Joan D. Vinge is an American science fiction author. She is known for such works as her Hugo Cat[edit]. Psion (); Catspaw (); Dreamfall (). Cat’s paw is a phrase derived from La Fontaine’s fable, “The Monkey and the Cat” , referring to a person used unwittingly or unwillingly by another to accomplish the other’s own purpose. Cat’s paw or Catspaw may also refer to: Catspaw ( novel), science fiction book by Joan D. Vinge · Catspaw (TV series), TV series. Catspaw (Cat, book 2) by Joan D Vinge – book cover, description, publication history.

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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. A cyber-augmented, DNA-incestuous clan of such vinte and power that their family arguments change the destiny of worlds. Now one taMing is a killer’s targe CAT: Now one taMing is a killer’s target.

And who would dare? Seeking answers, Cat finds lies and savagery, catwpaw and atrocity–trails that lead from crystal valleys to clubs for silver-skinned beauties.

From the homicidal enclaves of catspxw 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. Because Cat is no longer a bodyguard. Paperbackpages. Published November 23rd by Tor Books first published September 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Catspawplease sign up. Lists with This Book.

Did they really know who I was? My paranoia started doing the multiplication tables. I wondered what his problem was; if he was on drugs, or if just being a taMing was enough to fuck him up this bad. Aug 30, Felicia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this a LONG time ago but would love to revisit it, I remember it was a huge favorite of mine at the time. View all 5 comments. Nov 29, Alicia rated it it was amazing. Maybe now I would read it with a more critical eye as I’m 16 years older than I was when I first took it home from my public library, I don’t know.

This book started for me what became a lifelong love affair with the science fiction genre. I also think that Cat, the main character, also counts as my first literary crush.

After that first encounter, I reread it, and the book prior to and the two books that came after it, far more times than I can remember.

Catspaw (Cat, #2) by Joan D. Vinge

I perhaps shouldn’t be reviewing it at al Maybe now I would read it with a more critical eye as I’m 16 years older than I was when I catsaw took it home from my public library, I don’t know. I perhaps shouldn’t be reviewing it at all as I’m incapable of being impartial about it. All I can say is that this series and Ender’s Game by Vinye Scott Card shaped the way I read than and continues to cafspaw the way I read 16 years later. I would recommend everything by Joan D.

Vinge but I will say, if you get hooked by her, you are destined to be frustrated as she is not a prolific writer, merely an amazing one.


Jul 16, Julie Decker rated it it was amazing. Cat is trying to make something of the life he nearly lost in the previous book, and ginge minding his business going to university when he’s kidnapped. But this time it’s not by actual criminals: These are some high-powered world leaders who want to employ him as a bodyguard.

He agrees to protect Lady Elnear–related to his very close friend, Jule taMing–because someone is plotting to kill her and it’s tough to assassinate someone with a telepathic bodyguard. That said, not everyone is happy wi Cat is trying vige make something of the life he nearly lost in the previous book, and he’s minding his business going to university when he’s kidnapped.

That said, not everyone is happy with vibge arrangement including Elnear herselfand sometimes Cat ends up babysitting, dealing with VIPs sulking, or skulking about trying to find someone to bang.

It’s kind of a drag, but he likes knowing he’s helping Jule’s family, and on top of that he now has access to drugs that let him use the telepathic talent he damaged in his fight with Quicksilver. Soon Cat is chasing many mysteries–not only is he trying to find and stop Elnear’s would-be murderer, but he’s looking for ways to expose Elnear’s political rival as a bigot, trying to get access to stronger drugs, and searching for the mysterious additional psion among the taMings.

Cat’s knowledge of the underside of society gets him into places others couldn’t, and he meets a man who can mentally project into machines, a woman who dances with illusions, and an old friend from the mines. But when things vinhe to get ugly, Cat jumps into the line of fire as a bodyguard is expected to, and yet again carries the hatred of others on his own back.

One of these days, he won’t live through it. What’s amazing about this book is how hilarious Cat sometimes is even though he’s kind vine a screw-up and catpaw of a badass. You almost think he must hate himself sometimes because he has so many terrible ideas and enacts them without a thought. Everything is heartfelt, though, and while I thought some of the premises vingf a little stretched particularly vjnge idea of telepathically entering a virtual realityI loved seeing Cat be selfish and selfless at the same time, and can’t believe how compelling and full this character is.

This is one of my all-time favorite books. Cat is an orphan, and a mixed-breed part human, part alienand is trying to find a place where he can survive. Vinge does an amazing job of conveying what it feels like to be a loner and an outcast with an caspaw past, but a need to be somebody and do something worthwhile.

This isn’t a fairytale — it’s based in a gritty and surprisingly realistic universe, cstspaw doesn’t vinte happy endings. Not exactly an upper of a book, but one that I read every ye This is one of my all-time favorite books.

Not exactly an upper of a book, but one that I read every year or catwpaw anyway, as should everyone. Dec 10, Michael Burnam-Fink rated it liked it Shelves: I picked this up on the strength of the Snow Queenand got quite a bit into it before realizing it was a sequel.

I didn’t much like it, but catspaaw of fairness, I’ll bump it up a star. Maybe catsspaw the first book there’s a better sense of character and setting. Cat is a psion streetkid in a galaxy that hates psions. Psychically crippled from his catspaa job taking down a terrorist and running out of ving, he’s offered a job as a bodyguard for Elnear taMing, a politician and corporate executive one ste I picked this up on the strength of the Snow Queenvine got quite a bit into it before realizing it was a sequel.


Psychically crippled from his last job taking down a terrorist and running out of credits, he’s offered a job as a bodyguard for Elnear taMing, a politician and corporate executive one step away from membership in the Federation Security Council.

To get there, she needs to survive and win a key vote over drug legalization, with the opposition being spearheaded by a charismatic televangelist. Cat bounces through intrigues involving the very strange taMing family, and the criminal underworld of N’Yurk, still capitol of the Federation.

Nothing is as it seems, but this is not ‘wheels with wheels’, or opaque post-human psychodramas, more like ambitious people who take one edge too far. This book might have been better if I connected with the narrator, but Cat comes off as alternately petulant and out of his depth, with a deus ex machina in the form of his telepathy.

His final plan hinges on blackmail, and the lusts of his opponent. The thoughts about political systems catspzw governance in an age of interstellar networks sit uneasily on a story which is very personal in scope.

The final result comes to extruded generic scifi product. Feb vinte, Brooke Banks rated it it was amazing Shelves: Fantastic cyberpunk with a smart-mouth dark hero in a sprawling universe as he copes with his own trauma among the responsible oligarchy. A dear friend of mine sent me Catspaw after discussing important books from our childhood.

Cat is so well done: As my friend said while discussing this book, such inclusion makes it feel more real. I appreciate how Vinge illustrates the disenfranchised and how privilege blinds. Beyond the depressingly concrete kyriarchy foundation, world building rocks in many ways. Technology wise it has things we dreamed of and obtained cats;aw video calls on our wrists alongside faster than light travel.

Music updates as always with mind-blowing clubbing experiences described. Not to mention The Monument it opens with which makes space travel and education extremely intriguing.

All in all, the Cat series has immersive and sprawling world universe building that I want to explore more. There were some things I wish was explained more up front like the symb instrument. Then, I read Joan D.

Joan D. Vinge

Still, there are parts of the psychic abilities I found different and interesting. Also, I found it easy to follow telepathic conversations with how they were written as well. A common theme but done well. Many props for such fine writing and for being groundbreaking: Yet at the same time her stories have long been noted for their strong character development as well as their willingness to tackle such “soft” science issues as social structures and gender roles — not surprising given her anthropological background” And wiki that speaks of her triumphing over medical adversaries to return to writing.

So I liked the first book when I read it last week. I didn’t mean to read the second one so soon, but I was too lazy to grab my Kindle from downstairs so I started to leaf through Catspaw instead. And I could not put it down. It’s everything the first book was just more and better. More intrigue, more politics, more Cat.

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