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(Huffington Post)   The world of letters is a little poorer today. RIP Elmore Leonard   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 84
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2013-08-20 10:01:08 AM
A classy word stylist. His influence on 20th Century American literature was huge.
 
2013-08-20 10:17:01 AM
"I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats and the rest I wasted." 
― Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
 
2013-08-20 10:19:29 AM
Amazing writer. Just amazing.
 
2013-08-20 10:36:33 AM
:(
 
2013-08-20 10:36:38 AM
now that he's gone i can begin my writing career.

he's the Wiz-no one beats him!
 
2013-08-20 10:36:42 AM
RIP literary man

Hollywood actually got your stuff right, one time.
 
2013-08-20 10:37:33 AM
Anyone who has any connection whatsoever to the movie Get Shorty deserves to die from complications of a stroke.

Such was the epicness of that disaster.
 
2013-08-20 10:39:11 AM
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RIP SPOCK
 
2013-08-20 10:39:18 AM

cygnusx13: Anyone who has any connection whatsoever to the movie Get Shorty deserves to die from complications of a stroke.

Such was the epicness of that disaster.


You're thinking of the sequel.
 
2013-08-20 10:40:11 AM
mass market pulp crap matters to liiterature now?


wake me when Cormac McCarthy dies, not the old white male version of Stephanie Meyers
 
2013-08-20 10:40:18 AM
Damn.
 
2013-08-20 10:40:53 AM
RIP ELMO

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2013-08-20 10:41:08 AM
"Out of Sight" was a hilarious book and an even better movie. I don't care what anyone says, there wasn't a weak link in that cast, and they were all on fire.
 
2013-08-20 10:42:36 AM
He presented last year at the Warren Public Library in Michigan, I really should have gone to that... :(
 
2013-08-20 10:42:57 AM
Maximum Bob was one of the first quirky, Florida crime novels I ever read,  it really captured the lunacy that is Florida.
 
2013-08-20 10:44:07 AM
The first book of his I ever tried to read was Be Cool.  In retrospect, that was a mistake.  Most of his stuff is really, really good - but Be Cool was absolutely putrid.  It read like a 13-year-old wrote it via a series of text messages.
 
2013-08-20 10:46:12 AM
:-(
 
2013-08-20 10:46:36 AM
RIP person who gave us Justified, I hope you didn't die in Harlan county.
 
2013-08-20 10:46:47 AM
And "Jackie Brown" was based on his "Rum Punch" so he's cool with me!

/best Tarantino film
 
2013-08-20 10:48:47 AM

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RIP SPOCK


"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few... or the one."

THEM FEELS, MAN
 
2013-08-20 10:48:56 AM

Decillion: cygnusx13: Anyone who has any connection whatsoever to the movie Get Shorty deserves to die from complications of a stroke.

Such was the epicness of that disaster.

You're thinking of the sequel.


'Get Shorter'?
RIP pal
 
2013-08-20 10:52:12 AM
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R.I.P. Len Elmore
 
2013-08-20 10:55:55 AM
Thanks for introducing me to the Stone Coyotes. RIP, writin' dude.
 
2013-08-20 10:57:00 AM

Bathia_Mapes: :-(


Whatcha readin fer?
 
2013-08-20 10:57:57 AM

willfullyobscure: mass market pulp crap matters to liiterature now?


wake me when Cormac McCarthy dies, not the old white male version of Stephanie Meyers


Leonard was likely the best writer of dialogue that the writing world has ever seen.  He could define a character with one sentence.  He knew how to write banter in a way that felt natural and gave further insights to the characters involved in it.  A chapter of Leonard's characters doing nothing but talking is more interesting than many books.

McCarthy sucks at dialogue, mostly because he disdains using punctuation.  You call Leonard a pulp writer, but his plots were much tighter than any tangent ridden garbage McCarthy has written.

/was probably just trolled, but I don't give a fark.
 
2013-08-20 10:59:16 AM

theorellior: "Out of Sight" was a hilarious book and an even better movie. I don't care what anyone says, there wasn't a weak link in that cast, and they were all on fire.


Wait, there were people who didn't like Out of Sight? It was so good it actually made Jennifer Lopez seem like a real actress.
 
2013-08-20 11:02:20 AM
I liked Elmore Leonard OK but always considered him a poor man's John D. McDonald.

If you were an EL fan but have not read the Travis McGee books by McDonald do yourself a favor and hunt them down.
 
2013-08-20 11:05:49 AM
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RIP adam savage
 
2013-08-20 11:07:23 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: theorellior: "Out of Sight" was a hilarious book and an even better movie. I don't care what anyone says, there wasn't a weak link in that cast, and they were all on fire.

Wait, there were people who didn't like Out of Sight? It was so good it actually made Jennifer Lopez seem like a real actress.


That was awesome and had the random death of a character that I feel should happen more often in crime novels.


RIP Elwood
 
2013-08-20 11:07:46 AM

Digitalstrange: I liked Elmore Leonard OK but always considered him a poor man's John D. McDonald.

If you were an EL fan but have not read the Travis McGee books by McDonald do yourself a favor and hunt them down.


Seconded
 
2013-08-20 11:12:11 AM
Elmore Leonard is no more, Leonard?
 
2013-08-20 11:14:47 AM
Justified is certifiably awesome. You Breaking Bad fans looking for your next addiction after Walt and Jessie done get blowed up ought to give it a shot

/RIP Mr. Leonard
 
2013-08-20 11:14:52 AM
Damn, I've read almost everything he's written ( except Westerns ). John MacDonald left way too soon.
Hopefully writers like Carl Hiaasen and Randy White will stay for another 100 years or so.
 
2013-08-20 11:16:59 AM

sweet-daddy-2: Damn, I've read almost everything he's written ( except Westerns ). John MacDonald left way too soon.
Hopefully writers like Carl Hiaasen and Randy White will stay for another 100 years or so.


His western shorts are his work I like the most.  I highly recommend them.
 
2013-08-20 11:17:54 AM

Digitalstrange: I liked Elmore Leonard OK but always considered him a poor man's John D. McDonald.

If you were an EL fan but have not read the Travis McGee books by McDonald do yourself a favor and hunt them down.


Nice eulogy
 
2013-08-20 11:18:39 AM
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RIP LEONARD HAHAHA LOLOOLOLLOLOL
 
2013-08-20 11:20:02 AM
Damn he wrote some of my favorite characters. I bet Raylan is gonna shoot someone for this.
 
2013-08-20 11:22:21 AM
"If you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you're the asshole."
 
2013-08-20 11:22:52 AM

NuttierThanEver: Justified is certifiably awesome. You Breaking Bad fans looking for your next addiction after Walt and Jessie done get blowed up ought to give it a shot

/RIP Mr. Leonard


Seconded.  Second in this thread to Seconded.
 
2013-08-20 11:25:58 AM
Of course, freshly dead, Leonard will receive tons of accolades.  But, I think when people have a chance to impartially review his work, they will see a very uneven career.  Tishomingo Blues was great; Raylan was not.  And it goes that way throughout his career.  He had a decent style with great language, but, many times, his plots just kinda fell apart or relied too much on coincidences.
 
2013-08-20 11:27:23 AM

Lumbar Puncture: willfullyobscure: mass market pulp crap matters to liiterature now?


wake me when Cormac McCarthy dies, not the old white male version of Stephanie Meyers

Leonard was likely the best writer of dialogue that the writing world has ever seen.  He could define a character with one sentence.  He knew how to write banter in a way that felt natural and gave further insights to the characters involved in it.  A chapter of Leonard's characters doing nothing but talking is more interesting than many books.

McCarthy sucks at dialogue, mostly because he disdains using punctuation. You call Leonard a pulp writer, but his plots were much tighter than any tangent ridden garbage McCarthy has written.

/was probably just trolled, but I don't give a fark.


Let's hope you don't want to read too many books from the South, or the rest of the world.  The dash opening to a line is actually fairly common.

\if you haven't read Child of God, withhold your judgment!
 
2013-08-20 11:32:48 AM
That makes sense now.  He wrote Jackie Brown - the only Tarantino movie I liked.
 
2013-08-20 11:37:09 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Let's hope you don't want to read too many books from the South, or the rest of the world. The dash opening to a line is actually fairly common.


Dash openings don't bother me as much as the fact that he intentionally avoids punctuation in nearly all instances, not just dialog.  That and run on sentences, descriptive metaphors that are ridiculous and don't do a good job at describing anything, etc.  He has interesting stories to tell.

As far as your point of impartially reviewing Leonard's work, I agree with you about his plots.  The way he crafted his work though I think will remain impressive for a long time.
 
2013-08-20 11:37:37 AM

NuttierThanEver: Justified is certifiably awesome. You Breaking Bad fans looking for your next addiction after Walt and Jessie done get blowed up ought to give it a shot

/RIP Mr. Leonard


The lead's charms are disarming.
 
2013-08-20 11:39:50 AM
R.I.P Elwood Blues.

www.shiftjournal.com
 
2013-08-20 11:40:04 AM
RIP Elmore

"The sky is cryin....
Can't you see the tears roll down the street"
 
2013-08-20 11:41:12 AM
The only reading I ever did of Elmore Leonard was his obituary.
 
2013-08-20 11:41:39 AM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Of course, freshly dead, Leonard will receive tons of accolades.  But, I think when people have a chance to impartially review his work, they will see a very uneven career.  Tishomingo Blues was great; Raylan was not.  And it goes that way throughout his career.  He had a decent style with great language, but, many times, his plots just kinda fell apart or relied too much on coincidences.


The same can be pretty much said for any prolific novelist, like Steven King.
 
2013-08-20 11:42:49 AM
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RIP, Buzz Kilman
 
2013-08-20 11:48:44 AM

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r.i.p Elmore

 
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