From: Michael Robison Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 10:06:26
> ... there's been a couple well-established
> which i just didn't like: thompson's _killer inside
> me_, and hammett's _red harvest_. and the question
> i've been rolling over is if i like most hardboiled,
> why didn't i like these two highly regarded novels,
> and i'm wondering if maybe its because they were
> missing this element.
Thompson's "Killer Inside Me" is noir not harboiled ...
purely the criminal's view. No tarnished, slightly or
otherwise, cynical hero. And I thought there was a bit of
romance in "Red Harvest" ... albeit, the hardboiled variety
but there nonetheless.
You don't have to like 'em all and just because you don't
like some that are considered classic and definitive of the
genres doesn't mean the lesser of you or your taste. Think of
'em as reference material if nothing more.
You can be a fan without being fanatical, obsessive, and/or
anal about it.
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