"You know what? The bastard blows me out of the water. This guy writes Maine like Ardai writes New York. If you're not reading him, you don't know what you're missing." --Chris F. Holm, author of The Big Reap, The Wrong Goodbye and Dead Harvest.

"Bagley's got the poet's eye, but that doesn't mean everything is prettier in his work. It means the ugly stuff is more vivid. More intense. Like a sudden switch from analog to HD. And that's a trait to very much admire in his work." --Anthony Neil Smith, author of Hogdoggin', Yellow Medicine, The Drummer and Psychosomatic.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Word Count Wisdom, or The Book's As Long As It Needs To Be

“Guys like Harry Wittington and Jim Thompson could tell a story in less than two hundred pages. They didn’t need six hundred like everybody seems to now. And they were good stories, let me tell you. Not like most of this bloated stuff you read now.”
—Clyde Ballinger in Death on the Move, ©1989 by Bill Crider


Bill Crider said...

That Clyde Ballinger is a sharp cookie.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Amen, brother.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I have never read a long book that didn't seem like it could have been shorter. Leave them wanting more.