lolaraincoat: (snowshoe hare)
So late last summer [personal profile] currer, who is evil, introduced me to Bookmooch and I have wasted a lot of time there ever since. It's a bookswap website which, unlike most, functions reasonably well outside the US. But "reasonably well" has its limits: there are upwards of 250 books on my wishlist, and none of them are currently available to be sent to Canada. On the other hand, if I needed five thousand free copies of The DaVinci Code, Bookmooch would be there for me.

Anyway, I accumulated a lot of Bookmooch points sending books to Finland and Ireland and Israel and (mostly) the U.S., and I scrounged around on the Bookmooch site for books to get in exchange, and that's how I ended up with all five of C.J. Cherryh's Chanur books, which I read one and a half of, and then gave up on as repetitive and predictable. They're often mentioned as a good example of SF told entirely from an alien point of view, which is true, and the aliens are basically intelligent matriarchal cats, which is entertaining for about one short book as far as I'm concerned.

But so then I passed them on to [profile] fishwhistle. And Fishwhistle, as I've probably mentioned here a time or two already, really, really likes cats. He likes me well enough, and he likes cheesy science fiction too, but cats ... well, cats are special to him. So he loved those books. Loved them. He stayed up late for weeks at a time, reading about cats in space. And now he is sad because he has read them all. And so, my beloved interwebs, I turn to you: what other Cats In Space fiction can you think of? I've already thought of that Heinlein novel, but isn't it late-period Heinlein, which is to say horrible sludge? And then, speaking of horrible sludge, there are the Larry Niven novels with the Kzin in them, but I think Fishwhistle has read all of those, even the short-story collections by other authors, and they just make him sad because the humans and the intelligent space-cats are fighting all the time. But surely there is more Cats In Space science fiction out there somewhere?

Meanwhile it has recently occurred to me that the novel I most want to read, of all the novels in the world, is one that has not yet been written (as far as I can discover, anyway): the thinly veiled roman a clef about Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg in New York in the late 1950s. Wouldn't that make a great book? And then later, a brilliant movie?
lolaraincoat: drawing, two leaves (green)
Mystery the first )

Mystery the second )

Mystery the third, the one with the answer )

Special bonus cat mystery: I thanked my gardening guru with a grocery bag full of beets, beet greens and kale. She brought it inside the house and placed it on the floor while we had a drink. Our very shyest cat, the one who never goes near strangers normally and is kind of a picky eater, came right up to the bag and started pulling out the beet greens and purring. I shooed him away. He looked at me reproachfully and -- this is the truly strange bit -- came right back and did it some more. (Normally shooing away can lead to him hiding under a couch for days, you understand.)

He really, really wanted those beet greens. The other two cats -- including our cat who likes to eat houseplants and grass outside, because his hobby is puking -- ignored them. Why would a cat become obsessed with beet greens? What is going on in his little kitty head?


May. 23rd, 2007 12:42 pm
lolaraincoat: (dog2)
Our 4-year-old neutered male FIV+ cat has taken to nursing from the teats of our 11-year-old neutered male cat. They both seem to be enjoying it -- there's a lot of purring and languid mutual grooming going on -- so I don't see any reason to stop them. The younger one used to do this when he was a kitten, and then they stopped for a few years. But lately they're been doing it again, and doing it a lot : every time I walk into the living room, there they are with the kneading and the suckling noises. It's the teensiest bit disturbing, you know?


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