Thursday, December 8, 2016

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind by Tom Cox - Review

Have you ever moved house, over a distance of 350 miles, with four cats? If you haven't, and are thinking about it, I'll give you some advice: don't.

If you really must move, try to get the cats to arrange their own transport. Focus on yourself instead. You'll have plenty to think about as it is, and the cats will only get in the way with their sarcasm and hairballs. I moved from Norfolk to Devon with four cats and it felt like such an impossible ordeal, part of me believes that I actually died somewhere along the way and am now living in some kind of afterlife: very much like real life, but a little slower moving, and with slightly clearer air. "That's just the West Country," I've been told, but I can't be 100% certain.

My Review:

Not only do Tom Cox and Gemma wish to find the perfect home for themselves, they have four cats that they want to be sure will be happy as well.  The ups and downs of house hunting from a distance and moving are told in Tom’s witty style.  While reading, I found myself nervous and worrying just like they were.  It was just like being there with them.  I enjoyed learning about each of their cats and their personalities.  Tom’s dad comes across larger than life with the capital letters he writes him in and his wisdom is something you don’t want to miss. 

The book is broken up into little sections like the conversations with cats and their horoscopes.  To me they felt like little bonuses along with the story.  There are also lots of cat pictures to enjoy as you read.  Any cat lover will really enjoy this book.  

Thank you St. Martin's Press for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!  

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