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The Cat Who Had 14 Tales Paperback – March 1, 1988
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I like some of the stories immensely. The others are noted as I come to them.
"Phut Phat Concentrates" - Style: Narrated from the viewpoint of the Siamese tom Phut Phat, the only witness to a robbery at his home. He's trying to institute his system of communication in the household, but it's uphill work.
"Weekend of the Big Puddle" - From the viewpoint of Percy, a comfortable middle-aged bachelor who "would have been considered somewhat stuffy, had he been a man. Being a cat, he was admired for his good behavior." Being of English extraction, Percy takes ghosts in his stride, provided they are of good breeding. Unfortunately, the dead at his summer home in the north country don't measure up to his standards, and he is unfairly blamed for their more disruptive actions.
"The Fluppie Phenomenon" - The narrator agreed to look after her sister's pedigreed Siamese kitten, a "fluppie" (an upwardly mobile feline, who is obsessed with pulling plugs, flipping levers, pushing buttons, and so on). So here we have a young cat who can open a car's power windows, inflate the water bill if locked in a bathroom, turn on a stereo at full volume if left alone... No real plot, but might entertain someone with a similarly inclined cat.
"The Hero of Drummond Street" - Style: Ordinary third-person.Read more ›
Some of the stories are a little odd, but that's not unexpected. What is unexpected is the series of cat murders (throttled cats, cats pushed to their deaths), cat suicides (kitties throwing themselves under cars, eating poisonous plants), cat abuse... I was listening to this book on cd in the car and finally had to stop it before it ended-- it was upsetting me too much!
So maybe it's ridiculous of me to care more about feline characters than human ones, but I'd prefer not to see the chalk outlines being drawn around fuzzy little body after fuzzy little body. If you're similarly ridiculous, leave this book on the shelf!
Here is a breakdown of the stories (By the way, all of these are cat stories, but not all of them are mysteries as other readers seem to expect from this author):
Phut Phat Concentrates - 4 stars - Brave Phut Phat versus the thief. This isn't a mystery per se but a fun read, especially Phut Phat's evaluations of his human servants and their guests.
Weekend of the Big Puddle - 3 stars - A ghost story. Annoying visitors play with things they shouldn't. I found the history interesting and the story okay.
The Fluppie Phenomenon - 2 stars - The main character and her husband babysit her sister's cat which has a special quirk. There wasn't anything particularly bad about this story but I found it predictable so it only gets two stars.
The Hero of Drummond Street - 3 stars - A phlegmatic cat without a tail and a really annoying kid take the front stage in this one. It was a decent story, and the reporters do what I would have done! So yay :o)
The Mad Museum Mouser - 4 stars - A mystery - It was fun to see the bits and details of what happened be revealed as they toured the museum.
The Dark One - 5 stars - A partly lame wife (read 'limp' lame, not 'pathetic' lame) gets a cat as a companion and starts to take her life back. Kind of a mystery as you discover what happened to make her lame. Asant (the cat; I'm not sure if Asant is his name in the English version because I read this book in Czech) is awesome! Cats simply don't go out of their way for anything...
East Side Story - 5 stars - part drama, part love story, part tragedy, this one really swept me up - I really, really loved it!Read more ›
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This was good, although I loved the stories about Koko and Yum yum better!!!Published 19 days ago by pamela kay adamson
I love Lillian Jackson Braun and her Siamese cat stories. This one was excellent--as all of her books are. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Merry Sunshine
Best follow up for the Cat Who series. Several of the mentioned Qwill Pen novels in details.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love those books and too bad the author died. I would have read the book she was writing.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very lite reading. No thinking involved, but was fun. I have read better but have also read worse. Not badPublished 11 months ago by Karen Mitchell
These are not about KoKo and Mr. Q. They are just random short-stories with cats and I didn't find them very interesting. I stopped reading after just a few.Published 11 months ago by loisnbnc