Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fun Books for Animal Lovers

Fun Books. Laughter and Love and Animals.

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman.
If your cat is kneading you, that’s not a sign of affection. Your cat is actually checking your internal organs for weakness. If your cat brings you a dead animal, this isn’t a gift. It’s a warning. How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You is a hilarious, brilliant offering of cat comics, facts, and instructional guides from the creative wonderland at TheOatmeal.com.
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Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty) by Jeremy Greenberg. I am not picking on Cats.
The cat’s answer to Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe, Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed is a hilarious collection of full-color photos and letters of excuses and suggestions from cats to the people who love them—no matter what bad thing they’ve done!

Inside Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed, writer and comedian Jeremy Greenberg presents a collection of laugh-out-loud letters and photographs that offer a cat’s eye view on common feline vs. human cohabitation conundrums. It’s the perfect gift for crazy cat lovers and anyone who appreciates hilarious (and so true!) insights into cat—and human—nature, including:

Your cat sits on your laptop not just for warmth or attention, but to prevent you from interacting with the outside world. After all, isn’t the main reason to have a cat so you don’t have to waste time developing normal human relationships?

If you spent a third of your life licking yourself, you too would occasionally forget to stick your tongue back in your face. Eating grass has medicinal purposes, and most cats believe grass should be legalized. The cat feels bad about barfing on your bed…because now it must get to up to go sleep on your clean laundry instead.

I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano.
Cat lovers will laugh out loud at the quirkiness of their feline friends with these insightful and curious poems from the singular minds of housecats. In this hilarious book of tongue-in-cheek poetry, the author of the internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth helps cats unlock their creative potential and explain their odd behavior to ignorant humans.
With titles like “Who Is That on Your Lap?,” “This Is My Chair,” “Kneel Before Me,” “Nudge,” and “Some of My Best Friends Are Dogs,” the poems collected in I Could Pee on This perfectly capture the inner workings of the cat psyche. With photos of the cat authors throughout, this whimsical volume reveals kitties at their wackiest, and most exasperating (but always lovable).

Texts from Dog by October Jones.
My dog sends me texts. Yeah. It’s weird.
When October Jones figured out he could send text messages to himself on his mobile phone, he naturally decided that the best use of this discovery was to send passive-aggressive messages to himself under the guise of his bulldog. And so the exasperating, slightly delusional, and utterly endearing Dog and his alter-ego BatDog were born.

Texts from Dog features Dog’s attempts to keep the neighborhood safe from the likes of Mr. Postman and his arch-nemesis Cat-Cat—he has managed to only smash three TVs and a patio door in the process. And in between crime fighting sprees and run-ins with the squirrel mafia, there are romantic interludes with pillows, fetch sessions gone terribly awry, and the abusive banter only a bromance between man and his text-savvy dog can spawn.

For those of us who have ever had a conversation with a pet in our heads, Texts from Dog will make you laugh out loud and perhaps even make you think twice about leaving your pet home alone for the day.

Hope and Happy the Parakeets are arguing. Now the dogs are barking and running around. Why? The doorbell didn’t ring. What did the parakeets just tell them? I may never finish this post. 😉

I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs by Francesco Marciuliano.

A New York Times bestseller? Oh, you know the dogs weren’t going to let the cats get away with that! This canine companion to I Could Pee on This, the beloved volume of poems by cats, I Could Chew on This will have dog lovers laughing out loud.
Doggie laureates not only chew on quite a lot of things, they also reveal their creativity, their hidden motives, and their eternal (and sometimes misguided) effervescence through such musings as “I Dropped a Ball,” “I Lose My Mind When You Leave the House,” and “Can You Smell That?” Accompanied throughout by portraits of the canine poets in all their magnificence, I Could Chew on This is a work of unbridled enthusiasm, insatiable appetite, and, yes, creative genius.
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Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie) by Jeremy Greenberg. See I told you I wasn’t picking on cats.

Inside Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe, writer and comedian Jeremy Greenberg presents a collection of 50 laugh-out-loud letters and accompanying full-color photographs that explain Fido’s love of funky smells, why a ball needs to be thrown again, and practically every other lovably loony canine characteristic.

From an impassioned plea to stop the silly nicknames, to an attempt to skip a bath, to explanations for stolen shoes and swiped sandwiches, Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe offers a pooch’s perspective on common canine vs. human cohabitation conundrums. Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe is the perfect gift for dog lovers and anyone who appreciates hilarious (and so true!) insights into dog–and human—nature.

Animals Talking in All Caps: It’s Just What It Sounds Like by Justin Valmassoi. See I told you – animal fun.

A goat who wants to sell you some meth.
A giraffe who might be violating his restraining order.
An alpaca with a very dirty secret.
A cat who’s really mad at you for cancelling Netflix instant.
Blog author here. Are you reading? I’ll tell you a secret, only 3 of my dogs are in the chair with me as I write this and I swear all three just farted. I may not complete this blog as I am pinching my nose and typing with one hand.

Selfish Pigs: Adorably Awful Little Swine by Andy Riley.

From the creator of The Book of Bunny Suicides comes the book you’ve been waiting for: Selfish Pigs. Filled with more than 90 pieces of line art depicting pigs being selfish, this is the must-have for pig-lovers and Riley fans.

It’s pigs—and they’re being selfish. Horribly, nastily selfish. They drink, they smoke, they steal, they eat pork and bacon, and they’re funny while they’re doing it.

Do they metaphorically represent humans at their worst? Or are they just horrible swine who don’t give a damn about metaphors? You’ll have to judge for yourself.

I thought about adding the book The Book of Bunny Suicides and Return of the Bunny Suicides but didn’t want bunny friends to get any ideas or Bunny parents to send me hate mail.

Evil Penguins: When Cute Penguins Go Bad by Elia Anie.

What’s black-and-white and evil all over? Get ready to find out the terrifying truth…Penguins.

They’re everywhere-gracing movie screens, Coke ads, and merchandise. But don’t let those happy feet fool you. When they’re not surfing or marching bravely across the Antarctic, penguins have a whole other agenda going on. And it isn’t pretty.

In Evil Penguins, Elia Anie captures the antics of cute little birds who have gone over to the dark side. If you thought the worst a penguin could do is make you feel guilty about global warning, think again. Here are cartoons of penguins leading revolts, giving SpongeBob a swirly, causing plagues, clubbing baby seals, killing Inuits while dressed as ninjas, and wreaking havoc in dozens of other hysterically appalling ways.

Both penguin lovers and those who know that evil can come in even the cuddliest packages will appreciate these bad birds.

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Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who’s Det by Jenny Gardiner.

A gift from an overseas relative, Graycie, an African Gray parrot, arrives in the Gardiner home not long after the birth of their first child, adding the responsibilities of parrot-hood to their newfound parenthood. Jenny Gardiner and her husband were hoping for a docile, beautifully plumed, Polly-want-a-cracker type of companion—but patchily feathered, scrawny, ill-tempered Graycie was the furthest thing from what they envisioned.

In Winging It, Gardiner shares in vivid and hilarious detail the many hazards of parrot ownership, from endless avian latrine duty to discovering the multiple ways a beak can pierce human flesh. Whether she’s swearing at the dog, mimicking the sound of the smoke alarm, or bobbing to the beat of the kids clapping for her amusement, she brings the family joy, laughter, and, sometimes, tears.

So why would the Gardiners subject themselves to the crazy behavior of this parrot for so long? Well, because, as the Gardiners realize, Graycie is a part of the family, and just like in any relationship between living creatures, things do not always go according to plan..

A mix of hilarious pet hijinks and a poignant story of family commitment, Winging It is a reminder of the importance of patience, loyalty, and humor when it comes to dealing with even the most temperamental members of the family.

Cross Posted to I Love Dogs and Animals.

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If you care about animals and love dogs, please visit my other blog: I Love Dogs and Animals (wp) or Dog and Animal Rights (blogger).

Some fun is upcoming with pugs in costumes.

I raise awareness and write in memory of all the dogs I have loved and are gone.

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WWW Wednesday 10/23/13

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions:

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading? Multiple books at the same time this week.  For reviews and pleasure and well, why not?
The Forest Bull  by Terry Maggert. Review will be posted next week.
Three lovers who stalk and kill the immortals that drift through South Florida (tourists are a moveable feast, after all) are living a simple life of leisure- until one of them is nearly killed by woman who is a new kind of lethal. When Ring Hardigan isn’t making sandwiches for, and with, his two partners, Waleska and Risa (they’re cool like that), he’s got a busy schedule doing the dirty work of sending immortals to the ever after. Wally and Risa provide linguistics, logistics, and finding the right place for him and his knife– together, they’re a well-oiled machine, and they’ve settled into a rhythm that bodes ill for the Undying. Warlocks, vampires, succubae and the odd ghoul have all fallen to their teamwork. Life is tough, but they soldier on killing the undead, liberating their worldly goods for charity, and generally achieving very little.
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How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns. I can’t say enough about this book. I love dogs. 

The powerful bond between humans and dogs is one that’s uniquely cherished. Loyal, obedient, and affectionate, they are truly “man’s best friend.” But do dogs love us the way we love them? Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns had spent decades using MRI imaging technology to study how the human brain works, but a different question still nagged at him: What is my dog thinking?
Berns and his dog  embark on a remarkable journey and be the first to glimpse the inner workings of the canine brain. Painstakingly, the two worked together to overcome the many technical, legal, and behavioral hurdles. Berns’s research offers surprising results on how dogs empathize with human emotions, how they love us, and why dogs and humans share one of the most remarkable friendships in the animal kingdom.

How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.

The Wedding by Julie Garwood. This is one of my comfort reads. I re-read many of my favorites and I need some comfort this week. Written in 1996 and I still enjoy.

What did I recently finish reading?

Unwind (Unwind Dystology) by Neal Shusterman. I have read this book before and can only say WOW! My what to read next is why I finished reading this book. Then I will do reviews.
In a society where unwanted teens are salvaged for their body parts, three runaways fight the system that would “unwind” them.

What am I reading next? (After I finish what am I currently reading).
The Unwind Collection: Unwind; Unstrung, An Unwind Story; UnWholly; UnSouled (Unwind Dystology).

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Tuesday Teasers 10/22/13

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns. My Pre Order from Coming Soon and I Love Dogs and Animals arrived! So very first thing this morning I am reading because I love books – and dogs!

“Callie was dancing in the lab. Zooming from person to person, the little black village dog with the energy of a rocket knew that all the months of training had led to this moment. Her eyes sparkled with life, and her rat-tail wagged side to side with such intensity that her head moved in exactly the opposite direction. She was ready.”

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It Is Not Saturday But Here is a Steal of a Read!

From Entangled Publishing:
Announcing the Scandalous One Day Sale!!  All of our Scandalous books are on sale TODAY ONLY for just $0.99 each. That means you can grab all of these great stories for less than $22!!

Scandalous Titles: 
A Very Scandalous Holiday (Entangled Scandalous). Try an anthology as an introduction to the Scandalous line of books. Four very spirited vignettes of holidays past.

Erin’s Gift by Nancy Fraser. Chicago 1920 Widower, Seth Harrison, has no intention of falling in love again but will he be able to resist the sweetness of his son’s nanny, Erin O’Mara – his sister’s best friend?

An Eternity of You by Sophia Garrett. England 1833 The Duke of Sharrington left Rebecca with more than a broken heart six years ago – he left her with a son. He’s rekindled their passion with his return, but it will take a Christmas miracle to earn her heart. 

Letters at Christmas by Amber Lin. England, late Regency After three years at sea, Captain Hale Prescott has the means to marry the love of his life and his best friend’s sister. Sidony Harbeck, however, might never speak to him again. Despite their whispered adolescent promises, he never wrote her a single letter… at least none he ever sent.

Eight Tiny Flames by Crista McHugh. 1944 Ardennes, WWII Lt. Ruth Mencher has always secretly admired Capt. Joseph Klein, but it takes the lighting of a Hanukkah candle to uncover the spark of mutual attraction. Each night awakens a new facet of their relationship, but as the Battle of the Bulge begins, the approaching Nazi forces threaten to tear them apart.

Andrea at Review Books and More is here to bring you book bargains and insight.  Read On!

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Saturday Steals 10/19/13 Book Bargains

Triangles

by Kimberly Ann Miller. Digital Retail price $8.00.  A STEAL at $1.99.

A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong? In the Bermuda Triangle–a lot. Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life–her fathers death years ago, her mothers medical problems, and the loser who is practically stalking her–seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle…

Young Ladies of Mystery Boxed Set by Stacy Juba. A STEAL at $0.99. Juba’s acclaimed adult mystery/romantic suspense novels Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, and her young adult psychic thriller Dark Before Dawn, in one bargain-priced download. Solve a cold case with aspiring reporter Kris Langley; discover the downside of fame with former reality show contestant Cassidy Novak; and meet teenage psychic Dawn Christian, who discovers that ESP spells D-A-N-G-E-R. More on the three books included in the download.

The Winter Prince: 1 (The Lion Hunters Novels) by Elizabeth Wein.
No longer available in print, this e-book is a featured STEAL at $1.99. A new presentation of the Arthurian legend is told from Mordred’s point of view, in a dark narrative addressed towards Mordred’s mother and Arto’s sister Morgause, a cruel and beautiful woman who connives to put her son on the throne. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Elizabeth Wein including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
Other books available by this author including the sequel: A Coalition of Lions (Arthurian Sequence, Book 2)  and Rose Under Fire.

Finding Emma by Steena Holmes. A mother’s near-obsessive devotion to her missing daughter threatens to destroy more than one family.

Bridesmaid Lotto (McMaster the Disaster) by Rachel Astor. FREE! Book 1 of a Trilogy, you may just find a new series. If you enjoy link here for books 2 & 3. Gamble on Engagement (McMaster the Disaster) and The Wedding Wager (McMaster the Disaster)

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Dog Book Coming Soon

As the Author of Review Books and More I feature Coming Soon books. Here is a wonderful recommendation from the Dog Lover in me.
How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns. Recommended by me as a Dog Lover. Available 10/22/13.
The powerful bond between humans and dogs is one that’s uniquely cherished. Loyal, obedient, and affectionate, they are truly “man’s best friend.” But do dogs love us the way we love them? Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns had spent decades using MRI imaging technology to study how the human brain works, but a different question still nagged at him: What is my dog thinking?

After his family adopted Callie, a shy, skinny terrier mix, Berns decided that there was only one way to answer that question—use an MRI machine to scan the dog’s brain. His colleagues dismissed the idea. Everyone knew that dogs needed to be restrained or sedated for MRI scans. But if the military could train dogs to operate calmly in some of the most challenging environments, surely there must be a way to train dogs to sit in an MRI scanner.

With this radical conviction, Berns and his dog would embark on a remarkable journey and be the first to glimpse the inner workings of the canine brain. Painstakingly, the two worked together to overcome the many technical, legal, and behavioral hurdles. Berns’s research offers surprising results on how dogs empathize with human emotions, how they love us, and why dogs and humans share one of the most remarkable friendships in the animal kingdom.

How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.

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