Order of The Cat Who Books - werdec.orgBy Lilian Jackson Braun. Koko made his first appearance a little over 30 years ago in the paperback original "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. If the years have been kind to Koko, now one of the world's most famous cats, they have been kinder still to Qwilleran -- "whose name had confounded typesetters and proofreaders for two decades," though, as he points out, "it's a respectable Scottish spelling. But in "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards" he is gawky, unsure of himself and newly -- if falteringly -- sober, trying to make a comeback after his triumphant journalism career skidded to a halt. Freshly arrived in an unnamed Midwestern city, Qwilleran gets a job on the Daily Fluxion the slogan of which is Fiat Flux as an art writer whose beat is "human-interest stuff on artists. The art beat, Qwilleran soon learns, is no refined, genteel affair reserved for the effete few. People buy paintings instead of swimming pools," and the art page has a bigger readership than the sports section.
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Lilian Jackson Braun was one of the most prominent authors of America, who was well-known for writing the light-hearted novels based on the mystery and thriller genres. The novels of the famous The Cat Who series written by her revolve around the life James Qwilleran, a former newspaper reporter, and a couple of his Siamese cats named Yum Yum and KoKo.
Koko and Qwilleran, the Early Years
She was Her death was announced by her publisher, G. Smelled a Rat. Their human protagonist is Jim Qwilleran, a newspaperman, amateur sleuth and all-round sensitive guy who lives in an unspecified northerly state that seems to have a disproportionate share of homicide. Like her namesake of Gilbert and Sullivan fame, Yum Yum is dainty and not precisely a cognitive giant, but she proves useful throughout the series for her dexterous, conveniently larcenous paws. Critical response to the books was generally favourable, with many reviewers praising their essential warmth and cozy charm. Others, however, faulted what they saw as scanty plotting and an overreliance on formulaic set pieces.
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She had a more interesting background than I had ever imagined. She was born in the small town of Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. Since the depression made a college education much too expensive, she became an advertising copywriter in Detroit for several stores and then moved to the Detroit Free Press where she spent the majority of her career as a lifestyle writer and editor. Her first husband died in Her second husband encouraged her to start writing again and she came out of retirement and published the bulk of her books after reaching the age of She never moved beyond a basic mechanical typewriter. She was more interested in her characters than in solving mysteries and admitted it and with the success of her books she started a trend that changed the mystery market.
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The Cat Who The first was written in , with two more following in and The fourth appeared eighteen years later, after which at least one new novel was published every year until A thirtieth novel, originally announced for , was postponed indefinitely by its publisher and then canceled after the author's death in It remains unpublished. Qwilleran, or Qwill as his friends call him, is the main human character in the books.