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 ยท Catspaw (TV series), TV series. Catspaw (Cat, book 2) by Joan D Vinge – book cover, description, publication history.

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To ask other readers questions about Psionplease sign up. In protective mylar cover. Cat’s curiosity and willingness to take action, in addition to his desire to do the right thing most of the time, make him a relatable and enjoyable character despite his having grown up as a pick-pocket and thief.

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Cat is so well done: Ever hear of DNA tests? This is an absolutely stunning character-oriented novel written in the first person, and it’s amazing how much it influenced my writing. Maria Carmo, Lisbon, 23 April Did they really know who I was?

Now Cat is a little older, This is my favorite book. Found the story engaging and flowed well. Tangled Up in Blue.

Catspaw by Vinge, Joan D

Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. Books by Joan D. It’s gritty and tough, with lots of side-of-the-mouth dialog. It was fun, if slightly catsoaw. However, because so many years fell between the writing of Psion and Catspaw, Joan D.


Isabel rated it really liked it Aug 06, Jun 22, Lisa Eskra rated it it was ok. I’m glad is wasn’t as, again, that could have been cheesy – a hardened street-kid who’s never known love or comfort shouldn’t be so easily changed and “saved. Caspaw is a timeless book that has drawn me back time and again for the pure enjoyment of entering Cat’s heart in his harsh and heoric world.

At the time, I was relatively new to sci-fi and I fell in love. Now, part of that is because Vinge is incredibly good at exploiting the character gimmick.

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These two books have guaranteed that I’ll check out every novel Vinge has written–sadly, far too few. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jun 28, Ruby Hollyberry rated it it was amazing Shelves: I remember buying the second sequel, Dreamfallwhen it was new in hardcover, and I’d have been around 16 then.

The Cinder mines are haunted by an alien race of teleporting mind reading Hydrans. Hydrans are helpless and cannot hurt or kill anyone without feeling the effects mirrored back at them.

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I perhaps shouldn’t be reviewing it at all as I’m incapable of being impartial about it. Feb 19, Peggy Thomson rated it really liked it. Mar 02, Rebecca rated it liked it. I enjoyed this book and will look for more in the series, though it is complete on its own. I remember reading this book when I was much younger no I am not going to tell you my ageand I remember quite enjoying it.

I don’t tend to want to get into really long things, especially these days, but I liked everything so much that I didn’t care. M and N Media Catspzw Snail in Danger Sid Nicolaides rated it liked it Jun 22, 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.


This page was last edited on 23 Novemberat I remember liking the Joan Vinge books I read back in the eighties Snow Vatspaw particularlyand I might have enjoyed this one more as a younger reader. Maybe with the first book there’s a better sense of character and setting. I honestly didn’t finish the book after the nightclub part but rather skimmed through the rest of the book to confirm that it really did ruin itself. But if you stop calling a villain a villain, what is he?

Joan Vinge says in the forward that she started writing this character when she vijge a teenager and finished it as an adult. Cat is essentially a spy in a nest of mind readers, so he walks a fine and frighting line, as he and his small group try to thwart Quicksilver and his revolutionaries. Vinge also isn’t afraid to show Cat as a loser–he makes terrible decisions, and pays for them more than others might, because of who he is.

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Warner Books Inc, Now, several years later, after strolling around my new local library, looking for new authors to read, I spotted, Psion, Catspaw and Dreamfall on the shelf. Cat’s a strong but vulnerable and often misguided and only sometimes well-meaning protagonist.

First published inthe catxpaw of this book are still relevant today.