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review 2017-08-18 02:14
WHITE CAT, BLACK CAT, TWO CATS by Sigal Adler
Book for kids:"WHITE CAT BLACK CAT":Bedt... Book for kids:"WHITE CAT BLACK CAT":Bedtime story, Beginner reader Level-1, Early learning, Values(Childrens Picture Book, Preschool, Baby Book, Children ... 0-8)Cat book, Animal story book, Series 1 - Sigal Adler,Lintang Pandu Pratiwi

Two cats of different colors meet for the first time.  Each is full of disdain for the other based on color.  Then they think and decide to become the other one.  Both discover both are needed and good.  Neither is better than the other.

 

I liked the rhyming.  It was fun to read aloud.  The illustrations are wonderful.  It teaches a lesson we all need but it doesn't preach.

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text 2016-10-31 23:17
Happy Halloween!!

 

Happy 11th Birthday Shadow! 

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review 2016-10-30 09:04
Black Cat Mojo - Adam Howe (Black Cat)
Black Cat Mojo - Adam Howe

 

 

 

A book of three novellas and one short story.

 

'Of Badgers & Porn Dwarves'

Rummy is a once famous dwarf porn actor, he has now hit almost rock bottom and is in big to the local bookie. To get his slate wiped clean he must use his 'sizeable' assets to help said bookie and hired muscle, con an ageing pederast. Further complications are a car crash, killer badger, rednecks and their morbidly obese mother.

'Jesus in a dogs ass'

Hank is laid off and buys a video camera with his redundancy money, he thinks he will manage to entice his uptight wife into making home made porn and earn a fortune. To try out the camera he videos his wife's dog pooping, his wife sees the video and claims that the dog has the image of Jesus in the fur round his anus. Now everyone wants to see the dog and Hank's savvy wife is making sure they are paying  for the privilege. Add into the mix two incredibly inept criminals, dog napping and super strength laxatives.

'Frank, The Snake & The Snake'

Frank used to work for 'The Snake' a vicious mob boss who was responsible for his criminal gangs demise. Frank gave evidence putting 'The Snake' away but has been looking over his shoulder ever since. He thinks he's been found out by a young man, Stevie, who takes an interest in him and ends up being blackmailed into going with him on a job. Stevie hasn't been honest with Frank about why he wants him to go with along but all becomes clear when they arrive at their destination.

'The Mad Butcher of Plainfields Chariot of Death'

A short story about Ed Geins car, bought by Bunny Gibbons and used as a carnival attraction. No one is coming to his ghoulish attraction, Bunny believes it's because he went against his mother's wishes on spending his inheritance and that the car in cursed. Depressed about the failure of his attraction, Bunny is relieved when it looks like his fortunes have turned but all is not what it seems.

 

Overall I enjoyed all the stories but the first two were definitely my favourites. The first story had me cackling with laughter, this story was all kinds of wrong but oh so right. The characters were all well done and the dialogue was witty and sharp.

The third story was probably my least favourite, I think the pacing was different from the first two stories, there was something sad about the life that Frank had lived.

The last story was just straight up horror and reminded me of 'Tales from the crypt'.

 

Highly recommended collection, especially for those that like their humour pitch black.

 

12/25

 

Complete:

 

Read by candlelight or flashlight: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K Rowling

Magical Realism:

Witches: Witch Island - David Bernstein

Genre: Horror:

Black Cat: Black Cat Mojo - Adam Howe

Diverse Authors can be Spooky Fun: Poisoning Eros - Wrath James White

Ghost Stories and Haunted Houses:

Young Adult Horror: Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop

Scary Women (Authors):

Reads with (Booklikes) Friends:

Grave or Graveyard: Graveyard Blues - Reina Salt

Genre: Mystery: Disclaimer - Renee Knight

Free Square: Gilded Needles - Michael McDowell

Gothic:

Creepy Crawlies:

'Fall' into a good book: Falling Angel - William Hjortsberg

Locked Room Mystery:

It was a dark and stormy night: The Rain Dancers - Greg F. Gifune

Set in New England:

Full Moon:

Vampires vs. Werewolves: Written in Red - Anne Bishop

Supernatural:

Classic Horror: The Monkey's Paw - W.W. Jacobs

Pumpkin:

Set on Halloween:

 

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review 2016-10-19 18:28
The Black Cat
The Black Cat - Edgar Allan Poe

What a disturbing. creepy and dark story with an awful and insane human being as a narrator. I liked the writing and build up of this story, but I cannot approve of the cruelty against the poor cat. And I sincerely hope that cats will haunt the narrator in his afterlife.

 

 

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review 2016-10-16 21:25
True horror for animal lovers
The Black Cat - Edgar Allan Poe,Alan J. Robinson

Pluto---this was the cat's name---was my favorite pet and playmate.

 

 

 

 

 

With this in my collection, I felt obligated to read it for Bingo :)

 

 

This short story is a doozie for animal lovers, especially cat ones. Our leader through this madness states he has an "illness". As you read along, it seems to be a mixture of self-loathing and depression with alcoholism the symptom and pushing the progression of his deterioration. 

 

I didn't know what to expect and was firmly along with the guy at this quote:

 

To those who have cherished an affection for a faithful and salacious dog, I need hardly be at the trouble of explaining the nature or the intensity of the gratification thus derivable. 

 

Love my doggies. Things, uh, quickly went off the rails though...

 

I took from my waistcoat pocket a pen-knife, opened it, grasped the poor beast by the throat, and deliberately cut one of its eyes from the socket!

 

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Have we not a perpetual inclination, in the teeth of our best judgment, to violate that which is Law, merely because we understand it to be such?

 

No dude, healthy, in body and mind, people generally do not strongly feel this way. Or if they do, they sign up for boxing classes or eat cookie dough.

 

I was not expecting the ending and kind of had a "Well, that escalated quickly." moment.

Goaded, by the interference, into a rage more than egomaniacal, I withdrew my arm from her grasp and buried the axe in her brain.

(spoiler show)

 

His alcoholism is not strongly thrust to the forefront but it is weaved in to remind and give the reader an easier out for him. What I found the most compelling about this story and why I love reading Poe is directly related to this snippet quote:

 

---hung it because I knew that it loved me, and because I felt it had given me no reason of offense;

 

There's a lot to unpack there. It portrays a man struggling with self-hatred, not feeling worthy of love, and striking out violently because he doesn't know how to process his feelings any other way (again, probably aggravated by the inclusion of alcohol). This story is hard to read because of the animal cruelty but it's a great discussion on why and how humans punish themselves. 

 

 

 

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