Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:Motel noir...

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 14 Jul 2009

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    One more: THE MOTEL LIFE by Willy Vlautin. As good a debut as I've read since Donald Ray Pollock's KNOCKEMSTIFF. Vlautin's the polar opposite of McCarthy, simple prose, language that never transcends the vocabulary of the narrator. It's not sold as noir (I don't think -- I don't pay much attention to marketing labels) but I suspect if you like noir you'll get on pretty well with it. Might be just a bit elliptical for the more conservative reader but I quite enjoyed the digressions (the protagonist likes to make up stories throughout to entertain his brother).


    ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ron Clinton" <> Subject: RARA-AVIS: Re:Motel noir...

    > Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I'd read a number of them, but have
    > jotted down a few others on my Hunt list.
    > And as far as that suggested anthology goes, MOTEL NOIR, I expect an "As
    > Inspired By" credit on the cover. ;-) Seriously, with all the anthos out
    > there with all sorts of hooks/themes, I'm a bit surprised it hasn't been
    > done before. It seems like a natural.
    > Ron C.

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