Killing for Christmas by Jessika Jenvieve
The blackest, black comedy of rock music, sex and murder
Mak is a good- looking rock musician with a spreading waistline. His rise to stardom got eclipsed half way up. The rest of his band are not ageing too well either, and now their only gig is Saturday nights in the local pub. Mak is plagued with mortgages, debt and maxed-out credit cards, and he is reduced to working as a DJ in the local bingo club to make a living. His ex-wife and her family are driving him mad. His sex life is, well, drooping and his girlfriend, Pattie, is likely to leave any day. Mak is not taking this lying down! He thinks he has the perfect solution, but he is on the road to disaster.
Gargoyles are said to frighten off harmful spirits and protect the buildings that they guard. They are evil creations and those approaching the University’s Gothic buildings at night are advised to use caution. If you think that a Gargoyle is simply made of stone, you are terribly mistaken.
Penny, a super intelligent, well-educated Siamese cat moves into Professor Eagle’s office and sinks her claws into the exquisite calfskin binding of his books. The Gargoyles have her firmly fixed in their sights. There are terrifying times to come in the University Museum and a wicked plot to prevent Professor Poppett and Poodle from winning the Dog Show. If you thought it was safe to go to university, you might need to think again.
The University Cat: A Tale for Grownups and Graduates definitely wasn’t what I had expected. The story has a definite magical, whimsical feel about it. Penny is a super intelligent, well-educated Siamese cat who has moved into Professor Eagle’s office, and immediately becomes targeted by the gargoyles. Terrifying times lie ahead in the University Museum, and Penny is square in the middle of it. I liked how the book focused a lot on Penny. It’s not every day you encounter a main character who is a cat. Another one of the characters, Poodle, is an animal too (a dog, as you might have guessed). Yet despite having animals as protagonists, the author does a remarkable job of portraying the animals as having actual personality traits.The writing wasn’t too complex, and it was a pretty straightforward, but fun read.
Fantasy meets Reality in Cyberspace, in a world where our online and offline experience, friendships, and even, our identities are entangled. Avatars are extensions of us, leading lives parallel to our own dull everyday existence. There are no limits to our Virtual Lives and we are free to live in any World we choose. Having a Virtual Life sets you free to dream and some dreams do come true.
Storm and Dude are partners. In spite of the fiercely opposing time zones, they meet and fall in love in the Virtual World of Second Life. They collect breedable cats and their Second Life gets very crowded, so together they open a Cat Shop.
Meet the Divine Penny, the Italian-speaking Siamese cat, with the delicate chocolate paws, and find out if Professor Poppett’s poodle recovers from ‘indoor barking syndrome’. Go on an adventure in the alligator-infested bayou to search for the Golden Kitten and find out why love always wins the day.
A collection of poems written between 1980 and 2015.