Friday, 25 October 2013

Famous Felines of Fiction - Part 1

If any of you are regular readers of my blog posts you make notice a few changes to The Five Cats Chronicles blog. I know it is Autumn but I thought it was time to have a Spring clean, a spring clean in Autumn??? Yes well if you know me you should know by now I try not to be too predictable, some may say I am a bit different and others..... well you get the picture.  I hope you like the new look Five Cats Chronicles, mum and I spend hours and hours last weekend trying to come up with something original.

FREE BOOK!!!

 MOL Did I get your attention there, that was the intention anyway, as Chief Promotions Executive (impressive title don't you think) of Mum's books (at the the moment book) I am happy to announce that we have a Book Giveaway on Goodreads. Goodreads members can enter the Giveaway; see below, to win a paperback copy of Lilibet's Secret Diary.




Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lilibet's Secret Diary #1 by Pauline Christou

Lilibet's Secret Diary #1

by Pauline Christou

Giveaway ends January 01, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
Famous Felines of Fiction, now there are many Famous Fictional Felines; I wrote a chapter about them in my Little Book of Cats. But how many felines are there in Fiction, I decided to find some and share them with you over the next two posts.
The Cheshire Cat

I expect many of you have heard about the Cheshire Cat in Alice In Wonderland. He is the constantly smiling and appearing and disappearing cat in the book by Lewis Carroll. But do you know why the cat is always smiling?
To grin or smile like a Cheshire cat is an idiom that mean to grin or smile broadly. It is thought that this came from the fact that Cheshire had a lot of dairy farms, hence the reason why the cat is smiling the abundance of milk and cream. I think I may have already explained this one in a previous post, but I have included it for those of you who haven't already seen it. 

You can download a free ebook version of Alice In Wonderland with illustrations by Arthur Rackham here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/28885



'But I don't want to go among mad people,' said Alice
'Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat 'We're all mad here.




Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots, or Le Chat Botte as it was known in France. Is a literary fairy tale written by Charles Perrault in the 17th century. The cat uses deceit and tricks to win the hand of marriage to a princess for his master, and to also gain power and wealth for himself. 
The story was included in a book of eight fairy stories by Charles Perrault called Tales of Passed times and it proved to be very popular. You can find the whole book here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/33511/33511-h/33511-h.htm you may notice a number of very familiar fairy stories.
You can also download a free ebook version here: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3254 

Puss in Boots also appears in Tchaikovsky's ballet; Sleeping Beauty and his story regularly is performed in Pantomimes and more recently in the Shrek series of films. 




Carbonel: The King of Cats

Here is a more contemporary story, written by Barbara Sleigh in 1955. Carbonel - The King of Cats is the first of a trilogy. Rosemary decides she would like to make some money during the summer holiday, by cleaning houses. She goes to the market and is persuaded by an old lady to buy a second rate broom and a cat. But all is not what is appears and Rosemary finds herself with not just any cat and not just any old broom either. 

The old lady is a witch the broom is a magic flying broom and the cat is a prince of royal blood. 




Click on the image to find out more.

I hope I have whetted your appetite for Fictional Felines, be back with more next time.





As promised I said I would announce the nominations for the Purrime Ministerette of Plant Purrth Award

Drum roll please..........


  1. Tabby Cat Club
  2. Felix and Jasper Blogalot
  3. Abby Dawg Blog





This award come with seven rules that have to be complied with to formally accept it.

  1. Bow for your Purrime Ministerettes and confirm on your blog you have done so.
  2. Show a picture of you watching Purrime Ministerette movies. Pictures or it didn’t happen.
  3. Tell Planet Purrth that it needs a change and explain what kind of change you have in mind.
  4. Ask your Purrime Ministerettes what you never dared to ask before.
  5. Bow again for your Purrime Ministerettes and confirm on your blog you have done so.
  6. Forward the Purrime Ministerette of Planet Purrth Award to at least 3 other blogging anipals.
  7. Do not change the rules without explicit written Purrime Ministerette purrmission.
  8. Actually there isn't a rule number eight just checking to see if you are reading this blog properly. 
So what has been going on in my patch lately, well to be honest not very much of late. We have all been getting along fairly well lately, apart from yesterday. Sooty has been in a bit of a grumpy mood these past three days and nobody seems to know why. I caught a swipe from him yesterday, which I must say was absolutely not necessary Sooty so sort yourself out please. 

Someone decided it was a good idea to leave the humans a present of a dead bird three days ago; they as usual were not very happy with it. Hang on a minute maybe that is why Sooty is in a grumpy mood. I also must add that is wasn't me, that left the dead bird on the patio. I was sleeping inside the house at the time. 
Anyway I have to go now as I has my furry backside is aching from sitting in one place too long. See you all again soon. 

Purrrrs

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Cat and Mouse

Hello dear readers, we are well into October now and the weather has finally started to get cooler at night time, so we are spending more time indoors at night. The other I spent the night on mum and dad's bed, something that I don't do very often so they should feel very privileged. All was fine until dad move his feet at about 3 AM there was me thinking OOOH A Mousie and I pounced, big mistake; it wasn't a mouse but his big toe. He didn't appreciate getting a scratched big toe. So I was in trouble, although at that time I decided it might be a good idea to go out and look for some real mice. Do you know that around 3 AM is the time we cats like to go hunting.

Mouse ?????
I have been spending more time at home lately, which is made mum and dad more happy. I think we cats are getting along much better than we used too, although Tabby the feral cat, does get a bit jealous when we are eating. He usually sneaks into the kitchen to see if we have left any food in our bowls, Humpf NO WAY!! that is my job. I am the official cat food waste disposal unit in my house and no, feral Tabby is not taking that position away from me. As many of you probably know by now I LOVE my food. MOL


I have decided to have another book launch party on Twitter this time on Saturday 26th October. If any of you Twitterers feel like coming along here is the invitation link, all are welcome: http://twtvite.com/u8pivaqgjchysk2 but of course you have to have a Twitter account to join in the fun.

Toes ?????
By Jackhynes (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons





There is a dedicated page on this blog for the books written by myself and my human Pauline Christou. There will be more coming up in the near future as we have a few more books in the pipeline. Also my little book of cats will soon be available to purchase from Amazon as well as Blurb.com. This will be the third edition of the book, and I expect the paperback edition from Amazon to also be a little cheaper. This book will have to same content as the eBook version of The Little Book of Cats.

I have set up a group on Facebook called Five Cat Books. This group is for anyone interested in Books, Poetry and anything in general to do with the written word. If you already a friend of mine on Facebook please feel free to join you will be most welcome, if you are not already a Facebook friend of mine let me know and I can add you.

I have been trying to decide what is my most favourite food, I have come to the conclusion that everything is my most favorite food. So on that note I must go and meow for some more food, I will see you next week, I will be announcing the blogs which have been awarded the Purrime Ministerette of Plant Purrth Award.
So until then please make sure you do not mistake toes for mice, a toe kebab does not sound very appealing.

Yes before I go do not forget it is International Feral Cats Day tomorrow, please have a look a last years post on this blog; if you need any information. If you can help in any way please do, awareness is the key to helping the feral cat communities.


Amazon.co.uk


               Paperback Version          Kindle Version £1.54
             









Thursday, 3 October 2013

Patchy's Back

Hello dear readers, yes I am back, finally after a rather extended break, not entirely of my choosing may I add. As you probably know or may not know my human mum decided to take a sabbatical from helping me with my blog post; to go and finish writing her fiction book. Which is finally now on sale, more about that later.

Whilst I have been absent from my blog there has been many things happening in the anipal community, an unfortunately a few of my anipal friends have gone OTRB. The devastating news that one of my very dear pals Mr Tibbs, stalwart of the #wlf had passed OTRB due to the dreaded C word was shocking and very sad. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest condolences to his human and feline family. He will be missed indeed, and I am very honoured to be his friend.  His work will continue though, even from the other side. Angel Tibbsy will still be campaigning for anipals and trying to find homes for unwanted kitties.
 
Mr Tibbs



Now I must also offer some apologies to Colonel Pilster @pilstercat, he kindly bestowed upon me two very nice awards. I had intended on writing a post about them, but never got around to doing them before mum took her break. So anyway without any further ado I must say thank you to the wonderful Colonel Pilster for my awards. You can read Colonel Pilster’s excellent blog here – Pillster.co.uk

Colonel Pillster




My first award is : The Inspiring Blog Award

 What a lovely picture of dove, you can also see the award if you click on the pictures on the right hand side of my blog. In order to accept this award I only need to mention who gave it to me and give a link to their blog (see above).



Purrime Ministerette of Plant Purrth Award


This award come with seven rules that have to be complied with to formally accept it.

  1. Bow for your Purrime Ministerettes and confirm on your blog you have done so.
  2. Show a picture of you watching Purrime Ministerette movies. Pictures or it didn’t happen.
  3. Tell Planet Purrth that it needs a change and explain what kind of change you have in mind.
  4. Ask your Purrime Ministerettes what you never dared to ask before.
  5. Bow again for your Purrime Ministerettes and confirm on your blog you have done so.
  6. Forward the Purrime Ministerette of Planet Purrth Award to at least 3 other blogging anipals.
  7. Do not change the rules without explicit written Purrime Ministerette purrmission.

1.*Bows head*
2. I am afraid my humans still haven’t managed to get a picture of me watching Purrime Ministerette movies….. Yet!!!! I don’t stay still long enough for them to catch me with their camera.
3.Planet Purrth you need a change… what kind of change, err how about a change of currency???? “how many purrths are there to a £?”
4. Does my bum look big in your clothes?
5. *Bows head again*
6. I am awarding the Purrime Miniserettes of Planet Purreth Award to…….. watch this space (next week’s blog)
7. Don’t change the rules!!! I dare not.

Now this isn’t the only award I have been luckily been given. My very good pal Nerissa aka Nissy, as it doesn’t sound as girly. He has get again generously given me yet another fabby award, this award is in celebration of his 200th blog post!!!! Yes that is correct 200th, talk about a prolific writer. Nissy I am in total awe of your blogging magnificence.

This award is; The Opposites Attract Award.


 I need to thank Nissy for giving me this award, and leave a link to his blog: Nerrisa’s Life
Secondly I need to post the award on the blog; OK done.
Thirdly I need to pass it on to another blog/s, OK as this need to be passed on from a lady cat to a man cat and vice versa. I award The Opposites Attract Award to:

Felix and Jasper  : Felix and Jasper Blogalot
      Colonel Pillster : Pillster.co.uk


Now I will have to mention Mum’s fiction book (or I will not hear the last of it)
Her book Lilibet’s Secret Diary is part one of a humorous fictional diary, written by the 10 year old Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) It is available from Amazon in Kindle and in paperback. Please see details the below.

Amazon.com
                                            

              Paperback Version       Kindle Version $2.99



Amazon.co.uk


               Paperback Version          Kindle Version £1.54
             



You must also take a look at the book trailer video, we think it’s funny (for all the wrong reasons)






Well I must leave you until next week, my stomach is calling, yet again, I must now go and track down the human and give them my “pathetic face” once again. It always works believe me.