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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Pap/Pstr edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449410243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449410247
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,486 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Forget zombies. A terrible menace looms: the purring furball. Fortunately, How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You reveals the coming kitty apocalypse." (Deirdre Donahue, USA Today)

"The Oatmeal is itself an online sensation and Inman a web comics superstar, making this a surefire winner." (Publishers Weekly)

"The Oatmeal is one of the funniest and most creative sites on the Web. It mixes the absurd with the educational with the silly to get a site that appeals to all ages and types." (The Huffington Post)

About the Author

Brilliantly whimsical yet oddly informative, TheOatmeal.com is an entertainment Web site full of comics, quizzes, and stories. The site gets more than 5 million unique page views a month; 250,000 blogs and Web sites have linked to it. TheOatmeal.com is written, drawn, and coded by Matthew Inman, a king of all trades when it comes to the Web. Matthew lives in Seattle, Washington. He subsists on a steady diet of crickets and whiskey. He enjoys long walks on the beach, gravity, and breathing heavily through his mouth. His dislikes include scurvy, typhoons, and tapeworm medication.

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Highly recommended for any fun reading!
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I had seen some of Mr. Inman's work on the net (Oatmeal comics), and it was really laugh out loud funny.
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991 of 1,029 people found the following review helpful By Courtney H. Bailey on October 9, 2012
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Luckily my copy of the book arrived in a plain brown wrapper, or else Fluffy would have surely destroyed it before I came home. I took it into the bathroom and locked the door behind me. As the Oatmeal revealed the details of her insidious plot, she was sticking her sharp clawed feet through the crack under the locked door like a kitty reenactment of The Shining. I hid the book under my shirt when I left the bathroom although I could tell she was suspicious because she wove through my legs trying to trip me up so I would drop it and show my hand.

Thanks to the Oatmeal, I now know the truth. She knows that I know that she knows that I know. She is watching me. I am waiting for her next move. It's like a game. Like a game of what?... yes, cat and mouse, my friend. Only this time she is playing for keeps.
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942 of 1,028 people found the following review helpful By C. N. Hickey on October 9, 2012
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Since there are other reviews based solely on device-specific criticism and not on the content, I figured it'd be logical to write a positive review in the same way. The paper edition seems to work natively without any apps. The right combination of gravity and friction make for a steady reading experience in my hands. In space (or any zero-G environment) I might not even have to hold the book! I'd probably hold the book anyway; it'd be strange reading a floating book. Sadly, the print version doesn't seem to work well in the dark, but hindsight is 20/20. Since it functions well enough in sunlight or under artificial light, I didn't negate four stars. Inman & co: please think ahead for the next version. Glow-in-the-dark pages are a must.
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236 of 269 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Simpson on October 9, 2012
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I read my copy about 20 minutes after it was delivered this morning. Then I read the second copy I purchased for a friend about an hour after that, just so I could say I was the first to read his copy.

I'll always have that...

Also, the damn thing was funny.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Dowell on December 15, 2012
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The book itself is fairly humorous, especially if you enjoy the sense of humor employed by The Oatmeal. I was going to purchase this as a gift for my mother (as something of a joke, as she contracted cat scratch disease [a.k.a. cat scratch fever, which is apparently more than just a Ted Nugent song]), however I decided to read it prior to giving it to her. This turned out to be a good idea, as I found that many of the jokes were ones you may not want to tell your mother. To wrap this all up: good for you, bad for mom.
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70 of 81 people found the following review helpful By dbd on October 21, 2012
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I have never written an Amazon review before (as you will see, for good reason). However the negative reviews of this book are amazeballs. Either people are 1)having technical issues with the e-book 2)have never read Matthew Inman's online comics or 3) didn't look at the book's description before buying it (and expecting it to be like his first book).

Addressing each of these:

1) When MS Works doesn't work on your Windows 98 PC, do you blame the writer? Oh yeah, you are the person holding your mouse upside down and calling the support desk to come down to fix it.

2) Do your homework man! If the title didn't give you a heads up that this book is a bit effed up, then reading Matthew's online content would surely give you an indication of what you're in for. If you don't like profanity and you read /bought this book...only you are to blame for not having enough media literacy to make a good decision about your purchase.

3) Read the author's webpage for this book (Amazon won't let me post it here). It very clearly describes a book ALL ABOUT CATS. Additionally, when do you expect an author's book to be exactly like his/her last book? Ok...except for Cormac Mccarthy.

Ok...if you've gotten this far in my stupid little rant, here's my psuedo review. If you like The Oatmeal, you are a crazy cat person that knows you are a crazy cat person (and/or simply enjoy laughing at crazy cat people), and you realize you should buy the actual physical/paper copy of graphic content (most of which is available online for free, but you like supporting artists and their awesome works), then stop reading my crappy review and go buy this book. If not, stop reading my crappy review and use the comments to tell me how dumb this review is.

In conclusion, The Oatmeal is nothing if not pure genius. If you don't get that, you should really question the value of your life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia M. Suprenant on October 9, 2012
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Just cracked open the amazon.com box and pulled out my copy. If you like The Oatmeal, you will LOVE this -- my sides hurt from laughing!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Jarrett on October 9, 2012
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Read half of the comics on my Android tablet, and the quality of the Kindle version is terrific. Very funny and will make you laugh out loud! I have enjoyed TheOatmeal.com for a while, and this book was worth every penny.
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90 of 120 people found the following review helpful By sLarimer on October 16, 2012
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I've followed The Oatmeal for years now, checked his site regularly, bought his books, supported his kookie causes (Nikola Tesla museums,) etc. etc. etc.

Why?

Because this guy makes me laugh; he is an excellent comic that takes down-to-earth material, makes it completely unrealistic (or sometimes too realistic,) and comes out on top almost every time. This book, however, really disappointed me. As much as I love his cat comics, you can only use the same joke about nard-licking, leg-clawing, face-sitting cats so many times before it gets old. I felt like very little of the Oatmeal's wild creativity went into this book, even though he had a limited theme of cats vs. the world. Also, full page comics are great when they aren't being used as 20-page filler to make the book appear worth the money. I hope to see more in the near future - hopefully, another book like the first to draw the Oatlets back in after this flop.

BORROW this book from a friend if you want to find out more about the inner-secrets of the enigma that is the felis catus.
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