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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.
Mass Market Paperback, 182 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Leisure Books (first published January 1st 1996)
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Dec 07, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2017 Kerri rated it did not like it
This book was boring. And annoying. The characters fairly empty, the story too rushed along to its end to feel any connection anywhere. There could be a story of interest here, but it would need a Lot of fleshing out.
Mar 11, 2010 Carroll rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-i-read
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
Mar 18, 2012 Mirjam rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fairy-tale
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
Aug 01, 2015 Leila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, cats
It could be that I'm getting too old--or too deep in my history of fiction read--to sufficiently appreciate standard fantasy. This story is a lovely little thing in its way, especially for cat persons. My sense of it, however, is that much of it has been done many times before. It is, after all, an example of what we lump into the category "fairy tales". The writing is deft enough, if not in any way inspired or inspiring. Never mind; that is a lot to expect of a fairy tale. There is enough color ...more
Peter Thomsen
Dec 16, 2012 Peter Thomsen rated it really liked it
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
Oct 04, 2013 Luisa rated it liked it
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
Lynnda Ell
Aug 28, 2010 Lynnda Ell rated it really liked it
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
Cheryl Landmark
Jul 03, 2015 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, but sweet and fun, even though there were no dragons! :(

This was a cute children's fairy tale that can be enjoyed by adults as well. Even though I much prefer dogs over cats, Niffy charmed me with her intelligence, cleverness and fierce loyalty to Prince Jamas.

The plot was uncomplicated and somewhat predictable and the book was perhaps a little too short for in-depth world building and characterization, but it still enthralled me. It was filled with political intrigue, royal court shenani
Sep 19, 2015 June rated it liked it
Recommends it for: McCaffrey fans and cat fantasy requests
Shelves: fantasy, cat
Probably a 3.5, but I expect more of McCaffrey, though her shorter novelettes might not allow the character development needed. A sweet story about a cat that befriends a new young ruler and helps him avoid war and get rid of the evil queen in a neighboring kingdom.
Shaunesay Eslanai
Apr 19, 2013 Shaunesay Eslanai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
May 09, 2017 Amber rated it really liked it
I was not as surprised as other reviewers that this book was intended for a younger audience, as the dedication page makes it clear Ms. McCaffrey wanted it to be special to her grand-daughter. On the other hand, I think the vocabulary and a few adult-centered topics make this a middle school level read. I enjoyed the layering of the plot, the simple natures of the characters (this isn't a weighty tome of world building, character development, or the like), and the opportunity to introduce themes ...more
Hanlie Wessels
Jan 03, 2017 Hanlie Wessels rated it really liked it
Quick little read. Only 176 pages. The dedication is to her grand-daughter "who can read this for her own self". It reads a lot like a fairy tail. The vocabulary is fairly advanced, and a lot is left to the reader's imagination.

I really liked it. Fast, cute, fun little trip to a kingdom far away.
May 20, 2017 Gita rated it really liked it
Cute and fun!
Kathleen Dixon
May 28, 2017 Kathleen Dixon rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
This is a nice little story, almost a fairy tale with its style and small magical aspect and the setting of a kingdom and a young king, etc. A very pleasant read.
Jun 27, 2013 Jamie rated it it was ok
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Feb 21, 2016 Stacy rated it liked it
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Feb 26, 2009 Tracy rated it liked it
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
Heather S
Aug 22, 2015 Heather S rated it really liked it
This is a sweet little book. It's told fairly simply, and yet with no space for big sweeping description, the Queen of fantasy builds a world that is easy to imagine myself inside. it makes me want more, just so I can hang out in that world a little longer.

Niffy the cat is a lovely character, and all the women involved have actual characters and personality.

The only issue I have with it is the interesting editing and formatting choices. there are chapters, but they aren't numbered, and the last
Oct 05, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
A quick little fairy tale full of intrigue, weddings, murders...and a very clever cat who saves her prince from certain death.

Now that Prince Jamas has come of age and can assume the rule of Esphania, his Regent feels his work is done. Wise Mangan dies knowing he trained Jamas to be a fair and wise ruler, but just in case, he left a failsafe: his beloved cat Niffy. Now the King of Mauritia and his ambitious Queen have set their sights on Esphania, and Jamas must maneuver his way out of falling
Jan 13, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
A quick read (3 hours all told) and full of enough standard fantasy conventions to make it predictable and therefore a perfect bedtime story. I give it four stars because the women have occasional crying spells and act all helpless at moments. There is also an engagement which is arranged without a formal proposal or acceptance (hello women as property) which is annoying, but, the women also display enough backbone to not be completely objectionable.

The cat mentioned in the title is very clever
Jun 17, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Apr 09, 2014 Megalion rated it liked it
Having grown up on fantasy/science fiction, it's incredulous that this is the first work of Anne McCaffrey that I've read.

I remember my father trying to get me to read the Pern books and he's not much for fantasy but I couldn't get into it then.

This is novella length and frankly, not impressive. It was like listening to someone telling the story in a very reserved polite manner. Not flat or without affect but with no real emotion either.

Not a bad story but no reason to go out of your way to r
Ryan Mishap
Jun 01, 2014 Ryan Mishap rated it did not like it
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
Kelley Ross
May 29, 2011 Kelley Ross rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok
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
Jul 28, 2016 refgoddess rated it really liked it
A delightful novella. Of course, anything with a cat as the main character has to be good, right? Sometimes I get weary of McCaffrey's monochromatic characters (the good guys are soooo good, and the villains so unrelievedly villainous), but she told a good story. And, it appears that this is her own, written without the hindrance of her son. The setting is a medieval world, with castles and rulers and kindly regents and not-so-kindly witches. Works for me.
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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.
Maria Shuffit
Sep 01, 2015 Maria Shuffit rated it it was amazing
Medieval murder mystery starring a cat? Yes, please! I remember reading this book as a kid and then again as an adult, and finding it absolutely delightful - so much so that when I adopted a cat, I named her Niffy, after the title feline of this charming story. I love a book that sticks with you from childhood into adulthood, and I love it even more if it's still as enjoyable to you as an adult as it was as a youth, whether for different reasons or for the same.
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho
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