sensible, wise Regent Mangan after his somewhat irresponsible parents passed away. Will Jamas's 'wild blood' have out now that his wise, ol...more
Luisa
This is a fairy tale that Anne McCaffrey wrote for her granddaughter, apparently, which I just found out and now makes total sense. It's a sweet, short book, with all the fairy tale points, with heroes, love at first sight and an evil stepmother. The cat is the cutest, most adorable and awesomest kickass part of the story, obviously. Because cats always are... Niffy, the cat, is super intelligente, and almost predicts the future to help out Jamas, her prince.
It's short, cute, sweet, and a fun st...more
Lynnda Ell
I've read Anne McCaffery's books for almost 40 years. Many of them are in my library. In my desire to improve my writing skills, I decided to read all of her books again, starting with No One Noticed the Cat.

The story is a fairy tale written for her granddaughter, Amelia. As in all fairy tales, it has exciting action, danger, and an evil queen. It has four deaths, two marriages, and characters who change and grow as the plot evolves. Characterization is one of Ms. McCaffery's most formidable wri...more
Shaunesay Eslanai
Short, fun story about a cat who might be just a little bit more helping to keep her kingdom safe from the intrigues of a nearby evil queen. Perfect length for a read-a-thon!
Crystal Starr Light
My dad liked Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series way back when. After getting bit by the fantasy bug, I inherited his interest in this author. I figured that this book might be a good introduction before tackling the famous series--plus the story sounded interesting.

Plot:
Esphania's regent has died and apparently left much of his skills to his cat, Niffy. This is good because Niffy will need everything she can to protect Prince Jamas and his new wife, Princess Willow of Mauritia, from be...more
Tracy
I haven't read Sci-Fi in I don't know how long, and probably haven't read Anne McCaffrey since high school. I thought the Sci-Fi in this novel was very mild, although I'll never understand why authors of this genre are encouraged to go on for paragraphs describing mythical things that exist only in their book, on and on...

I would classify this as a novella, I read it in a day and didn't break a sweat. The time frame and scope of the novel are fairly limited. We're just supposed to step into the...more
Ryan Mishap
Stranger than the fact that my co-worker--a man in his sixties--gave me this book to read (hey, you like cats and swords), is the story itself. The language and plot complexity level is low enough for 10 year old kids but the references to sex, while fairly chaste, suggest an older target audience. At any rate, while we all love smart cats and books that extol their virtues, this was a mundane prince and kingdom fantasy that lacked nuance, suspense, and craft. Quite good-humored, I suppose, but...more
Laura
For the first time this summer, I visited the library. (I usually only visit the library during the summer because my reading becomes too voracious for my budget.) The library gives me the opportunity to look at books I wouldn't ordinarily buy. This is one.

The book is thin, too thin for the price. The story, though, is charming. I would almost classify it as a fairy tale but, other than the extreme cleverness of a cat, there are few other fairy tale elements. The scheming adviser schemes for the...more
Anna
I picked this one up on a whim for Popular Materials when we had to choose a fantasy novel; and I was hoping this would fall into the anthropomorphic animals category of fantasy, but no dice. Basically the dying regent of this kingdom somehow channels his spirit into a cat, and the cat (without taking on a human persona) helps steer the young, headstrong prince in his royal decisions after the regent's death. It was kind of goofy and ridiculous - far too ridiculous for me to be able to suspend a...more
Kathy Sebesta
Short story bound as a novel. Don't know how I missed it when it came out 20 yrs ago. Cute but not much of a plot.
Laura
A decent story although pretty predictable. It's also fairly obvious that is one of the author's first books or at least one would hope so. The edition I read was quite old, but the editing was poorly done and some of the word choices were very bizarre and distracting. A decent read but nothing special. Prince meets girl and uses his power to return order to her country with the help of the spirit of his mentor, which has taken up residence in a cat. There are hints of magic and more interesting...more
Jacinta
Well put together short story in a straighforward medieval fantasy setting.
Dawn Leitheuser
Good read, love the cat "Niffy". Very corrupt.
Kelley Ross
This book is filled with examples of why Anne McCaffrey is my favorite author. I feel like she is one of the only authors who can make politics and things like royal traditions in writing truly interesting. The 'love at first site' between Willow and Jamas was perfect because (who honestly didn't see it coming?) it set up the story for court intrigue perfectly. The best part of this novel was probably the description of "contact poisons" and how the characters dealt with them. I love a good fair...more
Theresa
the regent has died, leaving his prince with all he can do to help him, his last gesture was finding training, and be friending the cat. The cat is his advisor and help through his first year of his regency, and guide to him during the difficult relations with a neighboring country whose queen is distroying her people from within.
a great story of personal struggle and love with a midevil aspect of surounding nature.
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
I'm classifying this as young adult. I don't care if it isn't. This is better for young adults instead of the overly drama played teen angst so many authors are now writing.

I enjoyed this book because it's a more adult version of Puss in Boots for me. I thought it was quite lovely how the cat was able to guide the young prince. My favourite part was when the seat was reserved for the cat.
Jenevieve
Jun 28, 2011 Jenevieve rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jenevieve by: Mary-Alice
The first book of hers I've read that wasn't part of the Pern series. Neighboring kingdoms in an uneasy truce with a scheming queen who wants to control everything and many mysterious deaths surrounding those that get in her way.

Simple yet charming story with the twist that the cat is definitely more than it appears, when it appears.
Fredrick Danysh
Young Jamas has had a regent since he was a young child who trained him. When the regent dies, his cat adopts the prince and seems to give him advice. As he reaches maturity, a neghiboring king is invited two hunt and he brings along three female wards hoping to entice Jamas into marrying one. But there is foul play in the works.
Jamie4
Had a great beginning, but picked up pace so fast that it felt the beginning was the only part of the book the author actually enjoyed writing and the rest was rushed through to call it finished. Basically a fantasy story that tries and fails to squish a tale of medieval intrigue and murder into a Harlequin word count.
Margaret
It was a cute little book. No time at all was wasted on the romances, considering that it's not much more than a hundred pages. The cat was cute. They said that the spirit of the regent had been channeled into her, but I just thought of her as a highly intelligent animal. The climax was a little anti-climatic.
Tweller83
I think I've read this one before. Interesting book about a regent that knows to the exact second when he will die and puts into motion all that his prince will need to succeed once he dies. The cat supposedly is the reincarnation or purhaps the spirit of this regent. Not the best book I've read, but I liked.
Libby Ames
A quick, light read. The writing was fine, but it was pretty steriotypical--good, strong prince who always does everything right rescues the pretty (but also intelligent) girl from the wicked and murderous queen. The cat was an interesting thought, but intelligent animal advisors have been done before.
Kate
Jan 27, 2010 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Cat People, YA Readers
A great little book, struck me as a fairy tale more than a real fantasy, since there wasn't much in the way of magic (well, except for one thing.) This would also be a very appropriate book for a younger reader, and of course, anyone who is a cat lover.
Tara
Quick funny read, not sure if this was a children's book or not? Must confess I only picked it up because Jamas Tighe has the same last name as a Galactica character & the cat on the cover looks exactly like the cat sitting beside me. Shallow, shallow.
Arati
This book confused me. A wannabe high fantasy, is all I can say. Written with good intent, just rather amateur treatment. Sounded great from the blurb. A disappointment, especially considering how much I love McCaffrey's Pern novels.
Zarakoda
I really enjoyed this book and it has to be my favorite of Anne McCaffrey's. Although only one hundred and sixty pages, the book does not appear rushed. It really is fun how McCaffrey gives so much character to Miffy the cat.
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more
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