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Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse Kindle Edition
It's time to turn the "man and his dog wandering through a dystopian world” trope on its head, and tell the stories about cats and their women - their badass women!
Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse wanders through broken worlds with stories of survival, technology, magic, and sheer determination. But – like their cats – the authors frequently slipped out the upstairs window or knocked things off of countertops, and their stories are stronger for it.
In these pages, cats help their women find a better life, protect and defend and fight for the women who have sheltered and protected them – and vice-versa. Because these are not only stories about surviving troubled times, but of the relationships between the women and their cats, between the members of communities both small and large, and how they thrive, even in the face of catastrophic loss.
Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse – it’s time to take them seriously!
Contains stories by Mia Moss, Hannah Hulbert, L.C.W. Allingham, Audrey McLennan, Hannah Trusty, Annie Reed, Caryn Larrinaga, Karli Sullivan, Misha Herwin, Joy Kennedy-O’Neill, Leigh Saunders, J. Ivanel Johnson, Carol Gyzander, Joanna Z. Weston, Kathryn Carson, Meyari McFarland, Sidney Williams, Joe Borrelli, Virginia Elizabeth Hayes, Wayland Smith, and C.J. Erick. Edited by Lyn Worthen
- ASIN : B08739XVVV
- Publisher : Camden Park Press (April 13, 2020)
- Publication date : April 13, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 832 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 329 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,704 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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R. Kyle, October 2021
I must also disclose that I’ve met contributing author Sidney Williams, so my review may be a bit biased despite my best efforts to be impartial.
Genre fiction anthologies have a long, rich history, and in today’s increasingly competitive publishing world, it’s that much harder to stand out for everyone. ‘Cat Ladies. . .’ not only has a terrific hook but plenty of surprises to make this sizable collection valuable, entertaining reading.
The title may appear like a limiter on the stories’ contents, but exposition is at a minimum (do we really need to hear how the world died so many times, anyway?) and the characters both furry and not furry are left with all the attention. This collection tends to not stay in one particular genre outside speculative fiction--we have action stories (“The Librarian”), adventures (“The Riders of Harvestland”), horror tales (“Dawn of the Cats”), cerebral examinations (“Witch of Washington Park”), and, yes, there are cats in every one.
What’s interesting about this particular anthology is the way the cats are used. They feature heavily in the plot of some stories, supporting characters in others, and are more metaphorical in a few. This is not a one-note anthology. Ladies? Yes. Apocalypse? Yes. Cats? Yes. That’s where the similarities stop.
Editor Lyn Worthen compiles a diverse, high quality collection of well-curated authors and stories. Pacing is never an issue, as longer stories are followed by shorter ones, and more comedic ones are set against ones less so. The adventurous reader will get a lot of bang for their buck at nearly 400 pages of tight, imaginative fiction. If you fancy yourself a fan of genre fiction and enjoy emphasis on non-human characters, then you deserve to pick this collection up.