Re: RARA-AVIS: and what are you reading?

William Denton (
Mon, 31 Aug 1998 00:00:46 -0400 (EDT) On Sun, 30 Aug 1998, MT wrote:

: Every time he's [Ross Macdonald] mentioned here, all sorts of
: opinions come up (from the very positive to the quite
: negative). Personally, I have cooled my enthusiasm about him a bit,
: but I am still grabbed immediately by his books, no matter how many
: times I've read them.

My enthusiasm's cooled and I don't really get grabbed any more. As
I've probably said before, I read a whole bunch of Lew Archers one
summer and by the end the sameness of all the plots was too much.

One thing I did appreciate was the intricacy of the plots. I've
always liked complicated plots, and Macdonald's, which could involve a
family (plus identity switches) over a generation or more, were quite
something as I remember. I took notes on one but couldn't get it into
a nice format on paper, with a family tree and arrows indicating who
did what to who. I wonder if such a thing would work better on the

Anyway, Dave, I'm glad to hear you like the Lew Archers. Have you
read any of Macdonald's non-Archer material, like _Blue City_?

P.S. I'm reading some non-fiction right now, but I'll be starting
_Postman_ soon.


William Denton | Toronto, Canada | | Caveat lector.
            "Let's keep the party polite."

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