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The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles by Kij Johnson
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Mar 10, 11

bookshelves: ebooks, 2011, fantasy, animalistic, short-fiction
Read on March 09, 2011 — I own a copy

3.0 stars. This story (as well as this review) is for all of my fellow CAT LOVERS out there ...
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...just kidding... DOG LOVERS and ANIMAL LOVERS and just plain LOVERS are all welcome as well.
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Whether you love SMART cats...
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OR...NOT SO SMART cats.
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Whether you love HAPPY cats...
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OR...NOT SO HAPPY cats.
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Whether you love cats who LOVE DOGS...
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OR…cats who DON’T
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Whether you love cats who LOVE PEOPLE...
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OR...cats who DON’T.
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Whether you love COMPASSIONATE cats...
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OR...PSYCHO cats with GUNS.
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Whether you love cats with MAD SKILLS...
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OR...Jabba the Hutt cats that are just MAD.
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OR EVEN...cats that DON’T WANT TO BE CATS
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...then this story might be just what you are looking for to satisfy your "inner cat."

Taking place in ancient Japan, Kij Johnson tells the charming, whisical story of Small Cat. At the beginning of the story Small Cat lives with a group of other cats who act like a family and share a common history. This shared history (called “fudoki”) is passed down and taught to each new generation of cats and gives the group a sense of continuity. Small Cat longs to have his name added to the fudoki like the great cats of his lineage (with such names as “The Cat From The North,” “The Cat Born The Year The Star Fell” and “The Dog-Chasing Cat”).

Well disaster strikes and Small Cat finds herself alone and unsure of what to do. The rest of the story is Small Cat’s trials and adventures as she meets new people while looking for a new place to call HOME. Sweet, well written and certainly worth reading. PLUS, it is available for free at www.tor.com which is certainly a bonus.




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message 1: by Terence (new)

Terence My niece Claire's birthday is coming up. She's going to be 5; she's bright and loves books.

Would this be OK for her or is it too traumatic (you mention the tragedy that leaves Small Cat by herself)?


Stephen Terence wrote: "My niece Claire's birthday is coming up. She's going to be 5; she's bright and loves books.

Would this be OK for her or is it too traumatic (you mention the tragedy that leaves Small Cat by hers..."


I think it should be fine for your niece. The tragedy is not graphic or prolonged and I would compare it to Bambi's mother being killed at the beginning of that story (i.e., sad, but child appropriate). I was actually going to read it with my 6 year old as I think she will really like it. Hope this helps.


message 3: by Terence (new)

Terence Yes, it does. Thanks.


message 4: by Robert (new)

Robert Cute...overlo..Kaboom!


Stephen Robert wrote: "Cute...overlo..Kaboom!"

Sorry about that...here's something a little more somber to help balance out the cute
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message 6: by Brandy (new)

Brandy loved this review!


Stephen Brandy wrote: "loved this review!"

Thanks, Brandy. I am glad you enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun putting this review together.


message 8: by Miriam (new)

Miriam So, Stephen. How do you feel about cats?


Stephen If they could hold a beer or a glass of wine, I might like them more than people.


message 10: by Miriam (new)

Miriam But... then they'd be mooching your booze all the time.


Stephen Good point...I don't like them THAT much!


message 12: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Even when they make themselves extra cute and stare lovingly at you?


Stephen Miriam wrote: "Even when they make themselves extra cute and stare lovingly at you?"

When they do that, I would pretty much give them the keys to my car if they asked for it. I have a feeling my 6 year old daughter has been taking lessons from them.


message 14: by Robert (new)

Robert Don't give her the car keys! Much safer to let the cats have 'em!


message 15: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Well, I'm sure she's seen how efficacious it is for the cats! But still don't give her the car keys.


Noran Miss Pumkin Meow review. thanks for the link. You missed a pic of Maru.


Stephen Maru is adorable. If I do another review like this, I will definitely include.


Noran Miss Pumkin Maru has his first book being released by Harper in Sept.


Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways I "liked" the review even though I detest cats.


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