One Night Stands and Lost Weekends

One Night Stands and Lost Weekends In the era before he created moody private investigator Matthew Scudder burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr sleepless spy Evan Tanner and the amiable hit man Keller and years before his first Edgar Award a y

  • Title: One Night Stands and Lost Weekends
  • Author: Lawrence Block
  • ISBN: 9780061582141
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the era before he created moody private investigator Matthew Scudder, burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, sleepless spy Evan Tanner, and the amiable hit man Keller and years before his first Edgar Award a young writer named Lawrence Block submitted a story titled You Can t Lose to Manhunt magazine It was published, and the rest is history.One Night Stands and Lost Weekends isIn the era before he created moody private investigator Matthew Scudder, burglar Bernie Rhodenbarr, sleepless spy Evan Tanner, and the amiable hit man Keller and years before his first Edgar Award a young writer named Lawrence Block submitted a story titled You Can t Lose to Manhunt magazine It was published, and the rest is history.One Night Stands and Lost Weekends is a sterling collection of short crime fiction and suspense novelettes penned between 1958 and 1962 by a budding young master and soon to be Grand Master an essential slice of genre history, and fun than a high speed police chase following a bank job gone bad.

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    1. 28 enjoyable slices of early Block filled with stacked dames and hard drinking menLawrence Block has written three very interesting self-deprecating introductions for this collection and if you would believe the man these early stories are worth less than it would cost to pulp them let alone publish them for the first time in 40 years. I can understand where he's coming from, artists are often their own harshest critics but in this case I think the artist has been proven incorrect.The short stor [...]

    2. I really enjoyed these hidden gems. A collection of shorts from Block's early career. Some really short, (One Night Stands) followed up by three longer shorts (Weekend Stands). I caught myself remembering old episodes of the original Twilight Zone while reading the One Night Stand stories as many could have been good episodes. Lot of really early material contained here that was originally submitted to magazines when he was putting out what he could to pay rent & eat, getting paid a penny a [...]

    3. dont bother dude. lawrence block, sure, cool man, whatever. old pulp fiction is fucking BORING. a ton of short stories that all involve the following: 1. a blonde woman with just, gosh, some REAL tits. theyre just rockin' right the fuck out of that sweater she's wearing. seriously. every. fucking. story.has a blonde with big tits.2. some grumpy dude who likes to drink fuckin rock and rye. yo, i have had rock and rye. there is nothing fun about that shit, no shit you're grumpy dude.3. someone get [...]

    4. The Ed London stories are pretty good. They've got the standard pulp/noir ingredients that fans of magazines like Manhunt expect. Same with the short stories that take up the first half of the book. This kind of book is strictly for readers who like old-fashioned men's magazines type stories. I think the short stories are best enjoyed in very small doses. It's taken me a couple of years to read this book. And I did like the introductions by Lawrence Block.

    5. Lawrence Block began his writing career penning tawdry slices of sleaze for an endless stream of men's magazines like OFFBEAT, KEYHOLE, WEB and GUY Magazine, and every story is off the chain - insane.Sample titles: Hate Goes Courting, Stag Party Girl, Bride of Violence, Just Window Shopping (about a Peeping Tom who gets raped by his "victim"), Lie Back And Enjoy It (about a psycho female hitchhiker), and more stories that won't get you into Heaven. Docks a star for the mediocre Ed London tales, [...]

    6. Maybe three stars. Benefit of the doubt. Slightly above average noir pulp hack work by a young Block. Funny and brutal at the same time (if that makes any sense) and definitely not politically correct as far as rape is concerned. The Ed London stories are average "dame and drink" private dick stuff and a few of the individual stories strike a chord.

    7. I really liked this collection of pulp short stories, for one it makes me want to check out more Lawrence Block. And more importantly it Is interesting to look at the pulp genre done really simply and well that it could be a good way to practise writing pulp. Wannabe crime writers should check it out and start practising

    8. I read Lawrence Block avidly, but this book of his early stories was repetitive and boring. He states in the foreward that they are his early works, and I think one at a time they would be interesting, if only to be able to see how his writing developed over the years. But as a compilation, it is boring and repetivie, and I get the point--he's gotten better over time.Also--EVERY femme fatale had long blonde hair and tight sweaters. Nor one brunette in the bunch. I guess he prefers 'em that way.A [...]

    9. Super collection of short stories from this hard-boiled noir writer. Very smutty and violent! Also the serial novels with private dick Ed London are here. If you like terse period crime from the 50s and 60s, this will be satisfying.

    10. The second half of the book isn't bad - three P.I. novellas - but most of the short stories in the first half are pretty by-the-numbers.

    11. Classic pulp crime stories full of Jack Daniels and dames. Totally predictable and stereotypical, which means AWESOME! Fun brain candy!

    12. Good cheap crime fiction books from back when coffee cost ya a dime, a book cost ya 2, and most any problem can be solved by dropin a few yards in the right mug's pocket.

    13. Comprised of early crime fiction plus three novellas, featuring the private eye Ed London (one of which, "Stag Party Girl," is also included in the Hard Case Crime volume Borderline), One Night Stands and Lost Weekends is a collection of nasty pulp rippers. Tawdry and sensational, these stories explore the intersection of sex and violence. The Ed London novellas are fairly generic, in a similar vein to Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer novels, and were originally conceived as a tie-in to a short liv [...]

    14. Early shorts and three novellas culled from men's magazines of the 50's and 60's. Great pulpy stuff from Block. The hardboiled Ed London detective novellas show a glimpse of the Matt Scudder novels to come.

    15. I really struggled with this book at the beginning because of the genre. Most of the men were down on their luck. The broads were all tramps. After a while I got used to the lingo and attitudes and it was entertaining. I think I'll read more of the Ed London series.

    16. This is a collection of early short stories written between 1958-1962. It was originally published in two limited hardback editions as One Night Stands and The Lost Cases of Ed London. Taken individually, most of these stories are not very good. They are clearly the work of a beginner with overreliance on stereotypes and twist endings. However, as a group, they are representative of a large and popular genre of their time, and of course they are worth reading for anyone interested in Block’s e [...]

    17. Lawrence Block’s first publication was the story “You Can’t Lose” in a February 1958 issue of Manhunt magazine. Fifty-plus years later, it’s still good. One Night Stands and Lost Weekends is a compilation of one of America’s leading crime writers earliest works. Written between 1958 and 1962, with a contemporary flair, these twenty-five stories and three novellas’ capture the world of crime writing as it was back then. It’s fun to read an American icon’s early stuff and to see [...]

    18. Lawrence Block is, I'm sure as the book jacket describes, one of the grand masters of crime fiction this day and age. However, when he was a budding writer he was anything but. I will not criticize him for that, we all start off somewhere. This collection of pulp shorts that he wrote and submitted to various publications in the late 50's and early 60's is certainly more for his fans, and he even described it as such in the introduction. Until I began reading this collection, I'd never read anyth [...]

    19. I will never again believe anyone who tries to tell me that violence in pop culture is so much worse today than it was 50 years ago. After having read this book, full of stories that were published in magazines available on every corner newsstand, I am starting to suspect that the only thing that has happened is that we don't keep our tastes in escapism quite as well under wraps anymore.This book is packed full of lurid violence, rape, murder, double crosses, sick desires, lots of sex, pneumatic [...]

    20. This is a collection of the early short stories by famed author Lawrence Block. Many of them were published in men's magazines during the writer's early and formative writing years. The author warns the reader in the introduction that the stories aren't very good and aren't especially written. The author is more than simply brutally honest, he is quite correct. Because many of them were written for men's magazines, they often focus on sexual activity-- not that they are graphic in nature, but a [...]

    21. Yes, these are pretty awful. In his introduction Block says he didn’t even read them because he knew they were bad, “written when his typewriter had training wheels” he says and he was afraid if he read them he wouldn’t agree to letting them be republished in a collection. He decided to make them available for fans and collectors. Some of the poor writing, aside from being his earliest attempts, most surely are a result of the market he was writing for. After getting his first rejections [...]

    22. old stories set in the fifties and a bit later when the men's magazines let you get away with a lot of poor plots but hot dames and rough cops. the stories are mostly short with snappy dialogue and quick results. the novelettes are of a character that set the foundation of Block's later regulars. not perfect but with a code that they try to follow. so the book store robber is a likeable smuck. he wins some big, some small and some by the skin on his teeth. scudder is a harsh taskmaster. he judge [...]

    23. Let me start by saying that Lawrence Block is one of my favourite crime writers, but this book is interesting rather than entertaining. The contrast between these early stories to the deft touch shown in the Scudder and Rhodenbarr novels is quite severe but reflects the best part of twenty years of development as a writer. There is the invention we have come to expect from him, but the tales have a core of brutality which I found uncomfortable, but that could have been the speed of delivery, the [...]

    24. The book is a collection of short stories and three novellas. The theme of the short stories is crime and suspense. These stories are very good. All of them were enjoyable. Although plot twists were usually predictable, the stories were still enjoyable. The three novellas were detective stories featuring a private detective named Ed London, and these were also very good. Ed always seemed to end up in bed with one of the women in the stories-he was the Captain Kirk of detectives. I highly recomme [...]

    25. I picked this up because I like crime fiction generally and current works by this author specifically, and I thought it would be fun to dive into the past a bit. However, I couldn't handle the dark nature of these stories. Crime drama is one thing; one-on-one viciousness against someone without power is another. Several stories displayed violent dislike of, and usually actually violence toward, women. "Bride of Violence", as an example, was deeply unsettling. Some will say that the stories are a [...]

    26. The author himself says he doesn't know why anyone would read this book. So what more should I say? Well, if you love camp and pulp, these are begging to be read in your best (actual or internal) Guy Noir, Private Eye, voice. If you are a despairing author, you can see that your work may not need to be good to be published. You can also analyze these very short stories for what works and what doesn't. If you're a Lawrence Block fan, you can be thankful that he's grown so much as an author, and p [...]

    27. Truly fascinating real-time development of a master's craft - the stories vary wildly in quality, and there's an unfortunate emphasis on (and unfortunately juvenile handling of) rape in a number of these, but the best ones, once they start coming, land with punchlines that'll stick in your throat. The three novelettes that close the collection are sophomoric but move quick and there's a few zingers that had me chuckling loudly enough to disturb my cat. (He took a shine to the cover and sat on my [...]

    28. scott bricksheesh there is one -l-o-n-g- apologee to get through first, read by the author and he admits it's over 25000 words long - far longer than most of the stories in this collection. Oh! he also admits that he can't remember writing them or recall the plots but the publishers are keen to print seeing as how he is now (Lawrence Block, Greenwich Village 1999)Okay - how long do you think I'm going to last with this? *yawn*Ah but a few moments later - I love the cover, YAY, 2 stars for the co [...]

    29. I was very glad to get this as a gift, and very glad to read it--but it's terrible. Aside from a couple early Ed London stories showing the beginnings of Matt Scudder, a passable sci-fi story, and a not-bad story he rewrote later, it's bad. Unless you like many laughable sexual metaphors (and similes), women who repeatedly twist sweaters out of shape (and do many other magic tricks with their breasts) and men who talk tough at great length to little purpose, read anything else he wrote first.

    30. Breezily-entertaining pulp fiction short stories abound in this collection, as well as four novellas centering around Ed London, P.I. Lawrence Block can certainly turn a phrase, and his description of lowlives and their foibles can be fun and outright bleak. So if you dig the genre you will probably sail through this quickly and be diverted. The flavor won't last forever, but sometimes that's all right.

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