Book Review: Homunculus and the Cat

Professional Reader

First of all, I’d like to say thanks to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this book. I’ve got tons of books from the site, ready to review. Can’t wait!
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Homunculus & the Cat by Nathan Croft (The Omnitheon Cylce) – eBook, 283 pages – Published August 31st 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press

So I’ve been reading this book for quite some time now, and honestly I nearly gave up on it a few times. But for the sake of the review, I managed to keep on at it until the end.

What I managed to gather from this book is that it takes place in a whole different universe, where myths and gods are real. Winged cats with nine lives, flying carpets, even homunculi. The main characters include the Ennedi Ankh’ Si, a flying cat, Tyro, a simple human, and homunculi such as Mina and Herakles. A homunculus sanctuary, fighting for equal rights for their kind, is caught in a fire. In desperate need of help, the crew end up travelling all over the place – including to an underwater palace of a goddess, where they participate in a huge battle.
If I’m really honest, I can’t tell you much more than that. There’s some suspicious dude called Manga, and Tyro tries to rescue his friend Herakles – requiring a trip back to good ol’ America. But other than that, I’m not quite sure what happened.
The writing itself is actually pretty good. The descriptions and metaphors are great, and there’s a good deal of underlying humour in places. And the whole idea of this universe full of gods and demons and creatures both beautiful and terrible is wonderful. It’s just a shame that I couldn’t get into it. I felt like I was reading most of it through a daze, just trying to get it over with.
I will give this the benefit of the doubt – maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for it, or I just wasn’t paying enough attention. Others may enjoy this a lot more than I did. But I’m going to give it just two stars, which honestly feels like I’m pushing the bar a little already.
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