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Subject: Lawrence Block series question
Date Posted: 8/24/2009 12:12 AM ET
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I like Bernie, Tanner, and Keller. How do LB's other series compare to these? Darker? Any humor? Gore content? I'm trying to decide if I want to read his other books. I've enjoyed all the short stories of his I've read, though I can only read them in the daytime.

Date Posted: 8/24/2009 10:27 AM ET
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I like most of Block's books.  My favorite is Bernie, but I like Tanner too.  I'd recommend the Chip Harrison books, they are on the lighter side, like Tanner and Bernie.

I wouldn't recommend the Matthew Scudder books though.  They are pretty dark and can get graphic--I remember listening to a book on tape of one (can't remember the title) and got to a really repulsive description of something (I'll spare you the details).  Unfortunately I was going through a nasty patch of construction and couldn't take my eyes off the road for even a second to turn the tape off.  I can still remember the description, and trust me, it isn't something you want wandering around in your memory! Somehow I don't think that type of book would work for you.

Date Posted: 8/24/2009 11:48 AM ET
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Thanks, Melissa. You're absolutely right about the gory stuff.  I'll try the Chip Harrison books. I think I read a review of the Scudder series and also heard that they were quite a bit darker than the books I already like. Many of his short stories are creepy but not gory. If I hit a gory one, I just pass it over.

Thanks again. I'm glad I asked!

Date Posted: 8/24/2009 6:25 PM ET
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I, on the other hand, always liked the Scudder series but couldn't get into the others! (I guess I am a dark and gory person. LOL) I haven't read any of his stuff for years though.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 8/24/2009 7:00 PM ET
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I don't mind dark. I can't handle really gory stuff, though, so Scudder is out for me.

You might like his short stories. I think there is a collection that has nearly all of them, Enough Rope. It's a mammoth of a book, though, so don't drop it on your foot!

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 9:17 AM ET
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Scudder is indeed graphic and gory. I read every one of them, I don't know why, as indeed they often give me mental pictures I would rather not have.

I do not generally read books like that, for instance, James Lee Burke, which I consider comparable, leaves me cold.

I have often wondered what it is about the Scudder series that makes me able to read them.

Date Posted: 8/27/2009 3:14 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/27/2009 7:45 PM ET
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I like all of Lawrence Block's books, but if you like the 'lighter side' or caper style books, look at Parnell Hall (Stanley Hastings mysteries), Ross Thomas, Donald E Westlake, and a personal favorites - Bob Morris, Tom Corcoran, and Laurence Shames.

 

Oh yes, try John Sanford's Kidd novels.  All but one - the last - are excellent.



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Date Posted: 8/28/2009 12:04 PM ET
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Thanks, reacherfan! I'll look for those at the library... I can try one of each and see which I like. :)

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 5:45 PM ET
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I like the scudder books and the bernie capers but couldn't get into the Chip Harrison set at all!  Scudder is pretty graphic and gory but I don't know I got to liking the character and his changes, growth.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 3:47 PM ET
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I like the Scudder series too..... they remind me of Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor series.  Lawrence Block called into my Mystery Book Club meeting and he was such a grouch!  We were really disappointed.  I still like his books though.