From: "Timothy Reilly"
Subject: Re: (urth) Uther Uthers Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 09:37:55 +1000 alga wrote: >And I don't think Wolfe is a very good short story >writer, by and large. Some of his fables are marvelous in >-Just-So- kind of way, and a few of the longer stories, >novellas really, are very good. But if you're pinching >pennies, skipping a Wolfe collection is not unwise. I entirely agree, and am surprised I can't recall this point having been made before on this list. Wolfe obviously likes writing short stories, but I don't think he's particularly good at it. And it's not because I don't like short stories - I think Chekhov is marvellous. But I can't think of a single Wolfe short story that is truly impressive (except perhaps the Detective of Dreams, but even then...). His novellas and novels are a different matter of course! Tim --