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review 2018-12-05 17:31
Daft: “The Dain Curse” by Dashiell Hammett
The Dain Curse - Dashiell Hammett


(Original Review, 1981-03-08)


"We don't do it that way...You're a storywriter. I can't trust you not to build up on what I tell you. I'll save mine till after you've spoken your piece, so yours won't be twisted to fit mine."

In “The Dain Curse” by Dashiell Hammett


"'Are you -- who make your living snooping -- sneering at my curiosity about people and my attempts to satisfy it?'
'We're different...I do mine with the object of putting people in jail, and I get paid for it, though not as much as I should.'
'That's not different...I do mine with the object of putting people in books, and I get paid for it, though not as much as I should.'"

In “The Dain Curse” by Dashiell Hammett

 

 

 

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review 2018-12-05 16:58
Ode on a Grecian Urn: "Red Harvest" by Dashiell Hammett
Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett


Original Review, 1981-03-05)



Perhaps my deep, identity creating, connections to Germany has made me more open to their critical ideas, and to the effect those ideas have had in the US for the last 50 years. I don't always agree with them but I enjoy them. And as a disclaimer I often have NO idea what they are talking about. And I'll just stick with my babies in the bath water cliché; there is a lot of silly nonsense out there, but there is great thought too.
 
 
 
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review 2018-12-05 16:06
Reports for Pinkerton's: "The Continental Op" by Dashiell Hammett
The Continental Op - Dashiell Hammett


(Original review, 1981-03-01)



Hammett made no secret of Hammett’s wider (I suppose "wider" will do) literary ambitions, or that he earned his living writing a particular kind of story long after he'd have preferred to write something else. What I don't know is how and especially when he picked up his knowledge of literature. If ever there was an autodidact, it was Hammett. He left school at fourteen and set out on an amazingly varied series of jobs. Somewhere in the course of these he learned to write.
 
 
 
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review 2018-12-04 20:08
Elaborateness: "Nightmare Town" by Dashiell Hammett
Nightmare Town - Dashiell Hammett


(Original Review, 1999-12-10)



When one wants to elect the best of Dashiell Hammet, one invariably chooses “The Maltese Falcon”, Classic that it is, but instead I would go for Dashiell Hammett’s short novel, “Nightmare Town” as one of my favourites. The set up is brilliant and the wider issues - American criminality, capitalism, the mirage of consumption - is all combined with some brilliant intrigue, weird characters, and clean hard boiled prose. Unlike the Sam Spade novels, though, “Nightmare Town” has kind of palpable energy and ambition that gives it greater flavor as well as substance.

 

 

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text 2017-12-23 17:12
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Festivus: 5 most disappointing books in 2017
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett
The Interestings: A Novel - Meg Wolitzer
Jaws - Peter Benchley
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin
The Big Four - Agatha Christie

The year is almost over, so it is time for my worst reads of 2017.

 

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett:

 

Just reading this book must have made me drunk, because I don´t remember a whole lot of the plot. Some things I do remember, though. The amount of beverages in this book is insane. Nick is a douche, an ass and an alcoholic (whose favorite drink is the one he is drinking at breakfast). Nora is good at pouring drinks and carrying them over to her husband. One of the suspects is a real lunatic. Oh, but I loved the dog. Asta was the best thing about this book.

 

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The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer:

 

I still think this book is completely mistitled. "The Uninterestings" would have been a better fitting title. I learned from this book, that the biggest and most insufferable Mary Sue character is the one, who is loved by everyone. And I´m so glad that I don´t belong to the upperclass. Because in my opinion, based purely on this novel, they suck.

 

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Jaws by Peter Bletchley:

 

Secretly I´m still cheering the shark on to eat all these horrible characters. But I get why the shark is hesistant about doing it. Even a shark has its standards and he doesn´t want to have a stomach ache (these people can´t be easily digestable).

 

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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin:

 

The beginning was so good, the main character wonderfully independent and headstrong and then she ... fell in looooovvvveeeee. No, just no.

 

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The Big Four by Agatha Christie:

 

There aren´t enough words to explain, how ridiculously bad this book is. The members of the secret criminal organization are freaking idiots and Poirot is horrible, especially towards Hastings. I would say this is Agatha Christie at its worst, but I have the slight suspicion that another one of her novels might be even worse. We had a fun buddy read for this one, though. And I just can´t resist, sorry:

 

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Tasks for Festivus: Post your personal list of 3 Festivus Miracles –OR– post a picture of your Festivus pole (NOTHING pornographic, please!), –OR– Perform the Airing of Grievances: name 5 books you’ve read this year that have disappointed you - tell us in tongue-lashing detail why and how they failed to live up to expectations.
 
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