the man who killed his brother
Some of you more hardcore fantasy dorks may be familiar with Stephen Donaldson's "Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever" series. It is good, even great, in a tortorous sort of way.

What you may not know (or, at least, I didn't) is that Donaldson wrote a series of Detective novels under a pseudonym, starting with "The Man Who Killed His Brother". Much like his fantasy work, it is very good in certain ways, but drags in some others.

The thing that I think attracts me to this book, which I am now halfway through, is that I have considered writing a private-dick story myself. If I were to write such a book, and do it very well, this would be it. It pays tribute to Spillane, but maintains an identity very much its own. The book has character; I don't think Donaldson is a fantastic storyteller, but he is a fantastic writer, if you understand the differance in what I mean.

The lead character, a disgraced alcoholic ex-PI, is exactly the sort of character I would create, as is his tough-girl partner. The turns of phrase mirror some of the more creative ones I have used on this stupid webpage. The book isn't perfect, as I said, it isn't for everyone. But the areas it drags are the same areas I drag, the little things it does well are the same things I try to do well. It's like reading a book by a smarter, more talented me.


howdy, thanks for stopping by. what you're looking at is the intermittent ramblings of an iraqi vet, college student, goth-poseur, comic book reading, cheesy horror loving, punk listening, right-leaning, tech-obsessed, poorly typing, proudly self-proclaimed geek. occasionally, probably due to these odd combinations, i like to think i have some interesting things to say; this is where they wind up.

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us.

ace o spades hq
bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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