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The Cat In The Cradle

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Another Winning Novel by Bell

Just Finished the Cat in the Cradle.

Having read Something Like Summer only a few days ago, I decided to read this book and now this author has rocketed to my number 1 slot for fiction writers.

The breadth of Bells capabilities as a writer is astonishing, The Ca...
Just Finished the Cat in the Cradle.

Having read Something Like Summer only a few days ago, I decided to read this book and now this author has rocketed to my number 1 slot for fiction writers.

The breadth of Bells capabilities as a writer is astonishing, The Cat in the Cradle proves beyond a doubt that he is as accomplished a Fantasy novelist as he is a Romance writer. The world you are thrown into from the first few pages was at times bizarre and at others preposterous, but in an ingenious way at no point did you ever feel that in the world Bell has created, any of it was out of place.

As Usual, Bell has created characters that leap out from the page, with likeable qualities. There is always an underlying suspense that drives you forward, wanting to know more. The relationships are sometimes complex, but it adds depth to the characters.

There were a couple of times, especially near 3/4 of the way through the story that I felt parts of the story where not really adding anything to the overall picture and it did start to drag, and I openly admit to flicking through a few pages, skimming until I got to something that seemed more relevant. I think the whole Black Oligarch plot device could have been dropped without any real effect on the overall story. Thankfully though, this didn't last long and we were back up-to speed at a blistering pace, for the final showdown.

Another thoroughly enjoyable read.

posted by niven on July 13, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Enjoyable

A good read. I always have trouble finding a scifi d&d book with a gay lead character but that is not about being gay. Well written, good scenes, characters and plot line. Some things came together a bit too easy and predictable leaving me feeling like it was a chi...
A good read. I always have trouble finding a scifi d&d book with a gay lead character but that is not about being gay. Well written, good scenes, characters and plot line. Some things came together a bit too easy and predictable leaving me feeling like it was a child's book, there was one rape scene to know it wasn't. No slow points so it was hard to put down and kept moving.

posted by Anonymous on April 9, 2012

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    Another Winning Novel by Bell

    Just Finished the Cat in the Cradle.

    Having read Something Like Summer only a few days ago, I decided to read this book and now this author has rocketed to my number 1 slot for fiction writers.

    The breadth of Bells capabilities as a writer is astonishing, The Cat in the Cradle proves beyond a doubt that he is as accomplished a Fantasy novelist as he is a Romance writer. The world you are thrown into from the first few pages was at times bizarre and at others preposterous, but in an ingenious way at no point did you ever feel that in the world Bell has created, any of it was out of place.

    As Usual, Bell has created characters that leap out from the page, with likeable qualities. There is always an underlying suspense that drives you forward, wanting to know more. The relationships are sometimes complex, but it adds depth to the characters.

    There were a couple of times, especially near 3/4 of the way through the story that I felt parts of the story where not really adding anything to the overall picture and it did start to drag, and I openly admit to flicking through a few pages, skimming until I got to something that seemed more relevant. I think the whole Black Oligarch plot device could have been dropped without any real effect on the overall story. Thankfully though, this didn't last long and we were back up-to speed at a blistering pace, for the final showdown.

    Another thoroughly enjoyable read.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Enjoyable

    A good read. I always have trouble finding a scifi d&d book with a gay lead character but that is not about being gay. Well written, good scenes, characters and plot line. Some things came together a bit too easy and predictable leaving me feeling like it was a child's book, there was one rape scene to know it wasn't. No slow points so it was hard to put down and kept moving.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

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    Good+and+entertaining

    This+book%2C+though+long%2C+kept+me+in+its+thrall.+It%27s+a+good+story%2C+and+I+recommend+it+to+all+readers+of+fantasy+novels.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Eagleswoop

    Pads in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Can someone tell

    That lillyriver is locke out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    Ghostwind

    Thanks. Id better take these back to camp. He motioned to the mouse, rabbit, and vole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Four

    He nodded, picking up his shrew and digging up his magpie before following.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Glosslight

    Pads back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Smokiefern

    Smells the air for any sent of food but the only sent that she can catch issssss her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Redpaw

    Waits and scents the air and smells vole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Silverstar

    She picks up a mouse and heads back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Wonderful

    Unique and spellbinding! I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Entertaining, but flawed.

    The whole thing was unrealistic, even for a fantasy novel. The main character was extremely unlikeable, and his inner thoughts made no sense; they were all over the place. The whole thing was wriiten choppily, and it seemed like the author completely made everything up as he went along. I know he was trying to be creative, but some of the things described made me roll my eyes and say "oh please". Fantasy is a hard genre, and Mr Bell unfortunately can't pull it off.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    Excellent read!

    Part coming of age, part love story, and a splash of impending civil war (with more than a few suprise twists) perfecr for a lazy weekend read.

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    Posted June 15, 2011

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    Posted April 12, 2011

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    Posted March 16, 2011

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