Eye of Cat (1982) takes a twist on the hunter turned hunted. William Blackhorse Singer is hired to protect an alien diplomat, then enlists the assistance of a shape-shifter he captured years earlier. The creature will only help on the condition that it gets a chance to try to trap Singer once the mission is completed.
Roger Zelazny was a three-time Nebula Award and six-time Hugo Award-winning author of science fiction and fantasy classics, including the short stories ""24 Views of Mount Fuji, by Hokusai,"" ""Permafrost,"" and ""Home is the Hangman."" Zelazny was the bestselling author of the ten-volume Chronicles of Amber series of fantasy novels, as well as the novels Lord of Light, and Psychoshop (written with Alfred Bester). Zelazny's novel Damnation Alley served as the basis for the 1972 cult film of the same name, starring Jan Michael Vincent and George Peppard.
|Publisher:||J.T. Colby & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Most famous for his science fiction series The Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny (1937-1995) was a prolific sci-fi and fantasy writer. Zelazny’s books have won three Nebula Awards and six Hugo Awards. He frequently depicts mythic characters attempting to succeed in the modern world, and his stories often feature absent father figures.
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Eye of Cat by Roger Zelazny is an interesting work by an author I was introduced to long ago and was the ¿out of the bag¿ choice for my RL book club in June. The book is dedicated to Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn, and their creator, Tony Hillerman. It is essentially a chase on several levels¿literal through travel doors from place to place¿visceral through the emotions of the characters¿visual through the poetry and language¿of one man, Billy Singer, a hunter, and his once-prey called Cat, who is now hunting him. This is not a reading for the faint of heart, but not because of blood and guts. Instead, the reader must be able to focus on the storyline through the Navajo religious themes and folklore and the interruptions caused by a group of psychics trying to save Billy. The plot starts simply enough¿Billy, a celebrated hunter who has managed to catch most of the zoological examples of life in the known universe, is asked to help save the life of an alien diplomat threatened by an assassin from his planet. Psychic humans are also recruited for the job, but Billy is extremely reluctant to take on the task, believing that his best bet to catch the shapeshifting assassin is with the assistance of another shapeshifter Billy caught years before, Cat. Cat has been presumed to be non-sentient, but Billy is suspicious that he captured a thinking being and locked it up. Billy is alienated from his Navajo heritage merely by being the last of his family and Cat¿s planet was destroyed. Cat wants revenge and agrees to help Billy provided that Cat can then hunt Billy down. That deal is struck, and two-thirds of the novel is the chase after the assassin is caught. This is an extremely difficult book to read because of its style, but if you can get into the rhythm, I think it can be enjoyed for the language and greater question of who are we at our core.
I don't normally care for stories with pure Native American Indians in the space age of the future who use their in-born skills to track aliens & such. Kind of hoakey & goes against my philosophy that we'll merge into one race (the sooner, the better), but that's the plot here & it's done as well as any I've ever read. Zelazny put his unique touch on it, which is all that saves it from 2 stars.