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The Adventures of Samurai Cat

(Samurai Cat #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  12 reviews
1986: by Mark E. Rogers- Sixteenth century Japan.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 15th 1986 by Tor Books (first published 1984)
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Love of Hopeless Causes
Real samurais were cats. Who knew? Thanks Mr. Rogers for clearing up this historical inaccuracy.
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this nearly thirty years ago when I was in college. I was just discovering humor in science fiction and fantasy literature, and this was a rare find: a book that parodied the nerd classics. Tolkien, Lovecraft, Conan, and Norse mythology are skewered mercilessly, and this book (and its sequels) found a place among my favorites. Rereading them again, the jokes feel a little clunkier than I recall, and the author seems to find far too much glee in describing the disemboweling of t ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one off the shelf in the library I work at while shifting a range and remembered reading it in the late 1980's when I first saw it.
Just a really neat book and more what we would consider a "graphic novel" now in 2019 written and painted by Mark E. Rogers. The best I can compare this book to would be as if one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Samurai Jack was a cat crossed with Mad Magazine style parody of Tolkein, Lovecraft, and Robert E. Howard. For example, the evil Styg
Scott Dieterle
Miaowara Tomokato is the Samurai Cat, on a mission of vengeance to hunt down those who had murdered his lord.

Tomokato is the focused constant through many crazy encounters on his mission. Full of puns, parodies and silliness hitting on Tolkien to Norse mythology.

Overall it was a fun read, but probably not for everyone.
Luke Cai
It's a silly pun-filled book about a samurai cat who goes kills mythologoical beings in order to avenge his father. You can't say no to this.

This book has its audience and I'm part of it. The stories are silly romps on mythology ranging from Lovecraftian horror to Norse gods to World War 2 to Japanese samurai culture. The book is pun filled and silly, very reminiscent of 80s comedy and b-rated thrillers.

I found this book from a thift store and loved it. The illustrations by itself are amazing
Laura Long
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was really more of a 2.5 stars for me. I really loved the illustrations included in this novel - cats as samurais in the old Japanese scroll style - and expected for it to be more historical with a little humorous twist. In this end, much of this was a parody of famous science-fiction and horror writers, namely H.P. Lovecraft, and while I love a good Lovecraftian parody, I just thought that the concept of a samurai cat had a lot of potential and the whole book was kind of a cop-out. I will ...more
Dec 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a stud!

What is it about science fiction writers and bad puns? I call to mind Callahan's Crosstime Saloon and the Mythadventure series. The natives had dangerous numbers on their side...Bob got hit in the head with a Nine. It's a good thing I like bad puns.

All in all, a fun book on can use to turn your brain off.
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This was the super greatest book ever in middle school. So I read it again for the heck of it. While a cat that is a samurai is no longer the most profound thing I can imagine, I did get many references that flew by me as a kid. All-in-all reasonably entertaining absurd fantasy humor and a great trip down memory lane.
Sep 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply the very best illustrated feudal Japan/sci-fi/fantasy/adventure parody featuring a feline protagonist ever! Absolutely great! If you don't agree, you're wrong. ...more
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
First read this when I was 14 - I laughed myself silly then and I still do today every time I read it.
Shannon Page
Amusing! I don't usually go for this kind of humor, but this was well executed. And the drawings are great. ...more
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