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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*

Animal Expression

Everyone that’s read my blog by now knows that I LOVE animals!  I also love photography and catching the lovely creatures in their “natural” beautiful state. Here are some of my favorite pictures I’ve taken of animals, along with one of my boyfriend’s photos. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A close-up of an elephant at Busch Gardens in Florida. […]

Some Rantin’ & Ravin’

Pet Peeve [noun]: a particular and often continual annoyance.

I don’t know if it’s that I’m craving nicotine (after I have quit smoking over 3 weeks ago) or if I’m just extremely hormonal, but lately, everything has been annoying me.

I was born with a personality that dislikes many things.  It can range from something so small as to disliking seafood to something as significant as disliking religion.  However, nothing irks me more than pet peeves that happen on a regular basis.

I don’t know why things bug me so much, but they do.  And here is my list of my biggest pet peeves.

– Opening a Tuna Fish Can : I had to complete this act last night.  I was dreading it but knew it had to be done.  The thing that pisses me off about opening a tuna can is the fact that you need to drain the oil/water/whatever the hell is inside there keeping the fish moist.  Why don’t they have a little hole that you pop open and it drains itself?  Why do I loose half of the tuna when it slips out along with it’s liquid component?  Why do I cut myself on the sharp edges of the tin top?  Why, oh why, is the oil so hard to wash off your hands?!  Maybe I’m just stupid and don’t do it right but nevertheless, it’s a pet peeve.

– Hearing People Sneeze : I know this is a mean one because sneezing is natural and you can’t help it, but hearing other people sneeze upsets me.  There are so many different “types” of sneezes.  Some people sneeze quick and cute ones that occur 10 times in a row.  Some people hold their sneezes in and it sounds like their brain just blew out.  Some sneezes are “sprayers” and others are loud and obnoxious.  And then there’s the one my mother does that makes me cringe and I refuse to say “bless you” afterwards.  We’re in the middle of a conversation and she knows a sneeze is coming so she interrupts the sentence and says “wait, wait, wait…” and she takes a huge breath and out comes, “ACHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO”.  It’s loud, it’s long and it’s absolutely annoying.  Don’t get me wrong, I love sneezing myself, it’s refreshing and feels good.  But other people sneezing just plain upsets me.

– T-Shirts : I can’t wear T-shirts.  I wish I could, but I physically can’t.  Well, maybe it’s more mental but whatever it is, T-shirts bug the hell out of me.  The first thing that makes them unwearable for me are the sleeves.  They are short, always too tight and I have a thing with my armpit.  All T-shirts ride up your arm and into you armpit.  This bugs me.  I have thrown out and refused to buy many cute shirts that ride up into my armpit.  When I’m wearing a shirt that does this, I spaz out, get angry and rip it off.  The second reason I can’t wear T-shirts is the neckline.  They are too round, too high and touch my neck.  Nothing can touch my neck.  I have to wear long necklaces, I have to wear v-neck shirts and I have to avoid stranglers.  I have ruined many a shirt by yanking on the neckline so far that it eventually rips or stretches out.  Everyone in my family knows my clothes based on how stretched out my shirt is, in both the sleeves and necks.  Please, don’t touch my armpit or neck.

– Lint, Hair, Fuzzies…etc. : Just like I can’t wear T-shirts, I also avoid wearing black, or any other color that shows “debris”, clothing.  We have a white cat and white cats shed.  They get their white hair all over your pressed black pants, all over your cute dark blue tops and all over your red blanket.  Lint, animal or human hair and little clingy fuzzies bug me whether they are on me or someone else.  This pet peeve has driven me so far as to picking crap off of the clothes of random strangers.  I really need to learn to keep a lint roller with me.

Trust me, these are just a few among many of my personal pet peeves.  I may sound selfish, but I’m really not.  We all have our annoyances towards different things in this world and the above, along with others, are a few of mine.

What are some other pet peeves and dislikes for you?

*Note: The images above were taken from Google Images.  The thoughts and words in this article are my own: © Kalie Lyn, 2011.


Thursday Question #2

Q:

What do you do to unwind after a rough day?

A:

Have a beer, listen to music, hang with my friends, go on the computer, cuddle my cat, take a walk, see a movie…there are so many things I do to relax.  Depends on how bad my day was and what I want to do at the time.

*Don’t forget to leave a link of your own answers to the daily question in the comments section below!*