The Blood Jaguar (2020)

The Blood Jaguar 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 twelv
  • Title: The Blood Jaguar
  • Author: Michael H. Payne Fritz Leiber
  • ISBN: 9780312867836
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Blood Jaguar
    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,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, meerkats, buffalo to name a few They live in their towns and cities, pursuing their 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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    1. A fun, nontraditional take on the talking animal mythical quest story Instead of a strapping hero out to save the world from a terrible catastrophe, we have a loser bobcat catnip addict who s completely confused and frustrated by the epic turn his life has taken He finds himself the key player in a cyclic narrative, caught up in the plans of demigods he hadn t even believed existed, and spends most of his time just trying to wrap his head around matters Then, when they get to the final goal of t [...]

    2. The Blood Jaguar is a classic Hero s Journey story done right.Yes, it is predictable to some degree, because as much as it tries to break the trope, it IS a Hero s Journey, with all the appropriate steps However, it is also a sort of hero s journey gone wrong in a way, as Bobcat finds himself ignorant of what he s supposed to do in the periodic doomsday cycle Typically, there are very specific roles for characters for the Plague Year a bobcat, fisher, and skink traveling together, the skink havi [...]

    3. This one surprised me I saw it in the dollar store once, and my experience with dollar store books has not fared well.This is a story that can t be summed up easily It s a quest to save the world, but with some interesting twists Though you can tell it s a first effort by a new author, it s a good one I loved the snake dialogue when they were in the desert It feels like it should rhyme and it s actually a joy to read The Bison scene is clever, too.I have only two complaints One is that I m not s [...]

    4. A new and gorgeously illustrated edition of The Blood Jaguar is currently available from Sofawolf Press But I m cheap, so I bought the Kindle edition for under 2 I tore through this in a weekend of travelling It s a jolly fantasy in the classic journey quest vein, with three bickering travellers heading off to confront the Blood Jaguar and prevent a cyclical plague which kills 50% of the population every hundred years or so And what a lovable population Otter labourers, rabbit farmers, exotic me [...]

    5. This was an interesting take on the hero s journey, mystic quest idea I also didn t realize until after the book was over that Fisher is not a title but the name of an actual species of animal The story centers around Bobcat who spend most of his time getting high on catnip and not really doing much else He doesn t really know a whole lot about the world around him and doesn t particularly care to be educated about it either He s a nobody and is or less content staying that way.But when the Blo [...]

    6. Another of my most favorite books I could read this one over and over It s anthropomorphic without being pushy, and creates a universe in loving detail in which animals are sentient The religion these people follow centers on twelve Curials gods that control things like weather, seasons, etc Vaguely Greek, in a way It s a little heady at first, but after a second read through, things become a little clearer Unfortunately, the author hasn t written much else a few short stories exist in the Curia [...]

    7. I think this is a book that I would love to read and re read again.I disliked the Bobcat character at first He starts out kind of whiny and annoying, but that smooths out as things get underway I liked the other characters, though, especially Fisher Fisher is the best 3The story itself was a lot of fun, but it also turned out thought provoking than I expected It had a lot of pleasant surprises, and it s been a while since I ve been able to say that about any book It was definitely a pleasure.

    8. See what the whole ComicPop Crew thought of this book in Ep 37 There s Pretty Girls in That One Go to comicpoplibrary news ep 37 to listen to the full episode.

    9. Try as i might, I just couldn t get into this book the characters seem shallow, without any real purpose or drive, and the plot is tedious The ending was a disappointment as well, going out with a purr instead of a roar.

    10. It was truly a great book It s nice to have a protagonist who s not some kind of amazing hero or anything like that at all It was just a nice change of pace with an interesting world and a colorful bunch of characters The Blood Jaguar was well worth the read.

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