Friday, April 27, 2012

Book Review: Trouble the Cat

I was gonna make "Trouble" the Wednesday Word of the Day so you'd think I was in trouble yet again. But this isn't another post about CK getting in trouble for attacking one of her peeps. Ho-hum. Nope, this is different. Today I'm doing a review of the book Trouble the Cat by award-winning author PM Griffin.

I laid on the bed and made myself comfy as TW read this book to me. Once she started reading it, she couldn't put it down and I couldn't stop listening. At first I thought she read it straight through because it was the first e-book she ever bought and she didn't know how to save it and get back to it. I'm happy to report that she does know how to close and open the book and that we loved all of the 15,683 words.

We liked it because it moved quickly and had good plot and character development. We enjoyed the interaction between the main characters, both human and feline. My favorite characters were Trouble and Jasmine, two smart and other-worldly cats. I only wish TW had the power to understand me when I talk to her, like Dory and Martin could understand the two cat in the story. TW then explained to me that this book was fantasy and not a true story. I think she just doesn't want to admit that cats are smarter than humans.

Since this is our first try at a book review, we're gonna quote the publisher, Musa, so we don't give the entire plot away. The boldface is my own doing.
Can a fugitive budding sorceress and her brilliant cat escape the enraged mob pursuing them?An outburst of her newly awakened, uncontrolled sorcery talent made twelve-year-old Dory a fugitive.  Trouble, her indomitable cat, led her into a walled garden minutes ahead of the mob pursuing her. There they encountered the owner, Martin, a powerful sorcerer.  He listened to their story in growing excitement and offered to teach and conceal his guest – but the price would be high.
This book is a fun read. My ony complaint is that the book at dedicated to TW and not to myself, which would be more fitting.

You can buy Trouble the Cat for the low price of $2.99 from Amazon.com or from Musa Publishing, where you can download it in 4 different formats. You can also find these links on the author's website http://www.pmgriffin.com/

If you like fantasy, or just believe cats are magical, this book is for you. Those who become fans of Trouble the Cat and his human, Dory, will be happy to know that a novel of their further adventures is in the works.

Innerview with the Author: PM Griffin

Did any of your cats serve as the inspiration for Trouble and/or Jasmine
My tuxedo cat Cougar was the physical model for Trouble but not for his personality. Cougar was a huge cat and totally a gentle, timid giant. (Shamrock who came to me years later would be more the personality type.) Jasmine's personality is somewhat like that of my first cat, Daiquiri. She was shy, retiring, dainty, and very loving.

Can you tell my readers a little bit about your cats?
Three furry companions currently share my apartment with me. Being cats, they doubtless do have magic powers, but they follow the command of the feline deity Bastet and don't reveal them to humans.

Jinx, 13, is a standard brown tabby and came to me as a half-grown kitten who had been rescued from the outside world by my friend Maria. He spent the first fourmonths of his residence here living under my bed, mostly within the boxspring. He had first shredded the bottom fabric and removed the batting to enter it, of course. The sound of a ball or a toy mouse being batted around among the springs in the middle of the night is quite unique. He still retires there when anyone else comes in the house and has acquired the title of "The Cat Who Doesn't Exist." Jinxie does come out when my brother is here. Neil visits and feeds the three cats (plus the fish) whenever I am away.

Katie, 12, is a Singapura. She is tiny and very pretty, and she rules her domain with velvet-sheathed paws. Katie is total kitty Velcro, a furry little appendage who wants to be in my arms, in my lap, or in my bed. When none of the three are available, she sits in a sunny spot or on top of the aquarium lights, which are nice and warm.

Nickolette
Nickolette, 10, is another rescue, coming to me as an adult cat from Maria's daughter-in-law, who had found her wandering around. She is a beauty, a dilute tortoiseshell-and-white with incredible green eyes. Unfortunately, her front feet had been declawed. Nickie is a large cat and is very loving.

Have you always known cats have magic powers? 
Of course. As you well know, cats, by their very nature, are magical beings of the highest order.

My readers may not know you're an award-winning writer. Tell a bit about your accomplishments, past and present.
The novel GIFT OF MAGIC featuring Trouble and his friends is currently in edit. After that, another anthology of three more cat tales is scheduled for publication. Two of these won the coveted Muse Medallion Award and the third was a finalist. This award is from the Cat Writers' Association, and is the Oscar of the feline writing world.

My 12-novel science fiction series Star Commandos is also in the process of being released in electronic format with the first book, STAR COMMANDOS, already published and the second in edit.

Besides these, I have had four novels set in several of Andre Norton's universes published along with a number of other short stories.

TW said you also have had articles published in Cat Fancy magazine. Is this true? 
I had one nonfiction article called "Daddy's Patient" printed in the magazine. It told how my father saved Daiquiri when she was a tiny kitten, not yet even weaned. There were some shorter paragraphs as well, the result of my responses to some surveys run by CAT FANCY.

Also on the nonfiction front, I have had three articles in the Brooklyn Aquarium Society's magazine AQUATICA.

Thank you, Aunt Pauline. (I did ax her if she'd give us a hint about Trouble's next adventure, but she was on to this kitteh and politely declined.)
                                                                                                                                                             Disclosure: TW and PM Griffin are BFFs. Even though their personalities are very different, the common bond between them has always been their love of cats. But, no, their friendship doesn't play into my review. While we do want to publicize the book to a readership that we think will enjoy it, this cat's integrity comes before everything, including friendship. I always keep it real. I'll also disclose that we paid for the book and were not compensated for this review in any way.


14 comments:

  1. TW, that was a super review of the book. Mom thoght the part about not knowing how to save it was very funny because our Mom would have the very same problem. It does sound like great book. We will have to check it out. Have a great day and a better weekend.

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  2. I really enjoyed your review CK! I had not heard of that book but it does sound darn good.

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  3. That was a great review of what looks like a good book. My only problem is that I don't have a Kindle and trying to read on my computer isn't good. I have a Nook. I'm temptesd to buy a cheap Kindle just so I CAN READ certain books.

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  4. I wonder if I could read it on the iPawd? You guys have one..is that what she read it on? If so, I am ready to force mommy to buy it.

    Fun sseeing you last night. @Georgetheduck kissed my cheek!

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  5. Will have to check this out now. Austin says so!!! great review xx

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  6. This sounds like an awesome book!

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  7. Great review, CK! We'll have our mom check out this book!!

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  8. I am going to tell the Human that just this once she could buy the book *I* want her to buy and not some other bring cr@p that puts this King right to sleep. (Well, to be fair, almost efurrything puts me to sleep.)

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  9. We think you did a great job of your very first book review! It sounds like a fun book to curl up with on a weekend. ...Clearly the whole cat-angle MAKES it.

    And yes....TW and all the other TW's out there will likely NEVER understand, let alone appreciate, our superior intellect.

    xo the Katie

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  10. Oh, CK! Can I please come over? Things here are positively desperate--the service has sunk to unprecedented lows. I need somewhere to hang out for a couple days where the Humans are at least moderately attentive--My second water bowl has not been replenished since YESTERDAY. Can you even imagine????

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  11. We enjoyed reading the review, CK and put it right up there with other cat books we have known and loved..:) xx

    Dear furriend, we are so comforted with your words regarding Trapper. We're trying to come by everyone's blog who supported us through our loss. We're sorry to hear that Nicky went the same way. Mom Julie had never seen a dog have a seizure and all she could do was stay by his side and comfort. God, it was so, so scary.

    (((Hugs))) to you pretty ladycat and to your mom,
    Tom, Mom Julie, Mitty, Tinker & Anastasia

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  12. Thanks for the great review, CK! We'll have to check out this book for sure.

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  13. Hi CK, You know, I think I *will* drop over for a little playtime and a cuddle on our blue blanket. Thangs are a little grim around here. I haven't had any real playtime in DAYS! C-U!

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  14. Mom LOVES the SF so she's def going to have to check out Ms. Griffin! Cool review!

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