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Jim Edgar writes code at Microsoft and runs www.mycathatesyou.com, which he and old friend Alex Lebed started in 2001 and which Jim now runs himself, even though he's allergic to cats and neither owns any nor is owned by any.
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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (October 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761136193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761136194
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.7 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...frickin' heelarious! I saw this in my local bookstore and was laughing so hard, I had to buy it on the spot (instead of waiting and ordering from Amazon, of course). I laughed all the way home, causing my fellow subway riders to scoot away from me, but I didn't care. Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words... Highly recommended.
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This is not your average "oh isn't that sleeping kitty precious" book. This collection of cat candids explores the very depth of the charming malevolence and contempt exhibited by all felines. Each page has a hysterical photograph of a cat exhibiting his or her true personality, a caption/quote from the cat, the cat's name and age, and the cat's hobby. After the photographs themselves, the captions and hobbies are the funniest parts of the book.

This book is for any cat lover who loves the fact that their cat isn't the personality-less slobbering sycophant (like dogs can be) and suspects that their cat really does dream about big things like, say, taking over the world or committing acts of mass destruction just for the heck of it. I know my cats sure do.

It's hard to read this book without laughing like a moron, so keep that in mind. So far, I have bought three copies to give as gifts, and I'm already planning on buying more. I don't know how the author (who doesn't actually own any cats of his own) can capture the thoughts of the cats so well, but he certainly seems to be able to read their minds.

This book was assembled of owner-submitted pictures by the webmaster of the [...] website. Anyone left wanting more after reading "Bad Cat" should check out this site.
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My wife is one of those deluded "cat persons." If anything ever happens to me, she'll be the senile old widow who lives in a filthy bungalow with 237 cats, dies, and gets eaten by them. I'm a dog person, the kind of fellow who likes jokes about using the cat to mop out the toilet.

Yet, WE BOTH LOVE THIS BOOK. That says it all. Love cats or hate 'em, you will adore this volume. It's fun. creative, and well-assembled. GO GET IT--NOW!!!!! It will make a nice gift for anybody!
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I bought nine copies to give out at Christmas time. This is a perfect stocking stuffer or general gift idea. This book had me laughing so much I had to put it down because my sides were hurting.

This is for people who love or even (dare I say) hate cats.
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Jim Edgar, Bad Cat (Workman, 2004)

By now, I don't think there's anyone who has an Internet connection who hasn't heard of mycathatesyou. But there are still some remote places on the planet where there are no Internet connections, much less broadband (for example, Missouri). For those poor, unfortunate souls, Jim Edgar, the supreme guru of mycathatesyou, has distilled two hundred forty-four of the site's most wanted, given them captions, and turned them into this small, hilarious book.

Pictures of cats who look like they want to kill you are relatively commonplace, and have been ever since someone decided that trying to photograph a cat was a good idea. Edgar, however, has a knack of putting captions with the pictures that induce laughter. (As in, out-loud, make-people-on-the-street-look-at-you-funny laughter.) The captions are what turn this from a work of unbearable cuteness into the greatness it is. Love cats, hate cats, cower in fear from them because they bring on asthma attacks, you will love this. ****
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OK... This isn't so much of a "reading" book review as it is a review of a book that is laugh-out-loud funny... Bad Cat by James Edgar.

This is a small book (in size, not necessarily in pages) that show pictures (244 of them) of cats in humorous or outrageous poses. Edgar adds captions to them that take the book from "that's funny" to "you've GOT to see this!". These are not your typical cute cat pictures you'd see in some calendar or coffee table book. No, these are photos like...

A guilty-looking cat next to a naked Barbie doll with the caption "She was naked when I came in."

A disgusted cat stretched out on the piano keyboard - "I told you -- nobody wants to hear Billy Joel."

The cat laying next to what looks like a dead squirrel - "I think the play date's over..."

Yes, I have a warped sense of humor...

This is one of those books that will take you about 15 minutes to read, but you'll probably laugh more in that 15 minutes than you have all day. If you easily offended by semi-off-color humor or if you're a cat lover who can't take a joke, then you'll probably alternate between "that's funny" and "that's cruel". But if you don't fall into either of those two categories, this is time well spent to have a little fun...
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I have been buying regularly from Amazon since 1999, and this is the first time I have ever been driven to write a recommendation. I just bought 2 copies of this book for relatives for Christmas. Both have owned their own real Bad Cats, as have I (she went by Anna the Terrible.) I got the box today, and gently cracked one copy open to see what it was like inside. By page 49, I must have laughed out loud at least 10 times. Not much in life will crack me up when I'm sitting in my dining room by myself. This book does. Let me give you a glimpse into one page, the aforementioned page 49: the photo shows only a glimpse of the hind legs of a tabby, with the rest buried inside a pool table pocket. The caption reads, "I found my drink." Under the photo are the cat stats: NAME: Laverne. AGE: 8. Hobby: Foosball. There is a lot of crazy tweaked-out wit packed in these well-designed pages. Trust me on this, you will laugh. Oh yes, you will... If not, you are hopeless, or perhaps, catatonic. If you only have had Saintly Cats, this book will show you the Dark Side of cat-dom. Buy it.
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