Posts Tagged Anne McCaffrey
- intends to be the start of a successful series formula; or,
- follows an existing series formula
Either way, it works for me. Anne McCaffrey certainly knows how to generate a successful franchise, and she’s produced good books with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough already.
Catalyst is a sweet story of these ‘ship cats’ at a crucial point in the galaxy’s cultural development. Space farers have already discovered that cats are indispensable crew members, for keeping down populations of vermin but also for patrolling small ductwork for atmosphere leaks.
Characters, both human and feline, are charming and plausible. Any cat-lover will appreciate the equal time given to telling the story from the cats’ points of view. The plot is neatly laid out and proceeds to a satisfying (and humorous) conclusion with easy speed. This can certainly take up its place to represent feline-centric SF, next to the plethora of cat-mystery series. I’ve tagged this as young-adult because of the accessibility, but also because the two main human characters are young too.
I have no idea what the title has to do with the story, because he’s not a dragon rider.
Seems to be a sequel; either that, or there’s some really-clumsily-conveyed backstory.
It’s fun enough to read, but … meh.