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text 2018-08-09 21:08
Paperback Crush - Am I dreaming?
Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History Of 80’s and 90’s Teen Fiction - Gabrielle Moss
The Dead Girlfriend (Point Horror) - R.L. Stine
Poor Mallory! (The Baby-Sitters Club, #39) - Ann M. Martin
Sweet Valley High Collection: Heartbreaker, Racing Hearts, Wrong Kind of Girl - Francine Pascal,Kate William
The Immortal - Christopher Pike

I haven't been a professional bookseller all that long, but its still easy to get jaded about all the arcs that come in every month, but sometimes something like this book happens!

 

As a thirty-something woman who read everything he could get his hands on growing up, and that included Sweet Valley High and Baby-sitter's Club, this book is pure nostalgic gold. And while they might not have been great, sometimes those pink and lavender covers had some meat in them! Heck, I still will look twice at any old Apple Paperback, etc. title at a book sale just in case its offers up some vintage goodness.

 

This will be a lot of fun and I'm hoping Quirk is planning on a boy-series retrospective, too.

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review 2011-09-30 00:00
The Meowmorphosis - Coleridge Cook,Franz Kafka They say to never judge a book by its cover.... Fuck it. Have you SEEN the cover? Freakin' adorable.
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review 2011-08-03 00:00
The Meowmorphosis - Coleridge Cook,Franz Kafka I really enjoyed the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trilogy from Quirk Classics, so I was super excited that I won this one. I had never read Kafka before but I had been meaning to, so this was the perfect kick in the butt to finally get to it. I read "The Metamorphosis" right before reading this one, so it was pretty repetitive at the beginning. Essentially, Coleridge Cook replaces the word "insect" with "kitten" and leaves the rest of the story the same (except for some descriptions of how cute and cuddly Gregor has become) until about the middle of the book, when he escapes from the apartment and has an adventure with some other cats in an alley. After reading some other reviews and looking around online, I found out that this middle section is a retelling or twist on Kafka's other short story "The Trial" (which I have not read yet). I really didn't like this part. Josef K (the leader of the businessmen-turned-alley-cats) goes on and on with rambling, pointless, nonsensical speeches that last up to six freaking pages. I almost gave up on the book around that point, but since I had had such high hopes for it I pushed on and finished it.

I had several problems with this retelling of "The Metamorphosis." (1) Why does Cook glorify cats so much in this version? Kafka never glamorized insects (in fact he rarely even mentioned the fact that Gregor was a bug, except when it posed problems and Gregor was forced to look at himself and figure out how to move around in his new body). The whole cat society thing just seemed like a monumental waste of time and space, a filler to flesh out Kafka's original novella so that Cook could market this as a novel. (2) Cook somehow manages to butcher Kafka's story and make it boring and meaningless. The words are minced and made fluffy to accommodate kittendom and Cook seems to get lost in the hierarchy of the crazy cat society and the pointlessness of their trial. I think Cook tried to put too much Kafka and kitten history into one story and ended up with a hot mess. Whereas the P&P&Z trilogy added fun, wit, and adventure to the Austen original, this version just falls flat.

Gregor Samsa does indeed make for a precious, cuddly kitten, but this novel failed miserably to entertain me or do the original any justice at all. My recommendation is to just read the original and stay away from this one. (2 stars because it includes cute pictures of kittens in human clothes)
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review 2011-04-18 00:00
The Meowmorphosis - Coleridge Cook,Franz Kafka Quirk Classics is back...
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review 2011-04-08 00:00
The Meowmorphosis (Quirk Classics)
The Meowmorphosis - Coleridge Cook,Franz Kafka I may stand alone, but I enjoyed The Meowmorphosis! I have, it must be said, a vague dislike for the work being parodied (Kafka's Metamorphosis). I was forced to read it in school, and while I was (and am) a voracious reader, the endless allegory pretty much ticked all my boxes. Or so I thought. As it turns out, I would have been fine with all sorts of allegory if it came along with an adorable kitten instead of a disgusting insect.

If you've read the original you already know what happens here - just imagine it with 50x the cuteness, a sort of unholy amalgamation of serious literature and every adorable cat video on Youtube. I quite enjoyed it. I'm not sure I can recommend buying a copy - it's a bit of a novelty act - but it's certainly worth checking out of the library!

Note: I received a free copy from the publisher. It came with a poster of the cover which my husband promptly claimed for his University office.
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