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A Reading Vocation

"I Must Read, Read, and Read. It is my Vocation." - Thomas Merton

This is where I chronicle my reading life.  I also blog about writing at Lacey's Late-night Editing.


Book 48/100: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint

— feeling cat
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest - Charles de Lint, Charles Vess

Around the Year Reading Challenge Item #27: A Book With a Beautiful Title

I expected to like this book a lot more than I actually did -- as a cat lover, I was disappointed that the cats did not play a bigger part, that we never learned much about their society or their "cat magic" and that the inciting incident of Lillian being transformed into a cat wasn't even that much of the story.

The quest that actually takes up most of the book felt a little convoluted to me, and the messaging trite. The final resolution also felt as if it came too easily. It's a pity, because the book has such a beautiful design and illustrations that I would have loved to hold onto it and share it with someone else -- but the story just doesn't seem to warrant that for me, so I think I will be passing it on.