Lady Scribe’s Notes: Once upon a time, when I was a little girl without many cares in the world, and a really big thirst for books, I acquired a copy of Tailchaser’s Song by Tad Williams. I love cats. I like dogs too, but I love cats far more than I love dogs.
This story captures, at least a little, my love for cats and my rampant imagination.
Every now and then, I go back to this book, and I dream a little bit about what it would like to be a cat. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book over the years, but it turned me into a Tad Williams fan. Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I got to meet Tad and his wife in person. I was on a panel with Deborah, and it was fantastic!
It always gives me a great deal of pleasure when I can say this is a great book by an equally great person.
This book, in my opinion, is the type of fantasy that can show people that a fantasy novel doesn’t have to be witches, werewolves, or magical lands… but that it can be a short hop from our regular reality.
About the Book (as phrased by Publisher’s Weekly.)
Fritti Tailchaser a young ginger tom not yet a full grown hunter, is the main catamong a host of appropriately named feline peersin this extravagantly detailed fantasy. When his best friend, Hushpad, vanishes, Fritti embarks on a quest to find her, and so enters the list of jousters against the evils of the world. His many trials and adventures bring him into contact with a veritable galaxy of cats, who speak a language for which a glossary is provided. This feline epic culminates in a decisive battle with an evil cat god.
Tailchaser’s Song is available in ebook and print formats. Expect to pay around $8 for the ebook copy, and a variable range for the print formats. Fortunately, it still is available new, but it’s a really common book, so you might be able to get a used copy on the cheap if you want the print version.