Lawrence Block Message Board
PBWriterProds posts on 8/16/2011 8:45:32 PM
Dear Lawrence Block Fans! Based off his amazing short story "Strangers On A Handball Court" comes a five-part Web Serial offered through Youtube! This story, told as a Web Serial brings a sinister, dark, and robustly entertaining tale to life in this timeless story. The 5 part series is titles "Strangers On A Racquetball Court." Any interest?
Jim posts on 3/30/2009 9:59:05 PM
I'm confused. In Small Town the carpenter has the rabbit when he kills the three women in the whore house. Then it ends up in a sock drawer. Throughout the book I kept waiting for the connection. Help.
Cynthia posts on 5/4/2005 3:12:29 PM
Oh, pleeeze a Bernie Rhodenbarr mystery. T'would make me ever so happy.
Richard A. Herman posts on 4/22/2005 10:07:27 AM
Block does well with new characters, that he can kind of take literary womb to tomb, and where he has control of their development, adn he can grow them right before our admiring eyes. His 'hit man' is typical. And of course, we've seen Scudder grow and change and mature, over several books. Okay, let me cut to the chase (finally).
Block introduced an interesting black kid in a few of the Scudder books. Why not send the kid (sorry, I don't remember his name) out on his own, with possible occasional contact with Scudder. I think, in the kid, is the making of an interesting series because he's a lot like Scudder; deeply flawed, but with strong character and a real ethical sense.
Block knows the kid, so why not give him a book of his own and see how it works out? I would.
annie posts on 4/21/2005 9:22:06 AM
I did not care for this book on the basis of its overload of tedious detail, encouraging the reader to "skim". I got the feeling much of the book was simply Block's own personal fantasies, whether sexual or big-money best selling author.
Richard A. Herman posts on 2/15/2005 11:37:00 AM
No question, I am a Matt Scudder adict. I like the earlier, less "cleaned-up" Scudder better than the later Scudder.
I would like to see Block create some Scudder during his mid-period. Matt is the ultimate moralist. Not necessiarly your morals or mine, but his own. He is driven by what he sees as right and wrong, and does not deviate from it -- even if it involves killing the bad guy, or seting them up for their final bow on the stage of life.
Block's Scudder novels are, at the same time, character and story driven. He has no "throw away" characters and no sub-plots that serve no purpose other than to flesh out the word count. All are well formed and real.
I owe Block dinner and a drink for the hours he has filled for me.
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the posters.