Cover of Cat-Tales: Go Rin No ShoGo Rin No Sho

This tale is all about the relationship. Go Rin No Sho, the Book of Five Rings is a 16th Century manual on Samurai Sword Fighting. In the same way modern business students and Gordon Gekko wannabes studied The Art of War in the 80s, Bruce has apparently studied The Book of Five Rings to model many aspects of his secret identity lifestyle.

The problem he considers now is how to maintain the playboy image when Selina has moved into the manor, and each chapter takes an element discussed in The Book of Five Rings, with quotations, to apply it to the current situation. The Book of Water, for example, entails shopping for a new yacht.

Like Women Lacking Complexity, Cat-Tales: Go Rin No Sho is highly underrated as a seminal work in the series because it falls in the same collection as the absolute masterpieces. It comes between Cattitude and Worlds Finest, which are then followed by Polishing Silver and Identity Element. For all that, it shouldn't be overlooked, as it is possibly the finest examination of Bruce Wayne before Casefile 001.


Like all Cat-Tales, Go Rin No Sho can be read online on the Cat-Tales website or mobile mirror, and can be downloaded as an ebook or pdf, which is sized for printing at Cafe Press. It is collected in Cat-Tales Book 3.

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