Book Review: Not So Much, Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick

cover86080-mediumNot So Much, Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick
Publication date:
  09 August 2016
Genre:  Sci Fi & Fantasy
Length:  288 pages
Published by:  Tachyon Publications
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My Rating: 3 out of 5


In this much-anticipated new collection, Michael Swanwick (The Dog Said Bow-Wow) takes a feline turn—prowling the pages with grace, precision, and utter impertinence. The master of short science fiction takes us on whirlwind journeys across planets, time, and space, where magic and science co-exist in endless possibilities. Swanwick’s spectacular offerings are intimate in their telling, galactic in their scope, and delightfully-sesquipedalian in their verbiage.

In Not So Much, Said the Cat you’ll find time travelers from the Mesozoic partying ’til the end of time, and a calculus problem that rocks the ages. A supernatural horse-guardian journeys with a confused but semi-repentant troll. A savvy teenage girl wagers against the Devil, and is promptly set upon by the most unsuitable of suitors.

And of course, you’ll meet Beelzebub the cat, whose subtle influence may not be entirely benign….

My Thoughts:

I received an ebook ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you to NetGalley and Tachyon Publications for providing me with this copy.

This is a curious collection of short stories.  They manage to be just long enough to satisfy, but not so long as to become laborious.

On first look, this might look like a slightly surreal collection of stories with nothing more to link them than their Sci-fi and Fantasy settings.  On closer inspection there are deep questions being discussed.

Through stories that question perception of reality, freewill, honesty, truth and morality, the unifying theme becomes “choices”.

It’s hard to say much more without discussing each story, and introducing spoilers.

This was a good book for reading on commutes, and in meal-breaks at work.


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