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Cats In Cyberspace [Paperback]

Beth Hilgartner
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Book Description

Nov. 23 2004
A book for anyone who has ever been owned by a cat... It's a cat's life for Fluffy and PKP until their two-feet companions have to take a JOB out of the home. Gone are the days of snacks on demand and Quality Time petting and purring. Instead, Fluffy is left at the mercy of her psychotically aggressive sister, PKP (that's Princess KILLER Pinknose, to you!) while Dana and Colin work as wage slaves. It won't do! Fortunately for Fluffy, when Dana tries to introduce Colin to the Internet, Inspiration-with-a-capital-I strikes. Fluffy takes matters into her own capable paws, and before you can say "dogs are stupid" the two felines are racing along in the fast lane of the Information Superhighway. Well, technology is a great thing, but the Superhighway still has plenty of potholes. From the difficulties of reining in PKP's killer instincts ("What do you mean insider information is illegal?") to the Pizza Problem, Fluffy has her paws full as the two cats navigate their way toward complete financial freedom for their two-feet pals.

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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 Uhura’s 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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed so much I had tears in my eyes May 2 2003
What a great wonderful pair Beth Hilgartner has invented for this title. Fluffy and PKP are quite the epitomy of cats and any catlover can relate to their actions and actually wonder while giving their furkids an extra look or two.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, and a must for cat-lovers >^..^< Oct. 24 2001
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The premise may sound silly, but this book is great fun, and the premise is cleverly carried throughout. Hannah (aka PKP, for Princess Killer Pinknose) and Sarah (aka Pudge, though she hates being called that; also aka Fluffy) are two felines who remember the good old days when their Two-Feets, Dana and Colin, had more time to spend at home with them. Alas, Dana and Colin are both struggling artists (she a writer, he a musician), and had to get real jobs to make ends meet.
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. >^..^<
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cats in cahoots July 7 2003
A fellow cat-person gave this to me, but I put off reading it for months, fearing it would be too cutesy (actually is a touch heavy on the italics-for-emphasis, thus the 4 rather than 5 stars)...well, last night I finally opened it, and read it in one sitting, laughing all the way.
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...?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart & Funny - a must read book Dec 3 2001
Cats in Cyberspace is a gem. And I don't even care for cats.
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!
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