> My first choice would be to
> read the entire series in order, but that can be
> almost impossible (and
> probably too compulsive) a task.
Lucky I'm undauntable and compulsive. I'm doing just this,
although I'm only able to read a chapter or so a day right
now (thesis due April 23, final thesis copy due May 8, ugh).
I managed to finish DRESS HER IN INDIGO (#11, 1969) this
morning, and will start A LONG LAVENDER LOOK tonight or
tomorrow. Then I'll start in with the non-McGee books I have,
while looking for the ones I don't have on ebay or
There is a certain method to my madness, as my thesis is
about 25% MacDonald, and you never know when I'll come up
with something usable. Incidentally, I still owe y'all a
report on my visit to the JDM collection at the U of
Florida--I'll try to get to that soon.
At any rate, Joy, I suggest reading the MacDonalds you have
in order. I actually don't think McGee develops much as a
character through the series, but MacDonald does. Which is
saying something, as THE DEEP BLUE GOOD-BY is about as strong
a novel as anyone could wish for. You do have to be prepared
for a certain amount of what appears to be misogyny and
homophobia; after a while, though, I noticed that McGee is
pretty much down on anyone who takes seriously anything but a
job well done, a good time, romance, and fun. So the guys and
the straights get their share of disparagement too.
===== George C. Upper III, Editor The Lightning Bell Poetry
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