Roci and the skycat

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An enslaved boy is befriended by a massive blue-grey cat of indeterminate but seemingly ancient age. Prequel to For Cory's Sake.
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Published: Nov. 25, 2009
Words: 11,060
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452349305
Tags: cat
About Carolyn Wada

4'10", 85 lbs. Oldest of seven. Raised in Hawaii. Author of fantasy novel For Cory's Sake and its FREE short prequel, Roci and the skycat. Fan of cats, philanthropists, Batman, Lego, Bruce Wayne, Batman Lego and nearly all sports.

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Review by: Kelli Caselman on July 07, 2010 : star star star star star
Wonderful story! I was so busy being in the story, I couldn't have cared less about editing. An author either has the gift to draw a reader into his world, or he doesn't. This author has the gift.
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Review by: Mark Jacobs on Jan. 10, 2010 : star star star
An imaginative, yet odd, read. Extremely well written in parts, other sentences appear to need restructuring. I (like the reviewer before me) was a bit confused by the dialogue between the boy and the cat; I guess they spoke telepathically? This should have been made clear right up front. Other than the need for a little editing, this is a nice tale with a cutting message.
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Review by: vuzhets on Jan. 09, 2010 : star star star star
This was a cool story. I really liked the narrative and the mood—it seemed to add a cultural perspective that I don't often see. Most of the story seems pretty relaxed and easy-going, despite the natures of those who persecute the slaves.

I thought the cat was a nice touch.

I thought the dialog style between the cat and Roci were different than I had seen done before, but then I realized that I had read the .txt version that doesn't preserve formatting; I'm guessing that Roci and the cat communicated through telepathy or something and that italics were used to indicate this. Anyway, if you like to use plain text, I recommend getting the .rtf version and converting that as you will (you can search and replace italics with text tags in OpenOffice; in a search, click 'more options', click on the formatting button and choose italics, put (.*) in the find box and put something like /$1/ in the replace box and then replace them all to surround all instances of italicized words with slashes).

[Edit: I checked it and there are no italics there. Wild. I guess it's an innovation.]

There were a few typos and some strangely worded sentences at the time I read this a while back, but I didn't think they were very distracting. I don't believe I've ever looked over an independently published book without such—well, maybe one, I suppose. So as long as it's easy to pass over without feeling too irritated, it's a step above most of the rest.

I bought the next book (For Cory's Sake), and I've begun reading it—so I'll probably review it when I finish. I've noticed two typos, so far—nothing serious. In that regard what I've read is about as easy to read as a traditionally published novel (I'm about 10% of the way through, so that's all I speak for). I haven't seen any strangely worded sentences yet, although I hear tell that there are some (maybe they've been edited out—that's the great thing about e-books: I just wish they had a versioning system so we would know if changes had been made, how severe they were, when they were made, what they were, etc.)

It looks like a lot more effort went into For Cory's Sake than Roci and the Skycat—so there's more to think about; it seems to be designed for a somewhat older audience than its prelude. It's intriguing; the reading is enjoyable, fast-paced, easy to follow, etc.; the characters are interesting. I think I'll enjoy the book—I hear the ending is something to look forward to, so that's a plus.
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