Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS; Whassis like then? and "I Hate That Book"

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 24 Jan 2000

I've never been overly impressed with Westlake's Parker series -- the couple books I've read (THE JUGGER, something else) seemed to me to be oddly mechanical, routine exercises. Westlake's real forte, I think, is comedy, and I much prefer the Dortmunder series and the couple of Grofelds (LEMONS NEVER LIE, THE BLACKBIRD) I've read.

I have to say, though, that the recent discussion of Parker here has convinced me to give him another shot. Maybe I was in a weird mood those other two times or something.


--- cooper <> wrote:
> I HATE THAT BOOK; I also thought of a Q which kinda
> leads on from the "blown
> away" thread.
> What books/authors do members of the list really,
> really dislike, maybe in
> the face of popular or critical opinion. Or is there
> someone whose work you
> read and hated at first, but then had a change mind
> over. Perhaps even the
> other way around, did you totally love someone's
> work and one day realise
> that they made your teeth itch? Or even someone who
> you can't read past
> the first paragraph.

===== Doug Bassett
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