Re: RARA-AVIS: should I buy?

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 25 Jun 2006

Harry wrote:

The only one of these books I'm familiar with is the Dennis Dooley volume, which I read a while back. It provided some interesting insights into Hammett's work. It essentially points out the same aspects of his writing as many other critical works but, I found, in a more consise manner.

********* Yup. The Dooley book seems pretty good. I've only read parts of it. As you note, Harry, when reading about an author's works, the same themes get recycled again and again.

As far as new books, I've got The Philosophy of Film Noir (or something like that) and Jack O'Connell's Alleys of Noir coming from Amazon.

I've been slowly working my way a few pages at a time through George Martin's Feast of Crows. At first I was disenchanted with it, but halfway through it's drawing me in. It seemed to me that in this fourth in a series that he had migrated somewhat away from the characters and was concentrating more on plot, a plot that is moving at glacial speed. Border's had an Art of George Martin book that had paintings of the many characters and scenes from the book that was interesting.


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