Greetings from Fresno:
I was travelling recently, and came across "The Collected Short
Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 6: The Crime Stories." I liked the
first short story, so I picked it up.
After that, it went downhill. The stories are flat, and lack
character development. Further, I don't see how L'Amour wrote all of
the titles that are credited to him. I'm starting to think he had
some paid staff writers, and he put his name on the books.
Look, this "version 6" of short stories clocks in at 576 pages. Not
pages with lots of white space; pages with lots of words. That
translates to at least 3,000 pages of short stories, plus at least 50
novels credited to him. That's a hellacious output.
As I got frustrated, I went to the local bookstore and picked up
"Ammunition" by Ken Breun.
I feel like the nursery story - "that one fits just right." Easy to
read, funny, profane, good story line. So, thumbs up to Breun.
Also, I found a recent version of "Wizard of Oz" that's very
entertaining, with illustrations by Graham Rawle.
I could never get into this story before, but I'm having a good time
with this edition.
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