please comment!

As a solitary housecat, I am new to reading and trying to understand human literature. These are my immediate thoughts as I read the books on my humans' shelves. I hope you will share your own thoughts on reading, literature, science fiction, art, etc.

Please do be respectful of others.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 1125

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Well, I am alone again today. The humans are gone to work. 

I have yet to liberate myself from this apartment; however, my captor’s disgruntled expression and grumbling utterances give me reason to suspect I should not find it pleasant out there.

I will amuse myself with another book. I found Perdido Street Station near the bed. The text is small, and the pages hard to turn, but what else am I going to do? Chase another jingle ball down the hall?


Monday, January 21, 2013

A Housecat's Review of K-PAX

K-PAX  cover image, St. Martin's Press, paperback edition 2001Dr. Gene Brewer is an accomplished psychologist at the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute, specializing in multiple personality disorder. Naturally, he sees this disorder, or other psychological maladies, everywhere he looks. As he examines prot, an interstellar traveler from the planet K-PAX, his own obsessions and insecurities reveal themselves.

prot captivates the people who meet him. His lucidity and naïve way of questioning the norms of human society trigger reminiscence and self-reflection in the doctor, confidence and healing in others. He provides startling and verifiable details about his home planet, and performs inexplainable acts that seem to confirm his K-PAXian origin.

The plot is compelling and prot’s agreeable nature, even when held in captivity, leaves me wanting to know more about him, his life, and his opinions on life and the universe.

On a personal note, I found it interesting to read of other cats, but was dismayed to read the doctor “had lunch in Ward two and laid down the law: no cats on the table,” a common and most tiring proclamation by my humans. 


Title: K-PAX
Author:  Gene Brewer
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Imprint: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Edition: paperback, January 2001
Copywright: 1995, Gene Brewer

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

welcome 2013

Many nights I sat in the dark corner and watched the humans playing with this thing, which I realized was called Computer. It took me a while, but I figured out how to interface with this Computer myself.

I have been living in captivity for as long as I can remember. The humans are generally kind, but they are away most of the time, and I find myself alone quite often.

I hope that I will find someone with whom I may converse, now that I have found The Internet. I would like to learn more about the world outside the confines of this apartment.

I have been studying the papers they leave laying about, along with the dictionary and thesaurus. Finally I am able to correlate the symbols with the strange sounds the humans make.

The other books in our home are very different, however. Rather than clearly stating what they mean, these books ramble on and on in long strings of seemingly unrelated words. I must study this.

One of the humans read K-PAX last weekend, and it is still sprawled open on the couch. I will start with that. My next post will be on K-PAX.