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Homer’s Odyssey [Book Review]

I picked up this book in the States last summer at Barnes and Noble.  After going through a period of time when I missed my own pets back at home, I decided to feed my sorrows and finally read this book.  Now, here is my review.  Enjoy!

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Title:  Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat

Author:  Gwen Cooper

Synopsis: “The last thing Gwen Cooper wanted was another cat. She already had two, not to mention a phenomenally underpaying job and a recently broken heart. Then Gwen’s veterinarian called with a story about a three-week-old eyeless kitten who’d been abandoned. It was love at first sight.”

ISBN: 0385343981

Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat

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 My Review:

Everyone loves a good pet tale.  Whether it is about a naughty dog or a curious cat, stories about animals are both entertaining and emotional.  And Homer’s Odyssey, a true-life account of a naughty and curious kitty, is no exception.

After adopting an eye-less kitten who nobody wanted, Gwen Cooper realized her life had suddenly changed.  When she was not blind-proofing her numerous homes, she was making sure Homer, the newest addition to her now three-cat family, was not getting into too much trouble.  But, sure enough, Cooper had her work cut out for her, and realized quickly that though Homer was blind, he was more than a normal, curious cat.

Filled with chapters of Homer’s antics, Cooper takes you on a journey from kittenhood to the elder cat years of twelve.  The different stories of Homer’s adventures are engaging, and whether Homer is annoying his two cat sisters, or making friends with practically every human he meets, his shenanigans are quite entertaining.  Two chapters though really stuck out to me.  The first consisted of Homer literally saving the life of the author from an intruder, and the second of the harrowing ordeal the author and her cats endured during 9/11.  Both of these chapters were two of many which portrayed how much Homer truly impacted Gwen Cooper’s life.

The writing itself is captivating, though I did have a few issues with the author.  At times Cooper came across as a know-it-all and slightly self absorbed, but to be fair, this is a memoir about her life and experiences.  However, throughout the whole book she preached how important her cats were to her, especially Homer, and it seemed her entire life revolved around the care of her cats; throughout the the 9/11 chapter, she was more concerned about her cats’ safety than that of her own.  So, it honestly surprised me when she ended up falling in love with a man who did not like cats to begin with.  Though her future husband did eventually warm up to her three kitties, I was still a little taken aback by how unperturbed Cooper was by what I would consider a huge flaw.

All in all, Homer’s Odyssey was a compelling and sentimental read.  It made me smile at the mischief of my own cat, and forced me to examine how important my own pets are to me.  We all need love in our lives, and whether you are a cat-person or a dog-person, this book is for everyone.

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Purchase it at Amazon.com here:  Homer’s Odyssey

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Has anyone read this book?  If yes, what was your take on it?  If not, do you plan on reading it?  Let us know in the comment section below!

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*Note: The synopsis and photo were taken from Goodreads.com.  The review above is written by me.  © Kalie Lyn 2013*

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Link of the Day: Read and Wander

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Flavorwire:  The Flâneur in Fiction – Great Books About Wandering the City

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After reading a post by one of my favorite blog authors, TBM, and her lovely stroll around London, I just knew this article had to be my Link of the Day!

I love to travel, and there honestly is nothing better than wandering, sometimes aimlessly, around a new city.  There really is no need to necessarily visit the “tourist destinations” of a new place, because it’s the sights, sounds, and people you discover while exploring that makes you really connect with your surroundings.

So, to coincide with TBM’s post today (and I do suggest you check out her blog), check out the link above to see some interesting books that focus on exploring and wandering.

Happy Friday All!

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Link of the Day: US vs. UK – You Decide

Via: Flavorwire.com

Flavorwire:  Judging 2012 Book Covers – US vs. UK

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I admit that I find book covers absolutely intriguing; with different designs and different texts, book covers really do tell a lot about the words lingering inside.  And the greatest thing about book covers: that every book has a few different cover versions.

At Flavorwire.com, they put together 36 different 2012 books, and compared the US book cover versions with the UK ones.  So, which do you prefer?  Flavorwire gave their answers, and now it’s time to give yours!

Let us know in the comment section below which covers you prefer!

Happy Thursday All!

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Link of the Day: The Best Redesigned Book Covers

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Flavorwire:  10 Redesigned Book Covers That Are Actually Better Than the Iconic Versions

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The design of book covers are important.  It is what a reader initially sees, and many readers (myself included) have been known to buy a book based solely off its cover.

These 10 redesigns of some classic literature covers have been described as being even better than the original cover designs.  And there’s no doubting that the redesigned book cover above of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 45  is pretty kick-ass.

So, check out the link above and see some more creative redesigns of famous books, and let us know in the comment section below which is your favorite!  My personal vote goes to Fahrenheit 45!

Happy Wednesday All!

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Link of the Day: March Must-Reads

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Flavorwire:  10 New Must-Reads for March

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Novels, poems, and works of non-fiction, Flavorwire’s must-reads for the month of March sound promising.  From Anne Carson to Vladimir Nabokov, these are some new books by some of the best authors.

Check out the link above for some recommendations, and let us know which are going on your TBR list, or which you have already read and personally recommend!

Happy Saturday All!

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Link of the Day: Women and Non-Fiction

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Flavorwire: 17 Essays by Female Writers that Everyone Should Read

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I’m a die-hard non-fiction fan, and I feel extra inspired when reading the motivational true-life stories of fellow women.

It’s true that male writers outnumber female authors, especially in the non-fiction world, but these driven and powerful female writers show us that gender is not an obstacle when it comes to amazing and moving writing.

Check out the link of the day, and definitely check out these essays by some of the most influential women in the literary world.

Happy Wednesday All!

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Link of the Day: Doggy Tales

Via: Biographile.com

Biographile:  Best in Show – 9 Doggone Great Memoirs of Life with Dogs

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I’m a die-hard non-fiction fan, and I absolutely love memoirs.  I do enjoy a good true-life travel or dysfunctional family story, but the one memoir subject I could read over-and-over again is animals.  Whether it’s a story about a naughty puppy, a brave kitten, or a heart-warming rescue, true-life pet tales never get old.

So, when I found these 9 memoirs about dogs, I knew each one was going to be added to my TBR list – and that they did!  Plus, I found a book website that focuses on non-fiction literature, which seems to be hard to come by.

So, check out the link above and let us know if you’ve read any of these doggy memoirs, and if not, which ones you would add to your own TBR list!

Happy Friday All!

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