The Cat's Meow: The Annotated Version
Paperback, 252 Pages
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Like so many fantasy novels inflicted on an undeserving public, this was written by a teenager. What sets it apart from the rest is that, before rushing into print, the author waited until he was old enough to know better, and then decided to release an annotated version, mocking it ruthlessly for your entertainment. THRILL to intriguing characters and plot arcs that are introduced and then never appear again! BE SURPRISED BY the surprise twist which is blatantly obvious 150 pages before it happens! YEARN to live in the city of Larosis, where one of the major industries is standing on the city gates 24/7 waiting to spit on passing wizards! GASP as the epic hero defeats his enemies through the power of rambling dream sequences and punching everybody in the head!
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Apr 14, 2015An incredibly entertaining and laugh-out-loud book (thanks to the annotations) - recommended to everybody who's looking for a fantasy adventure that isn't fourteen thousand pages long (thanks Robert Jordan), and yet still drags you into its detailed and realistic world of complete lawlessness and dodgy heroes with incredibly confusing thought processes! It's original and despite being "somewhat" strangely written, in no way does this detract from the fast-paced and incredibly addictive narrative David Parker has put together, fingers crossed there's a rewrite and/or more books from one of the co-creators of my favourite website.
Jun 8, 2009Although the writing is really rough, of course, there is some real greatness in this story. You can clearly tell that the author has promise. The annotations are totally hilarious, and would be very useful if you are an aspiring writer yourself. I really enjoyed this book, I definitely recommend checking it out. The ending is really disappointing, the author notes it too. Can't wait to read a rewrite!
Mar 9, 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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- Standard Copyright License
- February 28, 2009
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.96 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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