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Old 02-02-2012, 08:53 AM   #46
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Are the Fletcher books available as ebooks? <going to google>
http://www.manybooks.net/authors/fletcherjs.html

you can download from here
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:29 AM   #47
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Yes, this is where I found them originally. I find the Manybooks site very good for browsing; the layout is better than that of Project Gutenberg for this. There's something about having covers to look at that makes it feel more like a bookshop or library. However, I do find that the quality can be a bit more variable here than at PG; from what they told me, it seems that MB doesn't hold the books itself - they're hosted on other sites, and some have obviously just been scanned in, converted, and posted complete with all the scanning errors, whereas the PG ones have been proofread and are usually in a better state.

FWIW, The Talleyrand Maxim makes it clear whodunnit from the start, and although I thought it was still a very good book, it might not be to the taste of anyone who likes to have a Christie-style puzzle element.

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Old 02-03-2012, 02:23 PM   #48
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Today I started a book by Max Allan Collins. Quarry.
Hitman protagonist as in Lawrence Block's Keller although I believe they were written first.

I am a Lawrence Block fan but I actually enjoy the Quarry books more. (read one or two as paperbacks way back and forgot the authors name).

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I found the entire 33 book collection at [pirate site deleted] for $16.50 or $0.50 each. They are pretty good editions with covers and only minor typos (ePub files converted with Calibre from HTML). I am beating them into submission with my own CSS as I read them.
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Pirating ebooks is wrong. Paying people for pirated ebooks is wrong and foolish.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:46 PM   #50
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I'm nearly finished with Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, which is five-star writing, but I'd feel sorry for anyone whose native language isn't English as it's loaded full of 1930's period slang.
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I'm nearly finished with Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, which is five-star writing, but I'd feel sorry for anyone whose native language isn't English as it's loaded full of 1930's period slang.
Can you recommend any particular eBook edition of it? I've never read any Raymond Chandler, and it's probably time that I did.
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Sorry, I listened to the audiobook.
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Sorry, I listened to the audiobook.
No problem. Thanks, anyway!
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Can you recommend any particular eBook edition of it? I've never read any Raymond Chandler, and it's probably time that I did.
The MR Library has it, though not in many formats.
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The MR Library has it, though not in many formats.
Yes, I know. Unfortunately, though, although it's fine for you to download it in Canada, Mr Chandler's works are not in the UK public domain, so it would be a breach of copyright for me to download it. That's why I'd prefer to buy a (legal) commercial eBook.

Thank you for the suggestion, though, anyway .
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Possibly a stupid suggestion, but have you considered going the regular library route?

At least for the first one They are IMO good books, but not something that requires several days to read. Easy reading and around 200 page length for paperback if I recall correctly.(and available as ebook in my library)

I also enjoyed Robert B. Parker book Perchance to Dream which was an uncompleted Chandler book finished by Parker, I believe.

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Sorry it was Poodle Springs I was talking about, Perchance to dream I have not read (yet)

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Yes, I know. Unfortunately, though, although it's fine for you to download it in Canada, Mr Chandler's works are not in the UK public domain, so it would be a breach of copyright for me to download it. That's why I'd prefer to buy a (legal) commercial eBook.

Thank you for the suggestion, though, anyway .
Some of them are available through Amazon (at least here in the U.S.).

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...tal-text%2C270
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I'm nearly finished with Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, which is five-star writing, but I'd feel sorry for anyone whose native language isn't English as it's loaded full of 1930's period slang.
i finished "the big sleep" a couple of weeks ago. i thought it was kind of interesting as far as the period it took place in, but didn't think the story was all that great.

currently i'm about halfway through conor fitzgerald's "the dogs of rome" and am enjoying it much more than "the big sleep." but part of the reason is i really love italy and especially roma.
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I also enjoyed Robert B. Parker book Perchance to Dream which was an uncompleted Chandler book finished by Parker, I believe.

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Sorry it was Poodle Springs I was talking about, Perchance to dream I have not read (yet)
I thought Parker did a great job finishing Poodle Springs. Perchance to Dream was good and worth reading. Although I found Poodle Springs better.
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I finished "The Big Sleep" a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was kind of interesting as far as the period it took place in, but didn't think the story was all that great.
Fully agreed -- Chandler's descriptive ability carries the story, making it a "classic", not the characters (who are basically stock) and plot (drawn out short story idea really).
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