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  • But, whereas the previous Filter-Farr collaboration on Water yielded a magical work on climate change, this is a more fitful piece about personal and political freedom in which the cat's-cradle ingenuity almost becomes an end in itself.

    Silence - review

  • If it doesn't quite achieve the extraordinary transcendental lift-off of the last quarter of 2005's Demon Days, it is nevertheless a fantastically sustained, cat's-cradle of rhythms, tones and musical colours.

    Gorillaz, Plastic Beach (2010)

  • Now, Betsy has to untangle a cat's-cradle of lies if she's going to save Godwin before the murderer decides to cut off the loose ends for good.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • A marriage could be seen as one such cat's-cradle, the requirements of different children's personalities, the impact of in-laws or affairs, as additional fingers causing constant shifts in the tensional pattern.

    Gaze into your Crystal Ball

  • A cat's-cradle tangle of meshwork bridges stretched right across Commons from one side to the other, supported from below by steel struts or suspended from above by steel cables disappearing into the ceiling.

    Ripping Time

  • Nikolai bethought him of his sword, and felt for it, as Karoly abandoned his cat's-cradle and stood up.

    The Goblin Mirror

  • They were playing the old game of cat's-cradle, and the boy was bubbling with laughter round the cord he nibbled.

    The Leper of Saint Giles

  • As soon as possible, Norton told himself, he would string a cat's-cradle of guide ropes between the ship and the pill-boxes, so that they could move around without wasting propellants.

    Rendezvous with Rama

  • The end walls of houses held gigantic faded advertisements for aperitifs, and a cat's-cradle of wires caged the cobbled streets.

    Funeral In Berlin

  • He writes well; he can be wonderfully visual; he has a nice sense of comedy which is at ease with the odd characters he meets on boats and trains, and he is brilliant nailing down cat's-cradle conversations.

    Stoic Traveler

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