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[Reviews] A Long Line of Dead MenOne of my very favorite Matthew Scudder novels that I've yet read, and that's saying something.
A neat story that should feel mostly fresh even if you saw the movie of the same name.
My introduction to Matthew Scudder came with "A Walk Among the Tombstones," but it was the movie and not the book. I'd never heard of Lawrence Block at that point, but I'm a big Liam Neeson fan and I was on a mystery kick that still hasn't concluded. I bought the blu-ray on sale and watched it and liked it enough to start reading the books from the beginning of the series.
Now, here I am, having just finished reading the story that drew me to Matthew Scudder in the first place. And as much as I liked Neeson's performance and the movie in general, I have to say I like the book better. Well, mostly.
Here's hoping that the next book in the series after this one learns from the mistake made here, or I'm probably done with George.
I am quickly falling out of love with the novels of Elizabeth George. My interest had begun to wane even before "Playing for the Ashes," the novel I'm writing about today, and now it has diminished even further. If I hadn't already purchased the next three volumes (during happier times when I was more confident in the author), I'm not sure I'd even be entertaining the notion of continuing onward.
That's 50 freelance reviews for GameSpot, one giant leap for Jason Venter!
I haven't been consistent about posting here when a new freelance review of mine goes live, but it would be a shame to miss doing so this time around because my latest review represents a milestone: 50 freelance reviews at GameSpot.
I have read and enjoyed Gamespot for years, ever since randomly entering videogames.com into the address bar at the dorm's computer lab, when I was attending community college as a freshman from 1998 to 1999. That address redirected to Gamespot, and the site has been on my radar ever since.
This one actually won an Edgar, but did it deserve it?
Apparently, "A Dance at the Slaughterhouse" is an Edgar award-winning novel. To the best of my knowledge, that's the first (and only?) time author Lawrence Block received that particular distinction, and yet as I read through the book, I had no idea I was devouring something that his peers considered so special. It's just another Matthew Scudder novel, if you ask me. Well, mostly.
                                                            
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