Last Saturday was Free Comic Book Day, which is notable for bringing in lots of people (especially teenagers and children, by my observation) that otherwise wouldn’t have gone into a comic book store. I went on a comic book store crawl with several people in a local geek club (yes, it’s called that.) We went to one participating store that doubles as a used book store (a very small, cramped one, fitting the place’s name of Hole in the Wall Books.) While browsing their selection of fantasy & science fiction novels my attention was caught by the title Catswold Portal, since I naturally wondered if it was a misspelling (turns out a wold is a real thing, which I suppose shouldn’t have surprised me since I’ve known of a 1/6 collectible stores called Cotswold.) I picked up the book and was amused by the blub on the back cover, which read “Intriguing … a quintessential cat fantasy …” which I found oddly specific. I asked one of the people I was tooling around town with whether “cat fantasy” was even a thing. She eagerly dived into another part of section and pulled out another cat-based book. I was shocked; I also found it odd that both books featured cats with orange & white coloring. She shrugged and remarked “I guess if it wasn’t that, it would be black cats.”
I don’t even like cats! I think they’re cute, and at least they’re not as noisy as dogs tend to be, but I find their general disdain for people makes them unlikeable in general. Dogs are much better, friendlier, enjoyable pets.
Regardless, two pivotal books in the cat fantasy genre in hand, I made my way to the cash register to add them to my ever-fluctuating backlog of books to read. We’ll see how these turn out.
I suppose it shouldn’t be too surprising that there are books about cats. There’s material out there about owls, mice, and a whole bunch of other animals so why not? Oh, but none about raccoons, of course. DAMN YOU, AUTHORS!!
- Warriors, a whole fantasy series about cats!
- Audrey Penn is a children’s author who specializes in books featuring raccoons. There are no epic battles to be found in them, unfortunately.
- Garth Nix, included a cat-like magical being in his Abhorsen Trilogy, which I highly recommend.