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The Meowmorphosis

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“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten.”

Thus begins The Meowmorphosis—a bold, startling, and fuzzy-wuzzy new edition of Franz Kafka’s classic nightmare tale, from the publishers of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! Meet Gregor Samsa, a humble young man who works as a fabric salesman to
Paperback, Quirk Classics, 208 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Quirk Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 05, 2011 Owen rated it did not like it
In compliance with FTC guidelines, I disclose thatI received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I have never thrown a book away after reading it before in my life until I read The Meowmorphosis. I will admit that I am not particularly good at reading works of literature and divining the meanings, allusions, and symbolism, but this book has no value at all.

In order to get a good basis off which to judge this book, I read Kafka's The Metamorphosis. It was a very strange tale; weird,
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
Sorry Quirk Books, but you really quirked up this time.

Kafka is not an author I'd immediately associate with literary mash-ups, seeing as he's neither a fun nor, quite honestly, entertaining read. In fact, he's quite depressing and it's hard to imagine how his works could be spiced up enough to be made palatable to a more general audience. Enter Quirk Books with The Meowmorphosis. Okay, I thought, if anyone could make Kafka likeable, it's Quirk; add a cute, fluffy kitty into the mix and you've p
Dara Salley
Oct 08, 2015 Dara Salley rated it liked it
I came to this book with a fair amount of skepticism. I’m a big fan of Kafka and not such a big fan of the humorous/parody literature genre. I enjoyed “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” because the silly conceit of putting zombies into Jane Austen’s world actually created something meaningful. The zombies could be seen as a physical representation of the stultifying effect of harsh morality and the refusal of the gentry to acknowledge uncomfortable truths. However, many of the parodies that ...more
Andrew Shaffer
Mar 23, 2011 Andrew Shaffer rated it it was amazing
"One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten."

In less capable hands, such a prompt would have resulted in a book that simply replaced the word "insect" with "kitten." But Quirk Books wisely commissioned an extremely capable fantasy writer to re-imagine Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" as a work of gonzo literature. I'm happy to report that "The Meowmorphosis" (out this May from "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" p
Mark Flowers
Apr 06, 2011 Mark Flowers rated it it was ok
I can't figure out what the purpose of this book is. Well over half of it is simply the text of Kafka's story with the word "bug" replaced by the word "kitten." Not sure if Coleridge thinks this is supposed to be funny (Kafka's story is already pretty funny) or insightful, or what (after all, there's a pretty huge difference between being a bug and a kitten, we would expect the responses of others and the consequences for Gregor to be quite different - not exactly the same). The middle section ...more
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Dec 11, 2011 Ruby Tombstone [With A Vengeance] marked it as unread-but-acquired
They say to never judge a book by its cover.... Fuck it. Have you SEEN the cover? Freakin' adorable.
Rich Stoehr
Apr 07, 2011 Rich Stoehr rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
The Meowmorphosis is certainly an oddity. And in the mashup genre - home to books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Android Karenina - that's saying something.

I have to admit that I've never read Kafka's original Metamorphosis, so I can't compare the merits of the Quirk Classics version against the original. What I can say is that if The Meowmorphosis is any indication of the tenor of the original work, reading it gave me no desire to read the source material.

It took some effort to make i
Alexander Livingston
This book was a prize – not for me, but for somebody else who didn't want it. It was won in a quiz at an end-of-year philosophy meet-up. When I saw it being passed around, I though it was Kafka's The Metamorphosis and tried to announce proudly that I had read it in the original German (Die Verwandlung). The cat on the cover did however seem rather incongruous, and on closer inspection the title resolved itself into The Meowmorphosis. Seeing that no one appeared to be determined to take possessio ...more
May 28, 2011 zxvasdf rated it really liked it
If you awoke one morning to find yourself transformed into an adorable kitten, what would be your first response? Mine probably would be to play with a ball of yarn or to use my sister's leg as a scratching post. Not so our protagonist. He spends most of the chapter attempting to get out of bed while being simultaneously horrified and lethargic about his absurd predicament.

He then proceeds to frighten his parents and his employer (who came to harangue Gregor for missing the ride to work) with hi
the golden witch.
Quirk Classics, you are one awesome publishing house. Not only did you send me the ARC copy of this book, but you also sent me a poster to go with it. And now I don’t know where to put it (see the original review at to see the picture of said ARC/poster!). That said, I loved the original version (even if it did make me feel extremely anxious and paranoid after reading it), and this version makes Kafka’s classic even more palatable with the idea of Gregor Samsa ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
When Quirk Classics revealed that their latest mash-up was going to be based on Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis, I wasn't really sure what to think. After tackling Jane Austen's popular classics and the fairly well-known Anna Karenina, I thought this was a very strange choice for a mash-up. Kafka and The Metamorphosis don't seem to be as well known, so it makes me wonder why Quirk chose this novel as the next in their classics series -not only that, but cats? Either it was a gutsy decision or a ...more
Sep 13, 2012 Asma rated it really liked it
Recommended to Asma by: Sue
According to the imaginative biography of Kafka at the very end of the novel, the main character Gregor Samsa is a traveling salesman like Kafka's real-life father with whom it's said that he had a troubled relationship. In Meowmorphosis, Gregor's job initially supports the three members of his unemployed family in a high lifestyle with a big apartment in Prague when one night he is transformed after a dream into a kitten. His father, mother, and sister know that the kitten is actually the ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Rachel rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through first-reads. I had tried to read the original a while ago but couldn't quite make it through. When I saw the idea behind this spoof I had thought "kittens! That'll be hilarious". When I read it, I found it wasn't quite what I thought it would be.

As a few others have already pointed out, it doesn't seem like much spoof was added to this aside from the main character, Gregor, turning into a kitten instead of a cockroach. I was also baffled by the issue of size. In the
Dec 31, 2014 Nathan rated it it was ok
A reworking of Kafka's Metamorphosis where the protagonist is not turned into a cockroach, but a cute kitten. With a new middle section where the cat Gregor goes into the wider world and seems to wander into The Trial.

Strange book, this. Mostly a direct transcription of the original (with "cat" instead of "cockroach"), which occasionally does not work, with a fresh middle that attempts to tease out the messages of the original and what it means to be a cat all at the same time.

The new stuff rea
May 08, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011

Love how it followed the Metamorphosis to a point, but then it also deviated and dove into Kafka's life and OTHER words, especially the Josef K thread. I'm not a mash up fan, and this isn't really a mash up. It's actually a revisioning of the original story, and those who are familiar with Kafka's work to a sickening point (like me) will appreciate this one.
Jan 31, 2014 Gill rated it liked it
This book took me two attempts to get reading. I managed to plod my way through it but it didn't captivate me.
Jun 14, 2012 Cassie-la rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-reads

This is the third advanced copy of a novel that I have won/been gifted by Quirk Books. They are an amazing publishing company who truly cares about their customers and I love most everything they put out, but it would be wrong of me to say I enjoyed the newest offering from their Quirk Classic series.

The Meowmorphosis follows the same basic format of the other literary mash-ups, classic text plus a fun extra to enhance or alter our perce
M.J. Ryder
Apr 30, 2011 M.J. Ryder rated it it was ok
Regular readers of my book reviews will be familiar with the Quirk Classics approach. Take one classic novel, add a plot twist — be it in terms of setting, character, or plot — and publish. To a certain extent this formula can be said to work quite well. While the likes of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters was undoubtedly flawed from the start, both the prequel and the sequel to the best-seller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies were both extremely enjoyable reads.

So we come then to Quirk Clas
Sahina Bibi
Oct 05, 2015 Sahina Bibi rated it it was ok
This was such an odd book when I read the blurb to it after Quirk books sent it to me for review (thanks guys!) The cover intrigued me though and the idea was one that I had never read before so I was curious when I dived into reading it. It was oddly compelling and rather weird at the same time, no doubt thanks to the curious tale of our main character Gregor who turns into a cat. Yes, a cat. Purrr-fect right?

The book is written by two authors yet their writing fits in well with the other and
Feb 29, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
This is the first literary “mash-up” I’ve ever read…a new format that combines classic texts with a modern twist. Quirk Classics have produced these, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Android Karenina were early successes. I was a little hesitant at first, having found Kafka’s The Metamorphosis so intriguing.

In this mash-up, the anonymous writer “Coleridge Cook” twists Kafka’s tale of a man waking up to find himself as a bug into a tamer form: he wakes as an adorable kitten instead. Grego
Hannah M.
May 24, 2011 Hannah M. rated it liked it
The Meowmorphosis is the story of Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman working his hind-end off to pay off his fathers debt and provide for his parents and sister. One morning, after a fitful night’s sleep, Gregor wakes up to find that not only is he late for work, but he appears to be a kitten! Of course, Gregor’s new status as a kitten means he’s not exactly able to work – what with the lack of opposable thumbs and perhaps the whole communication thing, which leaves his family in an uproar ...more
May 26, 2011 BookMarc rated it it was ok
'The Meowmorphosis' was up for grabs over at and I found myself intrigued as to whether it would be the cat's meow or a slimy hairball of a book. My luck was in and I accosted a copy and, ladies and gentleman of the public, the verdict is in.
The story is a mash-up of Kafka's classic novella 'Metamorphosis' where Gregor wakes up to find himself a cockroach. Instead of a cockroach though he wakes up as a kitten in this version of the story. Being more lovable than a cockroach one
Aug 05, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trilogy from Quirk Classics, so I was super excited that I won this one. I had never read Kafka before but I had been meaning to, so this was the perfect kick in the butt to finally get to it. I read "The Metamorphosis" right before reading this one, so it was pretty repetitive at the beginning. Essentially, Coleridge Cook replaces the word "insect" with "kitten" and leaves the rest of the story the same (except for some descriptions of how cu ...more
Coleridge Cook places tongue firmly in cheek and takes a bold swipe at one of the most fascinating philosophical works of German Expressionism, Kafka’s Metamorphosis. It is funny and thought provoking, and mimics Kafka’s style (in English translation), perfectly. The prose is elegant and satiric, nicely paced.

In Meowmorphosis, lower level civil servant Gregor Samsa is left to support his timid mother, sheltered sister, and useless, broken father, after the collapse of the family business. They
Jan 06, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of satire and parody, kafka freaks,
Shelves: fiction
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Kitten Kisser
Sep 10, 2014 Kitten Kisser rated it did not like it
I am a big fan of Quirk Classics. I was so excited to see a Quirk book with a cute fuzzy wuzzy kitten - Joy!

There are so many things wrong with this book, I doubt I shall recall all of them, but here goes:

Our main character is a adorable kitten. He leaves his room & when he is shoved back in his room he can barely fit through the door. His big round belly is too big to fit through the door - yet he walked out of the room just fine. Not only that but since when do kittens have gigantic round
Jun 07, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Before I picked up The Meowmorphosis (Quirk Books, 2011), the newest mash-up from Quirk Books, I wanted to get to know Kafka a little better. He’d been on my “to-read-someday” list just about forever, so I dove straight into The Metamorphosis. The story—too short to be a novella, too long to be a short story—starts out well enough, with poor Gregor Samsa waking up one rainy day to find he’d turned into a giant beetle during a night of fitful dreams. After that, the story goes downhill. Slowly. ...more
Jul 05, 2011 melydia rated it it was ok
Continuing the classics-with-extra-bits trend that began with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, here we have the tale of The Metamorphosis where instead of turning into a giant bug, Gregor Samsa awakens to find himself transformed into an adorable kitten. It’s been a long time since I read the original, but I think there were also portions from The Trial included as well. Either way, it doesn’t work very well. There are a few good lines here and there, but by and large you’d be better off just re ...more
Julie Graves
May 11, 2011 Julie Graves rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
I have never read any of Franz Kafka's stories so was not familiar with The Metamorphosis. I went online to look it up and get kind of an idea of what it was about. I also read a bit of biography about Franz Kafka to get an idea of what he was like as a writer. So, after doing all of that I then read The Meowmorphosis, Quirk Classics mashup of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis.

In The Metamorphosis Gregor Samsa a salesman wakes up one morning turned into a bug of some sort. In The Meowmorphosis ma
Lilac Wolf
Oct 17, 2011 Lilac Wolf rated it it was ok
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This review is very hard for me to write. The cover is cute, and this is another of the Quirk Classic mash-up, and Kafka is a big name. Hey, I like cats, I was looking forward to this one. A way to get my classic lit into my reading diet.

I like the cat the original the guy turned into a big cockroach. So what Cook Coleridge did, worked.

However, Kafka...what were you writing? I think he is a writer that intellectuals say they love so they don't look stupid. Th
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