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The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun

2.91 of 5 stars 2.91  ·  rating details  ·  225 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Book by Kaplow, Robert
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by New Millennium Press
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I listened to this one on audiobook. I was rather surprised at how X-rated the humour and content was. That didn't bother me, infact, I often found myself laughing our aloud, but it did surprise me because I just knew it would not appeal to fans of the Cat Who books - the people most likely to pick up this book to read. Although I enjoyed the series, I am all too aware of its foibles, which the author of this parody did poke fun at. However, I felt he took this a step too far with the X-rated hu ...more
The dust jacket claims this is a postmodernist novel, which reminds me of what Moe the Bartender of the Simpsons says “It’s PoMo! Post Modern! You know, weird for the sake of weird!” And that pretty much sums it up. Offensive, disgusting, and lacking in sense…all for no reason. It doesn’t help what little plot there is. I just don’t get PoMo, I guess. It reads like World According to Garp and An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England. Waste of time.
Having read practically every "The Cat Who...." in the series, I couldn't resist this one.

Be warned the author is no stranger to foul language and crass scenes.

Still it was pretty tongue-in-cheek funny.

Lillian Jackson Braun isn't the only author that he pokes fun at.
("At whom he pokes" just doesn't sound the same!)
I'm all for satire, ever since being introduced to it in CP English. This book goes a bit overboard though. If you really like the Cat Who series and the author, DO NOT READ THIS. Also, if you don't like reading about things such as the sex lives of people, old men thinking about young girls, and so on, this book isn't for you.
For those of you who have read the Cat Who Books and still enjoy reading them this is not a book for you. This is the r rated version of the pg rated Cat Who books. It was a very funny parody of the Braun's series of books.
Silly, naughty, adult humor. I may have to try the real Lilian Jackson Braun books now. It is a very quick read/listen and the reader on this is just perfect for the characters. Truly "laugh out loud" stuff.
Nov 08, 2008 Carol rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
So far it isn't as funny as I hoped it would be and the humor is rather crude. Very disappointing. I didn't bother finishing the book, someting I rarely do.
Satire - rather vulgar in parts - not what I was expecting - mocks Lillian Braun whose books I love & thought that was what I was picking up
Horrible. I stopped reading it after about 20 pages. If you like The Cat Who series, you're probably better off not reading this book.
Karen S
A parody. . . I think you have to be in the mood for this book. I wasn't.
Phyllis Griffiths
I usually enjoy spoofs and satires but this poorly written so called spoof was painful to read. The author quickly ran out of ideas and filled space by by repeating the same phrases over and over again. Once is funny, twice is so-so, three times gets annoying and the fourth time it's "toss the book aside". For those who enjoy The Cat Who books and/or Xanth (Piers Anthony) or the Myth Inc style spoofings I would advise them to give this book a pass.
Crazy Cat
My inner cat was curious enough to keep going; but the further in the more I found myself in the realm of O My Gawwd! I think the author might have once wrote for Hustler! This went from weird to you have to read it to. believe it. I usually don't write reviews since there is no such thing as bad writing. This was not my cup of tea though. This should say something though about being an ADULT ONLY book.
It was okay. Not terrific. Some funny points if you've read any of "The Cat Who . . . " Series. At one point Q (Qafka, not Qwilleran) prepares a gourmet meal for his two cats, and they would prefer DeliCat stars.

I found it to be a little . . . hard boiled, I guess . . . or maybe, "Hey look at me. I'm a writer and I can say 'penis' so I will as much as possible" kind of attitude. Had been wanting to read it for a long time, and I did, but I'm not sure I'll ever read it again. For the record, I'v
Oddly, the only copy I could get of this was an audiobook from Overdrive.

The book is chock full of bad puns, bad writer in-jokes, the dropping of author names, pornographic scenarios, and other fun stuff, including tons of New York City references. I'm not sure anyone but the most hard-core Lilian Jackson Braun fans will appreciate this work, but for those of us who are fans of "The Cat Who..." series, and who have an off-beat sense of humor, it hits a home-run.

As a side note, the reader for the
Funny parody of cat books.
Goofy and just fun.
I beg your pardon? One of Braun's most ardent admirers???? I dunno, I think any fan of the Cat Who series would send this one right back to the library like I did (thank heaven I didn't actually BUY the thing). I'm not into extreme-and-vulgar-just-to-get-attention fiction. Clever, sure, it obviously follows closely the well-established pattern of Braun's books, but that's the only connection I see. More of a Braun/Koontz love-child novel.
Stacey Franklin
Hysterical. If you've ever read any of "The Cat Who..." series by L.J.B. you should really read this merciless spoof... although I think it stands on it's own as well with a decent mystery and quite good writing. For me it's worth reading just for the brutally comical send-ups of L.J.B and, hilariously, Phillip Roth. I listened to the audiobook and it was very well done.
Aug 04, 2013 Jenny rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: humor
This is a bawdy send-off of the Lilian Jackson Braun cat mysteries. The only semblance to the originals is the main character with the initial Q and his 2 cats investigating the death of said author, otherwise it seems like pages were written just to be lewd. I expected more laughs (due to the book's title) than what was delivered.
This is a pretty dark parody of the Lilian Jackson Braun books, where the aforementioned author dies a pretty bad death and the main character, also an author, must investigate. I did laugh, but I'm not sure who to recommend this too, as there was a little too much scat humor. Philip Roth makes a great character though!
Penny McGill
Didn't finish it. No stars. I thought I could keep a sense of humour about this parody but it wasn't actually possible for me. Robert Kaplow made fun of everything Lilian Jackson Braun wrote and cared about and I just couldn't continue with this book - it was vulgar and aggravating.
Yvonne Riedl
This book was nothing like I was hoping for. It was pornography in the disguise of supposed satire. I was so disappointed in it that I burned it! That's something that I normally would never do to a book. I can usually find SOME redeeming quality in every book. This, I couldn't.
While this book is pretty funny, the parody may seem harsh and there's content that could be offensive, especially if you like Braun's books. But it's good for a laugh if you can remember it's over the top and is extreme in contrast to Braun's vanilla-laden content.
When the book started I was laughing out loud with every page. Then around page 50 or so it just got ridiculously stupid. Skimmed the last 40ish pages. Awful!
Mary Newcomb
This satire is not for the faint of heart. Somehow it involves the death of Ms Braun, Mary Astor's diary and too much to even explain coherently.

Kristy McRae
A spot-on parody! It was funny and silly, and there were many times when I thought, "Is he really going to go there?....Yup. He went there."
I didn't think this book was very funny! Maybe I just didn't get it, as I hadn't read any of these Cat Who books beforehand.
Although this book had it's funny moments, I found it to be crude. If I were Lilian Jackson Brown I'd be very insulted.
I like Jackson Braun's "Cat Who" series, so when I saw this at the library, I couldn't resist. It was quite amusing!
Kind of baudy, but there's still a mystery to solve even though it's a parady.

Too baudy. Too much.
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