Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: The Good, the Bad and the Furry-Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat by Tom Cox

The Good, the Bad, and the Furry: Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat, written by Tom Cox, is honestly the funniest book I have read in quite some time. Tom writes about the cats in his life and how his world revolves around them. You get to meet The Bear-yes, his name is THE Bear-an elderly cat with a constant look of worry on his face. Then there's Ralph who likes to meow his own name and has a problem with slugs. Shipley is a mouthy cat who calms when Tom picks him up and turns him onto his back. These aren't the only cats; Tom introduces us to many others, too, along with his family and friends (his dad is precious!).

He so perfectly describes the cats' personalities you begin to feel as if you are living with them as well. You learn their idiosyncrasies and how they interact in different situations. You fall in love. You also begin to think Tom is a tiny bit crazy, but in an endearing way.

My favorite chapter in the book was a letter written to the house sitter "Keeping our Cats out of the Bedroom: Instructions for Housesitters." Tom was going out of town and realized there were a few "details" he forgot to mention. Like how one cat (after wading through the swamp) will try to break into the bedroom while they are sleeping and another will have night terrors. But hey, don't be alarmed; it'll all be fine. The chapter had me laughing so hard I had to read it out loud to my husband.

Photo courtesy of Tom Cox.

The Good, the Bad, and the Furry is not only a book I would recommend, but one which I will read again. Now that I've made you want to read it, too, let's talk giveaway! You can win a hardcover copy of your own from the publisher.

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I received a copy of The Good, the Bad, and the Furry for free from the publisher. This in no way influenced my review, as it contains my honest thoughts on the book.


  1. so apparently I was the only one distracted by the subtitle.. ;) I agree though, it is a good book!!

  2. We've been hearing so many great things about this book! :)

  3. This definitely sounds like a cat book that I need to add to my library!

  4. Sounds fun! I can read it to my cat Bucky,you know-broaden his mind.

  5. I've read them all, they are fabulous