- Jun 29, 2001Hello, everyone! It's a beautiful day here in Minnesota, and lo and behold
a brand new website! Thank you Jon, for setting it up and all the other
stuff that you do!
Just a quick comment about Julian Symons. I don't feel quite so negative
about his criticism, only because I am of the belief that everyone is
entitled to their opinion. Just think if he were alive today and
participating on this website... Whoa, Nellie, the fur would be flying!
Nick- As much as I like Crofts, I would certainly not place him above Rhode
or Freeman. I need to go back and see what Symons said about our favorite
authors, it's been a long while since I've read any of his comments.
My personal reaction to Symons is primarily focused on his own fiction. Of
the four books that I've read (and I suppose I need to read more...), I
found them to be droll, unexciting and over-long. Oh sure, he has
interesting moments but the books as a whole do not hold my attention. I
was especially disappointed with THE 31ST OF FEBRUARY. I read nothing but
praise for this book and it didn't even come close to living up to its
reputation. If there is anyone that has a favorite Symons that they would
care to recommend, please response. That's why we're all reading, after
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