Re: RARA-AVIS: Hearing about new books and writers

From: Jesse Willis (
Date: 12 Jul 2004

--- William Denton <> wrote:

> Things like that tell me about writers I know I'm
> going to like. Which
> makes me wonder, where do rare birds find out about
> new or old books and
> writers (aside from here)?

I've found that a favorite author will often tell you which books they like right in the text of the novels.

For example, in a Burglar mystery by Lawrence Block Bernie Rhodenbarr is reading a "The Sour Lemon Score" by Richard Stark. The excerpts were so neat I found a copy of it and have since read more than half of Westlake's (and all of Stark's novels).

In Robert A. Heinlein's "Have Space Suit, Will Travel", one of the characters is always reading Jerome K. Jerome's "Three Men In A Boat". I promptly found myself a copy - and a few laughs.


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