Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: A Christmas Feral

We were recently contacted by author and cat lover Mary Matthews, who asked if we'd review her short story "A Christmas Feral".

We very kindly told her that we don't observe Christmas, but we are strong supporters of TNR and managed feral cat communities... and we thanked her for writing about them!

Mary asked if we'd be willing to review anyway and we told her we would.

"A Christmas Feral" is an ebook short story available for Kindle readers (and apps) on and the price is 99¢.

The story is a riff on the Dickens' classic tale, with Scrooge played by the local magistrate and the ghosts played by various magical cats. The moral of the tale is that a managed cat colony does no harm and may actually do good (e.g. reducing the rodent population, etc).

The tale is sweet, if a bit rough in places. There were a few times where the story suddenly changes direction and could be a bit difficult to follow. And the dialogue can sometimes skip from modern to Dickensia to the Roaring 20's and back.

But the story itself is charming, with chuckle-worthy descriptions of the Scrooge character:
"he didn't RSVP to our wedding until you sent the amended invitations, 'No Gifts Please'."

And what's not to like about a fluffy white deaf cat named Tatiana? As you know, we're suckers for hearing impaired kitties over here.

In all, though the tale feels like it could benefit from one more pass by a good editor, it's a quick read and it's about cats. And most importantly, it shines a light on a very important subject: the plight of feral cats in our communities. And it includes a link to Alley Cat Allies at the end.

At only 24 pages, we feel we can recommend this as an easy lunchtime read.

We thank Mary for giving us a copy of her short story to review.


  1. We hope it sells well. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  2. It sounds like an adorable and sweet story.
    We too hope she does well with it.
    Happy Holidays!
    Katie & Glogirly

  3. I'm sure she will do really well :) and yes we are all suckers where animals are concerned :) xx0xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  4. This does sound like a sweet story - and anything that promotes TNR gets a paws up from me!

  5. What a wonderful plot for a story. WE wish the author well on the ebook selling well.

  6. It sounds creative and clever, and we wish the author success. I am wondering if presenting Tatiana as deaf might be limiting the information she has, but I assume that is addressed at some point (and perhaps the other cats in the colony make up for that lack).

    It sounds like a story I would read, but I don't have Kindle or Apps. I wonder if the author could send email copies for a small Paypal donation...

    Is there a link to a site with more information?

    The Big Thing.

    1. We'll email the author and ask her if we can pass her email info on to you!

  7. We don't have a Kindle and TW is so far behind reading that she's given up.

  8. Thank you for the review. I think I'll get mommy to buy the story for me because it supports TNR. Purrrrrrrrrrrrrrs.


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