I'm into my third day without Bombay and Callas... oops... I mean Bangles. *sigh* I'm still missing them badly. This really is the toughest part of fostering. For me, at least. It's the first few days after letting them go that is hardest. No matter how many times you go through it, you still ache. Well, at least I'm not being a crybaby like I was the very first time. I guess this is improvement already.
Well, I'm distracting myself with a new book. I picked it up two weekends ago and finally got down to reading it last night. It's by Terry Pratchett and it's called The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents.
This is the edition I'm readingIt is very well written with great humour, an intriguing plot and fascinating characters. And I'm only on page 73!
The main characters are Maurice, a cat who talks and is a master criminal, and his team of super intelligent rats, all with the ability to talk as well and have funny names like Hamnpork, Darktan, Dangerous Beans, Peaches, Nourishing, Bestbefore, Donut Enter, Sardines, Feedsfour and Bitesize.
Can you guess already how the rats got their names?
Then there's a not-so-bright human boy accompanying Maurice and the rats. I've just met an odd and somewhat annoying little girl called Malicia. And there's a villain somewhere, but I haven't come to him yet.
Maurice has manipulated the rats into joining him in a scam to move around the different towns and cheat the humans out of silver and gold coins. "Shiny like the moon" and "shiny like the sun" are how they differentiate the coins. The rats, or more specifically Dangerous Beans, feels that cheating and stealing is wrong. So the rats want to call it quits. But Maurice, being a greedy, cunning sort of guy, wants to continue. But he realises he can't force the rats into doing something they don't want to do. So he goes on the sly and tricks them into doing one last scam.
"Let's make this the big one, then, eh?" Maurice tells the rats. He wants to "leave [the humans] amazed". But this town seems different from all the others. And you can smell trouble brewing already.
This picture must be from an illustrated version
I'm thoroughly enjoying the book and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a light-enough read that will take them on a charming and exciting journey through the eyes of a genius feline and his intellectual rodents.
And now I'm off to start on page 74!