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Publisher's Summary

What is it about the cat that captivates the creative imagination? No other creature has inspired so many authors to take pen to page. Mystery, horror, science fiction, and fantasy stories have all been written about cats.

From legendary editor Ellen Datlow comes Tails of Wonder and Imagination, showcasing 40 cat tales by some of today's most popular authors. With uncollected stories by Stephen King, Carol Emshwiller, Tanith Lee, Peter S. Beagle, Elizabeth Hand, Dennis Danvers, and Theodora Goss and a previously unpublished story by Susanna Clarke, plus feline-centric fiction by Neil Gaiman, Kelly Link, George R. R. Martin, Lucius Shepard, Joyce Carol Oates, Graham Joyce, Catherynne M. Valente, Michael Marshall Smith, and many others.

Tails of Wonder and Imagination features more than 200,000 words of stories in which cats are heroes and stories in which they're villains; tales of domestic cats, tigers, lions, mythical part-cat beings, people transformed into cats, cats transformed into people. And yes, even a few cute cats.

Table of Contents:

"Through the Looking Glass (excerpt)" - Lewis Carroll
"No Heaven Will Not Ever Heaven Be..." - A. R. Morlan
"The Price" - Neil Gaiman
"Dark Eyes, Faith, and Devotion" - Charles de Lint
"Not Waving" - Michael Marshall Smith
"Catch" - Ray Vukcevich
"The Manticore Spell" - Jeffrey Ford
"Catskin" - Kelly Link
"Mieze Corrects an Incomplete Representation of Reality" - Michaela Roessner
"Guardians" - George R. R. Martin
"Life Regarded as a Jigsaw Puzzle of Highly Lustrous Cats" - Michael Bishop
"Gordon, the Self-Made Cat" - Peter S. Beagle
"The Jaguar Hunter" - Lucius Shepard
"Arthur's Lion" - Tanith Lee
"Pride" - Mary A. Turzillo
"The Burglar Takes a Cat" - Lawrence Block
"The White Cat" - Joyce Carol Oates
"Returns" - Jack Ketchum
"Puss-Cat" - Reggie Oliver
"Cat in Glass" - Nancy Etchemendy
"Coyote Peyote" - Carole Nelson Douglas
"The Poet and the Inkmaker's Daughter" - Elizabeth Hand
"The Night of the Tiger" - Stephen King
"Every Angel is Terrifying" - John Kessel
"Candia" - Graham Joyce
"Mbo" - Nicholas Royle
"Bean Bag Cats(R)" - Edward Bryant
"Antiquities" - John Crowley
"The Manticore's Tale" - Catherynne M. Valente
"In Carnation" - Nancy Springer
"Old Foss is the Name of His Cat" - David Sandner
"A Safe Place to Be" - Carol Emshwiller
"Nine Lives to Live" - Sharyn McCrumb
"Tiger Kill" - Kaaron Warren
"Something Better than Death" - Lucy Sussex
"Dominion" - Christine Lucas
"Tiger in the Snow" - Daniel Wynn Barber
"The Dweller in High Places" - Susanna Clarke
"Healing" - Benjamin Dennis Danvers
"The Puma" - Theodora Goss

©2010 Ellen Datlow (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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What a waste of money

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Several of the introductions were the same. Exactly the same for different stories. All the stories were listed as Chapters, not by title. The male narrator was easy to listen to, but OMG I will never ever ever buy another audible book narrated by the female one again. I didn't realize she was the same one that narrated all the Hunger Games books and I would never have bought this if I had realized. Worse than a dentist drill is her voice. Worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. I. Am. Not. Kidding. She cannot do a different accent to save her life. Awful.

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Inconsistent Quality

Some stories were great. I particularly liked the one about the barn paintings and George RR Martins offering. As a whole some stories were so bad I had to skip them half way through. The author bios were also a little obnoxious and repetitive.

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Not very good...

This collection wants for some better editing and narration. One story's introduction/ bio of author was read twice, by two different women. I daresay if I noted it, an editor should have. The stories ranged from just okay to uninteresting.
I cannot recommend others make my mistake and spend time or money on this volume.

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Some of the worst stories I've ever heard.

Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

For the life of me I can't see why any respectable publisher would ever put this out unless nobody was writing at the time. We're they looking for the writer with the least talent? If I could I would really give this 1.5 stars.

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After a few stories I just fell asleep. I was hoping it would get better but it never did.

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Could have left a lot of these stories out.

Some of these stories are fantastic, some are unlistenable. Also, one of the narrators gets irritating after a while.

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a very interesting collection of short stories about cats and cat-like beings. I love cats, and therefore am biased towards these stories.

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Interesting tall "tails".

Tall tales as they were but very interesting , cats with human qualities, I wonder.

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Wonderful and eclectic

I am a cat person. Currently I am owned by three cats. The stories here are a wonderful cross section of Americana literature. Well worth the read.

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