Cat with pumpkin: Read and called
Cat = Read but not called
Pumpkin = Called but not read
The first time I read this book, I thought it was okay. Not the best Discworld, but okay.
But each time I re-read it, I like it more.
I mean, there is the Pern parody that is great. There is the kick ass daughter who inherits. There are the riffs on heroes.
And yet, there is the fact that we are all Rincewind. I know, I know, I'm an American, so I should be Twoflower. But Rincewind is what we would all be if we were in LOTR.
For me, Simmons is a historical horror or sci-fi horror writer first, and then a straight forward Sci-Fi writer. But this book is about stories, poetry, and religion
A group of performers is forced to perform Shakespeare's greatest plays and if they fail, the human race is doomed. Doomed, doomed, doomed. Wiped out.
Simmons does a wonderful job capturing the fear and stress of the needed performances. But the world building is good as well and the various levels of aliens as well as the space ships provide reasons for a look at religion.
What I really enjoyed was how he captured all the ins and outs of the personal lives of the performers as well as rivialries but without making anyone into a trophe or sterotype.
This is more a series of short stories/essays about more than one cat. The narrator and his wife are not cat people and slowly become so.
It is not particularly gripping, but it is a good cat story. So if you like cats, it is worth reading. Just be warned - pet death.
I also read Lucky Cat #1 for the 13 square. That is a very short story, 13 pages, about a stolen black cat. No pet death in that one. It was sweet.