Cat became quite wealthy after his adventures in Psion , and used his wealth to see the galaxy and join a travelling school for the rich. He travels to Earth and is inserted into high-class taMing culture, which makes neither him nor Elnear comfortable. Elnear is running for the Federation Council, the only body in humanspace with the power to act against the powerful shipping clans. The taMings themselves head Centauri Transport, one of the most powerful clans. Catspaw is a much better novel than Psion was: Rich and textured, with complex and believable characters.
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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. Though taking placing only a few years after Psion, both the character's maturity, writing, and themes have advanced by decades.
I believe this was lumped in with all the other cyberpunk novels that followed Neuromancer in the 's. There is an indeed a trip through cyberspace. It's probably the weakest section of the book. But overall it's much closer to cyberpunk's roots in hard-boiled detective fiction.
As with such fiction, his client is an incredibly wealthy family with all kinds of secrets, the bad guys have great power, his slum-born habits and attitude cause friction constantly, several beautiful women sleep with him, he gets beaten up pretty badly, and he eventually saves the day.
Despite checking all the boxes, Vinge manages to make the story's main character unique and sympathetic, and the plot chugs along nicely. Recommended, even if you weren't fond of Psion. In this addictive series, Vinge shows deep character growth for Cat. 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 navigate them to keep himself and others alive.
What keeps it compelling, though, is that everything is filtered through Cat's emotional and psychological struggles. Violence is not simply an action piece; it's insight into Cat's social status and his efforts to put his past--and his overwhelming feelings of helplessness--behind him. Even the sexual encounters are not there for the sake of titillation or overwrought romance--they're about power, loneliness, and fear. Also, "Catspaw," shows a Cat who has grown emotionally, and is a more sympathetic character.
I recommend both, but "Catspaw can be read as a stand-alone book. The events of "Psion" are integrated into "Catspaw" as a rich backstory. These two books have guaranteed that I'll check out every novel Vinge has written--sadly, far too few.
Malora Jan 18, This sequel to Psion again sees Cat charting his own course in the face of some very powerful people. Choices are made. People do terrible things, and wonderful things.
No one is what they seem. Except Daric, who really is that much of an asshole. This book contains one very s trip through cyberspace. Overall, great worldbuilding, larger than life characters, and a compelling plot. I can honestly say that it is one of my all time favorites! Joan D. Vinge is a wonderful, feminist cyberpunk author - also an anthropologist. Home Groups Talk Zeitgeist.
Recently added by bradleyhorner , scottyn73 , mirihawk , KytePheonix , svfreeman , private library, timjdarling2 , timjdarling , cr0wgrrl , amtaylor Best Science Fiction Novels No current Talk conversations about this book. A sequel to Psion but a very different book. 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.
Malora Jan 18, This sequel to Psion again sees Cat charting his own course in the face of some very powerful people. I think I've re-read this book at least once a year for the last ten years. Naity-sama Jul 20, Status Joan D. Vinge — primary author all editions calculated Deutsch, Michel Translator secondary author some editions confirmed Puckey, Don Cover designer secondary author some editions confirmed Snow, George Cover artist secondary author some editions confirmed Whelan, Michael Cover artist secondary author some editions confirmed.
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To understand a cat, you must prealize that he has his own gifts, his own viewpoint, even his own morality. This one's for you, kid.
You know who you are. Someone was after me. We sat together a while longer, like two friends, watching the day come in. References to this work on external resources. Wikipedia in English None. No library descriptions found. Book description. Haiku summary. Add to Your books. Add to wishlist. Quick Links Amazon. Amazon Kindle 0 editions. Audible 0 editions. CD Audiobook 0 editions. Project Gutenberg 0 editions. Google Books — Loading Local Book Search.
Swap 7 have, 11 want. Rating Average: 3. Is this you? Become a LibraryThing Author. Series: Cat Series 2 Members. The telepathic orphan and future punk Cat is kidnapped, taken to Earth, and forced to protect those he hates most, the taMings, until he discovers that he is not a bodyguard, he is the bait.
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Joan D. 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. Vinge studied art in college, but eventually changed to a major in anthropology , and received a B. Vinge has been married twice: first to fellow science fiction author Vernor Vinge from to , and currently to science fiction editor James Frenkel since Vinge and Frenkel have two children, and live in Green Valley, Arizona.
Joan D. Vinge: Catspaw
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