Saturday, December 30, 2006
Friday, December 29, 2006
BEAUTY OF BLOGGING
The program aims to get participants to read 52 books in 52 weeks, and the website has a lot of advice on starting a reader blog, and how to organise your reading.
Now that have your own reader blog set up, you may be saying to yourself, “What should I write about?“ That’s the beauty of blogging. You can write about whatever you wish! There are a lot of reader blogs in the blogosphere, and no two are alike.
Visit some of our favorite reader blogs to get some ideas for your own reader blog:
It’s a Crime
Journal of an Avid Reader
The Misadventures of Super Librarian
Occasional Book Reviews
No my son/daughter/cousin/great aunt/uncle or nephew isn't a librarian in Illinois. It is a little bit frightening to think readers will come to these blogs expecting to get inspiration for their own blogs.
Input equals inspiration, and therefore I need to get back to my reading.
Behold she stands beside her inland sea
With outstretched hands to welcome you and me
For every art, for brotherhood she stands,
Love in her heart, and bounty in her hands
Chicago, Chicago, Chicago is my home
My heart is in Chicago, wherever I may roam [early pre 1920 city anthem]
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Reading a detective series is a comforting and comfortable experience, it is nice to return to familiar characters, and learn a bit more about their lives. While the author has to be careful that his, or her, detective fiction does not become a pastiche or parody.
The series must continue to contain interesting plots, rather than just wallow in the weird behaviour of the characters. Fortunately Andrea Camilleri has not fallen into the Patricia Cornwell trap of having increasingly quirky characters without any plot development.
But perhaps Camilleri could even get away with that literary sin because of the humour, gastronomic delights, clever interplay, and inherent charm of Montalbano that abounds in the books.
In fact in The Voice of the Violin there is plenty of plot and action. The story begins with Montalbano finding the naked body of the beautiful Michela Licalzi, who has been suffocated, and left in the house she is renovating.
The Inspector and his team begin an investigation and there are several suspects in Michela's murder:
Maurizio Di Blasi, a shy besotted admirer, who has learning difficulties.
Dr Emanuele Licalzi, her elderly husband.
Guido Serraville, an antique dealer from Bologna, and Michela's lover.
and even perhaps her close friend Anna Tropeano, another beauty whose charms Montalbano appreciates, while it is apparent that the attraction is mutual.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
"The foundation of all journalism is credibility. This is also true of culture journalism. We have therefore decided that Kristian Lundberg will no longer review books for Helsingborgs Dagblad," said the paper's culture editor Gunnar Bergdahl.The paper had published an article by Lundberg late last week in which he said that Britt Marie Mattsson's book 'Fruktans Makt' (The Power of Fear), had a "predictable" plot and one-dimensional characters. But despite having appeared in publisher Piratförlaget's autumn catalogue, Mattsson had never got round to writing the novel.While ruling that Lundberg will no longer write reviews for the paper, Bergdahl said he might still commission creative pieces from the writer.
Monday, December 18, 2006
GOODBYE TO THE ASHES
RETURN TO VIGATA
The obvious fact that he was not really Italian was referenced twice on film. In their second feature, Animal Crackers, he recognizes someone he knows to be a shady character, impersonating a respected art collector:
Chico: "How did you get to be Roscoe W. Chandler?"
Chandler: "How did you get to be Italian?"
Chico: "Never mind — whose confession is this?"
In A Night at the Opera, which begins in Italy, his character, Fiorello, claims to not be Italian, eliciting a surprised look from Groucho:
Driftwood: "Well, things certainly seem to be getting better around the country."
Fiorello: "I don't know: I'm a stranger here myself." [from Wikpedia]
PEACE AND GOOD HEALTH IN 2007
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Wash This Blood Clean from My Hand by Fred Vargas was reviewed in todays Daily Telegraph [Saturday 16th December] and I quote:
"is a bit of a departure in that it is set in Canada"
The book starts and ends with Adamsberg in France, only about half of the story is set in Quebec.
"Adamsberg has to deal with that old chestnut of being accused of the murders"
Adamsberg is a suspect in only one murder that occurs in Quebec. Most of the book concerns a series of murders in France, which Adamsberg suspects were perpetrated by the same man.
Pedantic the definition: "overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, esp. in teaching." That's me.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
1973 was it really that long ago that Eye Level, the Van der Valk TV signature tune reached number one in the UK charts.
1972 was the year that Freeling killed off his detective in the books amid much wailing from his readers. Yet it all seems like yesterday, and it is frightening that Barry Foster, the TV Van der Valk died aged 71 in 2002, and Freeling himself died in 2003.
Freeling was working as a senior chef in an Amsterdam hotel, when he was arrested on suspicion as a foreigner of being involved in the city's underworld. Intrigued by the worldly-wise detective who interrogated him, he smoothed out sheets of paper salvaged from his prison job of wrapping soap, and started to write a story featuring such an operator.
Monday, December 11, 2006
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
Friday, December 08, 2006
In some cases the casting is so brilliantly successful that the readers can effortlessly slip into the TV series with the same pleasure they get from the novels.
An example of this is Warren Clarke's portrayal of Andy Dalziel in the highly successful Daziel and Pascoe British TV series. Warren Clarke is almost exactly how I had imagined Dalziel from Reginald Hill's books.
But last night I wandered on to a different cable station away from cricket, and watched 30 seconds of Bones. Now I am sure this is a very good series but I had to switch it off.
Emily Deschamel, who plays Tempe in the TV series, is very attractive but she is a brunette and was born in 1976!
Kathy Reichs, to me the real Temperance Brennan, was a Ph.D before Emily Deschamel was born.
American University 1971 B.A. Anthropology
Northwestern University 1972 M.A. Physical Anthropology
Northwestern University 1975 Ph.D. Physical Anthropology
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
ENGLAND LOSE SECOND TEST
Monday, December 04, 2006
Inspector Rogas, the shrewdest investigator the police have in their ranks, is sent to investigate the shooting of District Attorney Varga. Then Judge Sanza and Judge Azar are killed. Is the perpetrator out for revenge for some injustice, or is this a conspiracy.
Rogas begins to track down the suspect, but then he is transferred and the political establishment encourage him to put the blame on the Left. The Left is not entirely pure, backed as it is by rich intellectuals and wealthy capitalists.
Nothing is clear in this Leonardo Sciascia fable written in 1971, but with frightening relevance in todays troubled times.