No One Noticed the Cat

No One Noticed the Cat After the death of wise old Mangan the Regent of Esphania many of the regent s skills and qualities seem to have been transferred to his beautiful and intelligent cat Niffy who at once attaches he

After the death of wise old Mangan, the Regent of Esphania, many of the regent s skills and qualities seem to have been transferred to his beautiful and intelligent cat, Niffy, who at once attaches herself to the new ruler, Prince Jamas.

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About Author

  1. Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD Harvard , Colonel USA Army retired , and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent She had two brothers Hugh McCaffrey deceased 1988 , Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures.Her working career included Liberty Music Shops and Helena Rubinstein 1947 1952 She married in 1950 and had three children Alec Anthony, b 1952, Todd, b.1956, and Georgeanne, b.1959.Anne McCaffrey s first story was published by Sam Moskowitz in Science Fiction Magazine and her first novel was published by Ballantine Books in 1967 By the time the three children of her marriage were comfortably in school most of the day, she had already achieved enough success with short stories to devote full time to writing Her first novel, Restoree, was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in s f novels in the 50s and early 60s It is, however, in the handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly the two series The Ship Who Sang and the fourteen novels about the Dragonriders of Pern that Ms McCaffrey s talents as a story teller are best displayed.She died at the age of 85, after suffering a massive stroke on 21 November 2011.Obituaries Locus, GalleyCat.


No One Noticed the Cat Comment

  1. The key to appreciating this book is to imagine it is a bedtime story someone is making up on the fly for a child By those standards, it is an excellent story It was in the adult sci fi section at the library, but its length 124 half size pages and content would be perfectly suitable for any child with a decent attention span The story s simplicity was especially obvious and not altogether unwelcome considering that I read this at the same time as A Game of Thrones, which seems to have essential [...]

  2. No One Noticed the CatBy Anne McCaffreyThis is a pleasant, gentle Fantasy story that is suitable for third graders but would be best suited to the fifth grade class Prince Jamas has just lost his friend and Regent, and is still just short of achieving his majority so that he can rule the country of Esphania Fortunately for him, the recently departed Mangan had seen the need approaching, and had surrounded the Prince with trustworthy and discrete advisors and protectors, among them the cat Niffy, [...]

  3. This book was boring And annoying The characters fairly empty, the story too rushed along to its end to feel any connection anywhere There could be a story of interest here, but it would need a Lot of fleshing out.

  4. I love cats, fairy tales and Anne McCaffrey, so imagine my surprise when I discovered No One Noticed The Cat I had never heard of this book before, but once I did I just had to get better acquainted Unfortunately it is currently out of print, so it took some effort and time to get my hands on a copy, but I succeeded Young Prince Jamas was raised by the sensible, wise Regent Mangan after his somewhat irresponsible parents passed away Will Jamas s wild blood have out now that his wise, old guardia [...]

  5. It could be that I m getting too old or too deep in my history of fiction read to sufficiently appreciate standard fantasy This story is a lovely little thing in its way, especially for cat persons My sense of it, however, is that much of it has been done many times before It is, after all, an example of what we lump into the category fairy tales The writing is deft enough, if not in any way inspired or inspiring Never mind that is a lot to expect of a fairy tale There is enough color, light and [...]

  6. This book is a book about Jamas a prince who has just lost his regent, Mangan He has to deal with the king of a neighboring kingdom, Egdril, and his ambitious wife, Yasmin, who trys to kill him once her daughter has married him He knows that as soon as he marries the princes willow she will try to kill him but he still marries her The cat on the cover is the main assistant that the dead regent left The cat is the one who eventually kills the queen and is never seen while doing so That is why it [...]

  7. This is a fairy tale that Anne McCaffrey wrote for her granddaughter, apparently, which I just found out and now makes total sense It s a sweet, short book, with all the fairy tale points, with heroes, love at first sight and an evil stepmother The cat is the cutest, most adorable and awesomest kickass part of the story, obviously Because cats always are Niffy, the cat, is super intelligente, and almost predicts the future to help out Jamas, her prince.It s short, cute, sweet, and a fun story I [...]

  8. I ve read Anne McCaffery s books for almost 40 years Many of them are in my library In my desire to improve my writing skills, I decided to read all of her books again, starting with No One Noticed the Cat.The story is a fairy tale written for her granddaughter, Amelia As in all fairy tales, it has exciting action, danger, and an evil queen It has four deaths, two marriages, and characters who change and grow as the plot evolves Characterization is one of Ms McCaffery s most formidable writing s [...]

  9. Short, but sweet and fun, even though there were no dragons This was a cute children s fairy tale that can be enjoyed by adults as well Even though I much prefer dogs over cats, Niffy charmed me with her intelligence, cleverness and fierce loyalty to Prince Jamas.The plot was uncomplicated and somewhat predictable and the book was perhaps a little too short for in depth world building and characterization, but it still enthralled me It was filled with political intrigue, royal court shenanigans, [...]

  10. Probably a 3.5, but I expect of McCaffrey, though her shorter novelettes might not allow the character development needed A sweet story about a cat that befriends a new young ruler and helps him avoid war and get rid of the evil queen in a neighboring kingdom.

  11. Short, fun story about a cat who might be just a little bit helping to keep her kingdom safe from the intrigues of a nearby evil queen Perfect length for a read a thon

  12. My dad liked Anne McCaffrey s Dragonriders of Pern series way back when After getting bit by the fantasy bug, I inherited his interest in this author I figured that this book might be a good introduction before tackling the famous series plus the story sounded interesting.Plot Esphania s regent has died and apparently left much of his skills to his cat, Niffy This is good because Niffy will need everything she can to protect Prince Jamas and his new wife, Princess Willow of Mauritia, from being [...]

  13. I was not as surprised as other reviewers that this book was intended for a younger audience, as the dedication page makes it clear Ms McCaffrey wanted it to be special to her grand daughter On the other hand, I think the vocabulary and a few adult centered topics make this a middle school level read I enjoyed the layering of the plot, the simple natures of the characters this isn t a weighty tome of world building, character development, or the like , and the opportunity to introduce themes of [...]

  14. A cat has the wisdom to remain independent of humans and is always able to provide for itself, whereas dogs are dependent on constant care A cat allows a human to be a friend if we have proved worthy of such an accolade Yet it is faithful and recognizes that there are times when we poor humans are in need of the companionship only a cat can provide Short, easy to read Would only recommend for children I found it boring basic.

  15. I really enjoyed this book I thought it was clever and cute Some of the names were hard to pronounce or figure out and didn t flow very well The plot was not too predictable although it is a young adult children s book so it is forgivable I didn t feel like I knew the ages of the characters very well and while the characters could have been developed , I felt they were adequate for the story.

  16. This pretty little book grabbed my eye as a gift for a cat lover friend when I saw it in one of my favourite used book shops I do admit to reading it before I gave it as a gift, I couldn t resist It was a sweet story that most any cat lover can appreciate And non cat lovers as well If you want a nice and quick fantasy read, this hits the spot.

  17. Quick little read Only 176 pages The dedication is to her grand daughter who can read this for her own self It reads a lot like a fairy tail The vocabulary is fairly advanced, and a lot is left to the reader s imagination I really liked it Fast, cute, fun little trip to a kingdom far away.

  18. This is a nice little story, almost a fairy tale with its style and small magical aspect and the setting of a kingdom and a young king, etc A very pleasant read.

  19. It was cute A quick read, and I love McAffrey s writing, but it s definitely not something I d ever specifically recommend to someone, maybe a young child.

  20. The story opens with the death of the royal regent Mangan Tighe Now left to take up the reins himself, Mangan s student, Prince Jamas the Fifth, begins his journey into the treacherous world of politics By the prince s side is Mangan s loyal cat, Niffy, who seems to have taken a personal interest in the kingdom s fate.The set up is perfect for a grand story We learn very early on that Mangan took the position as regent because Prince Jamas s family had a long history of stubborn and reckless beh [...]

  21. I ve read a few not so great books lately, and was looking for a nice, pleasant read I own this book I bought it maybe 10 years ago and honestly didn t remember the story at all So this was a nice, fun read and is really 3 1 2 stars, not just 3 Anne McCaffrey is one of my most favorite authors This story is a little fairy tale The title is probably my most favorite thing about this book as it begins as a true statement, but by the end of the book is completely the opposite This is the story of P [...]

  22. I haven t read Sci Fi in I don t know how long, and probably haven t read Anne McCaffrey since high school I thought the Sci Fi in this novel was very mild, although I ll never understand why authors of this genre are encouraged to go on for paragraphs describing mythical things that exist only in their book, on and onI would classify this as a novella, I read it in a day and didn t break a sweat The time frame and scope of the novel are fairly limited We re just supposed to step into the novell [...]

  23. This is a sweet little book It s told fairly simply, and yet with no space for big sweeping description, the Queen of fantasy builds a world that is easy to imagine myself inside it makes me want , just so I can hang out in that world a little longer.Niffy the cat is a lovely character, and all the women involved have actual characters and personality.The only issue I have with it is the interesting editing and formatting choices there are chapters, but they aren t numbered, and the last pages o [...]

  24. A quick little fairy tale full of intrigue, weddings, murdersd a very clever cat who saves her prince from certain death Now that Prince Jamas has come of age and can assume the rule of Esphania, his Regent feels his work is done Wise Mangan dies knowing he trained Jamas to be a fair and wise ruler, but just in case, he left a failsafe his beloved cat Niffy Now the King of Mauritia and his ambitious Queen have set their sights on Esphania, and Jamas must maneuver his way out of falling prey to t [...]

  25. A quick read 3 hours all told and full of enough standard fantasy conventions to make it predictable and therefore a perfect bedtime story I give it four stars because the women have occasional crying spells and act all helpless at moments There is also an engagement which is arranged without a formal proposal or acceptance hello women as property which is annoying, but, the women also display enough backbone to not be completely objectionable The cat mentioned in the title is very clever, likel [...]

  26. For the first time this summer, I visited the library I usually only visit the library during the summer because my reading becomes too voracious for my budget The library gives me the opportunity to look at books I wouldn t ordinarily buy This is one.The book is thin, too thin for the price The story, though, is charming I would almost classify it as a fairy tale but, other than the extreme cleverness of a cat, there are few other fairy tale elements The scheming adviser schemes for the good of [...]

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