The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun: A Parody

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America's most beloved writer, Lilian Jackson Braun, author of twenty-four Cat Who... mysteries is now the subject of a mystery herself. In this spoof by one of her most ardent admirers, her beheaded body has been discovered in the men's room of a gay bar in Lower Manhattan. The police are baffled, and so it is up to Braun's eccentric writer friend, James Q. (Qafka), and his Siamese cats Ying-Ton and Poon-Tang to solve the ghastly mystery. Q.'s quest leads him on a hilarious, ribald chase that's a cross between a...
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Overview

America's most beloved writer, Lilian Jackson Braun, author of twenty-four Cat Who... mysteries is now the subject of a mystery herself. In this spoof by one of her most ardent admirers, her beheaded body has been discovered in the men's room of a gay bar in Lower Manhattan. The police are baffled, and so it is up to Braun's eccentric writer friend, James Q. (Qafka), and his Siamese cats Ying-Ton and Poon-Tang to solve the ghastly mystery. Q.'s quest leads him on a hilarious, ribald chase that's a cross between a story by Lenny Bruce and Dashiell Hammett. Before it's done we've encountered Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth, a sex-starved suburban housewife, a mysterious Hollywood diary, Britney Spears, an ancient secret society, and two gifted cats whose trail of urine and hairballs leads Q. and his spunky undergraduate assistant to finally unravel the riddle of The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun.

From the author of "Me and Orson Welles" comes a parody of the "Cat Who . . ." series, performed by comedian Arte Johnson. Unabridged.

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In this wildly funny, biting satire, in which James Qafka, noted children's book author and his cats, Ying-Tong and Poon-Tang, investigate the ghastly murder of Lilian Jackson Braun, Kaplow's shotgun approach shatters his main targets and does a lot of collateral damage as well. Like Mad magazine humor, the zingers come quickly, lancing Britney Spears on one page, delivering a glancing blow to "Murder, She Wrote" on the next and giving a resounding slap to Oprah Winfrey a couple of pages after that. The copious puns range from the simple to the elaborate, and include a perfect gem complete in a one-page chapter. As is true with the author and sleuth the book parodies, readers are more likely to be along for the joy of the journey than for the nominal mystery. But where the real Lilian Jackson Braun chronicles a whitebread world of gentility and graciousness, Kaplow's fevered imagination brings forth a torrent of insults, invective and invention. Who else would create a confluence of Mary Astor, Dashiell Hammett, Arthur Conan Doyle and Jackie Gleason, while at the same time paying particular tribute to The Maltese Falcon? LJB purists may not be amused, and the same might be said of staunch Philip Roth fans, for Roth plays a unique role in Kaplow's opus. The rest of the reading public may read and roar. (Apr. 1) Forecast: While readers familiar with Lilian Jackson Braun's bestselling "Cat Who " series are the obvious target audience, the book's literate if at times tasteless humor should ensure it reaches well beyond mystery buffs. Promotion on NPR, for which the author created the Morning Edition program Moe Moskowitz and the Punsters, will give a boost. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893224841
  • Publisher: New Millennium Entertainment
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.24 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Kaplow is a teacher and writer best known for the satirical songs and sketches he writes for NPRs "Morning Edition," where he created Moe Moskowitz and the Punsters. His award-winning young adult novels include "Alessandra in Love" and "Alex Icicle: A Romance in Ten Torrid Chapters,"

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Eat That Frog 1
1 Set the Table 7
2 Plan Every Day in Advance 13
3 Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything 19
4 Consider the Consequences 25
5 Practice the ABCDE Method Continually 31
6 Focus on Key Result Areas 35
7 Obey the Law of Forced Efficiency 41
8 Prepare Thoroughly Before You Begin 47
9 Do Your Homework 51
10 Leverage Your Special Talents 57
11 Identify Your Key Constraints 61
12 Take It One Oil Barrel at a Time 67
13 Put the Pressure on Yourself 71
14 Maximize Your Personal Powers 75
15 Motivate Yourself into Action 81
16 Practice Creative Procrastination 85
17 Do the Most Difficult Task First 89
18 Slice and Dice the Task 93
19 Create Large Chunks of Time 97
20 Develop a Sense of Urgency 101
21 Single Handle Every Task 105
Conclusion: Putting It All Together 109
Learning Resources of Brian Tracy International 115
Index 121
About the Author 127
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2005

    tacky, vulgar, and mean-spirited

    I am not a Lilian Jackson Braun fan; I have read several of her books and decided they are not for me. However, this so-called parody is nothing more than a nasty rant by someone who is obviously enthralled with his own writing skills and determined to slam an inferior being. The humor is forced and quickly resorts to potty language to cover up a complete lack of comic ability. I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. Maybe the book improves after that; I don't know and I don't care. Jackson Braun's books may be silly and badly written, but this parody is utter trash. I won't waste my time on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2004

    No Gratuitious Sex or Violence

    But lots of gratuitous obscenities and fantasies. This is one of the least enjoyable books I have ever bought. Calling this a parody of Ms. Braun's books is misleading in the extreme. Kaplow's book is the only one I've bought in the last twenty years that I'd like my money back!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2003

    Tasteless

    If I could I would rate this a negative five star. I found it very tasteless and inappropiate. I think Ms. Braun should sue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2003

    If I Could Have Given It 0 Stars I Would Have!

    Some guys sexual fantasies linked together with drivel and a few famous names thrown in to entice unaware readers to pick up the book. Definitely NOT for fans of Lilian Jackson Braun and her work!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2003

    Not a true parody...and not for LJB fans

    A parody is supposed to be written in the style of the author being ridiculed (or given an hommage). This book is not written in Braun's style--it just happens to have characters who are similar to Braun's characters. What's worse, Kaplow has his Q character make rude and mean-spirited comments about Lilian Jackson Braun, which seems to break the parody rule because Braun's books don't make fun of other authors. Kaplow's book has tasteless humor (as other reviewers have mentioned) and is not likely to appeal to people who read 'The Cat Who' series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Devastatingly funny

    A take-no-prisoners assault on mysteries, writers, critics, and nearly everything else. Wildly funny, completely tasteless--I loved every minute of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    great book

    i have been a fan of ljb for at least a decade, and picked up this book to complete my collection. the books style was unexpected and completly outrageous. perfect!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    Hilarious

    I saw this book on the 'QUIRKY AND QUIRKIER' table in the B&N by NYU, and it looked intriguing. Turned out to be genuinely one of the funniest books I've read. It had nothing to do with Lilian Jackson Braun, which is good because I've never read her. Instead it's just a 200 page mad monologue that reads like Lenny Bruce on Ecstacy. Very funny. Tasteless. Totally politically incorrect.

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