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Lonemagpie August 21 2013 12:59 AM

RIP Elmore Leonard
 
Ah crap, I love his stuff. So spare and snappy yet totally engaging - I could never pull off that kind of style.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23765850

Kirby August 21 2013 02:09 PM

Re: RIP Elmore Leonard
 
I haven't read any of his stuff in years, but he's a great writer. May need to run down to the bookstore today at lunch. RIP Mr. Leonard.

Mr. Adventure August 21 2013 03:01 PM

Re: RIP Elmore Leonard
 
I was thinking recently about getting one of his stories. I've enjoyed many of the movies and shows based on his stuff but never actually read them. Any recommendations?

Lonemagpie August 21 2013 05:08 PM

Re: RIP Elmore Leonard
 
Quote:

Mr. Adventure wrote: (Post 8534920)
I was thinking recently about getting one of his stories. I've enjoyed many of the movies and shows based on his stuff but never actually read them. Any recommendations?

I especially like:
Unknown Man #89
Killshot
Riding The Rap
Freaky Deaky
Maximum Bob
Rum Punch
Get Shorty
Bandits

davejames August 21 2013 06:44 PM

Re: RIP Elmore Leonard
 
I admit I've only read a couple of his books, but I've always loved his writing style. It's economical and to the point, and you learn everything you need to about the characters through what they say and do.

Unlike other mystery and suspense writers who will spend two pages describing every object in a room before something happens, or who have to let you know everything a character is thinking and feeling at all times-- which is a sure sign they don't have very interesting characters or much of a story to tell.

Mr. Adventure August 22 2013 01:18 AM

Re: RIP Elmore Leonard
 
Quote:

Lonemagpie wrote: (Post 8535430)
Quote:

Mr. Adventure wrote: (Post 8534920)
I was thinking recently about getting one of his stories. I've enjoyed many of the movies and shows based on his stuff but never actually read them. Any recommendations?

I especially like:
Unknown Man #89
Killshot
Riding The Rap
Freaky Deaky
Maximum Bob
Rum Punch
Get Shorty
Bandits

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sidious618 August 22 2013 04:14 AM

Re: RIP Elmore Leonard
 
Leonard did great work and anyone who is interested in writing should read him.

PsychoPere August 22 2013 01:22 PM

Re: RIP Elmore Leonard
 
Quote:

davejames wrote: (Post 8535802)
I admit I've only read a couple of his books, but I've always loved his writing style. It's economical and to the point, and you learn everything you need to about the characters through what they say and do. [...]

Your post sounds like you channeled his ten rules for writing.

davejames August 22 2013 06:28 PM

Re: RIP Elmore Leonard
 
^Actually I only read that a couple days ago, but it totally lines up with what I've always noticed about his writing style. I just never realized he actually spelled it all out like that.


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