Tuesday 23 July 2013
#CBR5 Book 95. "How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You" by The Oatmeal
Rating: 4 stars
Everyone who's ever owned a cat, or who knows someone who owns a cat, knows that cats are, deep down, pure evil. They're beautiful animals, but they are selfish, cruel and, if it weren't for the fact that you are the one providing their food, they would totally kill you in a heartbeat.
Matthew Inman is the creator of The Oatmeal, a wonderful website with web comics/blog updates. In this book, he collects a number of his most popular comics about the joys and challenges of cat ownership, which reads as both hilarious and deeply recognisable to anyone who's shared their home with one or more cats.
As I am not a regular reader of the web comic, many of these strips and stories were new to me. If you read the Oatmeal as a devoted fan, then it's probably quite disappointing to get the same comics you've already read, reprinted in a book with just a minimal amount of additional new stuff. If you've not read a lot of The Oatmeal before though, and especially if you love (or fear) cats, this is a very good and really very funny introduction to Inman's work.