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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,104 ratings  ·  81 reviews
CAT: Street Punk, Psion, Telepath, Survivor. . .

Kidnapped by an interstellar corporation and dragged to Earth, Cat is forced to use his skills to protect those he most hates, those who most hate him . . . .

The taMings. A cyber-augmented, DNA-incestuous clan of such wealth and power that their family arguments change the destiny of worlds. Now one taMing is a killer's
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 23rd 2002 by Tor Books (first published September 1st 1988)
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Did they really know who I was? My paranoia started doing the multiplication tables.
I wondered what his problem was; if he was on drugs, or if just being a taMing was enough to fuck him up this bad.
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
I read this a LONG time ago but would love to revisit it, I remember it was a huge favorite of mine at the time.
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Maybe now I would read it with a more critical eye as I'm 16 years older than I was when I first took it home from my public library, I don't know. This book started for me what became a lifelong love affair with the science fiction genre. I also think that Cat, the main character, also counts as my first literary crush.
After that first encounter, I reread it, and the book prior to and the two books that came after it, far more times than I can remember. I perhaps shouldn't be reviewing it at
Julie Decker
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cat is trying to make something of the life he nearly lost in the previous book, and he's minding his business going to university when he's kidnapped. But this time it's not by actual criminals: These are some high-powered world leaders who want to employ him as a bodyguard. He agrees to protect Lady Elnear--related to his very close friend, Jule taMing--because someone is plotting to kill her and it's tough to assassinate someone with a telepathic bodyguard. That said, not everyone is happy ...more
Sep 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is one of my all-time favorite books. Cat is an orphan, and a mixed-breed (part human, part alien), and is trying to find a place where he can survive. Vinge does an amazing job of conveying what it feels like to be a loner and an outcast with an unpleasant past, but a need to be somebody and do something worthwhile. This isn't a fairytale -- it's based in a gritty and surprisingly realistic universe, and doesn't do happy endings. Not exactly an upper of a book, but one that I read every ...more
Michael Burnam-Fink
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, sci-fi
I picked this up on the strength of the Snow Queen, and got quite a bit into it before realizing it was a sequel. I didn't much like it, but out of fairness, I'll bump it up a star. Maybe with the first book there's a better sense of character and setting.

Cat is a psion streetkid in a galaxy that hates psions. Psychically crippled from his last job taking down a terrorist and running out of credits, he's offered a job as a bodyguard for Elnear taMing, a politician and corporate executive one
Brooke Banks
TW: Rape
Content: realistic kyriarchy, some violence, an explosion, exploitation, child neglect, sex,
Rating: 4 stars
Recommendation: Fantastic cyberpunk with a smart-mouth dark hero in a sprawling universe as he copes with his own trauma among the responsible oligarchy. A must-read for science fiction readers, especially if you’re interested in rebellious survivors of oppressive social structures and highly recommended for those who like complex characters with growth amid a vividly concrete
So I liked the first book when I read it last week. I didn't mean to read the second one so soon, but I was too lazy to grab my Kindle from downstairs so I started to leaf through Catspaw instead. And I could not put it down.

It's everything the first book was just more and better. More intrigue, more politics, more Cat. Our hero is hired to prevent an assassination in one of the Combine families and is thrust between the world of elites and the one he came from, and these worlds don't meet
William Hillson
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first time I read this book I was turning 18. I read it before I knew it was a series so there was a lot of confusion but I absolutely fell in love. If I could give more than five stars, I would. This book shifted and shaped my view on so many topics that I don't think Joan thought would be important when she wrote them into her book. I immediately bought the other two in the series and was heartbroken to learn there were no more. She has since become my favorite author and I hold the Cat ...more
Allison Stock
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I remain charmed by this slightly dated yet wonderfully rich story. I feel like this book took the emotions from the first book and magnified them tenfold. While the first book showed us Cat’s difficult life and subsequent escape from it, this book showed us how Cat really felt about it all... as Cat got in touch with his own feelings too. Lots of good characters, interesting plot, some weird Neuromancer references, and one particular plot device (the Stryger situation) felt a little too obvious ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cat is an interesting character to follow. He discovers his strength and power. I was drawn into his journey and was excited to learn more about what he would discover. It takes modern day issues into the future and keeps the humanity at the same time.
Peggy Thomson
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one is my favorite of the series. Love this book.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I would have gotten more out of this if I had read the first one. It was fun, if slightly predictable.
Dec 17, 2019 added it
Love this book!
Gina Andrews
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The continuing story of Cat, the half-human, half- Hydran.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Not as fun as the first book but it was good all the same. i think the more introspective style of the first book was better for me. i liked the edge here though
Feb 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: avoids
I am extremely picky about the rating of the content in a book and I am morally bias, both of which reflect the rating. You have been warned.

First of all, let me begin with the things I do like about Catspaw.

I liked the way the author wrote. The flow of words and switch between speaking and describing was sometimes a bit awkward to read, but it never felt forced. The author also was pretty good at explaining the surrounding without overloading you. Too often I'm left with wanting to know more
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritebooks
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I chose to read this book because it seemed very cyberpunk, and I am interested in cyberpunk. I have not read many cyberpunk books yet, but I would like to read some more, because Catspaw did not disappoint.

I decided quite early that Cat is a character I could grow to love. He is confident, brave, loyal, compassionate at times, but he also has a healthy measure of faults. Sometimes I thought I could probably do a much better job at not offending everyone I meet, but I am a completely different
Adrean Messmer
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think Cat, the main character was my first fictional love. Sure, I had crushes on other characters, but Cat was such a complex character. He felt alive and real. There are so many main characters that do everything right and, if they don't, it's for drama or because the plot needed them to mess up. But Cat is kind of a screw-up. And Vinge allows him to be that. He gets things wrong, he gets embarrassed about, and the plot veers off its path to follow him.

I think that's amazing.

And Cat isn't
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
I don't recall reading the first book but Catspaw gives enough back story to give me some understanding of Cat and to provide a very believable explanation for his malfunctioning telepathic ability.

Cat is something of an anti hero while at the same time capable of being very heroic. His telepathic activity makes him disliked and distrusted (perfectly understandable, who would want their personal thoughts open to anyone?). He's orphaned angry, hurt, closed and emotional screwed up. He's killed a
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, fiction
Cat is half Psion and half human, an outcast who used to have telepathic powers until he lost them in a battle to the death. Now he's been dragged into a dangerous game of high level corporate intrigue when he is kidnapped by the powerful taMing clan, given drugs that bring back his ability, and set as a bodyguard against assassins.[return][return]Cat doesn't want the job, but he is asked to help by a friend. Before long, he's pulled deep into the web of lies, love and deceit that reaches beyond ...more
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, t-sci-fi, own-read
I picked this book up before realizing it was book #2 of a series, stopped midway to read "Psion," then finished this last night--at 5am. In this addictive series, Vinge shows deep character growth for Cat. "Catspaw" offers a Cat who is less angry and more focused on carving out a life for himself. But his awareness that the world is willing to grind him under a boot heel is never far from his thoughts.

There is more political intrigue in this novel--plots within plots, and Cat has to learn to
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Catspaw is a really fun read that has good characters and writing as well as some fun ideas that have been expanded upon from the previous entailments in interesting ways. The kids actually act like kids, the story is fast-paced and fun, and the setting is well developed. All these things are worthy of praise.

That being said, the meta-narrative is weak and despite being a mystery it doesn't feel like one you could solve as things get introduced to explain everything. Also, it does contain a
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Every once in a while I read a book where I totally believe the damage being done to the character. Then I stop and think about it and realize that that person wouldn't be able to get out of bed after three chapters. This was one of those books. While I read it, I totally believed it and flinched for him but when I stopped to think, I realized he was so damaged he shouldn't be able to walk.

I love reading books that convince me so totally of the scene that I forget about basic survival. Though
Anderson Kimber
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was around 16. It was one of my first science fiction reads, and I've been hooked ever since. I have re-read this book maybe a half dozen times, and I don't usually re-read books. It has incredibly vivid world building with enough description that you can see it in your mind, but the pace speeds right through and doesn't slow down. Very likable, and believable, MC who grows and develops and learns throughout the story. He interacts with a lot of other interesting, ...more
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Truthfully I had the biggest crush on the main character for years. He's so well written. He's not too good looking, has flaws aplenty, and is fighting to improve himself without being pretentious and snotty about it. He is cornered and thrown into situations way over his head, but he keeps doggedly struggling towards a solution. And if the solution is a bit dirty? He doesn't spend chapter after chapter sulking or whining about how difficult it is.
Also, for a sci-fi book, it wasn't
Apr 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007
After reading her Hugo/Nebula winner, The Winter Queen a few years ago, I was very interested in reading more of Vinge's work. This one I found at a Friends of the Cedar Park Library book sale for a quarter. It was worth far more. I really enjoyed the tale of Cat, the half-human, half-Hydran telepath who gets in way over his head when he takes a job to track an assassin. It was part sci-fi, part mystery, and the pace was great. Cat was a flawed and fascinating hero. Vinge did an excellent job of ...more
Sara Thompson
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Scot recommended this to me after we found a copy in the used bookstore. It's a little more sci-fi than I normally cotton to, but I still enjoyed it a lot.
The world was well constructed, had interesting rules, and an interesting idea about what the future of humanity will look like. This book is very political with predominant themes of racism, religious fundamentalism, and ethics.
My only real problem with the book was the repetition. The protagonist is part of a race of creatures that are
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Joan D. Vinge (born Joan Carol Dennison) is an American science fiction author. She is known for such works as her Hugo Award-winning novel The Snow Queen and its sequels, her series about the telepath named Cat, and her Heaven's Chronicles books.

Other books in the series

Cat (3 books)
  • Psion (Cat, #1)
  • Dreamfall (Cat, #3)
“Don't worry. You're safe now. You've got nothing left to steal.” 31 likes
“I stood where they'd left me. I watched them get smaller and smaller as they went down the hallway, leaving me there without a word, not even looking back. Only I was getting smaller and smaller, being swallowed up in the suffocating emptiness of the silent house; so that by the time they came back again, I would have disappeared.” 2 likes
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