Catspaw (Cat Series #2)

Catspaw (Cat Series #2)

by Joan D. Vinge

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Overview

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 target. But which? And who would dare?

Seeking answers, Cat finds lies and savagery, passion and atrocity—trails that lead from crystal valleys to clubs for silver-skinned beauties. From the homicidal enclaves of drug kings to a fanatic's pulpit. From the halls of the Assembly to a cyberspace hell. Seeking assassins, Cat discovers a mystery that could cost him his future. His sanity. His life.

Because Cat is no longer a bodyguard . . .

He's bait.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765303417
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 11/23/2002
Series: Cat Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Joan D. Vinge has won two Hugo Awards, one for her novel The Snow Queen. Author of ten novels and a number of film adaptations, her books have been bestsellers here and abroad. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Catspaw (Cat Series #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
hrissliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cat, the main character of Vinge's previous book "Psion", is summoned by the taMing dynasy to protect one of its members from murder. While there, he discovers that plots are thicker than water.Another old favorite, which I decided to reread. Again, growth of experience has taught that these are not the best of all authors, but Vinge is still pretty good at turning a story. She manages to keep the character dark and angsty without falling into incessant whining. Again, the mystery is one which is revealed as you go along, rather than having all the clues explained at the very end. It's interesting seeing a sort of sci-fi adaptation of "The Great Gatsby", though with more of a tech-murder-conspiracy angle. (So, really, the only way it relates to Gatsby is the fascination with the ultra-rich. My apologies.) I'd include it in the genre of cyberpunk, or at least a precursor. It has most of the elements - rampant technology, worlds which function largely without laws, the delicious seamy underside, the anti-hero. Quick, fun read, especially for those who prefer sci-fi (of course) and darker themes. 7/10
selfmanic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great I love the entire series by Vinge. Catspaw is my favorite however. A wonderful look at a future time and place with such amazing characters.
zette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.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 the corporate control into the highest levels of government. He's never been trained for this kind of work. He doesn't understand the culture, and the people he is protecting don't trust him. It's a combination that is bound to lead to disaster.This is a fascinating, and fast-paced, science fiction tale that weaves an unlikely character into a believable future. Catspaw is the middle book of a trilogy -- Psion, Catspaw, Dreamfall . It is also something that is very rare, the best of all three. Usually a middle book suffers from being neither the start nor the end of a story. However, because so many years fell between the writing of Psion and Catspaw, Joan D. Vinge's storytelling abilities had matured, and the book has an incredible depth of character development and cultural worldbuilding. Cat is the kind of character a reader can understand -- the outsider who finds his courage and his morals challenged, and shows himself better than many of the people he is now forced to work for.Filled with thrills, this book gets my highest recommendation for straight out excitement and fun. This is a truly timeless science fiction tale that can be read with as much pleasure today as it was when first published.
laranth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The politics of the mega-companies called combines are cutthroat, and the combine security branches are not beyond assasination of rival board members. So when Cat is manipulated into serving as bodyguard for a combine board member, he tries to hope for the best... as if he wanted anything to do with these creeps in the first place! And to make matters worse, the combine wants him to use his psi--against the law, but more importantly, in defiance of the dance of back-stabbing manners of the combine elite politics.
melannen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second of Vinge's books about Cat, and probably my favorite. This draws more heavily on the psiberpunk elements than either of the others, though the plot (revolving around a democratic election) gives it a slightly less jaded tone. Cat's abilities give the reader a chance to see a wonderful cast of new characters shine; Cat himself, thrown into a snake pit with only his wits to rely on, comes into his own. There's a fair bit of sex and sexual violence here, but I found it extremely well done, relevant, damaging, and also hot.
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I've read this book over and over through the years and I always find it refreshing and familiar to read again. I've given this book away so many times that I had re-buy it to put back on my shelf...for myself. If you've read this book, or not, get the other two books. But by itself, it's like a big, juicy meal that hits the spot every time. The biggest appeal of Joan D. Vinge, to me, is that her books are always character driven. The Sci-fi is almost like an afterthought when dealing with complex issues of loyalty, betrayal, friendship, idealism and trust...Once you meet Cat, he awakens the fearless part of your youth that needs tempering, yet recognizes the fear of loss....Buy it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this story years ago, when I was about thirteen, and it's completely stuck with me. Though admittedly there are some odd parts to it that not everyone may like, I still look back very fondly at it, and recall how much I adored the protagonist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great science-fiction, great storyline. altogether a great book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!it was the best in the series i think there should be fourth a book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Theres a problem i have only read the great CatsPaw but i couldnt put it down.This is truly the best book I have ever read> im goin to read the others now.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Though an orphan street punk, Cat used his psionic abilities to save the galaxy from a peer (see PSION), but his reputation formed that has traveled light years to earth. When someone tries to kill Lady taMing, head of the wealthy and powerful family that runs Centaur Transport, her supporters abduct Cat to provide psionic protection to her. His kidnappers drug Cat, so that the half-breed cannot use psychic powers against them, but provide an antidote so that he can protect Assembly member Lady taMing. However, while doing his new job keeping his client safe, Cat uncovers secrets about powerful individuals including taMing family members who will kill him to keep their skeletons in the closet. CATSPAW is a powerful science fiction that describes an astonishing New York City in a few centuries. The well-designed plot provides a complex multiple helix of a political and social futurology that will stun readers on its realistic but different outlook. However, in building her lush realm, Joan D. Vinge pays a price as the massive particulars that serve as the theme¿s center with its future¿s profundity also keeping the story line from attaining light speed. Still, this sequel will please the author¿s fans and anyone who relishes galaxy building as a key ingredient of a novel set several hundred years into the future. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the greatest novels written by joan d. vinge!!! i would hope she would give us the pleasure of writing another book to follow the three i have already read and re-read numerouse times. the best of the three about Cat with relatable characters and changing storyline. a must read for all good sf story lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Cat is such a great character. I have read the books in this series a few times over. I wish she would write more books about this wonderful character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the CATSPAW so much i couldn't put it down!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book more than 5 times and still want to read it more. I'm reading it now for the 6th time and I love it! The detail that the author gives is just so explicit and seethrough that I can't even remember all that was written and I have to read the book again and again . I also read the 1st book 'Psion' and that was absolutly magnificent!!! This book and Catspaw are simply the masterpieces of a truelly amazing talent.