Psion (Cat #1)
When first published, readers young and old eagerly devoured the tale of a street-hardened survivor named Cat, a half-human, half-alien orphan telepath. Named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Cat's story has been continued by Hugo-award winning and international best-selling author Joan D. Vinge with the very popular Catspaw and Dreamfall. Now, 25 years later, this speci...more
And yet the story remains compelling despite this.
i don't think me and vinge are a good match - i remember vaguely liking her snow queen homage a while back, but the way this book went ...more
At the time, I read the books out of order (I read Catspaw first because the public library in the town where I lived didn't have the first book.)
It wasn't until after I read the third book, Dreamfall, that I learned about book #1 and found a copy through inter-library loan and read it..
First published in 1982, the themes of this book are still relevant today. The book shows inequality and poverty, a hierarchy of citizenships, and humanity's tendency toward violence. Dark themes, but they are balanced by a light tone and hints at alter ...more
Recommendation: solid sci-fi novel about a street urchin turned caged lab rat turned hero. Fantastic settings, character progression, and ending with one small maybe plot hole.
Rating: 3 stars for being above average but still missing something, though I can’t figure out what and did read the series out of order – so this maybe amiss if you read it chronologically.
Loved Cat’s character and progression, I really connected with him
Focused with a straightforward plot that never loses steam
Those are the thoughts of Cat: street-punk, orphan, and a telepath who has mentally blocked his earliest memories and his abilities.
I picked up "Catspaw" first--#2 in this trilogy. Halfway through that book, I ...more
Liked the prologue. Nice way to toss the reader into the world. Good pacing (if a little confusing), good POV work. More tension would've made it outstanding.
Part I -- she drops into first-person POV, which works but Cat's voice isn't interesting. If I can't empathize, I don't care. Too much background info early on, could've worked that into the story better. Pet peeve: she ...more
Anyway, though it had been many years since I read this book, I remembered it and its sequel Catspaw with great affection. So, I re-read it (in May 2010, approximately). And I didn't quite like it, but at the same time I didn't quite feel able to be articulate a ...more
I still enjoy the basis of the story and I think Mrs Vinge tells an amazing story it has its faults. The story is mostly about a telepath, so that being said there is some unspoken dialogue in the story. The transition between the unspoken and sp ...more