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No One Noticed the Cat

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,840 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
The stunning imagination of bestselling author Anne McCaffrey once again delights fans with her wondrous tale of a young prince's tumultuous coming-of-age -- and the remarkable four-legged friend who stands steadfastly by him in a time of danger and intrigue! the future peace and prosperity of Esphania and for the smooth ascension to the throne of his young prince, Jamas, ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Wildside Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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Jubilation Lee
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
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
Mar 18, 2010 Carroll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 08, 2012 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
Peter Thomsen
Dec 16, 2012 Peter Thomsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 25, 2012 Mirjam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 09, 2013 Luisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 19, 2015 June rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cheryl Landmark
Sep 29, 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
Feb 22, 2016 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shaunesay Eslanai
Apr 20, 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!
Jan 13, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather S
Aug 23, 2015 Heather S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Maria Shuffit
Sep 01, 2015 Maria Shuffit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 26, 2009 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ryan Mishap
Jun 19, 2014 Ryan Mishap rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Apr 23, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 23, 2014 Jacinta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy, youth, 2014
Well put together short story in a straighforward medieval fantasy setting.
Patricia Kavanugh
Great introduction to Anne McCaffrey for young readers.
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
Jul 17, 2015 Lesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good story. Anne McCaffrey is one of my favorite authors of all time!
Dawn Leitheuser
Good read, love the cat "Niffy". Very corrupt.
Zeta Syanthis
A silly little book, but fun! ^^
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
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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
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