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Tails of Wonder and Imagination: Cat Stories (2010)

by Ellen Datlow (Editor)

Other authors: Daniel Wynn Barber (Contributor), Peter S. Beagle (Contributor), Michael Bishop (Contributor), Lawrence Block (Contributor), Edward Bryant (Contributor)35 more, Lewis Carroll (Contributor), Susanna Clarke (Contributor), John Crowley (Contributor), Dennis Danvers (Contributor), Charles de Lint (Contributor), Carol Nelson Douglas (Contributor), Carol Emshwiller (Contributor), Nancy Etchemendy (Contributor), Jeffrey Ford (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Theodora Goss (Contributor), Elizabeth Hand (Contributor), Graham Joyce (Contributor), John Kessel (Contributor), Jack Ketchum (Contributor), Stephen King (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Kelly Link (Contributor), Christine Lucas (Contributor), George R.R. Martin (Contributor), Sharyn McCrumb (Contributor), A.R. Morlan (Contributor), Joyce Carol Oates (Contributor), Reggie Oliver (Contributor), Michaela Roessner (Contributor), Nicholas Royle (Contributor), David Sandner (Contributor), Lucius Shepard (Contributor), Michael Marshall Smith (Contributor), Nancy Springer (Contributor), Lucy Sussex (Contributor), Mary Turzillo (Contributor), Catherynne M. Valente (Contributor), Ray Vukcevich (Contributor), Kaaron Warren (Contributor)

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"Tails of Wonder and Imagination" is an anthology of previously published fantasy stories featuring various types of felines, ranging from 1977 to 2009, with a brief excerpt from Lewis Carroll’s "Through the Looking Glass" thrown in for good measure. Editor Ellen Datlow is well-known for her many anthologies in the realm of fantasy, dark fantasy and outright horror, and a few of her choices here (such as Edward Bryant’s “Bean Bag Cats” and Kaaron Warren’s “Tiger Kill”) are just too gruesome for me; the majority of stories, however, are quite delightful, touching and/or beautiful. Some of the older stories are by writers such as Stephen King and George R. R. Martin, but there are plenty of 21st Century tales as well, by the likes of Neil Gaiman, Susanna Clarke, Kelly Link and Sharyn McCrumb. As with any anthology of short stories, each individual reader will undoubtedly have his/her favourites; mine include Lucius Shepard’s “The Jaguar Hunter,” Lawrence Block’s “The Burglar Takes a Cat,” Catherynne M. Valente’s “The Manticore’s Tale” (an origin story) and the final story in the book, the novella “The Puma” by Theodora Goss. Not one of these stories is absolutely essential reading (well, except for maybe the Lewis Carroll excerpt), but most all of them are entertaining and well worth checking out. Recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | Apr 19, 2016 |
Most of the stories were very boring or downright bizarre. If you love cats, maybe skip this anthology. There is a lot of abuse and killing of cats. I forced myself to finish this book. There were only 2 stories I actually liked in this. ( )
  lesindy | Nov 1, 2014 |
I finished it, but I didn't read every story. I couldn't. This is not a collection for cat-lovers, and I am an unabashed ailurophile. I appreciated the introductions, as the helped me avoid some stories, and I regret reading others—most particularly "Not Waving" by Michael Marshall Smith. It was a very well-written story, showing first-hand knowledge of bulimia and the way it can twist those who have it and those who love them. I was nauseated, though, and hated the twist even though I knew how it would end.I strongly recommend that people who seek out every cat-related collection avoid this tome. If, however, you simply enjoy good writing, go for it. Datlow has, as always, selected fine pieces, every one. I didn't find one piece that rang false. I would have chosen a darker title, as I found less of wonder than the macabre, but what do I know? ( )
  BellaMiaow | May 29, 2012 |
This is a collection fantasy/horror stories that involve cats, some forty ‘tails’, many by well known authors- Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Charles de Lint, Stephen King, Kelly Link, and Susanna Clarke among others. But this is *not* an anthology for cat lovers, or at least not for those with soft hearts. These are dark stories all, not light-hearted fantasies where the noble young cat discovers he’s a prince and goes on adventures. In a rather uneven collection, cats meet dire fates at times. They are thrown, throttled, starved, beaten, run over and consumed. Many of these stories I did not enjoy reading. Most are well crafted, though; it’s my revulsion at the depiction of violence against felines that gave me such a problem with the stories.

Datlow has expanded the definition of ‘cat’ to include other members of the feline family: lions, tigers and pumas; a couple of mythical ones, the sphinx and the manticore; and some made up for the occasion. To me, these were easier to read-the bigger cats hold their own against humans better.

Decent dark fantasy, but don’t give this to someone whose cats are their ‘children’. ( )
  lauriebrown54 | Apr 26, 2011 |
Good collection of cat stories. The cover is the nicest thing about it, though. ( )
  Zambaco | Feb 23, 2010 |
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Datlow, EllenEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barber, Daniel WynnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beagle, Peter S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bishop, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Block, LawrenceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bryant, EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carroll, LewisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clarke, SusannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crowley, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Danvers, DennisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Lint, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Douglas, Carol NelsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Emshwiller, CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Etchemendy, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ford, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goss, TheodoraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hand, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Joyce, GrahamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kessel, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ketchum, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
King, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Link, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lucas, ChristineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Martin, George R.R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCrumb, SharynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morlan, A.R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oates, Joyce CarolContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Oliver, ReggieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roessner, MichaelaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Royle, NicholasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sandner, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shepard, LuciusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Michael MarshallContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Springer, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sussex, LucyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Turzillo, MaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valente, Catherynne M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vukcevich, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Warren, KaaronContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ench, CatskaContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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(Introduction by Ellen Datlow): What is it about cats?
One thing was certain, that the white kitten had nothing to do with it -- it was the black kitten's fault entirely.
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Collects the following stories:
Introduction by Ellen Datlow
Through the Looking Glass (exceprt) by Lewis Carroll
"No Heaven Will Not Ever Heaven Be ..." by A. R. Morlan
"The Price" by Neil Gaiman
"Dark Eyes, Faith and Devotion" by Charles de Lint
"Not Waving" by Michael Marshall Smith
"Catch" by Ray Vukcevich
"The Manticore Spell" by Jeffrey Ford
"Catskin" by Kelly Link
"Mieze Corrects and Incomplete Representation of Reality" by Michaela Rossner
"Guardians" by George R. R. Martin
"Life Regarded as a Jigsaw Puzzle of Highly Lustrous Cats" by Michael Bishop
"Gordon, the Self-Made Cat" by Peter Beagle
"The Jaguar Hunter" by Lucius Shepard
"Arthur's Lion" by Tanith Lee
"Pride" by Mary A. Turzillo
"The Burglar Takes a Cat" by Lawrence Block
"The White Cat" by Joyce Carol Oates
"Returns" by Jack Ketchum
"Puss-Cat" by Reggie Oliver
"Cat in Glass" by Nancy Etchemendy
"Coyote Peyote" by Carle Nelson Douglas
"The Poet and the Inkmaker's Daughter" by Elizabeth Hand
"The Night of the Tiger" by Stephen King
"Every Angel is Terrifying" by John Kessel
"Candia" by Graham Joyce
"Mbo" by Nicholas Royle
"Bean Bag Cats®" by Edward Bryant
"Antiquities" by John Crowley
"The Manticore's Tale" by Catherynne M. Valente
"In Carnation" by Nancy Springer
"Old Foss is the Name of His Cat" by David Sandner
"A Safe Place to Be" by Carol Emshwiller
"Nine Lives to Live" by Sharyn McCrumb
"Tiger Kill" by Kaaron Warren
"Something Better than Death" by Lucy Sussex
"Dominion" by Chirstine Lucas"
"Tiger in the Snow" by Daniel Wynn Barber
"The Dweller in High Places" by Susanna Clarke
"Healing Benjamin" by Dennis Danvers
"The Puma" by Theodora Goss
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Cats are the heroes, villains, mythical creatures, domestic, and wild, in these 40 stories.

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