Ten Favorite Books/Big Picture
Posted: 01 April 2007 09:29 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Another request concerning my “secret” Elmore Leonard project.

Name in any order your Ten Favorite Elmore Leonard books.  Focus on what would best give a noviciate in the Elmore Leonard order, the big picture.

Thank you.

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Posted: 01 April 2007 12:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Gregg,

You ask the impossible.

Swag
Get Shorty
Hombre
Stick
Valdez Is Coming
Unknown Man No. 89
Up In Honey’s Room
Tishomingo Blues
Labrava
Freaky Deaky

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Posted: 02 April 2007 05:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Only 10?

When the Women Come Out to Dance
Swag
Valdez is Coming
LaBrava
Cuba Libre
Tishomingo Blues
Get Shorty
Freaky Deaky
Mr. Paradise
Out of Sight
(or maybe Pronto, I like the Italian stuff).

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Posted: 02 April 2007 09:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Okay, I’ll bite.

The Hot Kid
Tishomingo Blues
Cuba Libre
Stick
Maximum Bob
Valdez is Coming
Riding The Rap
Get Shorty
LaBrava
The Big Bounce

When do we find out what the double top secret project is all about?

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Posted: 02 April 2007 09:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I am afraid that I am horribly biased by what i have read recently, but here goes:

The Switch
Cuba Libre
Mr. Paradise
La Brava
Tishomingo Blues
Out of Sight
The Big Bounce
Fifty-Two Pickup
The Moonshine War
City Primeval

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Posted: 02 April 2007 12:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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swag
pagan babies
out of sight
bandits
rum punch
mr paradise
tishomingo blues
52 pick up
freaky deaky
the hunted

swag is my all time fave.

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Posted: 02 April 2007 05:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Swag
Tishomingo Blues
Bandits
Glitz
Unknown Man #89
City Primeval
LaBrava
Freaky Deaky
Get Shorty
Killshot
Rum Punch
Pagan Babies
Out Of Sight
When The Women Come Out To Dance
52 Pick-Up

These are my essential fifteen.

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Posted: 03 April 2007 12:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I’m not going for this fanboy crap. People on the Michael Connelly forum do this kind of thing (although it has to be said, they often mis-spell the books’ titles).

First, the question is incoherent. You’re asking for our favorite 10, and at the same time a list of stories that would give a novice an idea of EL’s range, or oeuvre or whatever.

Second, I don’t see Glitz figuring on anyone’s list at all. I feel I must be living on another planet. Either my judgment - or everyone else’s lists - ain’t worth shit; one or the other. It hurts me to contemplate this.

Pretty soon we’re going to have the really hard question: name ONE; & have some good arguments to back up your choice.

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Posted: 03 April 2007 06:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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GLITZ
GET SHORTY
PRONTO
OUT OF SIGHT
MAXIMUM BOB
LABRAVA
PAGAN BABIES
MR PARADISE
RUM PUNCH
OUT OF SIGHT

Although I’m a lifelong New Yorker, I’m obviously partial to the Florida stuff. I really hope Elmore brings us back to the Sunshine State sometime soon.

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Posted: 03 April 2007 07:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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djones - 03 April 2007 04:40 PM

Second, I don’t see Glitz figuring on anyone’s list at all. I feel I must be living on another planet. Either my judgment - or everyone else’s lists - ain’t worth shit; one or the other. It hurts me to contemplate this.

Pretty soon we’re going to have the really hard question: name ONE; & have some good arguments to back up your choice.

Great post.

SWAG is his best book.  We all know that.

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Posted: 04 April 2007 07:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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djones - 03 April 2007 04:40 PM

I’m not going for this fanboy crap.

Man, are you back at your brother-in-law’s?

Okay, how about this. There are a lot of Elmore Leonard books. Which ones would you recommend to someone to start with?

Recently a buddy of mine who’d never read any EL picked up Pagan Babies and read it. Was that a good starting point?

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