Angelos [Quantum Cat series #2]

Angelos [Quantum Cat series #2]

by Robina Williams

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BN ID: 2940000087268
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Publication date: 10/15/2003
Series: Quantum Cat Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Robina lives in the U.K. She has an M.A. in Modern Languages from Oxford University, and an M.Phil. pure research degree in English Literature from Liverpool University. She has been a schoolteacher, a college lecturer, a secretary, and a features writer for magazines and newspapers.

She thought that Schrödinger's Cat--a cat that is both alive and dead at the same time--would be a useful character for fantasy novels. Jerome and the Seraph, the first book in her Quantum Cat series, was published in trade paperback by Twilight Times Books in 2004. Angelos was published in 2006, and Gaea in 2009. Robina is currently writing the fourth book in the series.

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Angelos [Quantum Cat series #2] 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
plappen on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Here is the second novel about a rural friary somewhere in Britain. Among its inhabitants is a strange, dimension-jumping cat that (depending on which dimension you inhabit) is named Leo or Quant (short for Quantum).The brothers of the friary are getting a new leader. Their previous leader, Brother Fidelis, practically jumped at the chance to be transferred to a tough, inner city parish. His belief that a cat did not belong in a friary probably had something to do with his sudden departure. After getting used to his new surroundings, his replacement, Brother Aidan, re-imposes supposedly much needed discipline at the friary. He is going through a spiritual crisis, feeling that God has abandoned him. Aidan feels that the only way to re-discover the path to the Lord is to go, for lack of a better term, back to basics. The brothers are as religious as anyone else, but, prayers several times a day, choir practice every day (attendance at both is not optional) and no leaving the friary without signing out, gets old very quickly.Through some sort of quantum shift, the Minotaur (of labyrinth fame) is brought forward several thousand years, and lands in a gardening shed on the friary grounds. Far from being a carnivorous beast, the Minotaur is actually a vegetarian who didn¿t like eating all those Athenians. Leo/Quant convinces one of the brothers to fix a tray of food, and leave it at the door of the shed, without asking questions. The Minotaur is told, by the cat, that leaving the shed would be a very bad idea. Meantime, one of the brothers, Brother Jerome, is sent back in time to the labyrinth (in ancient Crete) and is loudly calling for rescue by Quant. Before the travelers are returned to where they belong, Jerome asks the cat if a short tour of Crete might be possible. Along the way, he meets Deiphobe the Sibyl, St. Jerome and Androcles (and the lion).This is a "quiet" book, but a really good book. As with any series, reading Part One (Jerome and the Seraph) is a good idea. The story is just weird enough, and is very much worth reading.
TimewithTannia More than 1 year ago
The new book from Robina Williams, Angelos, will keep you reading beyond your bedtime! I was unable to put it down. The author has an entertaining way of embracing complex topics such as time-traveling, life after death, Greek mythology, legends, and Catholic theology braided with philosophy and mysticism. She also uses two famous paintings to bring the book to its climax! The book begins with the sudden departure of Father Fidelis and his close encounter with a ginger cat named Leo. However, the sudden departure of Father Fidelis came as a surprise to all the friars and it started a chain of speculations and some admiration among them. Some of them admired his sense of obedience while others wondered, why? But the knowledge of their newly assigned guardian, Father Aidan, brought joy to the friars. They all knew him. He has been their guardian before. He was flexible and understanding. Upon his arrival, however, Father Aidan's behavior appears somehow changed towards the other friars. Now they are not so sure if it was indeed a good trade. Perhaps Father Aidan is just tired from his long journey, or is he? The day is still too young.time will tell! Leo is not an ordinary cat. He is able to travel from "this time" to the afterlife easily. He also has a pair of "mystical eyes" that inspire awe and fear in those who see them. Leo's real name is Quantum, but he is known in the afterlife as Quant. The deceased Father Jerome, however, is fond of Leo. After all, Leo was his pet when he was alive! He, however, has not yet accepted his deceased state and the world of the dead. So he wanders often around the orchard at the friary. Some of the friars were not pleased with his presence there since it challenges their beliefs about death and life after death! During one of Father Jerome's visits to the friary, he is violently catapulted from a hut near the orchard to another place, which appears to be a cellar or a Dungeon. He is confused and perplexed! Where is he? He looks around and explores the place. He finds some human bones and becomes frightened. There is something-or someone-living in this place that eats humans! He cries out for Quant's help, who doesn't immediately arrive, and grows tired. He takes a nap while waiting for Quant. Quant finally appears, of course, to sort everything out and show Father Jerome around in this new world, known to the good priest as the world of Greek Mythology. They visit some of Quant's old friends, including the Deiphobe, the Sibyl of Cumae, St. Jerome and his lion, St. Anthony of Egypt, and St. Paul the Hermit, among others. Father Jerome is fascinated and intrigued and asks tons of questions to Quant. During their traveling in this world, the reader will be exposed to a combination of philosophy, mythology and mysticism from Quant's point of view. The combination of these topics is essential to the understanding of God's Creation beyond human comprehension. The end of the book will leave the reader saying, WOW! It echoes Jesus' parable of the "Good Servant" and St. Paul's words of encouragement about finishing the race and fighting the good fight. Reviewed by the author of The Window To My Soul; My Walk With Jesus
Guest More than 1 year ago
While everyone expects a friary that runs a parish church to be busy, there is more going on in this friary than meets the eye. From mundane problems like personality conflicts and small fibs, to more supernatural happenings like wandering ghosts, a minotaur, and magical cats, this little friary has much to deal with. Leo, or Quantum (Quant for short) is just the cat to help set things straight. In Angelos by Robina Williams, a young adult fantasy, Williams uses a variety of background material from philosophy, mythology, Church History, and contemporary life to build her world and tell her story. As I read this book I kept thinking of several other authors who have written stories along this same vein, such as C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Dante. I¿ve reviewed other stories that had discussions of philosophy and religion, but they seemed heavy-handed and the discussions seemed out of place or inappropriate. Because of the setting (a friary) and the people involved (brothers, priests, and the friary cat), however, these discussions are appropriate and rarely approach heavy-handed. It is also obvious that Williams has not only done her homework in regards to the details of the setting and material, but she has also pieced together a well-told tale. The author seems to understand that there are people who have not been exposed to this background. She provides a glossary at the end of the book of Church History and mythological terms and characters to aid anyone who would like more information. While I think appreciation of the book is deeper if the reader has a solid humanities education or background, I also believe this is a book (and Quant is an excellent guide) that can open up that world for further exploration to someone who has not been exposed to it before. Williams wrote a book before this one based in this same reality that I¿m thinking I might try to find (Jerome and the Seraph). She¿s working on a third that continues the adventures of the friars and their friary ginger tom, which I¿m looking forward to reading as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robina Williams has penned a brilliant sequel to ¿Jerome and the Seraph¿ with her latest offering in the form of ¿Angelos¿. It is another look at life in the afterworld through the innocent eyes of Brother Jerome. When a Minotaur and Jerome are flung each from their own world, to that of the other, the reader is treated to a thought provoking and entertaining look at the metaphysical side of life. Ontology it can be said is the study of the conceptions of reality. Quant the friary cat, tries in his unique way, to educate the rather non-perceptive Jerome in the intricacies of the interaction between the past and present, the known and unknown. It takes little effort on his part to transgress his body from one place and one world to the next. This is a process that Jerome handles with great difficulty and often finds himself in trouble because of it. Jerome is a reluctant student of Quant, who at times thinks he has the solution to the cat¿s concept of time and space mapped out in his head. Then quite suddenly he realizes that he is further away from understanding what is happening than he was before. This both amuses and frustrates Quant as he takes Jerome on a tour of Knossos and other mythological places from the past. Throughout the book the reader is given glimpses of the inner turmoil going on in the friary now that the Fidelis¿ replacement has arrived. The new guardian, Aidan, is a person traveling on a personal journey of discovery in the wilderness of his soul. How he attempts to resolve his inner torments and doubts casts the equilibrium of the friary into a spin. The possible final resolution of this quandary keeps the level of suspense within the friary at a high pitch. The author¿s lucid imagery through her choice of language gives the story its solidarity. Intertwined within the fabric of the plot are passages of prose that challenge the concept of religion in relation to a culture¿s understanding of itself, and where it fits into the cosmos. Quant provides an excellent platform to carry through ideas dealing with where a modern society sees itself and where it has come from. This is a thought-provoking book that I found delightful to read. It is as every bit as good as its predecessor ¿Jerome and the Seraph¿. Readers of that book will welcome ¿Angelos¿ into their library with enthusiasm, as will those readers new to this wonderful author¿s craft.