"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
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… ».
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.
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.
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.
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 iI 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 idea was to just present some sketches that portray a certain mood, and if that's what you're looking for, you may enjoy the book. There are some good stories. I liked the one about the blacksmith and the story of the horseradish ship. But both could have been developed a little more. The opening story was pretty pointless, in my opinion. Altogether disappointing in almost every way....more
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 dThis 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 dead cats scratching at the door whenever something bad was going to happen, and there was a roughness and rawness about some of the tales, as they seemed to be word for word as told by the person giving up the information or from diary entries....more
Love most of Lilian Jackson Braun writing. This book is short stories (obviously) and most of them were just plain dumb...unfinished feeling...no plot. I'm not much of a fan of short stories so maybe its just me....but I say don't read.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Lilian Jackson Braun was an American writer. She is well-known for her light-hearted series of The Cat Who... mystery novels. The Cat Who books center around the life of former newspaper reporter James Qwilleran, and his two Siamese cats, KoKo and Yum Yum in the fictitious small town of Pickax located in Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere." Although never formally stated in the books, thLilian Jackson Braun was an American writer. She is well-known for her light-hearted series of The Cat Who... mystery novels. The Cat Who books center around the life of former newspaper reporter James Qwilleran, and his two Siamese cats, KoKo and Yum Yum in the fictitious small town of Pickax located in Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere." Although never formally stated in the books, the towns, counties and lifestyles described in the series are generally accepted to be a modeled after Bad Axe, Michigan (located in the "Michigan Thumb") where she resided with her husband for many years until the mid 1980's. Many also believe that the culture and history of the Upper peninsula of Michigan are represented in the series as well, which is quite possible as it is indeed a fictitious location.
Lilian Jackson Braun began her writing career as a teenager, contributing sports poetry for the Detroit News. She later began working as an advertising copywriter for many of Detroit's department stores. After that stint, she worked at the Detroit Free Press as the "Good Living" editor for 30 years. She retired from the Free Press in 1978.
Between 1966 and 1968, she published three novels to critical acclaim: The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern and The Cat Who Turned On and Off. In 1966, The New York Times labeled Braun, "the new detective of the year." The rising mystery author disappeared from the publishing scene for 18 years. The blame came from the fact that mystery novels were starting to focus on sex, violence, and foul language, and Braun's light-hearted books were not welcome in this new territory. It wasn't until 1986 that the Berkley Publishing Group reintroduced Braun to the public with the publication of an original paperback, The Cat Who Saw Red. Within two years, Berkeley released four new novels in paperback and reprinted the three mysteries from the sixties. Braun's series became an instant best seller once again. In January 2007 the twenty-ninth novel in the series, The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers, was released in hardcover by the Penguin Group.
Not much was really known about Braun, as she prefered to keep her private life that way. For years, publishers have given inaccurate accounts of her year of birth, which has remained unknown until she openly acknowledged her age in an interview for the Detroit News in January 2005.