'Short & Tall Tales: Moose County Legends' - Lilian Jackson Braun
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Sep. 26th, 2006 | 04:50 pm
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posted by: creamsodaangel in tikitealog
BOOK: Short & Tall Tales: Moose County Legends
AUTHOR: Lilian Jackson Braun
When Jim Qwilleran retired to Moose County (400 miles north of everywhere) with his old electric typewriter and his box of yellow lead pencils, he intedned to write a book -- a novel of crime and investigation with a metropolitan setting. He never finished the first page! Instead, he listened to the folktales of local people. As a journalist, Qwilleran was a good listener. He never left home without a tape recorder in his pocket.
As desccendants of the pioneers told stories that had been handed down for generations, Qwilleran was recording a collection of Moose County legends worth publishing. He added some historic facts, stranger than fiction, gleaned from county archives.
Now Qwilleran has his book! He titled it Short & Tall Tales. Most of the stories were short. Some may have been embellished with retelling through the years. Qwilleran's infromants swore they were true -- even though some had a supernatural twist that left one wondering....And one of them was strictly a "tall tale"!
This was a really cute book. Contained within are the short tales that Jim Qwilleran, from Lilian Jackson Braun's Cat Who... series, writes for the paper he works for. This is a very simple read, one that someone can pick up and go through in a half hour, of amusing tales to leave a grin on your face. It's very simple to read, and is recommended if you've had a hard day and need a quick chuckle.