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Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2014 3:24 a.m. PST

'The Black Mountain'.*

I've slowly been collecting all of the 70 odd novels & stories & this one completes my collection.

I now can re-read the corpus (replete with corpses) at my leisure.

(*a quite atypical Wolfe story but nonetheless, enjoyable)

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Nov 2014 6:02 a.m. PST

Liked the TV series and my wife has many of the books. Have you tried any of the recipoes in the cook book? Though 40 minutes seems a bit long for an egg…

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 Nov 2014 8:23 a.m. PST

What about the "new" Nero Wolfe books?

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2014 11:03 a.m. PST

I think he's included them, Bill (long time Wolfe
fan).

And agreed, the TV series was excellent. I've got all
the DVD's. The ensemble cast (except for Archie and
Wolfe) was great.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 Nov 2014 5:43 p.m. PST

And agreed, the TV series was excellent.

Which one? There have been five or six, if you count the European series too.

In March 1959, The New York Times reported that Kurt Kasznar and William Shatner would portray Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin in the CBS-TV series.

Too bad that project didn't work out…

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2014 1:25 p.m. PST

Too bad that project didn't work out…

I'm assuming sarcasm.

I'm working my way through the Goldsborough Wolfe books. They're OK.

There's so many of the actual thing though, I will be fine to re-read several a year. They stand re-reading well, particularly as the how the crime is solved isn't the main element. It's all character, setting & atmosphere.

altfritz10 Nov 2014 6:36 p.m. PST

I love reading Nero Wolfe. When you read the series you get a look at how things have changed over the years. Archie starts referring to "self service elevators", for example, and one can track the advent of first Radio and then TV.

IIRC, Archie found TV bad for detecting as everybody's attention is glued to the box and there is no room for small talk.

The A&E TV series was superb! It's a real shame A&E didn't continue with them. Of course, A&E can hardly be called the "Arts and Entertainment" network anymore.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2015 5:07 a.m. PST

Finished. Read them all, novels & short stories, in chronological order, taking just under a year.

The corpus never failed to delight. The a very few were average, most very good & quite a number were excellent.

Interestingly, Stout wrote really fine stories throughout the series with even his final novel, "A Family Affair" being well above average.

Perhaps Stout's greatest accomplishment is that Archie & Wolfe travel from the 1930s gangsters to Watergate in the 70s with hardly a discordant note.

I think I can wait a couple of years & do this again.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Oct 2015 3:14 a.m. PST

I am doing something similar, but with Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels. Great fun! grin

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