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Product Details

  • Series: Cat Who Short Stories (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reissue edition (November 25, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515136352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515136357
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #686,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fans of Lilian Jackson Braun's Cat Who... series won't want to miss Short and Tall Tales: Moose County Legends Collected by James Mackintosh Qwilleran. In the voice of Qwill, her beloved fictional journalist, Braun presents 27 amusing yarns, from "The True(?) History of Squunk Water" to "Those Pushy Moose County Blueberries."
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Braun here presents stories about the denizens of Moose County, presumably collected by the journalist hero of her numerous mysteries.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I was always hoping the next story would be better -- much better.
Thomas Ligotti Reader
Short And Tall Tales: Moose County Legends (Cat Who Short Stories) Lilian Jackson Braun Great compliment to the series, preferred the series.
met
In order to enjoy, or even understand this book one will have to have read several of the books in the series.
Dennis Phillips

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Corinne H. Smith VINE VOICE on October 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It's a nifty little book, don't get me wrong; and you can polish it off in a single afternoon. And some of our favorite "Cat Who" personalities and families are mentioned, so it's like coming home to familiar faces. These 27 tales just won't be entertaining or meaningful to anyone who hasn't read at least a few of Braun's episodes. The best myth / legend is saved for last, in which the mystery of Midwestern scamadiddles is revealed. That one could be shared aloud with others, even if they don't know that KoKo and Yum Yum are Siamese cats. But a larger question looms here: Does this publication, authored by fictional character James "Qwill" Qwilleran, signify the end and culmination of the series? I hope not. Those of us who live Down Below still have a need to believe in the existence of eccentric Moose County, 400 miles north of everywhere. We enjoy visiting there every once in a while, even if the trip is made page-by-page instead of by car or boat.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Fans of The Cat Who... mystery series have something to celebrate. The protagonist of the novels, James Mackintosh Quilleran, has finally finished his work SHORT AND TALL TALES, a series of stories told to him by the residents of Moose county. At the beginning of each tale, Quill explains how each story came into his possession and who gave it to him.

Every reader will have a favorite or two but all the unique anecdotes in this book make a delightful holiday gift especially for series fans. Two of this reviewer's favorites are the "Secret Of The Blacksmith's Wife" (revealed to her grandson on her deathbed) and the "Tale Of Two Tombstones" (related by the stonecutter told to his grandson).

There are twenty-seven stories in this collection and anytime the reader feels blue, try this collection for a pick-me-up.

Harriet Klausner
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sissalou on January 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The purpose of my review is to say whether or not, in my opinion, a book is worth buying. If you are one of Lilian Jackson Braun's "The Cat Who. . . " fans, then, Yes.
This is a book you can read in one sitting if you like. It is not a mystery, but rather just what the title says, a collection of little "tall" tales that are written as though the main character in the series, Mr. Q, would write if he were a real author.
I thought the book was exceedingly charming and although I can barely wait between publications of Bruan's mystery books, I thoroughly enjoyed this little collection. The idea of it is extremely novel and I would say it is a success from her fans' point of view.
Some of the stories were already mentioned, or alluded to, in some of the author's other "The Cat Who. . . " books, but that was OK. It was a good refresher and the stories really do cement the flavor of Moose County.
Again, I cannot say how much I just enjoyed the "chit-chattiness" of this little, easy-to-read volume. Ms. Braun has an amazing imagination--that is, she is able to reign it in and make it "fit" the imaginary people of Moose County. My railroader father especially enjoyed the tale about the hoghead.
I also enjoyed the size of the book. It was light and easy to hold and felt very comfortable in my hands.
I am looking forward to getting my hands on The Cat Who Brought Down the House soon.
If you are new to Ms. Braun, this book is probably not the one you should start out with. But buy it anyway and set it aside until after you read a few of The Cat Who books. After you are well introduced to the characters of Moose County, pull out this little book. If you wait, you will be able to really enjoy it better that way.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Phillips on November 5, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Anyone who follows the "Cat Who" series is cognoscente of the fact that Jim Qwilleran, the human hero of the series, carries around a tape recorder in order to catch intriguing stories from Moose County. The former crime reporter keeps saying that he is going to write a book but never actually seems to get started until he finally edits up these stories and presents them in this book. At least that's the premise of this book, which only briefly mentions Qwilleran's two famous felines.

In order to enjoy, or even understand this book one will have to have read several of the books in the series. Otherwise Moose County 's quirky population and their stories will read like something from another world. Actually, UFO's and ghosts do play parts in several of the stories but there isn't a Bigfoot or lake monster in sight.

For the "Cat Who" fan however there are some very entertaining stories to be found in this book. Yes, several of the stories have been published within the series but some of these stories had only been hinted at before and were given flesh in this work. Once one becomes addicted to the antics of the denizens of Moose County every little detail of their lives sought after and consumed and this book provides more than a few tasty morsels. I may be in a minority but I thoroughly enjoyed this little book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Rohl on December 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was really looking forward to anything else by Braun that dealt with Moose County inhabitants, et al., but although it does indeed live up to its title, this small book has little of the charm of the longer "Cat Who..." novels. Jim Qwilleran is the collector and faithful scribe of these tales; there is (appropriately although sadly) no sign of either KoKo or Yum Yum to brighten the pages. The tales are for the most part VERY short as is the book itself (see previous review re: white space and value for $$) and didn't last me an hour altogether. I was disappointed as the tales themselves didn't seem to have the color of Braun's other novels and short as they were, seemed to drag. I *love* the actual "Cat Who" series and even though the series has deteriorated somewhat (there have been almost 30 of them, after all), I look forward to the next installment!
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Lilian Jackson Braun is the author of twenty-nine bestselling Cat Who . . . novels and three short story collections.

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