Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Name Your Poison

Date: 31 Aug 2006

David wrote:

"I look forward to reading Bruen. I recognize that there are different forms of nonsense/absurdity/randomness--supernatural, surreal, the
"aburdity of real life" (Willeford sometimes seems that way), and even the postmodern form (Bartheleme, for one)."

If you like Willeford's barnd of humor, you'll probably like Bruen's, although their writing styles are nothing alike, especially not the Brant series (there's a bizarrre crossover idea: Hoke Mosley meets Brant). Also keep in mind that there are several different Bruens. The Brant series we have been discussing is episodic, quick-paced and absurd, lots of dialogue and lots of short chapters. His (usually) drunken, unlicensed PI Jack Taylor series (one of which features a cameo by Brant under a different name) is a bit more orthodox. Some of his standalones (plus his collaboration with Jason Starr) are relatively traditional contemporary Gold Medal-esque noirs. Keep in mind that I've said "a bit" more orthodox and "relatively" traditional. To varyng degrees, the books all evidence Bruen's unique, twisted perspective; and all have their (some very) strange elements of dark humor.

I'm looking forward to American Skin, his first US novel (I guess Bust doesn't count since it's a collaboration) next month.


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