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Short & Tall Tales: Moose County Legends Collected By James Mackintosh Qwilleran (Cat Who... SSC2)

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"Good news for fans of the best-selling Cat who... mysteries--fictional columnist James Qwilleran has finally finished his book showcasing the colorful stories related to him by residents of Moose County, that famous region four hundred miles north of everywhere." --from Description
Published (first published October 14th 2002)
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Knit Spirit
Ce recueil de « légendes » est prétendument écrit par le héros des livres « Le chat qui… ». On y retrouve de nombreuses histoires déjà connues des ouvrages précédents. C’est mignon mais ça casse pas 3 pattes à un canard et ça a, à mon goût, un peu trop un air de déjà lu.
En bref : ça ne vaut pas les « Le chat qui… ».
Jul 06, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Throughout the "Cat Who" series, Jim Qwilleran is writing a book of tales about Moose County citizens. This book is a collection of those, many of which I recalled from past books. It's delightful how Braun has studied the mining era, the bootlegging era etc. to add life and humor to these tales.
Jul 28, 2011 Diana rated it it was amazing
This book is a compilation of stories told by the population of Moose County from the Cat Who series by Lillian Jackson Braun. If you're a fan of the Cat Who books I suggest reading this, you might be lost if you haven't read the mystery series before.
May 15, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
Short, entertaining read of folk stories in Qwill's hometown.
Jun 05, 2016 itchy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: w
scamadiddles did the trick for me
Feb 27, 2017 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an anthology of stories captured by James Mackintosh Qwilleran from the citizens of Moose County.

The stories are known by the readers of the cat who series. Other readers may pick up this book for a taste of the style of writing, if one is unsure. There aren't any spoilers for the mysteries of the series, but details of the stories will be duplicated if the series has been read or will be read after this book.
Feb 25, 2017 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: cat-books
Some repetition but still good.
Paula Ratcliffe
I recently picked up a copy of this book and found it to be just what I expected, although I have found others anticipated a mystery book it's anything but mystery it's chock full of little stories people have told James Qwilleran when they ran in to him in Moose County. I found them delightful and love how people came up to him on the street or at his residence with another story from long ago. I think people need to remember that James always said one day he'd write a book about all these litt ...more
Sep 08, 2007 Cindy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: only fans of the author
I was really disappointed by this latest entry into "The Cat Who" series. I've been getting a little tired of the series anyway, but I thought this might really be something different, something fun. It wasn't nearly as good as I had expected. These tales are slight at best, and mere sketches at worst. I was hoping for something meaty with some depth. Even she wanted to write some short stories, did they have to be this short? I don't really understand the whole point of this book. I think the i ...more
Mar 04, 2011 Dee-Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book, memoir
This was a short book, the copy I had was only about 120 pages, of short stories, anecdotes of people and sometimes cats who lived in Moose County, which is apparently 400 miles north of everywhere, somewhere in the US near the Canadian border. The tales are of people in the late 1800s early 1900s, who lived in this region which was a mining, bootlegging and rural region.

I enjoyed the book, it was fast, quirky and there were some surprises along the way. Some of the tales were a bit spooky, eg d
May 09, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a really enjoyable read, especially after having read the series and seeing Qwill collecting stories from all the characters. Besides the one I mentioned previously, I also really liked "Phineas Ford's Fabulous Collection" - it had me laughing out loud!

All of the stories were quick and easy to read. It was just the sort of book to read between one task and the next. I had time to finish a story and tuck the bookmark inside while still doing all the things I need to do in my busy life.
Jun 30, 2016 Tania rated it it was ok
I'm obviously at a disadvantage, not having read the mystery series this book was based off of. I didn't realize that until I was done with the book and looking for a reason why I was confused. Even knowing that the stories are a part of the series, I felt the stories were disjointed and incomplete. Most of them felt as if important parts were left out that if included would have not only been a more complete story but a more entertaining one as well.
Jan 24, 2016 Rachel rated it it was ok
A collection of very short stories supposedly told by the citizens of Moose County to James Qwilleran. The stories didn't hang together at all, were all over the place and a lot of them didn't seem to have any point. Most of these stories are reprinted from various Cat Who books. To me these stories represent what has gone wrong with the series, too many boring stories and no mystery. There was only one story I really liked but with the stories being about 3 pages long it was a short read.
Virginia Kahn
Mar 20, 2015 Virginia Kahn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: short story and fiction lovers
Recommended to Virginia by: Second Hand Store
this was a good book i was not disappointed i have read all but 3 of Lilian Jackson Braun's books it was a short read -- looking for a break from your normal routine, or going through a book hang over wondering where do i go next while you search for the next big novel on your list this may be the one you need - i had the pleasure of meeting her years ago in a borders book store one evening as she did a book chat - picked up her book then never looked back easy reads enjoyable
Amy "the book-bat"
This is a collection of short stories that are a sort of companion piece for the Cat Who series. The cats do not appear in the book, but their owner, Qwill, does. The stories are like a compilation of Qwill's news columns for the Moose County Something. They are quick and easy to read, most are 2-3 pages long. If you enjoy the qwirky cast of characters in the Cat Who series, you will probably enjoy this book.
Jul 27, 2011 Grete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointingly brief, and several stories disappointingly inconsequential. Much of the material was drawn from the Cat Who novels, and somehow the history seems less rich and interesting away from the context of the books. The historical and the modern-day need to coexist and complement on another since Braun's vision is not as comprehensive and thorough as would sustain the history on its own.
Apr 16, 2013 Eyehavenofilter rated it really liked it
Shelves: cat-mysteries
I loved this, so many little tales that are referred to in the books are explained here. Every story has an intro "by" Jim Q. "The owner" of the 2 famous kitties, and how he came by the story. From bootleggers, swampy trompings, and ghostly cats scratching at your door when bad things are about to happen to who dunnits, this is a cute tour through Pickax, north of everywhere.
Nov 29, 2013 Marcia rated it really liked it
These short stories are a collection of family & community legends of Moose County. Sometimes, a person whose name is the same as one of the characters in one of Braun's novels appears. Mostly, these seem to be stories passed down. Each is short and uncomplicated and supports general ideas and impressions of the mythical Moose County.
Sep 06, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a creative thing to do! Lillian Jackson Braun uses her character, James Mackintosh Qwilleran, to write historical events and stories from the area that her stories are found, in hopes to fill in any missing pieces from the long stretch of time her stories cover. What a great book and it was, as always, well written.
For fans of Lilian Jackson Braun, this book is a fun read. There are many mentions of stories that Qwill has collected, and wants to put into a book. Well, this is that book. You get insight into the characters, a bit of history, and the body count is very much lower than the normal Cat Who story. If you want to just step back and learn more about Qwill and the community, this is it.
Dec 27, 2013 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: good-fun
This is a collection of the tales that emerge through the series. For that reason I've given it 3 stars. I've already read each of them while reading the series. For a quick read of them, though, this is a concise collection.
Paula Dembeck
Fictional columnist James Quilleran puts together stories related to him by the residents of Moose County. We are told how he collected the stories, and each one is prefaced by a small note detailing the teller and their circumstances.
A very short, quick read. A disappointment.
Sep 02, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of the Cat Who books, this was a fun and quick read! It is a collection of the stories Qwill gathers in each of the novels for the book he is writing. I recalled several of the stories and was pleasantly surprised by others.
Donna Rowe
May 31, 2014 Donna Rowe rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I find Qwill, Koko and Yum Yum fascinating, their neighbors not so much. I enjoyed the series more in its original setting in the city. Those who love Pickaxe, however, will enjoy this book. Unfortunately, I was bored.
Oct 16, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a series of two to five page stories about the residents or former residents of Moose County and it surrounds, if you have read any of the Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who..... Books then the reader may find this series of tidbits interesting.
Nov 03, 2014 Vanessa rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Love most of Lilian Jackson Braun writing. This book is short stories (obviously) and most of them were just plain dumb...unfinished plot. I'm not much of a fan of short stories so maybe its just me....but I say don't read.
Laura Verret
This is an accumulation of very brief accounts of legends and tales from the Moose County area. They were a little quirky and a little funny, but nothing very spectacular. My favorite? Probably 'The Pork-and-Beans Incident at Boggy Bottom'.
Keith Weller
Dec 01, 2011 Keith Weller rated it it was amazing
This may not be what we have come to expect from Lillian Jackson Braun, but its a fun book to read all the same. it took me less than five hours. I thought it was fun though to get more of a history on a town that doesn't really exist, its these subtleties that make this a good series.
Elizabeth Meadows
Fun stories for fans of The Cat Who Series. Written like they are from Qwillerans newspaper columns and results of his interviews with various Moose County characters.
Jun 05, 2012 Cathi95 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2012
(Short stories 2002) I like her cat books better. Short and stilted stories about mythical Moose County and its history.
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