RARA-AVIS: Re Lankford's comment & New McCarthy

From: Chris M ( cptpipes@hotmail.com)
Date: 25 Jul 2005

Terill said:

>And not purchasing a book is probably the harshest criticism you can lay on

This is said with a pang of guilt, but sometimes I think I am the only Avian with a library card. The ratio of books I check out from the library to books I buy is off the charts. There are maybe half dozen authors I buy in hardback no questions asked and another half dozen or so I pick up in paperback. I probably pick up five or six more a year based on recommendations or finding a good price. I would guess that is more than average but significantly below most on this list.

Speaking of recent library checkouts:

Miker said:
>I'll even spring for hardcover on this
>one. BLOOD MERIDIAN was brilliant, CHILD OF GOD was
>excellent, and SUTTREE wasn't bad, either.
>NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. Fresh off the presses.

I finished this recently and am not sure what to make of it yet. I loved Blood Meridian and Child of God, though have not read Suttree. No Country for Old Men was not what I expected from McCarthy. It is a quick thriller that is certainly not bad, but not staggering like Blood Meridian. It does have enough "wow" moments to make it worth your time, Miker, since I remember your Blood Meridian review well.

I should add that I'm a sucker for these kinds of books from the literary types. I even liked Tough Guys Don't Dance.

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