Tuesday, July 08, 2003

On a lighter note, I have finally finished the Ludlum Bourne trilogy. Now on to "Topper" and "Decline and Fall." First though, I have a "Mrs. Pollifax" book to finish. "Mrs. Pollifax and the Hong Kong Buddha." Dorothy Gilman is hands down a better writer than Robert Ludlum as far as editing and linguistic flow go. Somehow Ludlum was best at fast edgy violence, but after a few books, the need to skim the wordy boilerplate of corn that he inserts at the oddest moments begins to take away the thrust of the action. He is not adept at dialogue. Editing out a good 100 or so pages would have done "The Bourne Ultimatum" a world of good.

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