Re: RARA-AVIS: Cyberpunk Recomendation?

From: Tribe (
Date: 07 Oct 2005

On 10/7/05, Michael Robison wrote:
> Tribe wrote:
> I'm sure you'd agree that urban settings and cynical,
> loner protagonists, in and of themselves, don't
> necessarily equate to hard boiled. Aside from that,
> there has to be that thing we call "style" to make it
> hardboiled.
> **************
> Are you talking about the lean and clean style that's
> typically associated with Hemingway and epitomized by
> Hammett in the hardboiled genre? The reason I'm
> asking is because although I understand that style is
> popular, I see a lot of variation. Chandler's writing
> was more poetic, with more simile and metaphor. And
> there's the florid style of Cormac McCarthy in BLOOD

 I am too a certain degreee mixing up style with attitude...but notwithstanding the differences in "styles" (as you correctly use it) between, say, Hammett and Chandler, it's still recognized as hard-boiled. And I just don't have that "know it when I see it" sense when I read much of the so-called cyber-punk school.

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