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Cat out of Hell [Hardcover]

Lynne Truss
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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Book Description

27 Feb 2014

By acclaimed storyteller Lynne Truss, author of the bestselling Eats, Shoots and Leaves, the mesmerising tale of a cat with nine lives, and a relationship as ancient as time itself and just as powerful.

The scene: a cottage on the coast on a windy evening. Inside, a room with curtains drawn. Tea has just been made. A kettle still steams.

Under a pool of yellow light, two figures face each other across a kitchen table. A man and a cat.

The story about to be related is so unusual yet so terrifyingly plausible that it demands to be told in a single sitting.

The man clears his throat, and leans forward, expectant.

'Shall we begin?' says the cat ...


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hammer (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099585332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099585336
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wonderful tale full of parodies, pastiches and paradoxes. pure joy" (Telegraph)

"A novel as entertaining as it is addictive ... the best in humorous writing" (Sunday Telegraph)

"One of those rare books that actually makes you laugh out loud... impossible not to read in one sitting" (Sunday Times)

"Truss brings an eerie, 19th-century kind of horror into the present-day world" (Guardian)

"A comic chiller in the best tradition of mad British humour" (Daily Express)

"Warm humour was what made Eats, Shoots & Leaves a hit and she hasn't lost her touch" (Evening Standard)

"An inventive tale that's sure to make you smile. Even if you're a dog person" (SFX)

"Tremendous fun" (SciFi Now)

"A Gothic tale guaranteed to surprise, move and entertain" (Woman's Weekly)

"I doubt there are many authors with the wit, never mind the willingness, to render the glub and gruesome as well as Lynne Truss does" (Tor.com)

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By acclaimed storyteller Lynne Truss, author of the bestselling Eats, Shoots & Leaves, the mesmerising tale of a cat with nine lives, and a relationship as ancient as time itself and just as powerful.

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Lady Fancifull TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Lynne Truss has written a witty, scary, oddball, corpse-filled ,literature-loving, perfectly-punctuated, (I assume) , delight of a book.

The problem is – I can’t say very much about it without spoiling the journey which you, dear reader, need to make for yourself, without your own voyage of discovery being marred by inadvertent and carelessly strewn spoilers by this (or any) reviewer.

I was one of the very lucky ones, getting this as a very early ARC from the publisher, and all I had to go on, was this, from the fairly minimalist (great, no spoilers!) blurb:

“By acclaimed storyteller Lynne Truss, author of the bestselling Eats, Shoots and Leaves, the mesmerising tale of a cat with nine lives, and a relationship as ancient as time itself and just as powerful.

The scene: a cottage on the coast on a windy evening. Inside, a room with curtains drawn. Tea has just been made. A kettle still steams. Under a pool of yellow light, two figures face each other across a kitchen table. A man and a cat. The story about to be related is so unusual yet so terrifyingly plausible that it demands to be told in a single sitting. The man clears his throat, and leans forward, expectant.

'Shall we begin?' says the cat.”

I must admit, the dustjacket picture didn’t particularly lure me – I thought it a little bit whimsical, and feared something which might be chocolate box cutesy humour funny-ish.

But of course, I know Truss is sharp, dry and pithily rather than fluffily funny.

The story is dedicated to a friend who likes ‘proper’ horror stories, so, clearly this is going to be some sort of tickle your funny bone with horror mixture. (And more)

Okay, to try and lure you, o reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars High Sneering from a Pompous Bore 3 Jun 2014
Format:Hardcover
Recovering from the recent loss of his wife, Alec is holidaying in a cottage in Norfolk. He has taken with him 'notes' passed to him for no clear reason by a Dr Winterton. The various papers are of mixed origin but tell the story of Wiggy and Roger. WIggy, is an elderly gentleman who has recently lost his sister, a renowned watercolourist. Roger is a talking cat.

Roger the cat literally has nine lives, and through the notes we get some hint of Roger's life, along with his cat mentor, the Captain as they move the 20th century, leaving a trail of death in their wake.

Doubtless there are hidden depths to this rubbish, and Truss's style (high sneering) is evident throughout. The story is told in a mix of voices, all of which are `bumbling'. The work is complete waste of time, and I see no reason to discuss it further,
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By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Alec, a retired librarian and recent widower, is taking a break in a coastal village to get over his recent bereavement and decides to look into a laptop filled with information given to him by a fellow librarian. Inside the laptop are files that tell the story of an actor called Wiggy and his acquaintance with Roger - a talking cat. Roger’s story spans decades, years in which his supernatural longevity, intelligence and speech were down to a mysterious cat called the Captain and a Satanic cat cult. And Alec is soon to realise his wife’s death wasn’t an accident - the hellcats are coming for him next!

Cat Out Of Hell is one of the laziest novels I’ve read in a while. I’ve never read a Lynne Truss book before so I can’t say if this is her usual style but it reads like it was a frenzied NaNoWriMo effort (National Novel Writing Month where people try to write a 50k word novel during the month of November) thrown together in bursts of typing over actual creativity. Characters splutter exposition through one badly constructed scene after another without a hint of a plot with key details left out with no attempt at making it seem like a cohesive whole.

This is what it feels like was racing through the author’s mind as she hacked this one out: there’s this evil cat cult - people dying! - Roger’s evil - no, wait the Captain’s evil - no wait, the cat cult is evil - no wait the evil librarian is evil - no, the evil librarian’s the head honcho - why did that character die, never mind, they’re dead, they were never “characters” anyway! - why did that character do that action even though it went against their flimsily created character, never mind, moving on - why did we suddenly jump ahead 70 years, NEVER MIND!!!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, funny, and finely plotted. 28 Feb 2014
By ZPQA
Format:Kindle Edition
This is very different to what you might expect from the author of Eats, Shoots. While it has the light and humorous touch that all her writing has, she has managed to embrace her darker side. It is really tightly plotted with great characterisation (one of whom only gets two lines - or does he?). Highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not what you expect! :) 28 Jun 2014
By Pinkfly
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's not what you expect. The story is told through the eyes of the cat and through the eyes of the other characters, which I thought was a unique way of story telling. There is not too many characters to keep track of. It's also funny in some sections, and easily readable.

I hope there will be a second book and certainly will be looking at the other books Lynne Truss has written.

If you like my review then please tick yes. Happy reading! :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A bit far fetched towards the end.
Published 1 day ago by Richard E Voce
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not a thrilling tale
Published 1 day ago by Mrs Rhoda Aubrey
5.0 out of 5 stars book worm
Such a clever book, where does she get her ideas from! Really enjoyed this, the idea of evil talking cat, (or did the people imagine it, you have to figure for yourself)
Published 17 days ago by Ann Carol Langford
2.0 out of 5 stars Cat out of Hell
Not my cup of tea at all. Disappointing.
Published 21 days ago by Hazel
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book although others have slated it
I loved this book although others have slated it. Accept it for what it is a fun, tongue in cheek read. A talking cat? Ridiculous but entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Lostinthecountry
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Kinda OK
Published 1 month ago by Patrick Brookes
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
My friend found it unusual for LynneTruss to be in a somewhat darker mode than usual .
Published 1 month ago by Paul Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and a brilliant holiday read
I'm a cat lover and I adore the author's non fiction work, but nothing prepared me for just how enjoyable this was going to be. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bagpusspal
3.0 out of 5 stars Hammer horror
I love Lynne Truss and I love cats. But hadn't realised that this was a cat horror story written for Hammer so found it rather disturbing.
Published 1 month ago by F. J. Ronaldson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
different and ok
Published 2 months ago by samalan
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