RARA-AVIS: Block off the hit list

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 18 Aug 2003

Mario Taboada wrote: The narration gathers some momentum as a trap is laid for the mysterious killer of killers. However, the modest amount of suspense and the final resolution cannot make up for the stale, cutesy dialogue, the dull protagonist and the shallowness of the scenario.

********** Thanks for the heads-up on HIT LIST, Mario. I bought it cheap and had it in mind to eventually read it. It's crossed off the list now. Is WHEN THE SACRED GINMILL CLOSES by him? I didn't much care for it. Characters didn't impress me that much and neither did the plot. Sorta dull. Dark and gloomy can be entertaining. Derek Raymond knows how.

Dialogue can make or break a book. Chances are, if an author can't write good dialogue, he also can't develop a good character. I'm deep into CUTTER AND BONE and the dialogue in it is sharp, entertaining, and defining. Superb. I hate having to put it down. I might finish it tonight if the daughter doesn't need too much help with her homework.


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