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Fudoki - Kij Johnson, Claire Eddy
Fudoki
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4.14 55
Enter the world of Kagaya-hime, a sometime woman warrior, occasional philosopher, and reluctant confidante to noblemen--who may or may not be a figment of the imagination of an aging empress who is embarking on the last journey of her life, setting aside the trappings of court life and... show more
Enter the world of Kagaya-hime, a sometime woman warrior, occasional philosopher, and reluctant confidante to noblemen--who may or may not be a figment of the imagination of an aging empress who is embarking on the last journey of her life, setting aside the trappings of court life and reminiscing on the paths that lead her to death.For she is a being who started her journey on the kami, the spirit road, as a humble tortoiseshell feline. Her family was destroyed by a fire that decimated most of the Imperial city, and this loss renders her taleless, the only one left alive to pass on such stories as The Cat Born the Year the Star Fell, The Cat with a Litter of Ten, and The Fire-Tailed Cat. Without her fudoki--self and soul and home and shrine--she alone cannot keep the power of her clan together. And she cannot join another fudoki, because although she might be able to win a place within another clan, to do so would mean that she would cease to be herself. So a small cat begins an extraordinary journey. Along the way she will attract the attention of old and ancient powers. Gods who are curious about this creature newly come to Japan's shores, and who choose to give the tortoiseshell a human shape.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780765303912 (0765303914)
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 316
Edition language: English
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Sanne
Sanne rated it
5.0 Fudoki (Kij Johnson)
Sometimes there are books that come along and happen to be just what you needed at that moment. That was Fudoki for me: the right book at the right time. I've read it with so much joy that, in the moments that I couldn't read, I was waiting for the time when I could pick it up again. It's been a whi...
Something clever I'll change later
Something clever I'll change later rated it
4.0
"Every cat is an echo of the first cat I knew, the little nun, Shisutako.""And it was twilight one day in the ninth month, and the world was shades of dim purple, like my subtlest robes. The little nun stepped slowly off the veranda to a stone, and then to the round gravel of my courtyard, her fur t...
The Deckled Edge
The Deckled Edge rated it
4.0
This one is a historical fantasy set in 12th Century Japan. It has two intertwined stories, one of an aging princess, Harueme, and the other of the story the princess is writing about a cat that turns into a woman. There are a lot of parallels between the two stories and you get the sense that Har...
Merle
Merle rated it
How have so few people read this book? I will have to pimp it all over Goodreads now because Fudoki is simply lovely.This book is two stories rolled into one. In 12th century Japan, Harueme, an elderly princess, sits down to write a story that's just itching to get out: of a cat who's turned into a ...
Books by the Lake
Books by the Lake rated it
5.0 Fudoki
One of the most thoughtful, rich, and delicious books I've read in a while.
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