Review - Cat Sense: The Feline Enigma Revealed by John Bradshaw


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An ARC was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review.

I was a little hesitant to read this book after my experience with In Defense of Dogs. On the whole I found the book to be drawn out and contradictory.

Cat sense suffers from its own set of problems. The first quarter of the book focuses on the genetics behind the domesticated cats markings by tracing it's ancestry. I had enough of genetics in college so this section wasn't really anything new to me. However I think it may be too heavy for someone with just a passing interest in having cats as pet's. 

On the other side it's not in depth enough for anyone looking to do some serious research on feline behaviour. It seems Bradshaw wanted this book to be a jack of all trades book but in the process it fails to really appeal to any one set of readers.

It's hard for me to put much weight in his experiments as they were designed and carried out by himself. This makes me wonder how accurate they can be.

For all it's faults this book contains some great information in the last few chapters. Bradshaw tries to encourage the reader to see world through the eyes of their domesticated cat. As a veterinary nurse I have seen first hand how anthropomorphism by owners can be damaging to cats. Bradshaw shines a light on cats forced to live their life cooped up in apartments in the company of strange cats of whom they spend a life time trying to avoid. I see many owners gush over how 2 cats are the best of friends when the exact opposite is the case. 

These problems are often over looked as cats are dismissed as "untrainable" which, of course is not true. They just require the use of different methods to that of the dog. 

Another plus for me was the mention of the breeding of pedigree cats. Cat breeders are often let slip through the net as much of the focus seems to be on dog breeders and puppy farms. The reality is that cat breeders are just as much at fault. They too continue to selectively breed for vanity sake which can cause huge suffering. He points out the extensive eye problems that the Siamese suffers from and the respiratory issues associated with the brachycephalic breeds. 

It may be considered heavy for some in parts but if you are new to the world of cats and have started to develop a keen interest in all things feline then this book is for you. 


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Review - The Wuggly Ump by Edward Gorey


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When I turned the first page of this little novel I thought " Wow an Edward Gorey that's not entirely disturbing". I was envisioning a cuddly that had come to fill these children's lives with Joy. Then hell froze over and pigs flew...

The Wuggly Ump is actually a rather large fellow with jagged teeth that likes to snack on umbrella's, doorknobs...and children. I don't really understand why a creature that likes to eat inanimate objects would suddenly have a craving for flesh of young humans but whatever.

Meanwhile a group of children are playing merrily in the fields, weaving daisy chains and generally enjoying life. However we all know that in Edward Gorey's world children are not permitted to live a long happy life so along comes the Wuggly Ump to devour them whole. 

I'm not entirley sure what the moral of this story is but I think it's that if you're a kid who behaves, eats all your dinner and say your prayers before bedtime a hideous monster will arrive at your front door and eat you. So behave like a  little tyrant and everything will turn out OK. 

Or perhaps it's that life can and will fuck you over no matter how well behaved you are....


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This week in Books 26th Aug - 1st Sept


New book Releases from the 26th August 13 to the 1st Sept 2013

To view a synopsis and add the book to Goodreads simply click on the cover. 

War Dogs - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Atria Books
The Twins - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Redhook
Billy Moon - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Tor Books

Love in the Time of Global Warming - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.
 Claire of the Sea Light - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Knopf
Bait - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Plume

Kiss of Night - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by FaithWords 
The Gemini Virus - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Tor Books 
The Disenchanted Widow - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Amazon Publishing

How the Light Gets In - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Minotaur Books
Bones of the Lost - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Scribner
The Hero - Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA

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Review - Bad Houses by Sarah Ryan & Carla Speed Mc Neil


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An ARC was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review

I really need to start reading more graphic novels again. This was amazing. Every frame is like one of Annie's snapshots. The reach into souls of these characters, showing us a split second of their very lives.

The characters in Bad Houses are all very different from each other. We have a hoarder and her socially awkward daughter, A prescription drug addict and a carer. All unique personalities bound by the home town they grew up in. 

Every house has secrets and alot of the houses in Failin are dying. Some are full of hidden gems and some  are just Bad Houses. Houses that have been destroyed by fire, time or some other unfortunate incident. This is where Lewis and his mother come in. It's is their job to sort threw the many secrets these houses hold. As secrets are revealed Lewis and Annie find comfort in each other. They come to realise that it is up to each individual to stop the bitter Failin rot from affecting another generation.

The author did a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the stories of these people. Each felt like it had a past and future, that the actions within had real meaningful consequences for each character that expand beyond the pages. 

Carla's illustrations are spectacular and really help bring a feeling of movement to the story. Each frame is carefully composed and great though was put into what emotions the characters were trying to portray. Illustration can never cover up bad story telling. Here the two work wonderfully together to create this coming of age story.


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Feature and Follow Friday 23/8/13


Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee . 

This weeks Question:

Book Selfie! Take a picture with your current read.

I just got home from work, I'm a mess so I have no intention of unleashing a picture of myself on you unsuspecting readers!

So here is a picture of my reading buddy Lilo : 

She loves a good thriller but her favourite book is Fifty Shades of African Grey!

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