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A retired hunter of alien zoo specimens, William Blackhorse Singer, the last Navajo on a future Earth, has come to what he sees as the end of his life The World Government calls upon him for aid in protecting an alien diplomat from a powerful and hostile member of his own species Knowing both the importance of the task and his inability to handle it on his own, Singer goes to confront his greatest conquest with a strange bargain A shape shifting alien, the last of his species, sits in a special cage at an institute dedicated to the study of extraterrestrial beings Most frequently he projects the aspect of a one eyed catlike creature, but he can appear as almost anythingOne of Singer s secrets, and his greatest guilt, is his suspicion that the creature is intelligent He confronts him and offers his own life for Cat s cooperation in saving the alien Cat accepts, and later, their mission fulfilled, demands a refinement on the original bargain Rather than a simple death he wants a return bout a chase with Singer as the hunted rather than the hunterThe gods, powers and monsters of Navajo legend provide the backdrop for the working out of Singer s fate for the chase is as much for his soul as for his body As he uses matter transmitters to flit from Paris to London to the Middle East to the American Southwest, he must search back into his own early life as well as the root beliefs of his vanished people and come to terms with a world that has adopted him, made use of his skills, and left him feeling that he has no place to call his own


10 thoughts on “Eye of Cat

  1. Jim Jim says:

    I don t normally care for stories with pure Native American Indians in the space age of the future who use their in born skills to track aliens such Kind of hoakey goes against my philosophy that we ll merge into one race the sooner, the better , but that s the plot here it s done as well as any I ve ever read Zelazny put his unique touch on it, which is all that saves it from 2 stars.Chris Kovacs, one of the editors of the Collected Works of Roger Zelazny reread this book after spend I don t normally care for stories with pure Native American Indians in the space age of the future who use their in born skills to track aliens such Kind of hoakey goes against my philosophy that we ll merge into one race the sooner, the better , but that s the plot here it s done as well as any I ve ever read Zelazny put his unique touch on it, which is all that saves it from 2 stars.Chris Kovacs, one of the editors of the Collected Works of Roger Zelazny reread this book after spending years researching Zelazny That gave him a better insight into the book he wrote about it here.http www.nyrsf.com 2015 06 christop


  2. Alazzar Alazzar says:

    Eye before E, except after Cat That sounded a lot wittier before I typed it out And even then, it was still pretty bad Roger Zelazny is my favorite author, and I m pretty sure he listed Eye of Cat as one of his five favorite books he wrote Thus, you d think I d really like it.Unfortunately, I didn t share Roger s enthusiasm on the subject.The book wasokay I had pretty high expectations going in, especially since it d been over a month since I d read anything by Zelazny blasphe Eye before E, except after Cat That sounded a lot wittier before I typed it out And even then, it was still pretty bad Roger Zelazny is my favorite author, and I m pretty sure he listed Eye of Cat as one of his five favorite books he wrote Thus, you d think I d really like it.Unfortunately, I didn t share Roger s enthusiasm on the subject.The book wasokay I had pretty high expectations going in, especially since it d been over a month since I d read anything by Zelazny blasphemy and was really excited to return to the words of my hero.The premise of the book is interesting enough, and is as awesomely unique as you d expect from a Zelazny story Billy Blackhorse Singer, the last Navajo left on Earth in the 22nd century, is an expert animal tracker who pretty much single handedly populated Earth s galactic zoo by chasing down strange creatures on alien worlds He gets hired to help deal with a potentially disastrous interplanetary political problem that he s uniquely suited to handle, and the next thing you know he s running from a terrifying beast on some crazy spiritual journey.Emphasis on crazy Eye of Cat is just weird, as far as form goes Every now and then we get random poems, sentence fragments, and garbled paragraphs with no punctuation or capitalization that would make a modern day word processor combust from spell check overload And yet, it sorta works In a way, the unusual form makes it like Creatures of Light and Darkness in fact, I seem to recall reading that Zelazny said he couldn t have written Cat without having done Creatures first.That being said, the book is a little slow to start and can kind of drag in parts, but overall, it was pretty good I d say 3.5 stars, and I ll decide by the time I m done writing this whether that means it should be rounded up or down although I have a feeling that the Z factor alone will bump it up to 4.There s a lot of good Navajo mythology and cultural stuff in here, which is pretty interesting if you re into that sort of thing Perhaps my favorite part of the book, however, was the visuals I really felt like I could see the lightning split the sky, feel the snowflakes falling into the canyon There were a few stretches where it felt like not a lot happened, but they were saved by great imagery that really dropped me into the middle of every scene.Of course, part of this could be that the climate seemed generally stormy be it rain, snow or lightning , and that s pretty much my favorite type of weather So I definitely felt like I was in a little piece of paradise made just for me, a lot of the time.All in all, I think this is a book that will be even better the second time I read it whenever that may be The weird format will flow better now that I ve been through the story once.Not my favorite by Zelazny, but still great


  3. Perry Whitford Perry Whitford says:

    A bounty hunter of Native American descent is hired to hunt and kill a deadly alien which poses a threat to all life on Earth In order to succeed he needs help, so enlists the support of a previous quarry, the shape shifting, telepathic Cat Zelazny is a top notch sci fi writer who likes to examine various belief systems and their cosmogony in his fiction Through the hunter, Billy Singer, he turns his attentions upon the rich culture and traditions of the Navajo Indians It s a pretty slight A bounty hunter of Native American descent is hired to hunt and kill a deadly alien which poses a threat to all life on Earth In order to succeed he needs help, so enlists the support of a previous quarry, the shape shifting, telepathic Cat Zelazny is a top notch sci fi writer who likes to examine various belief systems and their cosmogony in his fiction Through the hunter, Billy Singer, he turns his attentions upon the rich culture and traditions of the Navajo Indians It s a pretty slight story, but there s a satisfying density to the themes and a meditative quality Singer is a conflicted character and the hunt becomes a journey to the very roots of his ancestry and conscience.Worth a read


  4. Megan Megan says:

    Two impressions I repeatedly had throughout Eye of Cat first, that it reminded me of John Dos Passos The Big Money And theI think about it, theI think this was deliberate OK, I just looked up the U.S.A Trilogy in the Wikipedia and conclude that Zelazny must be deliberately mimicking it there are four prose styles Dos Passos uses narrative chapters that progress the story, camera eye interludes that are stream of conscious, newsreels that give clips of headlines or radio snip Two impressions I repeatedly had throughout Eye of Cat first, that it reminded me of John Dos Passos The Big Money And theI think about it, theI think this was deliberate OK, I just looked up the U.S.A Trilogy in the Wikipedia and conclude that Zelazny must be deliberately mimicking it there are four prose styles Dos Passos uses narrative chapters that progress the story, camera eye interludes that are stream of conscious, newsreels that give clips of headlines or radio snippets, and biographies of famous people Zelazny has all four of those in this book, though the biographies are of the book s own characters.Second and this leads from that Roger Zelazny is the most versatile writer I ve ever read This may be because I don t necessarily read lots of books by one author, or because he is actually surprisingly versatile He is the only author I know of who set out so deliberately to develop variety throughout his career He began writing short stories and set out to lengthen his prose as he grewskilled, and wrote on a variety of themes and in a wide range of styles just to see if he could.Honestly, I love Roger Zelazny so much because this is the author I would ve been if I d ever become one I can see where we think in the same lines, in the same patterns He plots the way I would plot, and I love him for writing in an era where attention deficit masses would not condemn, judge, and pass him by for spending huge swaths of time on intricate descriptions.Okay, enough about Roge On to the book All of that being said, I didn t particularly like this book Eye of Cat is written in a style that defies fast reading, and I just get distracted while reading slow, so I was bored for a lot of it It is set in an indeterminate but certainly distant ish future, taking for granted that the reader has familiarity with the decade and technology of whenever and wherever it is And it is about a hunt.It is about William Blackhorse Singer, the last real Navajo, the last Indian connected with the past and the old ways, and Cat, a highly intelligent predatory and telepathic metamorph who is also the last of his kind Billy Singer made a name for himself once hunting and catching exotic and dangerous creatures from all over the galaxy, and Cat not known to be intelligent at the time was one of his acquisitions for the exomorph zoo in San Diego Over the course of 50 years, Cat has done nothing but plan how he will destroy the man who caught him And then Billy comes to him for help.An assassination plot is nothan the mere mechanism to get to the focus of the book, where Singer frees Cat for his help and agrees in exchange to be killed by him The story blends Navajo myth and cosmology with mystical realism and fantasy, the past with the present, Cat with coyote As Singer tries to lose the predator on his trail a predator who insists Singer actually wishes to be caught he also tries to find himself and face his past and his demons There, in the shadows and treachery of Canyon de Chelly, Singer faces off with Cat and against his chindi his deathwish in a lyrical hunt that evokes much ancient American imagery and folklore.As far as craft is concerned, it is an excellent book And I did come up with a new rule that whenever I read Zelazny, when I finish the last page, I have to go back and re read the first chapter because he is so cyclical I did it with this one half by accident because I didn t really think I d caught enough, and the references that suddenly made sense with the rest of the book just made it dazzling.This review via The Hundredaire Socialite


  5. Neale Neale says:

    Roger Zelazny began the 1980s inauspiciously He had completed the first Amber sequence in the late 1970s, and its success seemed to have convinced him that there was an easier path for a professional writer than the fine writing and extravagant conceits of his best early work He threw out a couple of hastily written fantasies whose awful paperback covers quite adequately described their contents And then, out of nowhere, came Eye of Cat.I find it hard to believe that the same man who had Roger Zelazny began the 1980s inauspiciously He had completed the first Amber sequence in the late 1970s, and its success seemed to have convinced him that there was an easier path for a professional writer than the fine writing and extravagant conceits of his best early work He threw out a couple of hastily written fantasies whose awful paperback covers quite adequately described their contents And then, out of nowhere, came Eye of Cat.I find it hard to believe that the same man who had just put his name to the dreary clich d prose of The Changing Land should, within a year, put the same name to this remarkable prose poem Eye of Cat is Zelazny at his most interesting a poetic, mythic, stream of consciousness inner journey on Navajo themes One remembers it not so much for the story as for the trip The style is perhaps a bit show offish at times, as if he is trying to demonstrate that he s still got it, but that is a small price to pay for having Zelazny back The book is compelling, strange and utterly original Eye of Cat was Zelazny s last work of substance Prose poems do not pay the rent He saw out the 1980s by returning to Amber with a new sequence, even less interesting than the first, and his final decade was filled with collaborations, fix ups and humorous novels But he had at least shown that he still had it


  6. Hack Hack says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here my god this was horrible i couldn t get into the Native American legends, nor could i really be pulled in by the crisis that Singer was having i was really interested in the parts with Cat in them i wasinterested in Singer s fears and final realization of Cat as a sentient being than i was in the rest of the book unfortunately, the bits with Cat in them are a minority in the book i liked his motives, but it was lost in bullshit about Singer s dumb spirit journey where he battles hims my god this was horrible i couldn t get into the Native American legends, nor could i really be pulled in by the crisis that Singer was having i was really interested in the parts with Cat in them i wasinterested in Singer s fears and final realization of Cat as a sentient being than i was in the rest of the book unfortunately, the bits with Cat in them are a minority in the book i liked his motives, but it was lost in bullshit about Singer s dumb spirit journey where he battles himself the book held nearly no coherency and overall, i m impressed with myself that i finished it


  7. Elar Elar says:

    Most significant part of this book is Zelazny s style of writing and native american culture mix with scifi.


  8. Dave Packard Dave Packard says:

    I think Zelazny is just a bit too something for me Interesting, but a slog to finish Glad I read it, but I m not rushing back for


  9. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    How did this get on my to read shelf Is Zelazny Navajo I tried the first few pages anyway and Ugh.


  10. Mont& Mont& says:

    Okay, I will admit that I m stretching just a little in giving this book 4 stars My honest opinion would be closer to 3.5 stars but we work with what we have, yes I haven t read enough of Zelazny s work to be able to compare this to his other books but I found it to be an interesting diversion and an entertaining piece of brain candy SPOILER WARNING Zelazny deals with some interesting and complex issues death, the meaning of life, purpose in life but the comic moments keep the book ligh Okay, I will admit that I m stretching just a little in giving this book 4 stars My honest opinion would be closer to 3.5 stars but we work with what we have, yes I haven t read enough of Zelazny s work to be able to compare this to his other books but I found it to be an interesting diversion and an entertaining piece of brain candy SPOILER WARNING Zelazny deals with some interesting and complex issues death, the meaning of life, purpose in life but the comic moments keep the book light enough so that the heavy topics covered don t become a downer.The hero is a hunter by trade and the book is set in the not too distant future He travels the galaxy and uses his innate tracking skills to gather animals for an intergalactic zoo The main character struggles with his purpose in life and whether or not he has abandoned or betrayed his Navajo heritage He experiences a moral delimma when he realizes that an animal he captured many years earlier is, in fact, a sentient being This and another conflict are set up early on and the remainder of the book is the deal the two make and the lengths the hero goes to to repay his end of the bargain or die trying.I don t want to completely give the book away because if you like light SF, it s a decent read