Cats In Cyberspace Paperback – Nov 23 2004
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"Beth Hilgartner so thoroughly and delightfully pegs "catness" that one is tempted to call for DNA testing" -- Lee Martindale
"Good fun and a fascinating look at cyberspace potential for all species." -- Carole Nelson Douglas, author of the Midnight Louie feline P.I. Mysteries
"Hope she's thinking about a sequel, because her fans will demand one!" -- Janet Kagan, author of Hellspark, Mirabile, and Uhuras Song
About the Author
Beth Hilgartner has published five previous books: three fantasies, a historical fiction novel, and a picture book. [query for Stephe - do you want titles, etc.?] She is an Episcopal priest, an award-winning author, a musician, a flower farmer, an equestrian, a maker of historical instruments (recorders), and chronically short of sleep. She lives in Orford, NH - no, not OXford - with her husband and their four seriously pampered cats.
I think that's everything I owe you, but let me know if I've forgotten anything.
The titles of my previous works are:
Great Gorilla Grins (the picture book)
A Necklace of Fallen Stars
A Murder for her Majesty (winner of the Golden Pen Award 1987 - Mystery category
and a Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies)
Colors in the Dreamweaver's Loom
The Feast of the Trickster
Top Customer Reviews
When their two-feet companions are forced to return to work due to money problems PKP & Fluffy decide they aren't getting the treatment they had signed up for in this household. Dana, a writer & Colin a musician still care for them, they just aren't around enough to answer to all their whims. After watching Dana show Colin how to operate the laptop, Fluffy who has been watching every move decides it would be a great diversion. That's where the "Master Plan" gets it's start.
The two begin trading in the stock market and then in futures with some hillarious results. The team keeps going and going and they take you right along on their adventures as they try to never get caught with their paws on the trackball.
Would be a delightful read for young teens or as a read-aloud book to younger children.
Fluffy and PKP realize that it's in their feline best interests to ensure that Dana and Colin are financially secure. When Dana brings home a laptop and explains the Internet and the Web to technophobe Colin, Fluffy listens in and an idea is born.
There's no need to go into more plot detail; suffice it to say that even though this may sound silly, the author nails cat behavior (Solar Meditation and Power Napping) and (equally as fun) cat-owner behavior (asking your cat questions and then answering for them -- Fluffy wonders how Dana gets so close to inner cat thoughts!). This is an adorable, clever, feel-good story that it also a very quick read. Highly recommended. >^..^<
Beth Hilgartner has captured perfectly the way multiple cats conspire to do the things that one could not accomplish alone. While cat-lovers in general would love this book, those who live in a multi-cat household would especially enjoy the collaborative techniques of the feline sisters who, while sparring all the while on a personal level, bring off a caper brilliantly. And notice, too, that the bossy, overbearing Princess is eventually gotten the better of by her cyber-empowered sister. Also delightful is that the cats' keyboarding skills are never discovered by the humans, which would be the more expected end of such a tale.
Is a sequel in the offing, perhaps...?
In much the same way as Harry Potter, this book tackles improbable events in a manner that makes them seem completely commonplace, and does so with grace and humor. The wordplay is extraordinary and avid National Public Radio fans will pick up several inside jokes that make it an even better read.
I picked this book up at the bookstore entirely by accident. I started reading it right there and then, and finished it a couple days later. Gave it to another friend who basically read it straight through was well.
While short, the book is equally capable of being read by adults or sophisticated teens.
5 enthusiastic stars!
Most recent customer reviews
Whatever you do, do NOT read this book aloud. It has definitely given our little four-foots ideas!
This book is compelling, entertaining, and WAAAY too close to reality. Read more
This one is pure wish-fulfillment fantasy (but fun) -- a struggling writer and her musician-husband are saved from wage-slavery by Fluffy & PKP [note 1], their Web-savvy,... Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Peter D. Tillman
I'm not a catperson and I don't trade online, but I found the book delightful. I'd put off reading it, while trying to finish something else, but after about the tenth time that my... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2001 by J. Segall