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Fudoki
Fudoki | Kij Johnson
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Enter the world of Kagaya-hime, a sometime woman warrior, occasional philosopher, and reluctant confidante to noblemen--who may or may not be a figment of the imagination of an aging empress who is embarking on the last journey of her life, setting aside the trappings of court life and reminiscing on the paths that lead her to death.For she is a being who started her journey on the kami, the spirit road, as a humble tortoiseshell feline. Her family was destroyed by a fire that decimated most of the Imperial city, and this loss renders her taleless, the only one left alive to pass on such stories as The Cat Born the Year the Star Fell, The Cat with a Litter of Ten, and The Fire-Tailed Cat. Without her fudoki--self and soul and home and shrine--she alone cannot keep the power of her clan together. And she cannot join another fudoki, because although she might be able to win a place within another clan, to do so would mean that she would cease to be herself. So a small cat begins an extraordinary journey. Along the way she will attract the attention of old and ancient powers. Gods who are curious about this creature newly come to Japan's shores, and who choose to give the tortoiseshell a human shape.
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RowReads1
Fudoki | Kij Johnson
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Signed by the author. For Jennifer.

Thanks, Jennifer! 📚

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StaceyKondla
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I decide to read this book after a lot of deliberation the other night. It was published in 2003 by TOR. So far, I am only 30 pages into it, and it is lovely writing.

CherylDeFranceschi I keep meaning to read her. Can't wait to hear what you think. 2y
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iread2much
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This book was a pleasant read. I really enjoyed that the author kept the character of a #cat truly cat like, even when she was turned into a woman. This is another meta-tale, in that it's a story about a dying woman writing about another woman who she makes real through her writing. It's a good read and does a good job of weaving the characters together. Read if you like cats and are interested in #Japanese mythology. 4/5 stars

TricksyTails Ooh this sounds interesting! 2y
iread2much @TricksyTails it was fun. The other book by this author was really interesting too. 2y
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Fudoki | Kij Johnson

Cats are too fierce for gods... This is good, for they are free in ways men are not; but this is bad, because they are utterly alone in this world.

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