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

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Catspaw Vinge, Joan D. Want to Read saving…. This tough, gritty tale of an outsider whose only chance for redemption is as an undercover agent for an interstellar government vineg by turns punishes and helps him, is as fresh and powerful today as it was in This book makes me feel so many things that trying to put them in words will not even do it justice. Though this book isn’t meant to think deep thoughts, it is a good romp through political corruption and how good people get sucked into a corrupt system.

Yet later on he has sex vknge another man’s wife who looks so much like said friend.

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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. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. There was something until two thirds of the book, but that much, and it was cut short.

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I also could never catspxw get a feel for Cat’s age, he’s said to be late teens but that didn’t seem to gel with some of his other experiences and observations.

Psion is worth reading and recommending but Catspaw is a must read. People do terrible things, and wonderful things. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. It, along with Songmaster, was my introduction to this genre. Because Cat is no longer a bodyguard. Vinge born Joan Carol Dennison is an American science fiction author.

Also, psionics is kind of played out, it was a pet idea of John W. The book feels a little rough, but it’s a decent introduction to the character and the universe. M and N Media Condition: It was refreshing after such a dry spell for decent novels, to finally read something that delivered what was promised.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Of course, none of the scenes were lame. All in all, the Cat series has immersive and sprawling world universe building that I want to explore more.

Catspaw (Cat, book 2) by Joan D Vinge

Fantastic settings, character progression, and ending with one small maybe plot hole. His appearance was very lucky, but there was a good explanation for why he wanted to help Cat.

There is more political intrigue in this novel–plots within plots, and Cat has to learn to navigate them to keep himself and others alive. Psion is about a street kid who is half alien. However, because so many years fell between the writing of Psion and Vonge, Joan D. A common theme but done well. You also don’t protest to a lady about a man being disrespectful of her and using her as a sex object which she made no effort to get out of the business and then do the same thing without looking sad.


Between attempting intimacy with Jule, angering Ardan and getting sent to the mines, getting severely punished, and being courted to join the villain’s side, Cat is tired of playing games.

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I was pleased that there was a short story at the end of the book as catspas continues Cat’s story and is really needed to bridge betwe I spotted this when I was shelving, read the blurb and knew it was one I needed to read.

I can’t wait to read them! You tried and failed and kept on trying, never knowing whether you’d ever get what you vingf. The “abused teen with psychic abilities” was done many times in the 80s when this was published but few did it as well as Vinge.