RARA-AVIS: Re: Block and alcoholism/depredssion

From: Simon Wood ( simonwoodwrites@yahoo.com)
Date: 30 Nov 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "frogprod" <frogprod@...> wrote:
> I've been lurking here for years. I've never posted mainly because
> the usual folks here are so knowledgable that they generally post
> what I wanted to say before I get around to it, and say it far
> better than I would have done anyway
> I've been a Lawrence Block fan for a long time, especially the
> Scudder books. Somewhere in the past 10 years I stopped reading the
> Scudders, but that's what happens with every series I read - no
> matter how much I love the character, I think a writer can only do
> so much with a series character, eventually even the best ones turn
> into rote, and when Scudder stopped drinking , and when even the
> threat of drinking became less terrifying, and when he got a
> girlfriend, and became happy, well the books just became less
> compelling to me.
You might want to give EVERYBODY DIES (a Scudder book) a try. Personally, I think it's his last great book. I found it absorbing and it's certainly a story when no character is safe. I read it fully expecting it to be a swan song for the series.

Simon Wood http://www.simonwood.net

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