Review: I Could Pee on This (And Other Poems by Cats) by Francesco Marciuliano

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I could pee on thisTitle: I Could Pee on This (And Other Poems by Cats)
Author: Francesco Marciuliano
Genre: Non-fiction, Humour
Source: Library (Hardcover)

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Cat lovers will laugh out loud at the quirkiness of their feline friends with these insightful and curious poems from the singular minds of housecats. In this hilarious book of tongue-in-cheek poetry, the author of the internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth helps cats unlock their creative potential and explain their odd behavior to ignorant humans. With titles like “Who Is That on Your Lap?,” “This Is My Chair,” “Kneel Before Me,” “Nudge,” and “Some of My Best Friends Are Dogs,” the poems collected in I Could Pee on This perfectly capture the inner workings of the cat psyche. With photos of the cat authors throughout, this whimsical volume reveals kitties at their wackiest, and most exasperating (but always lovable).

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(This review was originally posted on my blog Winter Distractions on April 9, 2013)

Let me just preface this review by saying that I’m not really a cat person. I like dogs.

BUT, I can still appreciate a good cat book — especially one with great cat pictures. This book, a book full of just over 100 pages of poems by cats, had some very cute cat pictures. The lighting was perfect, the poses were adorable, and they made me want to just reach inside the book to smush their smushy little faces.

But I digress. I am NOT a cat person.

There’s still something to be appreciated with a book like this. The poems were definitely cute, but I do think that it’s a book that should be read in small doses. After a while, the poems all started to feel the same, a lot of them lacking a certain punch line to make me laugh out loud. Meanwhile, others started off so simply and it was the last line that did me in. Unfortunately, I could count on one hand the number of poems that were like this.

I lick your nose
I lick your nose again
I drag my claws down your eyelids
Oh, you’re up? Feed me

Still, if you are a cat lover, this is definitely the book for you. I think it would make a good coffee table-type book — I mean, with a title that has ‘pee’ in it, it’s hard NOT to talk about it. It’s also a really beautifully-made little book. I love the colours, the size, and the fact that it isn’t more than 100 pages.

Maybe it’s just me, but I do look forward to the companion book the author is writing, I Could Chew on This (And Other Poems by Dogs). Being a dog-lover, I could get behind that.

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Review: How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by Matthew Inman

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how to tell if your cat is plotting to kill youTitle: How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You
Author: Matthew Inman
Genre: Non-fiction, Humour
Source: Library (Paperback)

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TheOatmeal.com’s most popular cat jokes, including “How to Pet a Kitty” and “The Bobcats,” plus 15 new and never-before-seen catthemed comics, are presented in this hilarious collection from New York Times best-selling author Matthew Inman, a.k.a. TheOatmeal.com. Includes pull-out poster!Jesus Rollerblading Christ–another helping of TheOatmeal! Mrow, MOAR kitty comics. Mr. Oats delivers a sidesplitting serving of cat comics in his new book, How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You.

If your cat is kneading you, that’s not a sign of affection. Your cat is actually checking your internal organs for weakness. If your cat brings you a dead animal, this isn’t a gift. It’s a warning. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You is a hilarious, brilliant offering of cat comics, facts, and instructional guides from the creative wonderland at TheOatmeal.com.

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You presents fan favorites, such as “Cat vs. Internet,” “How to Pet a Kitty,” and “The Bobcats,” plus 17 brand-new, never-before-seen cat jokes. This Oatmeal collection is a must-have from Mr. Oats! A pullout poster is included at the back of the book.

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(This review was originally posted on my blog Winter Distractions on March 23, 2013)

I am a big fan of The Oatmeal and their zany illustrations, so when I saw that this book was going to be released, I had to put a hold on it.

Unfortunately, this one kind of fell flat for me. There were some parts that I really, really loved and was laughing out loud — like, How to Pet a Kitty, which was hilarious, as were the pages on how to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you. But there were other parts that just seemed silly and not that funny, like the week-long comic of The Bobcats, two cats who work in an office and terrorize their coworkers. I think these ones didn’t appeal to me because they weren’t realistic cat cartoons.

One thing I do really like is the simplicity of the drawings and how it all translates from web to book. It’s very visually appealing and shows a lot of the quirkiness that you can get on the author’s website. I loved the layout of the book and how colourful it all was and not at all cluttered together.

This is definitely more of a library book than a buy book. I’m sure there are some of the sections alreaady on The Oatmeal, as well — actually, I’m pretty sure a LOT of these comics can be found for free on the website, so unless you’re a HUGE Oatmeal fan, I wouldn’t even suggest buying this one. I doubt you’d get what you paid for.

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[Audiobook] Review: Life, The Universe, and Everything (THHGTTG, #3), by Douglas Adams

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life, the universe, and everythingTitle: Life, The Universe, and Everything
Series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #3
Author: Douglas Adams
Genre: Science Fiction, Humour
Source: Borrowed

Length: 6 hours (Unabridged)
Narrated by: Douglas Adams
Published by: New MIllenium Audio

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The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads–so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galazy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert “universal” Armageddon and save life as we know it–and don’t know it!

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I knew this had to happen at some point. Eventually, there would be a book in this series that wouldn’t completely grab me like the rest. This was that book.

One thing I love about this series is the humour, and this book definitely has it, but it didn’t seem to come in spades like it did in the first two books. I think the one thing that I didn’t like with this installment was the fact that it wasn’t as light as the first two. I loved the idea of the characters just randomly traveling through the galaxy, but this book is more about the prevention of the destruction of the planet Krikkit.

The thing that I think was missing in this book was the character interaction with one another. Think of the last book and the whole spaceship-making-a-cup-of-tea bit. That part was hilarious. It was great to see Arthur completely out of his element in space, but with this book, he’s really not. It all just seemed too normal to me. Also, I wonder if maybe the whole plot of the book was just too confusing for me (which doesn’t seem to be the case with the craziness of the first two books), or maybe I could do with a reread of it.

The audio, though, was still amazing. Douglas Adams is not only a wonderful writer, but he can narrate his books quite well. I know some authors can’t do this, but Adams has the right pacing, the right inflection, and just the right everything. I can honestly say that I don’t think I would get the same effect of his books while reading them on the page. If you plan to read these books, I highly recommend listening to the audiobooks narrated by Adams – they are wonderful.

So this book might not have been one of the better ones for me, but that doesn’t mean I won’t continue with the series. I’m eager to see how this trilogy in five parts ends!

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