Re: Christmas presents or purchases (was Re: RARA-AVIS: Good
Thu, 7 Jan 1999 08:47:44 -0500 <<Did anyone get any good books? >>

On the hardboiled side, I served as Santa to myself this year. I found a
banged-up copy of STRONGARM by Dan Marlowe -- I don't think this is part of
the Drake series.

I also picked up THE BIG BOOK OF NOIR, which I've been enjoying thoroughly
so far (except for the initial cover-all-bases introduction, which, as it
tries to embrace everything, succeeds only in diluting its effectiveness).
I really liked the Mark Lawrence profile/interview by Lee Server. During
its course, perennial movie-mobster Lawrence mentions fellow tough-guy
Lawrence Tierney, who I wish was covered by a similar profile in this book.

As for having room for more books -- Well, I'm currently clearing out the
"book room" to make room for baby, due in a few months. Personally, I think
the covers to a few hardboiled volumes would be great for early visual
development, but I'm dutifully boxing up everything and toting it to the
attic. So, the "less available room means fewer purchases" paradigm is now
active at our house. I think space is always the problem for people who
love to read -- particularly folks who love to read out-of-print stuff
that's rarely available at the local library. -- Duane

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