RARA-AVIS: scudder and nancy drew...

From: Michael Robison ( zspider@gte.net)
Date: 16 Dec 2001

nancy drew, eh? well i never read a one of them, but i paid my proper dues with the hardy boys. any of you others been down that street?

speaking of street, i'm half way thru willeford's _i was looking for a street_ and just began jdm's _dress her in indigo_. the only jdm i've read before this one is _deep blue goodbye_. i've learned to adopt the enduring smile for his sophmoric philosophic wanderings, because the guy just writes the most engrossing stories. suck you right in and spit you out at the end gasping for more.

so far in the willeford autobiography, i'm having a hard time liking him. sad, because his _burnt orange heresy_ is one of my all-time favorite hbs.


> I'm sure there are those on this list who would
> disagree with me, but I think the Scudder novels are
> best read in order. However, if you don't want to do
> that much reading, or you can't put your hands on all
> of them, I'd suggest starting with EIGHT MILLION WAYS
> TO DIE and then moving directly to WHEN THE SACRED
> GINMILL CLOSES. These were published one right after
> the other, and are considered by many to be Block's
> best work--or at least the best in the Scudder series.
> IMHO, they are some of the best examples of
> hard-boiled writing in the past thirty years.
> But I reiterate that I think the series is most
> enjoyable when read in order. I would probably lean
> that way anyway--I'm a purist, I guess--but I feel
> more strongly about it with this series than with most
> others.
> Nancy Drew, for instance, can be read in just about
> any order you want, especially since most of them are
> re-writes of earlier installments in the series.
> G.

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