Tails of Wonder

Tails of Wonder

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by Ellen Datlow, Joyce Carol Oates
     
 

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From legendary editor Ellen Datlow, Tails of Wonder collects the best of the last thirty years of science fiction and fantasy stories about cats from an all-star list of contributors. The Stephen King Story is UNCOLLECTED, and has not been in print since the Horrorstory III anthology.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to

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From legendary editor Ellen Datlow, Tails of Wonder collects the best of the last thirty years of science fiction and fantasy stories about cats from an all-star list of contributors. The Stephen King Story is UNCOLLECTED, and has not been in print since the Horrorstory III anthology.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Few things alarm the experienced reader more than the prospect of a science fiction, fantasy, or mystery book that involves—or worse, fetishizes—cats. This reprint anthology is the exception, an assortment of 40 stories by authors who are for the most part willing to take cats on their own ground. Datlow avoids the trap of a too-narrow premise: though there appears to be a slight bias toward horror, the stories are various within that field, from Jack Ketchum's ghost story “Returns” to Michaela Roessner's highly scientific “Mieze Corrects an Incomplete Representation of Reality” and Edward Bryant's brilliantly repellent “Bean Bag Cat.” Other tales are amusing, like Lawrence Block's “The Burglar Takes a Cat,” or gently sentimental, like Dennis Danvers's “Healing Benjamin.” This is that rarity of rarities: an anthology of cat stories worth reading. (Feb.)
Library Journal
From an excerpt about Dinah and her kittens from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass to Theodora Goss's "sequel" to H.G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau ("The Puma"), the 40 stories in this collection focus on cats of all sizes and temperaments and their interactions with humans. Though some tales are not for the squeamish and not all have happy endings, others shine with brilliant wit or poignant melancholy. VERDICT This broad sampling of cat tales from authors including Tanith Lee, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, and Michael Bishop is a good overall anthology that should appeal to short story fans and cat lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597801706
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
02/07/2010
Pages:
500
Sales rank:
464,578
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

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Tails of Wonder 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
niahflame More than 1 year ago
Most of the stories were very boring or downright bizarre. If you love cats, maybe skip this anthology. There is a lot of abuse and killing of cats. I forced myself to finish this book. There were only 2 stories I actually liked in this. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Post your past, if you want me to add some, here. <p> ~ Steel, Jaguarshade, Darkforest, & Duskstorm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was born to mistystar of riverclan and tigerstar of shadowclan/ the dark forest during the cold of a flood in riverclan territory. My first memory was clinging to mistystar in fear and feeling water at my paws. It was leaf-bare and i lost 5 denmates to the storm. I was named after the sibeirion tiger because of my determination to sirvive like the animal i was named after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The boulders that support High Log make a little cave which is the leaders den. The entrance is draped with lichen. Inside the cave the floor is cool and sandy. Near the back is a nest of moss along with some fresh-kill that an apprentice must have left.~Happy Sunstar.