: Every time he's [Ross Macdonald] mentioned here, all sorts
: 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
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.
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
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
-- William Denton | Toronto, Canada | http://www.vex.net/~buff/ | Caveat lector. "Let's keep the party polite."
# # To unsubscribe, say "unsubscribe rara-avis" to firstname.lastname@example.org. # The web pages for the list are at http://www.vex.net/~buff/rara-avis/.