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Posted March 28, 2001
I turned to elmore leonard's work with much anticipation. I was painfully disappointed and quit reading after 270 pages. I skipped to the last few pages just to see who got killed. 1. Story -- Not interesting. Never once did I look forward to picking the book up again and seeing what happened next. 2. Characters -- Lifeless. Leonard is too busy trying to make them so 'cool', as he is so well known for, that they come across as bland. It's 350 pages of 'i'm cool,' 'no i'm cool,' 'well, OK, she's cool.' 3. Dialogue -- Stilted. Tries too hard to make it sound real, and so you hear leonard's voice rather than the characters' voices. 4. Conflict -- Virtually non-existent. Scenes with catlett and chili were almost devoid of tension and conflict.
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Posted February 9, 2010
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