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People tell me that talking cats are a cliche. Overused, boring, generally pointless.
But I happen to love them. So I'm looking for recommendations of books that contain talking cats, specifically ones that speak out loud or otherwise converse with humans, but just cats talking to each other is acceptable too.
I know about the Warriors series already. There's also The Book of Night with Moon, which has cats that talk to each other, and the werecat Solembum in Eragon. I own a book called Tailchaser's Song that may also fit the bill, but I haven't read it yet.
I may crosspost this to other groups if it strikes my fancy later.
Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore has cats that converse with one of the human characters. That's just one part of this large novel--there's a lot of quirky, surreal stuff going on in there.
Gayle Greeno has 2-3 series about large telepathic cats that converse with humans.
I know of two cat mysteries: the Mrs. Murphy series, by Rita Mae Brown, and the Joe Grey series, by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. In the Mrs. Murphy series the animals all converse with each other, but humans don't understand them. In Joe Grey, Joe and a couple other cats are able to speak with humans and be understood, and also read.
Catseye by Andrew Norton has a few cats that telepathically communicate with the protagonist. It's a bit YA-science fiction, but it's an old favourite of mine.
Whittington by Alan Armstrong. This is children's literature -- I read it aloud to my kids and they liked it a lot.
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. Maybe not quite in the same vein as the others listed here, but it does feature one of the more memorable talking cats.
The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr an early romantic classic.
Carole Nelson Douglas's Midnight Louie series is fun. Midnight Louie is a cat who is also a private eye of sorts, in the Sam Spade style. He talks to other animals, and some chapters of each book are from his point of view as he tries to help his humans solve mysteries and stay out of harm's way. I don't know if it's quite what you're looking for, but for light reading, they're pretty good.
The cat who mysteries by L Braun, the first is the cat who read backwards, there are 17+ of these by now I think. Cosy, but fun in their way.
Michael Marshall Smith's superbly surreally weird sf Only Forward has his clever cat Spangle, with whom their is some communication.
There's a cat group who will probably know more.
#14: Note that the cats don't actually talk in the Cat Who mysteries (at least, not that I recall). But they're fun anyway. I recommend them.
Cats, murder & genetic testing -
Can be hard to find, but worth reading. The cats talk, but not to us mere can-openers.
Felidae was made into a film - I saw clips of it on YouTube and was very intrigued.
Felidae a film, huh? I see how it would lend itself. A Watership Down-like animation style would be good for that. I'll see if I can find it. Thanks.
So not long after that last post I found the whole Felidae movie on youtube and watched it. Not a bad adaptation. So then I got sucked into watching Plague Dogs and practically bawled my eyes out. That was the saddest thing ever.
Don't forget Joann Sfar's The Rabbi's Cat. A classic talking cat. It's about a cat who eats a parrot and gains the power of speech, only to engage in Talmudic debate with his rabbi-owner.
Oh, behemoth from The Master and Margarita was a total scream. A talking sycophant cat who can weild a Mauser. Formidable.
You're a talking cat that works in the field of applied linguistics?! This topic was made for you!
And do not forget the short story "Tobermory" in Beasts and Super Beasts by Saki. It's laugh out loud funny though written over 100 years ago!
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C Wrede have talking cats, especially the third book - Calling on Dragons I believe.
Tamora Pierce's Tortall books often have talking animals; there is a talking cat in books 2-4 of the Lioness Rampant series.
There are, of course, the Redwall books where all the animals talk, and isn't there a talking cat in The Last Unicorn?
There are cats in several of the Chrestomanci books and although they don't actually talk, they may as well. The ones I specifically remember cats in are Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant.
Not necessarily talking cats, but cat shape-shifters The Catswold Portal was one of my favorite books in highschool. It is not a young adult title as far as I know.
I second Tailchaser's Song it is an excellent book.
If you haven't checked out the Catfantastic series of short story compilations try those as well, many have talking cats.
I just remembered The Rabbi's Cat, which is a graphic novel, has a talking cat.
jerome and the seraph has a talking cat, monks, death, religion and quantum mechanics. (I hated it, but it's received a lot of positive reviews so it must be one of those books you either love or hate).
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