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Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary?

Is there any good way to tell an author you didn't like his or her book?

Twice in recent months, I've read books I didn't like by authors I do like in person. In both cases, I'd enjoyed and admired the authors' earlier books, but their latest struck me as flat, obvious, cliche-laden and just plain not very well-written.

Even all-star baseball players strike out regularly, and I know any number of reasons a book might not be an author's best work: unreasonable deadlines, sloppy… Continue

Added by Clair Lamb on April 1, 2007 at 10:27pm — 3 Comments

What's your favorite mystery, and where did you get it?

This is a cross-posting from my main blog, but it seemed appropriate to put it up here.

Mystery Bookstore co-owner Valerie Vanaman asked me: "What's the best mystery book you ever read, and did you buy it at The Mystery Bookstore?"

I could never pick just one book as "the best," so here's an opportunity for a list. Even

this list might change from one day to another. If these…


Added by Clair Lamb on March 22, 2007 at 10:27pm — 7 Comments

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