Cat Tales

Da Real Pussy

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
52 Pages
Reviewed on 03/24/2020
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Reviewed by Sandy Masia for Readers' Favorite

Michael E Jones’s Cat Tales: Da Real Pussy features stories and observations made by the author about cats. Michael E Jones, through this book, brings vivid memories to mind. Memories of times when, as children, we would swap stories about our household pets or something we saw animals do in the neighborhood. These stories were told not for any reason except they were fun to listen to, they said something about human nature, fascinated us and left us pondering the deeper mysteries of life. These stories were a conduit to deeper thought and reverie. Michael E Jones accomplishes the same in Cat Tales: Da Real Pussy.

The writing is beautiful, skillful, it has a vibrancy and a personality that is enamoring. It is impossible to be bored reading anything Michael E Jones writes in these pages. Michael E Jones has a way of pulling you into his shoes, a way that largely goes unmatched elsewhere. In each story, the cats are the objects of interests and command a lot of the attention, but from a bird’s eye view, the people who play supporting roles in these stories morph into main interests. It is a whimsical trick, one that serves as a metaphor, intentionally or unintentionally, about how interconnected humans and animals are. Although Cat Tales: Da Real Pussy revolves around cats, it somehow manages to say a lot about humans, community and more. Through Cat Tales: Da Real Pussy, we are taken back to a far more innocent time when we saw things a little too brightly for our own good.

K.C. Finn

Cat Tales: Da Real Pussy is a work of non-fiction that focuses on themes of autobiographical experience and spiritualism, and was penned by author Mick E. Jones. Within the pages of Cat Tales, the author uses the various experiences that he and his friend have had with different cats from near and far as a means to express viewpoints on life, personality, openness and the universe in general. Written in a stream of consciousness style of narrative, these tales ultimately relate back to an open view of God, the existence of such as a supreme being present in all living things, and how life can be shared with God’s presence.

Author Mick E. Jones has an alternative viewpoint to spirituality, one which takes you by surprise from the off, but actually grows into a pleasant and poignant reading experience as the work continues. Though the narrative may be a little meandering for some readers, many are certain to enjoy the deep connection that we have to the author through his prose, which is filled with bags of personality and emotive openness. The theme of cats brings joy and humor to the book as we meet their different personalities, shapes, and sizes along this quite harmonious journey, and the general atmosphere of the subject matter and narrative quality gives the book a very ‘zen’ sensation throughout. What results is a short, fun read with some very uplifting viewpoints, making Cat Tales: Da Real Pussy a charming acquired taste of a read.

Vincent Dublado

Our feline companions are mysterious and, on most occasions, aloof. They may well be the introverted equivalent of humans. But cats in all their fascinating mystery are much more than that. In Cat Tales: Da Real Pussy, Mick E. Jones presents four fascinating stories of cats that messed with him. Mr. Jones makes it clear that he does not favor cats over dogs. It’s just that he often has more encounters with felines and that he finds them so intriguing in the enigma they exude. With that, he feels there is so much to write about them.

The four stories in this slim volume demonstrate the typical aloofness and inscrutability common among our feline friends. While dogs tend to prefer a “Hey, buddy” type of friendship, cats, on the other hand, as Mr. Jones discovered in unexpected ways, demand that they dictate the terms on the “master and pet clause.” The stories are told in a casual manner as if Mr. Jones is a neighbor who just dropped by to talk about cats. From his observations, we learn that cats demonstrate versatile means of communicating with the Homo sapiens that they live with. We get an idea of how manipulative they become, but only because they expect us to keep our part of the bargain in the relationship.

Cat Tales: Da Real Pussy by Mick E. Jones wins an audience not only among cat lovers but dog lovers as well. While cats often get a bad rap for their cold, calculating ways, they continue to remain among the most popular choice for a pet simply because they’re so much more complicated than dogs. And that complication is what we human beings continue to decode, and we should give ourselves credit for that curiosity. That is what makes us more understanding and perhaps more compassionate. Cat Tales: Da Real Pussy can attest to that.

Asher Syed

Cat Tales: Da Real Pussy by Michael E Jones is a quasi-memoir, non-fiction book that centers around the author's experiences with some of the feline companions they have crossed paths with in life. Each cat is given their own chapter, kicking off with Elmo, and having Cool Cat following after. Next up is Jojo, who has been given the hilarious description of “The Cat from Hell” (who is also terrifyingly intelligent), and finally, a feisty feline named Melvin. Jones ties in human comparisons, fun anecdotes, and a bit of Christian connection to the stories, weaving together a light-hearted read that is suitable for most ages.

Cat Tales was a lot of fun, and I found myself reading passages here and there to my teenage daughter. They got a smile out of her, which any parent of any teenager knows is a home run. I admit that I was initially put off by the title, but a quick glance at the first few pages guaranteed a clean read. My favorite cat was definitely Jojo. This was partly due to owning a black cat myself, and also because an astrologist literally warned the author that a cat fitting this description and wildly temperamental (and often aggressive) would come into his life, requiring a great deal of love and patience. Overall, this is a good little anthology that I'm sure will please cat lovers everywhere.