A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

209. Binky Under Pressure by Ashley Spires

Binky Under Pressure by Ashley Spires (US) - (Canada)
A Binky Adventure, #3

Pages: 64
Ages: 7+
Finished: Jul. 30, 2012
First Published: Sep. 1, 2011
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Genre: children, humour, graphic novel
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "It shouldn't be here."

Publisher's Summary: "In Binky's third adventure, our intrepid, sometimes accident-prone hero is shaken out of his routine when he's forced to contend with Gracie, a dainty striped foster kitty who comes to live at Binky's space station (aka his home at 42 Sentinel Parkway). Binky instantly resents the new arrival, whose cute face and perfect manners are downright annoying. Indeed, Gracie seems too perfect. So Binky decides to do some undercover investigating and discovers a shocking truth about the family guest. Soon Binky is thrust full-throttle into a situation that puts all his Space Cat skills to the ultimate test! "

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through NetGalley.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

I'm not exactly what one could call a "pet person" but Binky is just about the most adorable cat creation ever. His adventures would be down right hilarious if he just weren't so serious about himself.  Spires perfectly captures the attitude and idiosyncrasies of house cats everywhere in Binky and we can understand why they have such 'tude when we realize what an important job they actually have protecting us humans from the aliens.  Binky and Gracie are wonderful together as they interact and try to best each other.  With an adorable story, Spires pulls it all together with her droll artwork that manages to convey such emotion within each small drawing of Binky.  Binky is sure to capture the hearts of cat lovers of all ages!


  1. I am definitely not a cat person either but I like Binky! Wish I had him around to keep out our aliens (aka hand-sized spiders). I like the spunky little guy, hope there's another adventure in store!

  2. I'm with you, Perogyo. Here's hoping there is more Binky on the way!

  3. I adore this series! It has never failed to captivate a reluctant (or otherwise) reader at my library, either. So I love it for that, too, but Binky? He's just fantastic!