Yep. I’m reading a book about a talking cat.
Nothing wrong with that, per se, but I went straight from a rather gritty Witcher novel to this, so I’m getting a bit of literary whiplash.
The book in question is The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett, the first Discworld book to be aimed at children. But, of course, it wouldn’t be all that unusual to see talking cats and tap-dancing rats in the novels he wrote for adults, either…
But I must say I didn’t expect this amount of cannibalism and people getting stabbed in the eye with frozen herrings in a children’s book.
Honestly, I don’t think I ever expect anyone to be stabbed in the eye with a frozen herring when reading a book, but that’s besides the point.