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  • By Samuel Stoddard
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Great self-punishing book." Why is David Parker so hard on himself? The Cat's Meow isn't a bad novel, really. Which is not to say that his annotations, in which he mercilessly derides himself for poor plotting and writing choices, aren't hilarious. They are. He certainly cannot be accused of taking himself too seriously. In a genre where the most ridiculous stories are treated with somber reverence, the self-deprecating way in which he chides himself is refreshing. But there are the seeds for a great fantasy epic here. In between the laughs I got from the footnotes, I was genuinely drawn into the story and the world. This is not just a Tolkien retread with stock elves and stock dwarves plugged into their requisite places. Real thought has gone into creating this city of Larosis, its culture, and the stranglehold the villain has over certain natural resources. It was, seemingly, more than the teenaged version of David Parker could handle. But the annotations, written about... More > 15 years later, demonstrate (however humorously) that he's since figured out how to make this story work. When do we get to see the rewrite? Whether he ever takes on that rewrite, this version of the story is refreshing and hilarious. Highly recommended.< Less
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Product Details

February 28, 2009
Hardcover (dust-jacket)
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.92 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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