Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Name Your Poison

From: Chris M (
Date: 31 Aug 2006

Kevin said:
>And all the lame bleating about "But it happened in real life" doesn't
>impress me. To satisfy, fiction >has to make some sort of sense; real life
>doesn't. Citing "real life" to justify literary weaknesses and
>implausibilities just doesn't cut it -- it's often the last straw of
>writers who don't know how to craft >believable characters.

The comment above gets at what often frustrates me when reading a book with a premise or characters that I just can't buy. But...

When you take it a bit beyond the characters being true to themselves and into discussing the action of the book itself, which makes me wonder you or others think of so many of Bruen's books. The Taylor books sure, but especially the Brant series are often, if not resolved, then ended with events ranging from the completely random to the viscously absurd.

And I love that about them. You pay attention not to round up a series of clues, but because anything might happen.

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