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Old 02-10-2014, 04:12 PM   #5601
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I've read Silent Terror which I really enjoyed but still need to read the Black Dahlia. I've heard James Ellroy talk about the case and he's a pretty interesting dude, the guilt of his mothers death made him pretty obsessive about the murder.
Yeah, you can kind of tell. His childhood traumas also seem to have been responsible for his really twisted, cynical writing. The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential could be cleaned up to make solid films, but there's no way The Big Nowhere will ever come out in theaters. I have to admit, I felt kinda grungy after reading it. Much of the gruesomeness seemed unnecessary to me.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:19 PM   #5602
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:58 PM   #5603
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I read the Black Dahlia about two years back and it floored me.

I don't normally go in for genre fiction, especially of the hard-boiled variety, but james Ellroy writes like greased lightning on rails. Great dialogue, great attention to historical detail, a great economy with words yet vivid and over-the-top. I love it when someone can transcend the narrow margins of a genre through sheer talent and mastery of the craft. Ellroy writes like some erudite, tweedy literary novelist who just happens to know all the in and outs of crime fiction. It's all so wonderfully noir.
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I read the Black Dahlia about two years back and it floored me.

I don't normally go in for genre fiction, especially of the hard-boiled variety, but james Ellroy writes like greased lightning on rails. Great dialogue, great attention to historical detail, a great economy with words yet vivid and over-the-top. I love it when someone can transcend the narrow margins of a genre through sheer talent and mastery of the craft. Ellroy writes like some erudite, tweedy literary novelist who just happens to know all the in and outs of crime fiction. It's all so wonderfully noir.
I have always wanted to read a James Ellroy novel. I have a few but couldn't decide on which one to read first. L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia are such great movies I figured I would start with one of them. Though I've always thought White Jazz sounded right up my alley.

edit: after checking up on these on Goodreads, I see that they're all part of a series along with The Big Nowhere called L.A. Quartet. Do these need to be read in order? Looks like The Black Dahlia is the 1st one.
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It's probably best to read them in order.

Thanks for the post, it made me that much more stoked to read Ellroy now that I know he has a series of loosely connected novels.
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It's probably best to read them in order.

Thanks for the post, it made me that much more stoked to read Ellroy now that I know he has a series of loosely connected novels.
I think i might start The Black Dahlia tonight. Already reading The Gunslinger and I don't really like reading more than 1 book at a time, but i'll make an exception.

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I bought The Handmaid's Tale and gonna read it on my flight on Saturday. Is it any good?
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I just finished "Wayward" by Blake Crouch. This is the second book in the Wayward Pines series. Quite good sci-fi-ish thriller. M. Night Shyamalan is gonna do the 10-episode miniseries on Fox.
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