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The Blood Jaguar [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Michael H. Payne , Fritz Leiber
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Dezember 1998
It is a different world. It's North America, but very little of what you know is the same. The sun still shines and the grass still grows, but there are no people. There are, or perhaps there aren't, twelve Curials -- kit fox, dolphin, raven, lioness, and the rest -- who intervene in the lives of the inhabitants. There are the inhabitants, a myriad of animals: mice, otters, meekrats, and buffalo, to name a few. They live in their towns and cities, pursuing various occupations, having occasional celebrations...and now and then they live in fear.In fear of the Blood Jaguar, the thirteenth Curial, who returns from time to time and visits a horrible plague on the world, nearly killing it entirely. At such times, a fisher, a skink, and a bobcat are somehow impelled to go on a quest to stop her. They always fail. There is no reason to think that this time, of all times, Bobcat will somehow not fail.
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 256 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tor Books (Dezember 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312867832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312867836
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,8 x 14,7 x 2,4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.624.506 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Bobcat just wants to hang out and have fun rolling in catnip, loving his rabbit girlfriend, playing pranks, and betting on otter polo matches. Then his friend Skink loses his luck, an omen of terrible destruction, and Bobcat himself is visited by a horrific vision of a burning jaguar that inflicts real wounds. They consult the shaman, Fisher, and the omens are confirmed. The Blood Jaguar, the thirteen Curial, or god, is returning to inflict a plague that will kill almost everyone in the world. And when the Blood Jaguar returns, a bobcat, a skink, and a fisher must go on a quest to stop her and prevent the plague. The quest has always failed. Why should this one succeed?

The Blood Jaguar will doubtless be likened to classic talking-animal novels like Watership Down and the Redwall series, but those are not entirely valid comparisons. The Blood Jaguar investigates the nature of magic, of reality, and of divinity, penetrating levels of meaning and truth. Appropriately, the nature of the novel changes until it can be read with equal validity as fantasy, alternate history, or science fiction. This is a fine book for both adults and youngsters, both animal fantasy fans and science fiction fans, both action/adventure readers and philosophical seekers. Michael H. Payne's first novel is multilayered and remarkable. --Cynthia Ward


"To call The Blood Jaguar a talking animal fable for adults would be both true and misleading, like calling Moby Dick a whaling adventure novel. These talking animals are variously hip, intellectually subtle, cynical, mystical, and portrayed with real characteroloigcal depth. Bobcat, the main catnip-head protagonist, may be superficially reminiscent of Fritz the cat, but emerges as a true hero in the archetypal sense. The novel has plenty of humorous moments, but these water run deep. The Blood Jaguar is the sort of thing for which the word 'sui generis' was invented. Believe me, I have never read anything like it before, and neither have you."--Norman Spinrad


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read! 4. Dezember 1998
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The plot has a lot of Tolkien-esque flavor to it...A small group of folkare thrown together to go on a quest to meet an uncertain fate at the end of their journey. It's a very standard form of fantasy adventure. What really makes The Blood Jaguar stand out is the characterization put into it. Bobcat is semi-recovered catnip addict and often self-proclaimed idiot, who's thrust quite unwillingly into the whole adventure. Fisher is a know-it-all, sarcastic shaman whose opinion of Bobcat is low indeed. And Skink is a follower of the Curial Lord Eft, and is given to long, academic discourses about the folklore of the Curial Lords. The interaction between this unlikely group is a joy to read.
Payne's world itself if often quite interesting, and sometimes perplexing. It's quite clear that we're dealing with non-morphic animals; animals that still walk on four legs, but still manipulate objects and build cities and a simple civilization. Fisher displays an awfully current awareness of star formation at a rather amusing time. Yet, they don't have any mechanical power; a neat demonstration of this is the otter-powered caravan the travellers encounter.
I enjoyed this book a great deal. Hopefully, this isn't the last we'll see of Michael Payne.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A new twist on an old plot 4. Januar 1999
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We have all read the same story before (over and over again) -- small band of plucky heroes must travel long distances to overcome powerful bad guy. It's been done best in the "Lord of the Rings" series and countless times since. You can describe the plot in your sleep. I always enjoy books that take this approach and set it on it's ear (and I'm not talking about a "Bored of the Rings", I mean a real reworking of the plot). "Villains by Necessity" is a wonderful example of what I'm talking about, and so is "The Blood Jaguar". The principles of the story (Skink, Fisher and Bobcat) have only the vaguest clue what's going on, and Bobcat not even that. They aren't guided by any prophecy (at least overtly), they aren't "pure", they're just muddling along trying to save the world. Add to this a really nifty world set up (talking self-aware animals, reminds me of the "Spellsinger" series) and characters that you really care about (no large ensemble casts to confuse you) and you've got a funny, clever book that is very easy to read. I hope Mr. Payne will write more about this universe.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book deserves to succeed 7. Oktober 1999
One of the best books I've read this year - I'll be disappointed if this book goes out of print too soon. As other reviewers here have said, it is the characters that make this book - they are flawed, quirky, and mismatched, yet so likeable and such a joy to read about. Anyone old enough to read the Redwall books or The Chronicles of Narnia should be able to enjoy "The Blood Jaguar", but there is plenty here that adult readers will appreciate. For example, while not overtly comedic, there are some humorous twists on a few cliches from the fantasy genre.
Payne has very good writing style. Some books pile on the colorful, descriptive phraesology until it's like trying to eat a dessert so rich it's hard to finish, but "The Blood Jaguar" provides just the right amount (or perhaps the right type) to enhance the reading experience.
My biggest complaint about the book is that it was too short. Maybe the author has more stories forthcoming to address that situation. I hope so!
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Have you ever looked at an animal and known what it was thinking? Then a moment later you shrug and laugh at yourself for anthropomorphizing? Suppose you're not. Suppose your cat really is an irreverant catnip junky snoozing through his potential.
In Michael Payne's debut novel "The Blood Jaguar", Bobcat is exactly that. Bobcat's cohorts are equally real and equally flawed in their own ways. And, just like your house cat, Bobcat and his companions are precious and dear.
I found Mr. Payne's book to be involving, his world to be clever and original, but what I liked best about this book is the characters. They are willing to do what they must if only they knew just what that was. They shine...pretty impressive for fuzzy animals.
I can strongly recommend The Blood Jaguar. It is a gem. I hope to see a lot more of Michael Payne's work in the future.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally, talking animals that seem real! 13. Januar 2000
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When I bought "The Blood Jaguar" I was not sure what to expect (paperback ed.) The cover was enough to hook my interest, and as soon as I opened the book I couldn't put it down. The moral, psychological, theological and fantastical situations that Bobcat, Skink, and Fisher find themselves in are thought-provoking. The 'gods' in the story have many burdens which have been layed out before them, especially the Blood Jaguar. Bobcat's confrontation with her is poignant and ironic. I hope that you'll find the ending satisfying, and I relate to another reviewer in saying that the book ended too quickly. I want more! Thanks, Michael H. Payne.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful first novel from a new fantasy author. 15. Januar 1999
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Every so often you find a rare surprise. That first novel that captures the imagination and holds it from cover to cover. Michael H. Payne's _The Blood Jaguar_ is just such a book. He's created a rich world of possibilities, a North America on an Earth where man never arose and the other animals did, with their lives guided by the twelve Curials. The trio of heroes, Bobcat, Skink and Fisher, are all fully realized characters whom you really feel for as they take a remarkable journey to stop the thirteeth Curial, the Blood Jaguar, from unleasing her Plague Year. Here's hoping Payne takes us back to their world for further stories.
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