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The Bleaklisted Books 

The Feline Central Books

Book 2

Written by Donna Brown & David Brown

Genre: Non-fiction: Humour/Pets & Animals


Many moons ago a despotic cat named Charlie decided that he wanted to be a book critic. It would fit so nicely with his existing roles as food critic, dog critic and owner critic. Thus The Bleaklisted Books was born and Charlie has never looked back.

This first volume of The Bleaklisted Books sees Charlie review (pull to pieces) an array of literary masterpieces, including Ulysses, Charlotte's Web and Anna Karenina. Book lovers - and even cat lovers - beware! This could be the stuff of nightmares...

(Parental advisory: our cats cannot be relied upon to moderate their language. Sorry kids, this isn't for you)

An excerpt from

The Bleaklisted Books 

Here's what

Fans are saying

The Bleaklisted Books is absolutely brilliant. It is laugh out loud funny. An original and entertaining read on every level. A clever interpretation of novels including classics with a modern twist. Charlie is every bit the calculating cat that the authors claim him to be. I would welcome a sequel perhaps one that is a bleaklist on books turned into film.


Initially, I was confused about the genre of the book; I assumed the book was ‘bleaklisted’ or rather, blacklisted, and I could not figure out how to approach it.

However; as I started reading, I couldn't help but smile, then smile wider, then start laughing, and then roll on the floor laughing!

For instance, the imagery invoked by “It began with a speech that Charlie made to a vast crowd of 600 million cats. Truth be told, it was just Charlie and his loyal but simpleminded sidekick, Buggles, who were there for the speech but the sense of occasion and the historical significance were certainly not lacking” is perfectly hilarious.

As the author mentions in her introduction, “...not ...for those in search of something that makes sense,” and this sentence pulls the reader in immediately. What exactly is she talking about? Why doesn't it make sense? These are the questions that arise in the reader’s mind, prompting them to read further.

The usage of twisted/modified words provides endless entertainment; the author is clever indeed! For instance, if you transgoose while I’m asleep, you’ll not feel my rooth leaves the reader scratching their head in perplexity, while trying to figure out what was just said and smiling widely.

The Bleaklisted Books by David Brown is the author’s take on our time tested classics and other popular novels through the ages. A short description of the story, followed by the reason for the ‘bleaklisting’ and then the author’s suggestion on what could have happened instead is side-splitting.

For instance, the so-called ‘special instructions’ for ‘Anna Karenina’ are: “Sell in all drinking establishments and rename, Anna, Carry Nina.”

I love the visuals as well.

To sum up, I enjoyed reading the book tremendously and still chuckle whenever I think about it.

Great effort by David Brown and team.

— Dipa

Author Bio

Donna Brown 

David Brown

Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu's Epiphany, A World Apart). She was also co-contributor to David's book, Man vs Cat, a humorous look at life with six rambunctious rescue cats.

Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that 'It's grim up north'. You can find Donna on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads, or visit her and her husband's shared blog: B-Lines and Felines.


David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David's dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.

Although David is inspired primarily by fantasy fiction, he also finds his muse in the form of anime, world cinema, history, and biographies. His own books, Fezariu's Epiphany and A World Apart, and the in-progress Ansel's Remorse and The Stars Beneath the Parapets combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten. David himself certainly does not lack a spirit of adventure; in fact, he left his job in 2007 in order to spend a month travelling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.