ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Sat Jan 24 13:55:40 EST 2004
On Friday, January 23, 2004, at 04:46 PM, minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
> In that case Georgette Heyer is in trouble: in some of her books nobody
> ever seems to speak without they bellow at each other, even when it is
> clear from the text that they are speaking softly. As it were, "Leave
> he murmured. Or "Don't wake him!" she breathed. My favourite is the
> who has been seriously wounded in a duel and is lying nearly
> unconscious on
> the floor: "'I believe -- I shan't die -- this time -- either!'
> Lethbridge." Ah well. I forgive her anyway, because she's fun to
She doesn't bother me. I'll tell you who I think is rendered absolutely
unreadable by this: Brian Freemantle. He wrote/writes the Charlie
Muffin books. I had to give up after the first few because people
said things with an adverb, or did something besides _say_ things.
They retorted or said breathlessly or whatever.
Lawrence Block is good respite from this. He can write whole books
without ever attributing conversation. I actually didn't notice this
I read his book _Telling Lies for Fun and Profit_.
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