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A Cat Builds a Raft

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Families, Zeke knows, are complicated… and shapeshifter families are a whole other ball of catnip. Ten months ago, Zeke went off the Schuyler clan radar, determined to live a painless life of luxury as a housecat. It was a fantastic decision: his human, Toby, feeds him, cuddles him, and loves him with all the simple devotion he could ever want. Sure, he sometimes feels the ...more
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Published May 31st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
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A delightfully clever, well-written, funny story. Once again I wish we could give partial stars, because this deserves more than 4.

What I want to know is, who is Bee Allen? This story is the only thing she's published so far (at least under this name). I hope she's working hard on a novel right now, because I want to buy it. Sight unseen.

In this story she gets everything right -- tone, characterization, pacing, humor, grammar, dialogue, you name it. Admittedly a lot of the initial dialogue is
I love this time of the year when DSP releases their Daily Dose series. We'll be reviewing the entire collection for Shifter Funday Sundays on the blog starting 06/12/16.

**copies of the Walk on the Wild Side stories were provided by DSP for honest reviews**
Serena Yates
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, shifters, read-2016
‘A Cat Builds a Raft’ is not just an unusual title, the story Bee Allen has woven is atypical of what I have seen in shifter stories as well. There are quite a few different theories behind how shifting from human into animal shape might happen, everything from magic to selkies to some genetically caused physical transformation (among others). Whatever the “shifter mechanics” are, they are usually part of the world building and exclusive. In this story, the two main characters come from ...more
Being a cat owner myself, and often wishing for their life of leisure, it made perfect sense to me that Zeke left home to live as a house cat with Toby. All the food and treats he could ever want, endless cuddling, and sleeping all day long. Heaven I tell you. Heaven. I have to admit that the author’s world building was very unique. Instead of being a shifter, Zeke comes from a family that uses selkie magic and they have a handful of skins available. They're referred to as pelt-shifters. His ...more
Morgan  Skye
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, bgs, paranormal
This is a short story from the Daily Dose Anthology. This is a very interesting take on the shifter mythos. It pits the “skin shifters” (those who use a pelt to shift) against the “natural shifters” (those who uses only magic to shift).

Zeke apparently grew tired of his life as a human, and decided life’d be better if he was a cat, all the time. For the last several months he’s lived as a housecat and is now almost fully invested in the cat mentality as a result. He loves his human, Toby, and
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
One word: cute. Zeke is a pelt shifter and they hold a lot of responsibility. Just ask his cousin, Abigail. Zeke, not so much. He’s left the clan to be the pampered house cat of Toby. Toby coddles him, lovingly insults him, treats him as king. It’s an awesome life.
Until Toby’s family comes to call. Then things get real. Zeke is trying to still be lazy and coddled but Toby is in trouble. While Zeke deals with “…crushing feelings of worthlessness and disappointment…” Toby is dealing with
4.5 Stars

I have often thought the life of a cat would be pretty wonderful, lazing about and looking effortlessly elegant. The only drawback is the cat food. Bleh.

It seems Zeke agrees with me. Fed up with the pressures of his family and work he has the means and ability to transform. For the last few months he has spent a lovely time as the pampered feline of Toby. Zeke has selkie magic and is known as a pelt-shifter. The longer he spends as a cat, the less interested he is in returning to his
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dual review with Morgan on The Blogger Girls

I really enjoyed this story! I loved that Zeke gave up his life as a human to be a house cat and that Toby took him in. I loved that Zeke was so lazy and pampered. It was adorable seeing him as a house cat but I especially liked that when Toby’s life was in danger, he worked past his fears and cowardice and saved Toby. It was interesting to read this story, though, because Zeke isn’t a natural born shifter, he wears a pelt. I’ve always loved shifters
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-book-reviews
Location: Pacific Northwest

Two shifters. One from the land, one from the sea. One in his cat form, one in his human form. Can these two shifters be compatible and let their two hearts beat as one?

This was a very interesting book. Zeke, in his housecat form, lets himself get adopted by Toby. He chooses to stay in his cat form for months, letting his human mind receed. He lives the life of luxury being fed, coddled, taken care of and loved. He has such fun and loves it. Then his owner, Toby, has
Cat lovers may find this story to be especially endearing. (full review and comments)

Unwilling to deal with family, Zeke takes refuge and becomes a pampered housecat. Toby, his human companion, treats him so well life is too good to expose himself as a shifter. When an intruder upends their comfortable life, family issues come back to haunt both of the pair.

While not the most romantic story in the world (to me), this quick read explores several themes with some intriguing interaction and
This was a cute little novella about a cat shifter and his owner. If it's not painfully obvious, I love cats. I'm allergic. I don't care. I still have 3 cats.

This book satisfied that desire inside of me to know what it would be like to be a cat and be doted upon constantly, petted, loved, etc.

Also, the cat on the cover looks similar to my cat Hamilton (aka, Mitts, Hammy, Sir Mitts A Lot - I could go on, but I won't bore you further with the ceaseless nicknames we make up for our cats), who is
Katy Beth Mckee
This is a fast paced magical story. I love how Toby has been chillin' in his cat skin. I guess if you think you are having trouble with your family they probably aren't out to get you.
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Bee Allen is an accomplished reader, a competent baker, and a failed warlock. She has spent her time on earth dragging her miserable flesh sack through the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and therefore believes that umbrellas are the tragic sign of a crude upbringing. Her chief writing influences are science fiction/fantasy and dreary Edwardian social commentary, but she tries to lighten the ...more