Esteemed Vampire Cat (Colt Harper #1)

Colt Harper is a rare breed. He’s a monster, but not just any monster, he’s a vampire cat and the last of his kind. Colt has an attitude problem, he doesn’t like humans and he may kill you for the simple act of petting him the wrong way. It’s illegal for a monster to hurt a human and when they do they get sentenced to community service. In Colt’s case he is being forced to work in a run down community theater with an anxiety ridden werewolf and a tickle monster. To make matters worse Colt is starting to have feelings for the woman in charge of the theater.

Why would a vampire cat suddenly be falling in love with a dirty disgusting human, it makes no sense. Things at the theater get even more complicated as Colt and the other monsters find out that they are being stalked by monster hunters called chasers. Can the monsters keep from killing and getting into more trouble? Can they keep the theater owner safe? Will they ever get to perform their play? These are just a few of the questions that you will have answered in Colt Harper Esteemed Vampire Cat by Tryolin Puxty.

If you ever wondered what a book would be like written from a cat’s point of view, then look no further. Colt Harper Esteemed Vampire Cat is a comedy with supernatural elements told from Colt’s point of view. If you’re a cat person you will enjoy this book because Colt talks and acts exactly like you would expect a cat to talk and act, if a cat could talk. While the story does seem a little thin, there are a lot of funny moments in this book and the characters in it are a lot of fun.

This is a fast paced read with a lot of ridiculous moments. I got the feeling that the author wrote this book specifically to make herself laugh and hopefully her audience too. Some of the funnier parts include Colt biting into a fat human and then thinking because he was fat he will have to walk him off later. In another scene Colt goes on a tirade about the ridiculousness of the tv show Lost which was pretty funny. This is the kind of book you buy if you are just looking for a fun read and you don’t want to think too much and since I love a good comedy I enjoyed it.

 

 

Learning The Secret Language Of Cats

Learning the Secret Language of CatsHave you ever noticed a cat staring at you and wondered what they are thinking? Cats are mysterious creatures and in my opinion a lot smarter than we give them credit. For instance cats communicate through body language but since humans don’t always understand this, they meow at us to let us know what’s going on. Its like Cats live a secret life that we humans don’t quite understand.

Dr. Carol Teed graduated veterinary college in 1990 and for several years ran a feline specialty practice. She understands cats better than most people do and she wrote a book called Learning The Secret Language Of Cats to help people have a better understanding of their cats. This is much more than a book about how to take care of your cat though, Dr Teed looks at how cats can affect your life on a spiritual basis by showing us what we can learn if we look closely enough.

When I first got this book I figured I wouldn’t want to read the whole thing, but I have three cats myself so I really wanted to hear what she had to say. I thought this book would seem like a technical manual on how to take care of your cat but this was not the case. Dr. Teed gives a fresh perspective on how to take care for your kitty by using humor, first hand knowledge and telling stories that happened in her own clinic.

This is what really made Learning The Secret Language Of Cats a good book, its like a memoir. Dr. Carol Teed gives us a first hand account on what its like to be a veterinarian and why she is so passionate about cats. To her, being a veterinarian was a spiritual journey and she also gets into why she eventually left her practice. I always like to hear people who are passionate about something talk about it and that is what this book is, one person talking about her passion. We get to hear all the things she has learned about cats over the years, like how cats teach us to forgive but not to forget, live in the present moment, be curious about everything and to take time for cat naps. There is one section in this book where she compares the cat to a yoga guru and I agree with her comparison since I love both yoga and cats. I do think that if you look at a relaxing cat, they do appear as if they figured out all of life’s mysteries.

This book also gets into practical issues on how to take care of your cat. Such as why its important to have pet insurance, how to deal with obesity, why vaccinations are important, how to keep indoor cats happy and how to choose a name that fits your feline. Dr. Teed teaches this in a way that’s informative and entertaining. There are a lot of funny cat stories here that make you want to keep reading. This book doesn’t read like a text-book, this is more like a cat lover trying to tell other cat lovers how to better care for your furry friends. If you love cats this book is a must read.

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Per-Bast: A Tale Of Cats In Ancient Egypt

22050264One of the most popular subjects for historical fiction novels is Ancient Egypt. This is probably because of the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx along with other monuments which still stand.  Through hieroglyphs on the walls of tombs we have learned a lot about Egyptian mythology and what life was like in ancient times. Most historical novels look at life during this period from a human perspective but we know that Egyptians worshiped cats, so it would make sense to have a novel about Ancient Egypt from a cat’s point of view.

Per-Bast A Tale Of Cats In Ancient Egypt by Lara Dawn Stiegler is a a mystery set during the time of Ramesses III from 1100 to 1200BC. Egypt is in turmoil. A plague has been spread from rats to stray cats to to the house cats of Egypt and its only a matter of time before the humans get it. The Egyptian empire has survived many problems but after several years of war and a labor dispute this new plague might destroy Egypt’s golden age.

Things look grim and get even worse when the High Priest of Karnak Temple dies in a fire along with his cat Sahu. A palace cat named Neferure is convinced that the death was no accident. No one believes Neferure’s theory so she searches for answers on her own. What she finds isn’t just a conspiracy against the Egyptian empire but a plot against the gods themselves. Can one cat stop the fall of Egypt?

This story was different from any other story I’ve read. Per-Bast has a good mix of humor, drama and mystery. I liked how the cats are portrayed as being as smart as humans, they can hear and understand people but they can’t communicate with them with the exception of the Pharaoh. I also liked how the cats on a social level we’re similar to humans with the house cats looking down on the stray cats, all of them having different personalities and believing in the same gods as the humans.

My favorite parts of this book was the relationship between Neferure and Sahu, even when one has passed, the other shows a great amount of loyalty. I also loved the stories of the gods that the cats share such as Ra passing through the underworld along with the story of Ahmes’s lineage. While there is a lot of seriousness to this book there are funny parts such as hearing a depressed crocodile complain that he can’t get a meal, a cat that tries to please his human by giving him a dead mouse and a hippo who can’t be moved.

One thing that I need to mention about this book is that if you think that a mystery set in ancient Egypt from a cat’s viewpoint might be corny, you are mistaken. This book is well researched giving detailed descriptions of temples, a history of families in Egypt and it does a good job telling the stories of the gods that the Egyptians believed in. If you want to learn more about ancient Egypt history and their mythology, this book presents it in an entertaining way. Per-Bast A Tale Of Cats In Ancient Egypt is good storytelling presenting history in a way that it hasn’t been looked at before and its a tale that readers of all ages can enjoy.