Milk Treading

by Nick Smith | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1842820370 Global Overview for this book
Registered by DianaCoats of Hillsboro, Oregon USA on 1/29/2006
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by DianaCoats from Hillsboro, Oregon USA on Sunday, January 29, 2006
This is part of my New Year's Resolution to start registering books when I buy them instead of waiting. This book was sent to me by a very dear friend who had found this book in a used bookstore in Monterey, California.
This book has a cat as the main protagonist and every character in the book is either a cat or a dog. Not sure how the author is going to pull this one off but I'm anxious to find out.

Journal Entry 2 by DianaCoats from Hillsboro, Oregon USA on Saturday, February 04, 2006
This was an interesting read. A book written from the perspective of only cats and dogs in a world where no people exist...well, you would think it would be a nice wholesome and amusing tale. NOT! There is gang violence and murder...lots and lots of killing. Corrupt government and pollution. Racism. I'm not going to rate this book because I give the author credit for pulling off the book. It doesn't seem fair to rate it against the other books I've read lately. I'm glad that I read it but don't read it if you are looking for a warm and fuzzy book about cats.
This book is off to futurecat in New Zealand.

Journal Entry 3 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, February 12, 2006
Arrived safely in New Zealand today. Many thanks, Diana! I don't think this one will hang round on Mt. TBR for very long - in fact, I'm tempted to start reading it right away.

Ooh, almost forgot to add: Ming, Saffy and George say thank you to Andie for the mice!

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Journal Entry 4 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, February 12, 2006
I just had to make another journal entry to show you this, Diana: Ming, the supposedly elderly cat who never plays with toys, getting all excited about the mice! I think he likes them :-)

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Journal Entry 5 by futurecat from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Tuesday, February 21, 2006
I actually really enjoyed the fact that this book is not about cute fluffy chocolate box kittens. Anyone who's had a cat knows that the other side to the cuteness is cruel, vicious killing machines, and that is the side that is perfectly depicted in this book - a city made up of all the cats I've known would be very similar to Bast.

The story, however, was a bit lacking. The frequent sudden jumps in point of view made the plot hard to follow at times, and there seemed to be large sections of the story that were skipped over, so that characters' motivations for their actions weren't always obvious, and making some of the characterisation seem a bit inconsistent. There also seemed to be a few inconsistencies in the descriptions of the city and the way the cats and dogs lived (I'm still trying to figure out the three-walled houses that still have windows and front doors, for example).

Great concept and a good story, but slightly let down by the execution.

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Journal Entry 6 by wingSherlockfanwing from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Thursday, April 27, 2006
Just collected from the Downtown Backpackers where it was kindly left for me when futurecat 'with catlike tred' passed through our city.
I've just finished a book so will leap this one ahead of Mt TBR.

Thanks for the delivery service FC

Journal Entry 7 by wingSherlockfanwing from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Trying to read this book reminded me of why I don't like cats. Hardly dared to write that though, knowing what an intense cat-loving coterie BookCrossers form!

I was reminded of long forgotten Miffy. The clothesline below our house in Palmerston North was reached down a series of rumpty irregular steps designed by an inefficient do-it-yourselfer who almost certainly never carried a large wicker clothes-basket weighed down by wet washing for a family of six.

It was a place of delight and temptation for Miffy. She knew that I couldn't see her when she lurked by the steps concealed beneath overhanging herbiage. My ankles were her target for playful patting! Now I've peeked in the pages of "Milk Treading" I realize those playful pats were far more sinister attacks from a "cruel vicious killing machine". I'm thankful her goals were not achieved. How embarrased she must have been each time she reported back to her "gang" members and had to confess that I'd negotiated past her traps without disaster, yet again.

As for the glee with which she leapt up and stole steak from our neighbour's kitchen bench! Those were successful sorties - occasionally. Miffy'd have fitted right into this book.

Like DianaCoats I'm not going to rate the book - it appears to work, but not for me.

Journal Entry 8 by wingSherlockfanwing from Upper Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Wednesday, May 03, 2006
RELEASE NOTE

I'll take this book to the Wellington Meet-up on 9th May - chances are there'll be cat-lovers there.

Journal Entry 9 by Sandee207 on Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Caught at a meetup at Olive Cafe on 9th May. It's an interesting concept but don't know if it's really my cup of tea.

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