Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Good, the Bad, and the Furry: Review and Giveaway

Even though Tom Cox has written two previous cat books, Under the Paw and Talk to the Tail, I hadn't heard about him or his cat books until I started reading a few reviews from fellow cat bloggers.  I knew I had to check out his latest book, The Good, the Bad, and the Furry: Life with the World's Most Melancholy Cat, and I'm glad I did!

The Good, the Bad, and the Furry provides an entertaining and humorous look at living life with cats.  Cox resides with a group of unique cats.  There's never a dull moment for Cox, who is adjusting to life as a newly single man.

The feline residents initially consist of Janet, Shipley, Ralph, and The Bear.  Shipley enjoys stealing food and running around the house swearing at everyone and everything.  The only thing that seems to calm him is turning him upside down.  Ralph, Shipley's brother, is a tabby who makes sure everyone knows his name by walking around and shouting it at the top of his lungs.  Janet is actually a male cat.  The Bear is intelligent and would like to live a solitary life where he can think about important things.  Instead, he is surrounded by felines who, in his opinion, possess a much lower IQ than himself.  Later, we are introduced to a kitten named Roscoe as well.

I loved reading about the cats' antics, and you will undoubtedly be able to relate to some of the stories Cox shares in this book.  I also enjoyed reading about the orange intruders that can hardly be told apart.  Cox is a true cat lover, and it warms my heart to see that there are men in the world who are as crazy about cats as I am.

There are occasional pauses in the memoir to include chapters like, "Five Highly Unlikely Pet Memoirs," and, "Advice for New Kitten Owners."  I found a couple of these to be a little random but enjoyable nonetheless.  My favorite one was, "Some Anonymous Cats I Have Psychoanalyzed on My Travels (2010-2012)."

I believe all cat lovers will enjoy this funny and heartwarming book!

You have a chance to win a copy of The Good, the Bad, and the Furry.  We have FIVE (5) copies to give away!

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only aged 18+.  If you are an International reader, you are welcome to enter the giveaway and gift your prize to a resident of the United States should you win.  Winners of the giveaway will receive an email from Fur Everywhere.  Winners must respond to the email within 48 hours with a physical address where their prize can be shipped.  If no response is received, another winner will be drawn.

Please use the Rafflecopter widget to enter the giveaway.  You can do as few or as many of the entries as you would like.  Good luck!

About the Author: Tom Cox writes a monthly column for the Guardian's Life and Style section.  He also writes regularly for Golf International magazine, Your Cat magazine, and reviews books for several newspapers.  You can learn more about Tom Cox on his website.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Good, the Bad, and the Furry by Tom Cox free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  Receiving the free book did not change my opinion in any way.  All opinions expressed are my own.  


  1. I would love to win a copy of this book for a US friend if I may. It looks so much fun, and thanks for a great review!!

  2. We would like to win this and send it to a friend whi lives in the USA.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  3. I've entered several giveaways for this book and haven't been lucky yet...maybe this time!

  4. We've seen that one around and it does sound darn good!

  5. Good luck to our US friends ! Purrs

  6. I am on the waiting list at the library for this so I will pass on the contest, it does look like a great read :)

  7. Sounds a Brill read....Just entered so will have to give to a US or Canadian friend if win but they could read it to me over the phone. purrs

  8. Sounds like a great book. The only books Mom Paula has time to read are audiobooks while she's traveling.

  9. We really enjoyed the book too!

  10. Gweat review.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  11. Sounds good!
    Have a happy Wednesday...

    Noodle and crew

  12. A great read...we are waiting fur meowmy to get her copy...

  13. Sounds like a wonderful read! Thank you for the chance to win, Sierra. :)

  14. And so now it's not only my cat that's sad but me too as I can't enter as I'm geographically challenged =^o^=

  15. Hiss we missed the giveaway but Dad has read his books to us and they are great.