Review: Homer - The Ninth Life of a Blind Wonder Cat

This book is the sequel to Gwen Cooper's 2009 story about how her adoption of a blind cat named Homer turned both their lives around.  That book, Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat,  went on to become a bestseller, and for good reasons.  It's a wonderful read for anyone, but is especially poignant if you love cats.  If you haven't read it, we suggest you start there first.  Go ahead.  We'll wait.

Those of you who enjoyed Cooper's first book know that she's a fine writer who isn't afraid to put her feelings for her animal friends onto paper in a very real way.  It's refreshing when so many people tell us, "It's only a cat."  Homer, The Ninth Life of a Blind Wondercat tugged at our heartstrings again and again as Cooper told the stories of all that has happened since the publication of the first book.  From the publication of the first book to the present day, she covers all the ups and downs of life with her menagerie.  We don't want to go into great detail as we don't want to spoil the book for anyone, but suffice it to say, you need to have some tissues handy as you read.  

What's here is really great, but at only 116 pages, this book just isn't equal to Cooper's first volume about Homer.  These stories would have made a great addition to a second edition of the first book, but they don't really stand alone.  If you haven't read the first book, you'll be somewhat lost in this one.  Fortunately, the Kindle version is significantly cheaper than the printed book, but the pictures are all the size of postage stamps on my E-reader.  Perhaps this book could have been a sort of introduction to a longer book about the successes of Homer's Heroes, the rescue group that grew out of Homer's fame.  At any rate, we're sad to say that we'd only recommend this book to hardcore Homer fans while we still highly recommend Homer's Odyssey.

Have you read Cooper's books?  What did you think?  Please tell us in the comments!