4 stars – star off for calling Sid’s people his owners. I hate that term as it relates to dogs, cats, and all animals.
But this is a wonderful book.4 ½ stars – ½ star off for calling Sid’s people his owners. I hate that term as it relates to dogs, cats, and all animals.
But this is a wonderful book. It complately charmed me.
The illustrations are fabulous. I love each painting. I love the colors, style, expressiveness, especially of Sid. I love the page with the 6 different places to be scratched.
The author definitely knows cats. I think all cat lovers will enjoy this book.
I really enjoyed the story of wily Sid. I love the street names Aristotle Street and Pythagoras Place. I did feel a bit sorry for the residents of the former street and cheered for the second group of people. I grinned and chuckled all the way through this book. Who hasn’t known a cat like Sid?! Maybe not any quite as smart and persistent, but certainly one (or many!) who made sure to have more than one human/group of humans catering to their needs.
This story says some things about neighbors’ friendliness or lack thereof, and of how each benefit comes with a price (dinners & attention vs. vet visits & cough medicine), and how smart cats can be and what good companions they can be.
Lovely story, lovely illustrations, and a memorable book....more
I don’t feel like rehashing the plot. For the curious, it, or parts of it, can be found in the book’s description field, at Wikipedia, in other GoodreI don’t feel like rehashing the plot. For the curious, it, or parts of it, can be found in the book’s description field, at Wikipedia, in other Goodreads members’ reviews.
This was my first cyberpunk novel, and while I liked much of it, I don’t think this subgenre is my favorite.
Unusually for me, I’ll start with the negatives.
I didn’t feel satisfied by the ending. There was such a build up to it, but I thought it fizzled a bit, and I ended up being disappointed. Also, the story dragged at times; I think it was too long. I don’t often say that about books.
Overall, the story felt like a comic book, and only a part of a comic book. What’s funny is at the end there’s a note that this was meant to be a graphic novel and that made perfect sense because that’s how it read.
There was too much action, frenetic action, way too much for my taste.
I do believe that at times I got confused about whether the events were taking place in the Metaverse (internet) or Reality.
I felt too sad about Fido’s situation.
But, I did enjoy this book, So, I have some positive things to say also.
Given that is was first published in 1992, it’s rather creative and forward thinking.
At times it is very, very, very funny.
I love the play with words and what the author does regarding linguistics. I enjoyed the jibes at religion, capitalism, government, bureaucracy, hackers & programmers, adolescence, so many facets of our culture, of civilization itself.
Y.T. is such a fun character; I enjoyed her immensely.
And, Hiro Protagonist must be one of the best fictional names ever created!
If there had been just a reasonable amount of editing and a better ending I might have given it one more star.
I read this for one of my Goodreads groups and I’m really glad that I did; it’s been on my to-read shelf for a while....more
I did go back and review my history to better enjoy this book. It turns out I would rather read the actual history. All of the background introductoryI did go back and review my history to better enjoy this book. It turns out I would rather read the actual history. All of the background introductory history material was my favorite part.
The reason I was able to remain somewhat engaged, even though I don’t have the same taste in entertainment as Marie, Anastasia, and Alexis, and the rest of the Imperial family, was it was interesting to imagine how the Tsar’s family experienced Bleb’s work.
Bleb Botkin was certainly a good artist, and probably a good storyteller, especially taking into account that he was so young when he created this work, made poignant by the fact that his father was one of the four other people who were executed with the Tsar’s family.
My favorite drawing shows Mischka the bear in his bathrobe tending the fire and the Mayor rabbit’s shadow showing in the fireplace wall with a bear portrait on the wall, but many of the paintings are wonderfully detailed.
The story with pictures reminds me of some of the “books” I wrote and drew as a kid for younger children, although the topics were very different. Bleb wrote and drew what he knew, and because the reader knows what’s to happen I found it rather a sad book. ...more
This is not your typical alphabet book, but it’s definitely a Neil Gaiman book. It’s not really for preschoolers who are learning the alphabet. It’s fThis is not your typical alphabet book, but it’s definitely a Neil Gaiman book. It’s not really for preschoolers who are learning the alphabet. It’s for readers who know their alphabet, and who can enjoy overtly creepy content. For those readers, I guess the book can be interesting. There’s a deliberate mistake in the order of the letters that some might find enjoyable to notice.
The gist of it is that every time I read a Neil Gaiman book I want to love it but at most I just like it. I also wasn’t wild about the illustrations in this. But I give it the stars I do for its creativity and uniqueness. ...more