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About the Author

"The New York Times"-bestselling author Lilian Jackson Braun lives in North Carolina with her two Siamese cats.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: JOVE Books; 1st edition (March 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515094978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515094978
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Of these 14 short stories, none are set in the Qwilleran household. The choice of narrator and style of narration vary from story to story. Two styles are prevalent: oral history and cat's-eye view. An oral history is presented in question and answer format, mostly in first-person. Cat's-eye view stories are narrated in third-person, from the viewpoint of one of the cats in the story.
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.
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By A Customer on January 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have been reading Ms. Braun's "The Cat Who ... " series of mysteries featuring Jim Qwilleran, Koko, and Yum Yum. After reading (and loving) the first 6 of them, I decided to read this collection, which is apparently a collection of Ms. Braun's early work, collected and re- published after her series became popular. I was disappointed because this collection isn't nearly as good as the series. I wouldn't say it's bad, just not good. The stories for the most part are predictable. Like that other reviewer, I believe that if you are a fan of "The Cat Who ... " series, you will be disappointed in this collection.
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While I am addicted to the Cat Who series and wish only that there were some that I had not yet read, 14 Tales was a great disappointment. I found it overly sentimental and cloying. There were few stories that seemed worthy of Ms. Braun's time and talents as a writer. The great strength of Ms. Braun's books is her hero Jim Quilleran and the amusing cast of characters who inhabit his world. Picking up a new Cat Who (or rereading one already read) is something like revisiting an old friend. There is no such sense in the Tales. It is the only work of Ms. Braun's to which I would not wish to return.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I don't read this author, but I bought it as a gift for someone else. She really likes the "cat" books and wanted one in large print. She seemed delighted with the book and I don't think she was just saying so to be polite.
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I first read "The Cat Who Had 14 Tales" many years ago, and have spent many entertaining hours immersed in the mysteries of this series. My daughter is now a teen and I try to point her toward books that will improve her reading skills and have a wholesome content, as well as entertain her. She has become immersed in this cat mystery series just as I did.
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I'll begin by saying prior to this, I never met a "Cat Who..." I didn't like. Ms. Braun is a very entertaining author, and she has imagined some very entertaining cats. I suspect that I'm not the only one out there who's drawn to her work largely because of her highly entertaining cats. If you are like me in this respect, and you prefer your cats alive and well, skip this somewhat disturbing collection.
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!
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I WAS REALLY SAD TO HEAR THAT THE AUTHOR LILLIAN JACKSON BRAUN PASSED AWAY. AND TO HEAR THAT SHE WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF A NOVEL. MY SINCEREST CONDOLENCES TO HER FAMILY. PLEASE KNOW THAT MISS BRAUN WAS A VERY TALENTED AUTHOR WHO BROUGHT PLEASURE TO MANY THROUGH HER WORKS. I HAVE THE WHOLE CAT WHO SERIES & ENJOY THEM IMMENSELY.
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Average 3.64 (I'm rounding up to 4, though, because the stories that I liked I really liked a lot)

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!
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