Re: RARA-AVIS: Some John D. MacDonald Titles

From: Ivan Van Laningham (
Date: 15 Jun 2007

Hi All-- I read everything MacDonald ever wrote up until that hurricane one. Condominium??? Yes, that was it. 1985's _Condominium_. I waded through that and read nothing by him written afterwards but T. McGees.

I don't remember every single book, not by a long shot. But I do remember that every book of his I read before Condo was worth it. I remember that I liked all the ones you mentioned.

Pretty much all he wrote until Condo was worth it, except perhaps some of the early SF, which was mostly flat and uninspired. _The Girl, The Gold Watch, and Everything_ was his best SF, and that was much more successful as humor than as SF. It's good that he switched to crime.

Metta, Ivan

Nathan Cain wrote:
> I just returned from my local used book store where someone had dumped
> off a huge number of John D. MacDonald paperbacks, most of them non
> McGee novels. There were even a couple of Sci-fi ones.
> I picked up six books, including some I had never heard of before,
> including April Evil, The Crossroads and The Last One Left (which the
> author dedicated to Travis McGee). Anyone on the list read any of
> these? Are they any good?
> RARA-AVIS home page:
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Ivan Van Laningham
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