Re: RARA-AVIS: All the Flowers

From: James R Winter (
Date: 25 Mar 2005

HOPE TO DIE didn't bother me as much as it did some people.

That said, it was a major let down after EVERYBODY DIES, which in and of itself would have been a good coda to the series.

I might have liked HOPE better if it wasn't a Scudder novel.

Jim Winter

Northcoast Shakedown
----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Miller" <> To: <> Sent: Friday, March 25, 2005 8:13 PM Subject: RARA-AVIS: All the Flowers

> I was among the Block fans who hailed EVERYBODY DIES as a vastly
> triumph and HOPE TO DIE as a disappointment bordering on tragic (and said
> in a review I wrote for Mystery News). So, I picked up FLOWERS with a
> amount of nervousness, particularly when I flipped through the pages and
> all that italicized printing. I knew Block had gone back to the
> voices.
> As Kevin indicated, it ain't as bad as HOPE TO DIE and isn't nearly as
> as its predecessor. I admit that I've spent more time thinking about this
> book than I anticipated. What I've come to believe, though, is that while
> it falls pretty squarely in the middle of the pack of Scudder novels, it
> could be a great way to end the series, if that is Block's intent. I feel
> much the same way about The Godfather, Part III. Not a great film on its
> own, but a wonderful coda to the entire saga.
> Steve Miller
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