Monthly Archives: May 2016

Review: Breaking Cat News

Have you ever been woken up in the middle of the night by cat crazies? Been yowled at in concern when you’ve dared to be on the other side of a door from your cat(s)? Had the entertainment of watching cats go flying to various hiding spaces when the vacuum comes out?

If any of these scenarios sound remotely familiar, get thee to a bookstore and go buy Georgia Dunn’s Breaking Cat News. Collecting some of the best panels from the web comic of the same name, Breaking Cat News depicts the news-worthy events in the household of cats Lupin, Puck, and Elvis. While each cat has a distinct purrsonality—lead anchor Lupin always first to report happenings, easily excitable Elvis, and sensitive Puck—their news reports will resonate with both cats and the humans they deign to share their lives with.

Cover art for Breaking Cat News

Breaking Cat News, by Georgia Dunn

The sense of perspective in these comics is utterly charming. While we humans know well why we shut ourselves in the bathroom with the door closed, our intrepid reporters simply must know what’s happening (“Ma’am? Ma’am?”). We humans might wonder at the reasoning behind nighttime crazies, but our reports demonstrate the route (beginning on the kitchen counter and making a circuitous path through the home) and lay out the rules (a lamp must be knocked over for a competitor to qualify). Our intrepid repurrtors are baffled by the witchcraft that lets the Man appear on the other side of the glass, confused why their sick Woman doesn’t just find herself a nice bit of carpet to throw up on, intrigued by the system of cabinet caves in the kitchen, and determined to unravel the mystery of the red dot. It’s these scenarios humans see from the outside, given feline insiders’ purrspective.

Not all web comics make the transition to book smoothly (How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You comes to mind), but Breaking Cat News makes the transition nicely, with enough self-contained strips to be entertaining and a broad story arc that perceptive humans can see before the cats understand what’s happening (like the transition from YAY BOX FORT to trapped in cages in the car to SCARY NEW PLACE) as well as a few other developments.

My copy of Breaking Cat News was provided free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, but I now want to pick up a copy for every cat person I know. And maybe one for the coffee table for myself. In short, cat lovers, this is a must-have.

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Trying to remember how to blog

Well, I had bold words about not being stressed out about the end of grad school. Ha! Youthful optimism is not yet beyond me! It started off OK, and then comps hit, and all my best intentions of keeping up with blogging and reading and making pretty things went out the window as a very stressful semester wound down.

My to-read goal has fallen behind the nice healthy lead I built up.
My yarn stash exploded between retail-therapy yarny purchases and reduced crafting time.
My poor cats had to triple their efforts at obnoxiousness just to get my attention.
My laundry… sorta didn’t happen as frequently as it should have.
But… it’s done now. (The semester, I mean. Laundry still is a little behind.)
All those places where I refer to myself as an almost-librarian need to change; I’m not sure that’s sunk in yet. I’ve achieved the goal that’s dominated the last three years of my life. I don’t have the paper, but I do have the transcript, and that suffices for the moment.
So what’s next? New goals, of course. I’ve got a few.
First and foremost, now that the bulk of my learning isn’t coming from structured classes, I’m ready to start exploring things I’ve wanted to learn, like new fiber arts. It’s time to learn to spin, I think. If I’m feeling bold, it might even be time to figure out the mysteries of my sewing machine. It’s all up to me now.
Get back to my reviewing. I feel so rusty after a few months of barely having time to read, much less review. I’d also like to branch out and start doing more pre-publication reviews. To that end, I’ve invested in a device to help me accomplish this. Yeah, totally a professional investment >.>
I may be inordinately pleased that my Kindle case matches the knitted cozy a friend made me :).

My precious. First book I downloaded was Cat Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making because the end of grad school demands wit and whimsy as an antidote.

And, generally, get back to the things that got put on hold with school – the gym, crafting, blogging.
I gave myself permission to put those on the back burner, but it’s time to start cooking again. So here’s to a reboot of the blog.

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