posts on 5/14/2013 10:05:52 PM
I am the biggest idiot on this message board
posts on 4/17/2013 1:26:33 PM
Lilian Jackson Braun has turned me into a reading snob! After reading her books, which is akin to watching an episode of haughty Frasier humor, other works of fiction now seem "marginalized" and of low humor! Like many of us I feel like I know the esteemed "Q".
posts on 3/30/2013 7:07:08 AM
Lori has had so many jobs. I don't think the Spoonery was every mentioned after this book.
posts on 3/29/2013 6:56:59 PM
Have I missed something? I just read The Cat who Went Up The Creek...suddenly Nick and Lori Bamba are looking to be innkeepers...What happened to the Spoonery?
posts on 1/30/2013 9:49:41 PM
When Ms. Braun retired from the Detroit Free Press, she moved to Caseville, (Mooseville) MI. Her home was waterfront on Saginaw Bay, there was a large letter B on the driveway entrance. I believe she has incorporated many towns, geographical features, history of Michigan into one spot... Pickax City. There really is Bad Axe, MI, petroglyphs, I believe the "big lake" is Lake Superior, there really is a Booze Hotel, there really was a fire that destroyed several counties in what we call the thumb of Michigan. (We use our right hand, palm toward face as a map of Michigan to locate a town, to answer "where do you live", Mooseville is at the tip of the thumb), the sand giant is a legend around the western side of the state where there are miles and miles of sand dunes several stories high, the logging, mining, shipbuilding did happen. The Upper Peninsula (that connects to Wisconsin) was settled first by indigenous Indians, then the French fur traders, later by Scandinavian people who have remained in the U. P. and thrived. Welsh miners brought the pasty... pah stee, to Michigan. Breakfast Island is a conglomerate of islands in Saginaw Bay, Lake Superior, and Ocracoke Island which is part of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Ocracoke was originally settled by washed up crew on pirate ships. Anyhow, enough history.
posts on 1/21/2013 12:24:23 PM
If you read all the books in a row, you see Qwill is a shy man who started with nothing and is not cocky. He works at great lengths to be humble, no new car, old clothes, etc. He always looks for ways to save money except when nec. like when he redid the apple barn. To write him as cocky or full of himself would be to not take into account where he came from and his gentle side.
posts on 1/21/2013 2:44:01 AM
Jonathon! Hi! Geography was never my strong suit, so I am going to have to get bigger and better maps on my laptop to study the lay of the states around the Great Lakes. I will definitely study it.
Eileen...how's it going? I prefer Michigan as the setting. In Fourteen Tales, one short story flat out says Michigan.
Am currently re-reading Read Backwards and definitely prefer Pickax. I have a hard time getting an understanding of Qwill's personality. Is he a somewhat humble, down to earth guy or is he a bit cocky? Is his opinion of himself a bit too high? I think he is more down to earth and very human because in one book, LJB wrote something about how well he thought he mooed when reading to the cats :) Paints a delightful picture!
posts on 1/20/2013 6:01:36 PM
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain was by far my favorite... because I too have been an outsider living amongst the mountain folk. Hilarious!!
I hope this is the FIRST movie made and I conquest, Tom Relic is the Best choice to play our beloved Jim Q.
posts on 1/8/2013 8:48:23 PM
Actually, it is possible to get from Illinois to Michigan via Wisconsin. Wisconsin borders the upper peninsula. Minnesota borders Wisconsin, but not Michigan. I don't know how many roads go from Wisconsin to Michigan, but they do border each other.
posts on 1/8/2013 5:46:28 PM
Tchula, I believe it is in The Cat Who Talked Turkey, which is several books ahead of Blew the Whistle, that various statements made throughout the book eliminate ALL of the states in the great lakes area as possible locations for Moose County. Talked Turkey, however, was published after the writing quality had declined and the publisher did not see fit to give the books the editorial attention they deserved, so I've always attributed that to the confusion Ms. Braun had begun to experience.
Blew the Whistle is the next to last book published before, in my opinion, the writing quality begins to decline. It is possible that the author's attention to detail had already begun to decrease. There are many clues throughout the books that support Moose County's being located in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
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