Book Review: The Cat Who Had 14 Tales by Lillian Jackson Braun

With a plane trip ahead of me last month, I made sure to grab a paperback before I headed out the door.  Sure, my phone and my tablet are both loaded with ebooks, but there’s something I find incredibly satisfying about an actual book.  A collection of short stories was particularly appealing, since I would be traveling and likely too tired to have much of an attention span.

14 Tales

What I Loved:  I’ve read almost all of the other books in Braun’s Cat Who series, and I’ve loved them.  These short stories were just as good, but they revolved around different characters.  It was a nice change of pace, but of course there were still lots of cats!  It was a nice fast read, and I read almost the entire thing on the plane.  Braun was always excellent with description and characterization, and she accomplished this even in short stories.

What I Didn’t Love So Much:  There are a few cats that die on these pages.  If you’re the type that absolutely can’t stand to have animals die in a story, then this might not be the book for you.  Nothing is graphically described, but it’s there.

Rating and Recommendation:  This is a great book for anyone who loves cats, mysteries, and short stories, or a combination of at least two of those elements.  Since I was bummed when it was over, I have to give it 5 stars.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Paradox, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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9 responses to “Book Review: The Cat Who Had 14 Tales by Lillian Jackson Braun

  1. sounds good. I love short stories. My latest post is about a collection I bet very very few have read. Yes I would like you to hop over and have a look 🙂

  2. pleasure 🙂 I think I’m following your blog

  3. I love this! Also, I agree with you completely when it comes to reading a physical book sometimes and how it’s just necessary. Also, it’s super smart to pick a book full of short stories since, I know for me at least, when reading for long periods of time without a break like on a plane I’ll get tired of one story/book. So I’ll have to do this next time! 🙂

  4. I have never heard of this book but it’s such an interesting title I just want to pick it up. I wish I knew about this book when my book club was picking titles for the theme of weird titles.

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