Hey guys! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember that back in October 2017, I supported the author Richard Bloss with his book signing in Hull for his book ‘About a Dog’. Now, he is looking to release a sequel to his last book which is called ‘About a Cat’. It centres around his cat Boh and delves into his cat’s perspective on his life in Plymouth. It was very exciting to read the preview of Chapter 1 as I really enjoyed reading ‘About a Dog’ and knew I could expect great things from Richard’s second book. I would say either of these books are perfect for animal lovers and pet owners as well as anybody who is interested in getting inside an animal’s brain as they live their daily life. So here is my review of Chapter 1 of ‘About a Cat’! Note: this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.
Upon reading the chapter, I was treated to Richard’s brilliant and unique writing style. He really captures the personality of his cat perfectly and cleverly contrasts it against the differing personality of Barney the dog. Boh and Barney are as different as day and night and yet still manage to live somewhat harmoniously together.
The chapter is set early in the morning and opens with Boh impatiently waiting for his food to arrive. From the beginning, it is clear that this is a sophisticated, nonchalant cat who begrudgingly accepts the dog in the house but can’t quite understand or relate to him. I loved the part where Boh complained about no one in the house ‘speaking cat’. He had previously mentioned playing the part of the obedient cat and an element of this was making small talk whilst being fed. But obviously, ‘the master’ as he refers to Richard, is unable to understand his mioaws or talk back to him in that same language.
Another part I particularly liked was Boh’s ideas about spending time with the family. He used the words ‘tolerate’ and ‘quite liked’ to describe spending time with the family. His way of showing affection back was to not scratch them in the face which I thought was quite generous seeing as some cats just scratch people for the fun of it. But Boh cannot quite comprehend why the family preferred to stroke the dog over him. I think Richard really captured the essence of a cat’s personality here as most cats do enjoy stroking and affection from their owner but not to the excessive degree that dogs do. The age old rivalry comes out as they question how on earth the dog gets more attention than them when they are perfectly worthy of the same amount or even more!
To conclude, this was a strong, engaging opening chapter which introduced the characters and plotline well. It has several humorous moments and even for someone like myself who isn’t a particular animal lover, it was very enjoyable. I look forward to reading the rest of the book! If you are interested in reading this book, please email Richard on email@example.com for further details or to register in advance for a copy of the book. The book should soon be available to order on Amazon and Bookbaby and online in other stores. The estimated cost of the book is £7. Or if you would just like to read chapter 1, click here and it will cost you around £1.50 to download.
Thank you for reading this post! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull