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Tor, Dec 2002, 14.95, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0765303418

Though an orphan street punk, Cat used his psionic abilities to save the galaxy from a peer (see PSION), but his reputation formed that has traveled light years to earth. When someone tries to kill Lady taMing, head of the wealthy and powerful family that runs Centaur Transport, her supporters abduct Cat to provide psionic protection to her.
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His kidnappers drug Cat, so that the half-breed cannot use psychic powers against them, but provide an antidote so that he can protect Assembly member Lady taMing. However, while doing his new job keeping his client safe, Cat uncovers secrets about powerful individuals including taMing family members who will kill him to keep their skeletons in the closet.

CATSPAW is a powerful science fiction that describes an astonishing New York City in a few centuries. The well-designed plot provides a complex multiple helix of a political and social futurology that will stun readers on its realistic but different outlook. However, in building her lush realm, Joan D. Vinge pays a price as the massive particulars that serve as the theme's center with its future's profundity also keeping the story line from attaining light speed. Still, this sequel will please the author's fans and anyone who relishes galaxy building as a key ingredient of a novel set several hundred years into the future.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

A young man who is half-alien and half-human and has telepathic powers is contracted by a powerful family of technocrats to protect one of their members.One of the enemy is within the family, waiting for the main character to fail. The main character goes on a search to find the truth about this family and its business associations. A lot of the search takes place in the seedy underworld of planet earth in the 23rd century. There is a lot of special technology used to enhance human abilities, and an incredible search through the planet's information system is one of the most exciting parts of the plot. The main character ends up allowing himself to become a victim to expose an evil character and ensure the success of the character he was hired to protect.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 15%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 25%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   finding a killer (criminal) Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male    -   Male Alien Profession/status:    -   private investigator    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   explicit references to torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation    -   a significant amount of technical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts    -   descript. of private male anat.    -   descript. of non-breast female anat. How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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