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The big cat cried "danger!" Troy Horan heard it with his mind just as he had heard the fox's warning and the kinkajou's. He didn't understand how he could communicate with the animals or why they were contacting him. But from the moment he began work at Kyger's pet emporium on Korwar he was enmeshed in a perilous intrigue... an intrigue that would leave more than one man dThe big cat cried "danger!" Troy Horan heard it with his mind just as he had heard the fox's warning and the kinkajou's. He didn't understand how he could communicate with the animals or why they were contacting him. But from the moment he began work at Kyger's pet emporium on Korwar he was enmeshed in a perilous intrigue... an intrigue that would leave more than one man dead, an entire government in jeopardy, and Horan himself both master and captive of the most extraordinary band of warriors his world had ever known....

Title : Catseye
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ISBN : 9780345318497
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Catseye Reviews

  • Ron
    2019-04-21 07:55

    “Knowledge could be both a weapon and a defense.”Slow start, but Norton delivers. Her character and world building are leisurely, but do the job. Satisfying end to this story with hooks into the next. A skill rare among today’s writers.“Look, listen and keep your thoughts to yourself—the law of survival”One can’t help but think Norton was writing about more than man’s relationship with animals formerly kept as pets when this was written. (I’ve tried to say more three times, but quit because anything more would be spoilers. Just read it and enjoy.)“Belt knives shift from one wearer to another without losing their edge.”No female humans appear in this story written by a woman. I find that odd.“Few men are going to accept readily a co-partnership with creatures they had always considered property.”Awarded an extra star because, though first published in 1961, this story weathers the last half century of technological innovation very well. Many stories written only twenty years ago sound dated. Perhaps it’s because the people, creatures and relationships are so real.“One does not throw away a new thing merely because it is strange.”

  • Morris Nelms
    2019-04-23 03:57

    Old school Sci Fi, originally published in 1961. Andre Norton writes with the lightest touch, and that is evident here. Unpretentious, fun, unique, and charming are the first adjectives that come to mind. The ending was a bit pat, but the section from pages 120-200 was excellent. The story centers on human/animal communication, which of course also shows up in The Beast Master, a 1959 novel by Norton.I should also add that anyone who loves animals will probably enjoy this. If we could talk to our pets, would we have pets? We might have animal friends, but pets? I doubt it.

  • Raj
    2019-04-07 01:19

    Troy Horan is a Dippleman, a refugee living in a restricted area on a planet after his own world was "appropriated" as a military base during an interstellar war. He gets a short contract working with a luxury pet shop and finds himself slowly dragged into a murky web of plots and subterfuge in which imported Terran animals seem to play a central role.I felt that this was quite sophisticated for a children's book. The world building was quite good, with a lot of depth and the characters were all quite interesting. A large portion of the pleasure planet that the book happens on is a preserved wilderness, and the protagonist is from a similar area and the impression is that these are things that the author cares about and recur in Norton's work a lot.

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2019-04-19 06:12

    Catseye by Andre Norton is an older story but just as good the second time around! I loved it as a young girl and love it now. It brings out the need to fight for the underdog, or cat, and whoever else is downcast in this society despite species, skin, fur, or colors and to make things right for them. An orphan is with many animal species, esp. cat-like creatures, and traders with no good intentions. An exciting story with an excellent plot, great dialogue, and well developed, unique characters. A thriller, adventure, and yet fun novel of befriending animals while trying not to get caught. Loved it. I received this book for a honest review and it in no way effected my review or rating.

  • J.C. Steel
    2019-04-09 01:03

    This has been one of my favourites for years. This copy's nearly falling apart, it's been read so often.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-12 05:19

    Norton's classic outsider story. Norton's early books are almost completely romance-free and sex-free - the main characters never show any sign of interest, and there's only the slightest hints that anyone ever does (usually the vaguest allusions to pleasure girls). This one, however, is also known as "the one with the gay subtext". There's no definite romance, but you can certainly see Troy/Rerne following many of the standard romance beats - the meet cute, the getting to know, the estrangement, the reconciliation.It's also a great example of constantly changing the situation up so that the reader's interest never flags.

  • Nell
    2019-03-28 00:15

    One of my favourite Andre Norton books. It's more what it doesn't tell you than what it does so the story lodges in your subconcious.

  • Johan Haneveld
    2019-04-25 08:17

    A bit more than 3,5 stars. But what else can I award a book in which an aquarist with a house full of fish tanks plays an important part? Though I was a bit put off by the revulsion some characters felt for perfectly natural ocean creatures (they have more legs and eyes than we do, but that makes them more interesting, not less, in my view), there aren't many SF-novels with a connection to the aquariumhobby so I'll take what I can get. Strangely enough I had forgotten this part of the book since reading it for the first time in high school. The part in an underground ruin (that remains strangely unresolved in this book) had stayed in my memory. An element from that sequence even found its way into my own book 'De Krakenvorst, boek 1: Keruga'. But this story is so much more and while some books lose their luster when reading them later on, I appreciated this book more. It is a bit old fashioned in its relatively small scope (a settled planet, a group on the run), but it was very well constructed, with a fascinating is he a good or a bad guy-character in hunter Rerne, and every element from the start fits in at the end. Some good action scenes, creepy underground travels, and in my memory the animals were alien, but that was not the case: this is a story about cats! And foxes and a monkey, but mainly: cats! But also about a desire for freedom and being in nature. I was surprised by how good I thought this book still was. Sadly I read this in Dutch and I had the impression the translation was not very good - some sentences were badly constructed. I think in the original English this will probably be even better. For people wanting feel good sci fi-adventure with some elements to think about, this remains a good choice.

  • Mary Catelli
    2019-04-15 08:14

    Troy Horan lives in the Dipple, where the refugees of the war were dumped -- and left when the peace treaty signed away their worlds. His father had enlisted in the war, and his mother died when the Big Cough struck. Troy is still trying to eke out a living as casual labor, rather than sign a contract that lets him be shipped off in cold sleep, or join the Thieves' Guild.Luck strikes. His rural background lets him get a job at Kyger's an animal store catering, like so many businesses on this world, to the wealthy and powerful of many worlds. Even if his first task on the job has him spotting a man he knows joined the Thieves' Guild, and their vehicle being attacked as they returned to the job with their exotic pets -- Terran cats. And there had been something odd about those cats during the attack.He needs the job. He keeps his head down, doing, for instance, nothing more than notice that not all the spacers who came to see Kyger had brought an exotic animal to sell. But he learns more, and more, about what happens here.The rest of the tale involves foxes as well as cats, a location where an alien civilization had lived, a three-way quarrel where Troy asks which rule will be applied to him, the immense importance of promises and the little consideration owing to an oath-breaker, a large offer to Troy, a man who was poisoned and his pet, and falconry. Among other things.

  • Frances
    2019-04-09 02:03

    I hate to say I have a new Norton favorite, because Year of the Unicorn will always be my first love, but this one has definitely hit my top five best Nortons and is one of my favorite books already. There's a reason Norton is my go-to author and she never disappoints. Catseye had me spellbound from page one until I'd devoured every last word. Like Iron Cage, this one also deals with themes of captivity and inter species understanding, and just like Iron Cage, I couldn't get enough of Catseye. The animals in the spacer-run pet shop where Troy finally finds employment are not what they seem, through his innate abilities and his deeply seated compassion, he alone is able to see them as more than a pet, a tool or a servant. Unfortunately the rest of the galaxy isn't ready to deal with animal equals, and Troy finds himself quickly in more trouble than he ever bargained for. This is an oldie, but if you can find it, all I can say is read it, read it read it.

  • Valerie
    2019-03-31 03:52

    Most people remember their 1st Norton Book--this was mine. My mother gave me a different edition, saying I might like it.As a teenager, I didn't question the police state nature of the luxury planet of Korwar--now I'm more sensitized to how little freedom ANY of the people have. The escape to the Wilds by Troy Horan et cie is arguably the only chance any of them have to achieve freedom--and that's iffy, at best.I should note something general about Norton--aside from Earth and the Witch World, she seemed to have difficulty apprehending the largeness and variety of planets. Korwar is better realized than most...but I think most people would be puzzled how to create a map of the planet.

  • Ann Brookens
    2019-03-29 01:13

    I love this book! I first read Catseye when I was a 14 year-old junior high student. It spoke to the uncertainty of where I belonged in the world, of the need to be honorable in my dealings with others, of the possibility of finding true companionship in beings who don't look like I do. Nearly 50 years later, I also see that it speaks to the need to husband our natural resources and of the arbitrary politics of wars where the needs of the few apparently outweigh the needs of the many. Andre Norton masterfully combines all these elements into an outstanding adventure of unforgettable characters in a well-crafted alien world. I feel a pressing need to reread more of her books. I believe they will all hold up to my memories as well as this one has.

  • Kilian Metcalf
    2019-04-04 23:55

    I have a tendency to confuse this book with Beast Master. Both have similar themes of men separated from their homelands, using their ability to communicate telepathically with animals to help them survive. In this book, the hero is unaware of his ability at first. In Beast Master, the ability is perfectly honed, and the man/animal team functions smoothly. Both are good stories. I love Andre Norton and consider her one of the best SF/Fantasy writers ever.

  • Jay Van emmenis
    2019-03-29 00:56

    Andre Norton never disappoints, loved the connection between animals and human, have you noticed how there nearly always a cat type animal in her stories? As I am also a cat lover myself I love that they're included in her stories. My first Andre Norton was Year of the Unicorn I was hooked from then on, I will always read and re read Norton books, they're so interesting and they never date, Andre Norton was a Visionary

  • Keith
    2019-03-28 03:22

    I read this engaging novel when I was a teenager in the 60's. It is an interesting story about a poor young man who gets a 'good' temporary job in a pet shop. During the stories development he discovers some of the animals are not just "pets". He is able to contact the minds of the animals. Deep trouble comes his way as a result.

  • Caitlyn
    2019-04-22 01:16

    This story had potential but ended at a weird point; it was like just when the book was starting, it stopped.I feel like it deserved to be fleshed out far more than it was.

  • Caryn Block
    2019-04-15 06:53

    This was my first favorite book. I loved the idea of a man working together with animals and having a psychic connection. I still keep a copy in my library after reading it in high school.

  • Charles Daniel
    2019-04-05 03:04

    A Classic Science Fiction Novel by a Master WriterIt feels a bit odd to refer to a book by Andre Norton as a "Classic of Science Fiction," but it is also an accurate descriptor. The novel is over fifty years old and its themes are as germaine today as o the first day off the press. The novel is a type of rags to riches novel; though the rags the protagonist starts with are fairly nice and the riches he gains are not monetary.An excellent read, especially for animal lovers.

  • JosephPucci
    2019-04-11 03:55

    A good adventure story that includes a young man's coming of age tribulations and his discovery of a power he didn't know he had. This is a story for all age groups, for anyone who remembers the trials and tribulations of becoming an adult, anyone undergoing this trials and tribulations, anyone seeking a few moments in adventure, for anyone who has ever wished they could communicate far more effectively with their furred companions.

  • Barry
    2019-04-01 08:18

    I have read and thrilled to this book several times. It is much more than an adventurous fantasy science fiction book. It is the realization that Hey Folks, we are all in this together, even the animals. If we bomb them, and they bomb the other ones and they all bomb us. Yes, the human race will probably be doomed BUT, all life will probably be doomed. Knock Knock ; Who's there : --------

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-30 01:01

    This was ok, but it seemed thin and the ending came too soon and was unsatisfying. I thought the author created the start of an interesting story, but then abandoned it abruptly. I wanted to find out what happened next! A bit disappointing from a favorite author. Glad I got it for free on Bookbub.

  • Shirley
    2019-03-27 04:54

    This is my first Andre Norton book and I gobbled it up in a few days. A young man desperate for work gets a one day chance to work on the pleasure planet, Korwar and is directed to a rare species pet store for his assignment. What's not to love - an elusive mind touch from what? - one of the animals? Black and Blue cats, a clinging frightened Kinkajoo, foxes, oh my.

  • K. Counihan
    2019-03-30 03:03

    Great little tale quick readSome may find it dated. Brings up topics still relevant today.Fuzzy little creature rights, as well as illegal Alien rights. No bad language so suitable for some children around 10+.

  • Caitlyn
    2019-04-14 04:00

    This book, as with some of Andre Norton's other books, seems like it springs right from my childhood fantasies. In the same vein as Julie of the Wolves and The Golden Compass, who doesn't wish they had a special bond with animals??This novel is a tense mystery/thriller with a fabulous plot of psychic Terran animals becoming a team with the only human who can understand them on the planet, a misfit transplant from a world destroyed by (and I think this is genius), not war, but the corruption and land-grabbing of those who got rich through war. This book is crazy well-done, and I highly recommend it.

  • Glen
    2019-03-28 07:01

    Short but awesome!I find it curious that if the plot were touted about today it might be cast as an animal rights story; back then it was just good science fiction. I am still amazed at how forward thinking Norton was so as still be relevant today. Good read!

  • chris dwyer
    2019-04-23 02:15

    Nice read, short but nice.I liked it. Wished for more animal insights.Maybe flesh out personalities a tad.All in all a keeper. Thanks Me Norton.

  • Pam Williams
    2019-04-03 01:58

    Excellent Book I found an Andre Norton that I have not read. So enjoyable. Being a cat owner and lover, I wish for that kind of communication.moo

  • Ann
    2019-04-06 00:02

    Can see why this is a beloved classic. Don’t give five stars to many and it doesn’t quite achieve that level but I bought a copy when I returned this to the library. Know I’ll want to read it again.

  • Kris
    2019-04-12 03:57

    I enjoy re-reading Andre Norton classics from years ago, and this one was no exception.

  • Caroline Gabel
    2019-04-06 06:17

    i LOVE andre norton books. i have grown up and gotten old reading them.