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Tails of wonder and imagination

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What is it about the cat that captivates the creative imagination? No other creature has inspired so many authors to take pen to page. Mystery, horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories have all been written about cats.

From legendary editor Ellen Datlow comes Tails of Wonder and Imagination, which collects the best of the last thirty years of science fiction and fantasy stories about cats by some of today's most popular authors. With uncollected stories by Stephen King, Carol Emshwiller, Tanith Lee, Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Hand, Dennis Danvers, and Theodora Goss and a previously unpublished story by Susanna Clarke, plus feline-centric fiction by Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, George R. R. Martin, Lucius Shepard, Joyce Carol Oates, Graham Joyce, Catherynne M. Valente, Michael Marshall Smith, and many others.

Tails of Wonder and Imagination features more than 200,000 words of stories in which cats are heroes and stories in which they're villains; tales of domestic cats, tigers, lions, mythical part-cat beings, people transformed into cats, cats transformed into people. And yes, even a few cute cats.

Edited by Ellen Datlow
Cat stories by:
Lawrence Block
Susanna Clarke
Charles de Lint
Carole Nels on Douglas
Neil Gaiman
Stephen King
Joyce Carol Oates
Kelly Link
George R. R. Martin
Sharyn McCrumb
and many others
Through the looking glass (excerpt) / Lewis Carroll
No heaven will not ever heaven be
/ A.R. Morlan
The price / Neil Gaiman
Dark eyes, faith, and devotion / Charles de Lint
Not waving / Michael Marshall Smith
Catch / Ray Vukcevich
The Manticore spell / Jeffrey Ford
Catskin / Kelly Link
Mieze corrects an incomplete representation of reality / Michaela Roessner
Guardians / George R.R. Martin
Life regarded as a jigsaw puzzle of highly lustrous cats
Michael Bishop
Gordon, the self-made cat / Peter S. Beagle
The jaguar hunter / Lucius Shepard
Arthur's lion / Tanith Lee
Pride / Mary A. Turzillo
The burglar takes a cat / Lawrence Block
The white cat / Joyce Carol Oates
Returns / Jack Ketchum
Puss-cat / Reggie Oliver
Cat in glass / Nancy Etchemendy
Coyote peyote / Carole Nelson Douglas
The poet and the inkmaker's daughter / Elizabeth Hand
The night of the tiger / Stephen King
Every angel is terrifying / John Kessel
Candia / Graham Joyce
Mbo / Nicholas Royle
Bean bag cats / Edward Bryant
Antiquities / John Crowley
The Manticore's tale / Catherynne M. Valente
In carnation / Nancy Springer
Old Foss is the name of his cat / David Sandner
A safe place to be / Carol Emshwiller
Nine lives to live / Sharyn McCrumb
Tiger kill / Kaaron Warren
Something better than death / Lucy Sussex
Dominion / Christine Lucas
Tiger in the snow / Daniel Wynn Barber
The dweller in high places / Susanna Clarke
Healing Benjamin / Dennis Danvers
The puma / Theodora Goss.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Datlow's anthology intentionally (i.e., thematically) full of cats manages to showcase quite a variety of stories by a very impressive list of authors Stephen King, John Crowley, John Kessel, Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke, Joyce Carol Oates, Sharyn McCrumb, to name just a few. Ordinary housecats are on view, of course, and so are lions and tigers and manticores and one thought experiment. Mary A. Turzillo's Pride is the bittersweet story of a boy and his saber-toothed cat; Jeffrey Ford and Catherynne M. Valente both offer tales of manticores, though their respective examples of the species are very different creatures; and Michaela Roessner gives voice to a famous physics thought experiment in Mieze Corrects an Incomplete Representation of Reality. Datlow brings horror, sf, and fantasy all into the volume on equal footing, making it likely that even genre readers who aren't cat people will find something very much worth their while in it.--Schroeder, Regina Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Few things alarm the experienced reader more than the prospect of a science fiction, fantasy, or mystery book that involves-or worse, fetishizes-cats. This reprint anthology is the exception, an assortment of 40 stories by authors who are for the most part willing to take cats on their own ground. Datlow avoids the trap of a too-narrow premise: though there appears to be a slight bias toward horror, the stories are various within that field, from Jack Ketchum's ghost story "Returns" to Michaela Roessner's highly scientific "Mieze Corrects an Incomplete Representation of Reality" and Edward Bryant's brilliantly repellent "Bean Bag Cat." Other tales are amusing, like Lawrence Block's "The Burglar Takes a Cat," or gently sentimental, like Dennis Danvers's "Healing Benjamin." This is that rarity of rarities: an anthology of cat stories worth reading. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Cats -- Fiction.
Publisher San Francisco :Night Shade Books,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Tales of wonder and imagination
Contributors Datlow, Ellen.
Language English
Description 464 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781597801706 (pbk.)
1597801704 (pbk.
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