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16 August 2009 @ 08:48 pm
Adding Rex Stout  
to the list of authors who Make Shit Up. Still, he writes a good story (yes, Archie Goodwin is racist, and Nero Wolfe probably is, too, but more subtly. I take the era in which the books were written into account), so I will continue reading him.

In Some Buried Caesar, he has both a bull and a human die from being injected with anthrax cultured from another bull. Which would be fine, except that they die within minutes of being injected.
 
 
Joseph Abbottfaxpaladin on August 18th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
In the early novels I think Stout overdoes the rough edges to make Archie more of a nekulturniy contrast to Wolfe. But as the series progresses, Archie grows into himself as a character, and Stout stops needing to press that button so much. Also, arguably, being around Wolfe that long changes Archie (even Wolfe, returning from his undercover stint in In the Best Families, is surprised to discover that Archie has bought his own unabridged dictionary).

Edited at 2009-08-18 01:14 am (UTC)
Tim Illingworthtimill on August 18th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
It would be more surprising if Archie hadn't changed, really. Though Fritz' cookbook collection remains distressingly static, at least in number.