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About the Author
- ASIN : B00LO83XVA
- Publisher : The Diesel-Electric Elephant Company (July 9, 2014)
- Publication date : July 9, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1679 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 181 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,061,387 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The title story, The Cat Wore Electric Goggles, is a tale of the exploration of a mysterious planet. Although set in the future, the technology has a decidedly 1960s feel to it. It’s not exactly steampunk, but the effect is very similar. Add to that the distinctly British humor with which the entire story is told and you have a rather delicious little confection.
The rest of the stories are in a similar vein. Some are more speculative fiction than science fiction, and a few are just whopping great tales. There are, at times, some rather liberal borrowings from other science fiction classics, such as the movie Aliens. In the context, these made the stories even more humorous rather than making them appear derivative.
All of the stories in this anthology were amusing. No doubt some people will find some stories funnier than others, humor being subjective and all, but you’ll likely smile at most any of them. There’s nothing too deep about these, so this would make a good, diverting summer-time read.
If you are looking for a great read, a read that will make you laugh at every page, then, grab a copy. You wont be sorry. Oh, if your going to read this on a train or a bus, expect people to stare at you and move seats!! They are not used to seeing and hearing people laugh out loud.
I cannot give this book any less than 5 stars.
This was an enjoyable collection of nerdy short stories that made for good, leisurely evening reading!
Ian Hutson's "The Cat Wore Electric Goggles" is basically what would happen if you gave the sci-fi pulp-fiction novels of the 1950's some tea, crumpets and a British accent. The entire work was a fantastic blend of science-fiction, satire and just a sprinkling of pop-culture references added lovingly on top.
Not a single story in this book disappointed as Hutson's writing kept me entertained in a way that I have not experienced since watching tweakers in my parking lot attempt to steal the industrial-sized dumpster that is bolted to my building. It was bizarre, yet funny and interesting. With fabulous lines like, "...gave the impression of an elderly pole dancer exiting a submarine," I found myself giggling and snorting my tea in a most improper manner. As I read along I was both overjoyed with what was on the page and extremely frustrated that I had not come up with that idea first (Basically imagine me laughing hysterically while shaking my fist in writing angst).
From the attack of the Jurassic Velociducks (clever girl indeed) to the alien discovering cat Mr. Babbage, no one can claim that Ian Hutson lacks imagination. Well, I guess they still could try to claim it, but they would be quickly be proven incorrect by the first few pages of this book alone. I particularly appreciated "One Small Step for Ma'am, One Giant Leap for Ma'amkind" just for it's Orson Welles 'War of the Worlds'-esque nature (and because schadenfreude can be particularly sweet sometimes).
It would probably be rude of me to say that if you don't pick up a copy of this book and read it that you might be a few fries short of a Happy Meal. However, I was never good at figuring out some of those social norms, so if you don't pick up a copy of this book and read it you might be a few fries short of a Happy Meal.
If you need a reason to smile, laugh or distract yourself from an unpleasant reality (i.e. in-laws, an ingrown toenail, small yapping chihuahuas, a troupe of uni-tard wearing clowns) I would suggest reading this book! It won't disappoint and will certainly serve to dig you out of whatever glum pit of despair you might find yourself currently wallowing in!
Top reviews from other countries
The author had an amazing imagination that enthrals me – where does it come from? Most of the time during my nightly pleasure (sad life!) of reading Ian Hutson I find myself, thumb in mouth, relishing the nostalgic memories – Miss Rutherford is a particular favourite of mine – but I lived through some of the references and it all came flooding back to me! Another nightly story is like meeting an old friend for tea and cakes (at the appropriate hour of the day, of course!) If you haven’t read any Hutson you are sadly lacking in your life.
Then there is the cat, of course and not being a cat person I wondered what frightened me the most – the cat or what it saw……well that’s another story you need to read for yourself – brilliant once again Sir!
He can’t write fast enough for me!
Ian Hutson is a genius; there, I’ve said it. If you’ve read “NGLND XPX” and you XPX more of the same, you won’t be disappointed. More totally original ideas, unparalleled use of English and Ian’s unique brand of humour make this book a “must have”. His stories are populated largely by Margaret Rutherfords, Alistair Sims, Joyce Grenfells and the like. I had one minor criticism of NGLND XPX; it was very long and wordy. Only a criticism in that I’d hoped to read it in ten minute chunks. “The Cat” is much more punchy and succinct. A robotic dog that speaks Latin and Klingon, an anti-hero called “Gobs***e” (my favourite word), an incredibly sad story about a cardboard box... Ian’s work makes other writers want to quit. I therefore announce my retirement... only kidding. I’ll keep trying to reach Ian’s standard. The last story, about some exceedingly spunky monks utterly blew my mind. Did I mention Ian Hutson is a genius?