The Cat Who Saw Red by Lilian Jackson Braun

Lilian Jackson Braun's Cat Who... series has sparked a whole new subgenre for those who like a little feline intervention in their mysteries.

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The Cat Who Saw Red by Lilian Jackson Braun


Features

  • Mass Market Paperback: 249 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.72 x 6.89 x 4.20
  • Publisher: Jove Pubns; Reissue edition (September 1991)
  • ISBN: 0515090166


    Reader Reviews
    A comfortable read for LJB fans., July 6, 2003 Reviewer: Matthew McCann from Richmond My mom loves these books! She gave me this one because she thought I'd love them too. I did enjoy reading it a great deal, but it was a bit bland for me. I don't say that because Lilian Jackson Braun is a poor writer...she's fantastic. Her characters are adorable, loveable and genuine. The setting is creative and chilling. Even the plot is intriguing. When I read, I like my emotions to be stirred a bit more than this book did. I admit this is the first I've read in the series, and I understand that may contribute to the distaste I have for it, since its actually not the first book of the series. Conflicting reviewers say its the fourth, fifth or sixth book. To really know I think I better check out her website. Those editorial reviews might be more helpful too! Okay, so what is likeable about this book? Simply put, the characters make the whole series popular. Qwilleran, a reporter with a funny name, is the man who drives the need to know for each case. I like Qwill because he shares many similarities with me. He writes and I've always fancied myself as a reporter. He loves cats; hard not to for me. He also observes people. In this book, Qwilleran reunites with an old flame and finds himself seething at his discovery of her demise. The other two participants in Braun's whimsical mystery are Koko and Yum Yum. These cats are as personified as Qwill himself and take as much part in the action of the story as others do. One of them even saves Qwill's life in a round-a-bout way. Anybody who loves cats is going to fall hard for these two adorable sidekicks. Best of all is Braun's affectionate style. She demands nothing more from the reader than a liesurely audience. I like her attention to details affectionate descriptions and penchant for ordinary experiences in extraordinary ways. I also like that she uses interesting facts and victuals of knowledge to satiate the readers cravings for intellectual stimulation. On the down side, I think I want more emotional or spiritual stimulation from my readings. I tend to cling to books with strong ties to emotional highs and lows. Though this book provided the opportunity for that (especially when Qwill's crush becomes one of the victims), I didn't feel the same excitement I have felt reading other books. I'm not putting this book down though. I enjoyed it enough to keep it and share with others. My students will also enjoy it's characters. I plan to do a book talk with it for my students at a middle school. I don't really suspect them to read it, but it will make a nice diversion from the ordinary and will introduce them to a great popular contemporary author.

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