Picks and Pans Review: Petted by the Light
HEAVEN KNOWS, GUSHY AFTERLIFE BOOKS LIKE BETTY Eadie's Embraced by the Light deserve a good skewering. Now, thanks to Los Angeles screenwriters Tobin and Doley, they get a decent one in this satirical look at the near-death experiences of eight feline floaters. Bruno, for instance, recounts how he choked on a chicken bone before drifting through a bright tunnel into a huge field of catnip ("and you never got a hangover from the stuff"). Freckles, the frisky kitty who strangled himself with a ball of yarn, tells of a warm place full of sock drawers overseen by a deity who "knows all the right places to scratch." Then there's Lucky, crushed by a garage door and soaked by light that's "like a flea bath but without the trauma."
The one-joke premise is good for some giggles, though as far as guffaws go, Petted is a near-dearth experience. (Birch Lane, $9.95)