Re: RARA-AVIS: Fredric Brown

Mario Taboada (
Tue, 30 Nov 1999 08:40:27 -0800 (PST)

I consider Fredric Brown to be one of the best in the business (of all time). He had it all: great craftmanship, an inexhaustible supply of original ideas (unlike many genre writers, he rarely repeated himself), excellent dialogue and characterization, a subtle sense of humor, and a dark side to rival Goodis, Thompson, or any other great noir writer. He also captured the character of the heavy drinker better than anyone else. He knew this from experience.

I have several of the MacMillan volumes of short stories (I was hoping to complete the collection, but the missing volumes are scarce and way too expensive). There is tremendous variety there. Most stories are not hardboiled; many are sui generis. All are entertaining.

His novels are all good, and quite a few are great.
_The Screming Mimi_, _The Fabulous Clipjoint_, _The Lenient Beast_, and _Night of the Jaberwocky_ are all classics.


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