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A collection of afterwords from New York Times bestselling author Lawrence Block, a Grand Masater of the Mystery Writers of America.

In a career spanning more than fifty years, Lawrence Block has produced more than one hundred books, ranging in genre from hard-boiled detective stories to pseudonymous erotica. Collected here for the first time are more than forty-five afterw...more
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Published August 2nd 2011 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 2011)
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Afterthoughts collects the many afterwords that Lawrence Block has written mostly for his out-of-print works that have become available as ebooks. Not surprisingly, given Block's recent popularity, these works skew toward the beginning of his career. Because Block chose not to take the time to turn Afterthoughts into a coherent memoir, he offers it for 99 cents and makes no bones about what it is: an extended advertisment for his backlist. In return for that bargain price, you are not allowed to...more
Joan Reeves
Compelling Look At Lawrence Block's Writing

Afterthoughts is the reflection by author Lawrence Block on the writing of his many books. In a neat little twist, he revisits the writing of each book and reflects upon his life then, as he wrote the book, but from the hindsight perspective of now which adds a wry flavor to most of his commentaries. Mr. Block began Afterthoughts, his memoir, many years ago, and it is still a work in progress which makes it ideally suited for the ebook format.

If you eve...more
Andrew Smith
One for avid fans only, this. Literally, a collection of afterthoughts Block has previously published with his work. The draw here is that Block has never really told the story of his life - though one recent book covered part - so piecing these together does (almost) constitute an autobiography... of sorts. Quite a bit of repetition and probably more of a 'dip into' memoir. Despite it's drawbacks, due to his unique style I enjoyed it.
Full review to follow after the weekend!

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Every time in the past month that I told people I was reading a book collecting Lawrence Block's afterwords (and some introductions) from various ebooks, I got the same response: a somewhat quizzical raising of the eyebrows and a vague "oohhh" sound that indicated I had perhaps lost my mind, because how interesting could a bunch of afterwords be, anyway?

Very interesting is the answer.

Block is a master storyteller not matter what form or format he...more
Sean O'Hara
This turned out to be one of the more expensive books I've ever read even though I only paid forty cents for it. The volume collects all the afterwords Block has written for his work over the years, assembling them into something vaguely like a memoir.

Now I'm the sort of person who loves to read afterwords and forewords (and introductions, and acknowledgments -- hell, I even skim the copyright page); I get annoyed when I see one of my favorite books has been reissued with a new afterword. So thi...more
Assembled from afterwords of many of his older books recently brought back into print as ebooks, so there's repetition, but also a lot of interesting information on what it was like to write back in the 60s (to present).
Block once wrote a book in 3 days, including 85 pages in one day.

Warning! While the kindle edition of this book only costs 99 cents, it may lead to much greater expenditures buying
some of the fascinating-sounding books it talks about. At least that's how things turned out for me,...more
Thomas Pluck
This collection of forewords and afterwords, originally written to add value to his newly released e-books, is a truly enjoyable trip through Block's bibliography. You learn a little about how each book was written, a little writing advice, and plenty of entertaining anecdotes. I'd read some before in his books on writing, heard them at book signings, but the thing about a storyteller like Mr. Block is, when he repeats himself he puts a little twist on things, so you sit there and read it again....more
Block's substitute for a memoir, and backhanded promotion of his more obscure work; don't think I'll read much of the soft core porn, but the writer's guides and collaborations look interesting. He argues in favor of the alphabetical-by-book arrangement style here because otherwise there would've been too much editing necessary; I think that too much editing (or more, anyway) would have eliminated the redundancies and made it less like eating pepperoni without a pizza underneath it. Each of the...more
It's a neat little book of the development of a writer, but it really boils down to a bunch of gathered Afterwords grouped together. Alone, they are pretty interesting, but by the tenth or fifteenth one, there was far too much repetition to hold my interest. Block's story of growing out of writing pulp fiction is an interesting one, but there was only so many times I could hear it before the message became a little stale.
This is a great book to dip in and out of, though it's probably of most interest to those who have read and enjoyed Block's books, as I have. Even if you haven't read all the ones these 'afterthoughts' belong to, they still reveal a lot about the way Block writes, which is always interesting and he has a lightness of touch, and a good deal of humour, which make these short pieces very enjoyable.
Jamie Rosen
Due to its nature as a collection of afterwords to various Block books, this book is unavoidably repetitive. I do wish we'd gotten an actual memoir, but at this late date I think it's safe to say this is the best we'll get (at least until he collects his recent series of articles for Mystery Scene.)
Pat Lampe
Interesting. It is a collection of afterwords for backlist books recently issued as ebooks. I will probably never read the books but did enjoy the back stories. Lb has led a very interesting life.
David Cranmer
I've read Afterthoughts through twice. Mr. Block is one of the few writers that I don't get bored listening to spill advice.
Interesting read about Block but too repetitive.
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2002.

From his web site:

I'm told every good author website needs a bio, so here's mine:

"Lawrence Block's novels range from the urban noir of Matthew Scudder (A Drop of the Hard Stuff) to the urbane effervescence of Bernie Rhodenbarr (The Burglar on the Prowl), while other characters include the globe-trotting insomniac Evan Tanne...more
More about Lawrence Block...
The Sins of the Fathers (Matthew Scudder, #1) Eight Million Ways to Die (Matthew Scudder, #5) Hit Man (Keller, #1) When the Sacred Ginmill Closes (Matthew Scudder, #6) Burglars Can't Be Choosers (Rhodenbarr, #1)

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