Lilian Jackson Braun Message Board
dpelham posts on 8/30/2010 12:15:02 AM
I have all but the last 2 books (Bombshell & Whiskers). I also lack Tall Tales & Cookbook.
I just bought Companion and am very disappointed in the map. Example; in Post Office the road to the airport is "relentlesly straight". I have a feeling that most of the roads are very straight. There are hills, but not many curves,which is true of most mid-wast states. I also believe, as the 2 maps I've seen indicate, Bad Axe MI in Huron Co. is a good base to work from. If you look at Bad Axe on Google Earth you see most roads are straight. I wonder if Ms. Braun had a map she made or if it was just burned into her writers mind.
Eileen Carlan posts on 8/27/2010 10:59:49 AM
Mugschatz, your post brought a poignant memory to mind. My late best friend, who was multihandicapped, was the one who introduced me to the Cat Who books. She listened to them on talking books becase she was blind. She always used to listen to a book right before going to sleep at night. She died in her sleep in a personal care home, and I was the first _family_ member to get there the next morning. As I sat beside her bed waiting for her children to arrive with the funeral director, I turned on her talking book machine and heard The Cat Who Could Read Backward being read aloud. The last thing my friend heard in this life was a Cat Who story.
Pam Dawson posts on 8/27/2010 2:06:02 AM
To Mrs. Braun:
I have begun a collection of your "Cat Who" books. A co-worker of mine loaned me her library book, and I was hooked! You write in such a way so as to make the characters seem like old friends. Your style is unique. I was told by someone that you now have a "ghost writer". I am sorry if that means you no longer have the ability to continue writing. Sorry for you, and sorry for all your readers. Whatever may be, Quill, Koko, Yum-Yum, Polly, Arch Riker, "Bigfoot", and all the other characters who have come and gone will stay with us in spirit and mind. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the hours of reading pleasure.
mugschatz posts on 7/14/2010 7:27:18 PM
Lin Leary, you might have better luck searching for the audiobooks on CD on eBay. I agree, George Guidall brings all the characters to life! I'm about halfway through the series for the third time in about 4 years; I listen with the MP3 player attached to a pillow speaker, and rarely have any problem falling asleep anymore.
Lin Leary posts on 7/13/2010 1:21:29 PM
The Cat Who books are still one of my favourite reads and withdrawal symptons are setting in! If you haven't yet tried them, the audio books bring Qwill, Koko and Yum Yum to life and I have been lucky enough to download four of the stories from Itunes to my Ipod,but unfortunately, the rest of the books do not appear on the Itunes list in the UK in this format, but I am on the lookout. Best wishes to Lilian Jackson Braun and thank you for so many hours of enjoyable reading.
Francine Richert posts on 7/13/2010 7:31:05 AM
I have been waiting and waiting for a new TCW book so finally googled her name and found this forum. I am so sad to read there will be no more books. It's like losing old friends. These books got me started in my love of reading and none have come up to their quality since.
mugschatz posts on 7/9/2010 10:57:31 PM
In response to Renee's post(s), Ms. Braun has indeed left loose ends dangling in the past. What about the hiker found buried in a sand dune, whose murder was not only unsolved at the end of TCW Saw Stars, but its bearing on the plot was never really explained?
Linda posts on 7/9/2010 9:17:01 PM
In the hope that Ms. Braun reads these messages, I want to let her know how much pleasure and joy she has brought into my life through her books and family of characters. I love reading and re-reading her work.
molly posts on 7/4/2010 9:39:52 PM
The first book in the series The Cat Who Could Read Backwards introduced Qwill and explained his adoption of KoKo. In book two The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern Qwill decides KoKo needs a companion and he finds YumYum who has been abused and is homeless.
Anne Stern posts on 7/1/2010 9:14:56 PM
I was curious as to her age...now I'm both amazed and devastated at the same time! I'm amazed she looks so good, even the photo on the inside cover of her books shows a aging yet spry lady! I'm devastated there will be no more "Cat Who..." books, though! I've read them all and now starting on them all over again! Say it isn't so!!!
Question, though...weren't there earlier books that told of Qwill aquiring Coco, and this was long before Yum Yum was added? It keeps nagging at me...I seem to remember reading them (but then, I'm getting old, too, and may be imagining things!).
Love the books! Most of all I love the names she gives people, cities, restaurants, etc! I'm missing them already! :O(
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