Friday, June 7, 2013

Friday cat blogging: YA sci-fi with cats

A Booklist webinar featuring new titles in fantasy and science fiction was particularly worthwhile; cats were prominent on a to-read list that I took with me from the webinar.

Treecat Wars by David Weber and Jane Lindskold

Book cover: "Treecat Wars" by David Weber and Jane LindskoldTreecat Wars is a Young Adult science fiction novel that will be published this October by Baen Books. Treecat Wars is the continuation of a story that began with A Beautiful Friendship and continued in Fire Season.

The series tells the story of first contact between a young girl, Stephanie Harrington, and a race of beings called Treecats on the planet Sphinx. Harrington and a treecat, Climbs Quickly, formed a telepathic bond and, as Treecat Wars opens, Harrington has been offered an opportunity to go off-world for special training.

Stephanie Harrington is the ancestor of Weber’s character Honor Harrington, an officer in the Royal Manticoran Navy who has a telepathic bond with a treecat named Laughs Brightly.

Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

Book cover: "Cat Girl's Day Off" by Kimberly Pauley
Among titles published by Tu Books, Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley appealed to me so much that I immediately placed a hold on the title through Jackson County Library Services.

Tu Books publisher/founder Stacy Whitman described Cat Girl’s Day Off as a comedic fantasy set in an alternate-world Chicago. According to Whitman, the title has had a lot of success with cat bloggers. In one, the blogger’s cat interviewed the book’s lead feline character.

So that’s one direction my summer reading is going to take: YA science fiction and fantasy with cats. I look forward to sharing the adventures in Treecat Wars and Cat Girl’s Day Off.

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