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Tailchaser's Song

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Fifteen years ago, a young author surprised and enchanted readers with his first novel—the story of Fritti Tailchaser, a courageous tom cat in a world of whiskery heroes and villains, of feline gods and strange, furless creatures called M'an. The book was Tailchaser's Song, the author was Tad Williams. The legend was born.
Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published December 2000 by DAW Books Inc. (first published 1985)
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karen
i am a book thief.

this is not to say that i steal books from bookstores or libraries (although i considered performing a superheist at the morgan to get all their byron books with his notes in the margins)

but when i was twelve, i borrowed this book from someone. and i never gave it back. shocking, right?? even more shocking is that i do not regret it. "my" copy is fat, with sprouted, swollen pages soft to the touch, and has been read at least twenty times. the copies they sell nowadays have some...more
Mariel
May 05, 2012 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: pussies (no pun intended)
Recommended to Mariel by: architects are better than engineers. Fact!
There is a scene in a (I could be wrong) little known film from the early '90s called Sweet Nothing. Michael Imperioli (you probably know him from The Sopranos) is addicted to the drugs he's peddling. You know, dealing drugs on the side of his little league Wall Street job wasn't as fun and easy as it first seemed. His not really his friend boss (played by Paul Calderon) looks at him with abject disgust and proclaims: "You crackhead motherfucker." It's not that good of a film but I always liked...more
The Crimson Fucker
I’m trying to find a way to say how much I loved this book and look manly at the same thing… but fuck it! there is no way in hell I can pull that one off! Well maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger can… so with that in mind do me a favor and while you read this review imagine Schwarzenegger is the one reading it… please? Remember my manly reputation is in stake here!!!!


Omg is so cute!!! It got it all:
Cute cats [X]
More cute cats [X]
Cat fights [X]
Evil cats [X]
Crazy cats [X]
Some kick ass cat fight scenes [X]...more
Eh?Eh!
Another long ago read that I can't quite remember. I did own it but lent it out and never saw it again. I have mental images of a cat with red claws, evil cats with chilling graveyard breath, and a climactic showdown involved a Jabba-the-Hut-sized evil cat god. I think I cried, too, but I can't remember why or for what...need to read this again.
Monica!
Friends, I am a fan of cats. Not necessarily a fan of their shedding, or of the terrible poufy eyes they give me, but I do love them like I love sunshine and Coke-flavored slushies. Hell, I used to have a friend who thought she was a cat! So you’ll have to trust me when I tell you this is the most phenomenal feline-related book ever written, topping even the oh-so-epic Algonquin Cat.

It’s very Watership Down, except cats are cooler than rabbits. (Sorry Fiver! You know you’re still my favorite cra...more
Mykle
May 06, 2011 Mykle added it
A lot of people -- several dozen of them, all excellent fine people -- are waiting for me to read their books. There's an unwieldily stack of these books, depressing in its height, even now crouching on a shelf behind me like some kind of mess-monster, mocking me and making me feel bad. I intend to read every one of these books. I promised I would. Slowly, I am reading them all.

How slowly? Well, in 1985 I received a hardback of Tailchaser's Song from Tad Williams himself. I finally got around t...more
Juushika
Fritti Tailchaser is a young ginger tomcat in a world where cats have their own language, culture, and mythology. When his friend and prospective mate Hushpad goes missing, Tailchaser sets out on a quest to discover what distant evil threatens the lives of the Folk. Tailchaser's Song is a generic fantasy questing novel with larger-than-life gods and a feline wrapping--but, unfortunately, Williams knows nothing about cats. Gross inaccuracies and general misconceptions strip away the feline aspect...more
Carrie
"Tailchaser's Song" has an interesting story, and the author did a good job of giving the animals different cultures. But I felt nothing for the characters. You meet Hushpad once, and she becomes Tailchaser's best friend somehow. Suddenly she's gone and you're obviously supposed to feel pathos for her, but I couldn't. Taiilchaser himself didn't have much of a personaliity either. The only characters with personality were the squirrels (who have a cool way of talking), Eatbugs (for whom I lost my...more
amelia cavendish
I read this book years ago and loved it to bits, so when I saw it in a bookshop recently I just had to buy it. Now it is always very different reading a book years on, especially when you have such high expectations, but overall this didn't disappoint.

This book is essentially about cats, or the folk, as they like to call themselves and one kitten in particular, Fritti Tailchaser, who goes on a desperate quest to discover what has happened to his beloved Hushpad, who has disappeared along with m...more
Nikki
Oh, I loved this. I've been wanting to read Tailchaser's Song for a long time, while not being quite sure whether I'd really like it. I tend to like Tad Williams' work, though if he layered on the worldbuilding and description any thicker in some of his work, you could eat it. Fortunately, he didn't do too much of that here: you're left to play catch-up a bit, at times, which I honestly prefer.

The cats are sweet, but they're also not just sweet. They felt like cats. They fight and they yowl and...more
Holly
I loved this book! I will definitely re-read this novel many times. My only problem with the book was the underlying theme of "cats are meant to be wild/strays", which is the kind of thought pattern that has contributed to the terrible overpopulation and mass amount of stray cats which exist in the world. It does seem obvious to me that Tad Williams does not actually know very much about cats. That being said, viewing this book as fantasy (ie. not real life), I loved the story. Tad Williams crea...more
Nikoleta
Αυτο το βιβλίο ειναι τόσο μα τόσο ωραιο! Το προτείνω σε μικρούς και μεγάλους, αγόρια κ κορίτσια, σε φιλόζωους, σε αυτούς που τους αρέσουν οι περιπέτειες και τα μεγάλα ταξίδια αναζήτησης, οι παλίοι μύθοι και οι παραμυθάδες που αρέσκονται να λένε ιστορίες τις σκοτεινές νύχτες! Έγινε ένα απο τα αγαπημένα μου!
maricar
Growing up surrounded by cats of every size, color, and temperament, it was definitely interesting to read Williams' take on the ways these creatures live. Like any who'd care to notice, Williams was quite right in saying that while dogs are boundlessly eager to please, cats display a languorous disdain towards their keepers. I remember remarking once that they treat our home more like a motel--they stop by when it's time to be fed, putter around for a short nap, and then set out again without s...more
Rich Rosell
I don't think that my general dislike of cats is what colored my overall non-appreciation of Tailchaser's Song. Sure, I was apprehensive at the start, but I had no trouble falling in with the universe created here. It is more likely the author's buildup to some "catastrophic" battle that eventually takes place largely off-screen that is my biggest problem. The animal-centric journey there wasn't all that awful - not great, mind you, - but pretty typical of the largely tired cliched fantasy/quest...more
Christina
It has been a while since I have read this book. . .probably 7 or more years. . .yet I still find myself comparing other books to it.

I believe some people are being overcritical of certain aspects of the book and are actually overlooking the fact that its supposed to be from a cat's point of view, not a human's. Not one of us can say that we know what cats think or know, so there's no point in getting upset with a book because it is speculating on such things. You will lose sight of the true me...more
ciel phantomhive
Before I read this book, I didn't know who Tad Williams was, or what this book would be like. Because I'm pretty sure all of you know how it feels when you need something to read over the summer, and this was it. Would I recomend this novel? Yes, i would. Because, if you are any kind of reader -whether you're into adventure(which it has), a book that'll make you think(this book does that too, trust me), a sad book that'll make you tear up(this too), or just a plain o' book about kitties- you got...more
Nora Peevy
I've only just finished and already, I want to begin again. This tale is delightful, filled with friendship, questing, love, laughter, and adventure. The cats are all near and dear to my heart, so many lovable furry personalities brought to life. This book is what I imagine being my cat is like. I adored it! Highly recommended to anyone that loves cats and animal stories.
Michelle E. Kobus
>Originally read in late 2011.
>Reread January, 2014

I love this book so much I named my cat, then a kitten, Fritti (Tailchaser's heart name, used among loved ones).

I wish the ending could have been a bit more clear. I believe Hearteater's goal was to (view spoiler). It's kind of hinted at throughout the book, but no one states that was his plan outright. I'm not usually a person who needs things spelled out fo...more
Elaine
Feb 26, 2009 Elaine rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who like cats or epic fantasy novels
Recommended to Elaine by: Kasey Cox
This is "the book" that changed the course of my reading life... when I was in fifth grade or so. :)

I noticed some reviewers are concerned that this book somehow promotes poor pet management, e.g. not spaying/neutering your pets, or encouraging them to go pseudo feral. I disagree. It's a 100% fantasy novel where the cats get the same romanticized, fictional cultural rules and personality traits that Tolkien gives elves and hobbits and so forth. I must have read it dozens of times between middle...more
Juliana
Apr 07, 2008 Juliana rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: cat fanciers; young adults; adventure fans
Recommended to Juliana by: joE
Yes, it is a story about a cat. But it is a really, really well told adventure story about a cat. I am not sure if it is fantasy or realistic--I suppose if you can't accept the idea of cats thinking in abstracts, having a complex means of communication, and a rich culture, this would fall into the fantasy category.

This is another book whose characters and plot are very believable. It's a kind of coming-of-age story, as Tailchaser is learning about cat society, about love and the dark side of cat...more
Tania
Okay, so I'm not sure why Juushika hated this book so much. Granted, I get it that the cats in the book might be somewhat fictionalized, but cats have basic traits shared with the cats in the book. Cats were once feral, and could always go back to being feral at any point. They certainly don't need humans to survive. I enjoyed the fictionalization of their society, and thought it brought a lot to the book. The plot is well-written, the book is interesting and absorbing, and the cats are fictiona...more
Lettie
please don't let the "cat novel" aspect of this book turn anyone off. it is of course a fantasy type novel, mostly about a great quest. however, there is an entire relgion described, with complete mythology, language, and most of all an impressive creation myth. something a little like a less populated greecian allegory. there are also some monsters descending from this myth that terrified me so much as a child i had to hide the book at night when i slept.
Andrea De Pace
The novel is of the knight and lady-in-danger classic genre, where the characters are cats. Sometimes the tale slippers into Fantasy, but unevenly and without realistically enriching enough what otherwise would be any normal cat's life. The result is a story too obvious, either for cats or for people.
Jonathan
If you always wanted to read watership down, but you are afraid of rabbits, try this instead. Unless of course you are afraid of cats. In which case, grow a pair, sissy!
J Keller
This one got a lot of good reviews, but I didn't care for it. Didn't even end up finishing it, which is unusual for me. You're better off reading Watership Down instead.
Peter
When I was...9 years old, I believe it was, I went as Lord Tangaloor Firefoot for Halloween. No joke.
Phaedra
I am a crazy cat lady. It's true. So you know I'm going to love this book to itty bitty pieces. And I do. Mostly. I read it when it first came out and it was like my itty bitty feline loving heart was over the moon. Brave cats, smart cats, questing cats, mysterious cats, mythic cats! But even as a youngster I felt there were parts that were stilted, but for the most part getting to read about the secret lives of cats trumped that. I still feel that way. I'm sure nostalgia colors my view but I do...more
Tracy
This book is an anthropomorphic fantasy in the style of Richard Adams' Watership Down, but with cats as the protagonists instead of rabbits. It's a forerunner to todays' popular YA Warriors series, which also features feral cats. In fact Warriors is unabeshedly a direct steal of it. Fritti, a young tomcat, goes on an epic journey to both find his female friend Hushpad and what is disturbing the fabric of their (cat) universe. Feline myths, royalty, and gods come into play. It was an easy, entert...more
Luke Baldock
I hate it when this happens. I pick up a book and it takes me over a month to complete it. This was just so boring, dull, and needlessly complex, that I dreaded having to pick it up. I was scared maybe the problem was with me, but just hours after finishing it I was a quarter of the way through another book. Tailchaser's Song is a story of a wildcat that goes in search of his missing childhood friend, only to uncover a nasty secret. The first part of the book is just a blur to me. I just couldn'...more
Anna
Tad Williams creates a wonderful book where cat culture, language and mythology beautifully entwined with the plotline - and this is not a metaphor. The plot can be characterized with one word: fantastic. There is only one thing I want to comment: once a villian told Tailchaser "You are no threat. Free or prisoned, quick or dead, you are less than a pebble in my path." Considering the circumstances, he was right. But he forgot that sometimes a simple pebble can launch an avalanche.

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Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to—singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer...more
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Flame-foot, farthest walker
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In need he walks
In need, but never in fear.”
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