Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Colorado Kid review at Amazon

From: Gratefulbear (
Date: 07 Sep 2005

Thanks for the info, Charles. I'm looking forward to reading The Colorado Kid. As I said before, I'm not sure why a science fiction writer would be reviewing a book totally out of his genre -- or how such a gifted writer could write such a crappy "spoiler" review.


  ----- Original Message -----
  From: hardcasecrime
  Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2005 7:38 AM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re: Colorado Kid review at Amazon

  I wouldn't call it a "cozy," but I know what Card was talking
  about. The book takes place in a small town off the coast of Maine
  and is written in a voice suitable to that location. It's
  definitely not a hardboiled voice -- but it is a non-hardboiled
  voice telling a noir story.

  One warning: Card's review contains some pretty egregious spoilers,
  so if you want to read the book, you might want to skip reading the
  review. Part of the pleasure of the book is a series of things you
  learn as the tale unfolds, and Card just rattles several of those
  things off dismissively in a single sentence. It reminds me of the
  single worst example of back-cover copy I ever read, on the Vintage
  paperback edition of Nabokov's INVITATION TO A BEHEADING, which
  perversely gives away every single surprise in the story. When I
  gave a copy of that book to a friend, I whited-out every noun on
  the back cover first, to prevent the book from being ruined...

  Charles Ardai
  Editor, Hard Case Crime

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