This week's posts:
- Around the Traps, Sunday 24 August
I'm not sure whether I will do this regularly or not. It's a summary of some of the posts that have come into my RSS reader.
- Review: LITTLE GIRL LOST, Susan Kelly
My review of #3 in Susan Hill's Gregory Summers series. police procedurals with a difference.
- Backs, Covers, and Tattoos
What's the fascination with backs and tattoos that have recently been seen on book covers? More seriously, are there some infringements of copyright or intellectual property going on in the book publishing world? If nothing else, have a look at the covers themselves.
- Reading the ending first? No way!
I came across a posting where someone claimed she always read the ending of a mystery novel first so she can focus on the unfolding story. My question is whether this person is serious about their reading anyway.
- Melbourne, UNESCO City of Literature
On the eve of the Melbourne Writers Festival, UNESCO has granted the city the status of City of Literature, and the Victorian government is contributing $millions to a cultural venture!
- It's all Enid's fault
Were you brought up on a diet of Enid Blyton? A new Costa Book Awards survey has revealed that she is the top of the poll as far as 2000 surveyed adults are concerned. She is obviously the cause of my crime fiction addiction, or at least the fact that my day feels incomplete if I don't read for pleasure.
- Olympics and Reading
Some crime fiction titles connected to the Olympics.
- Drop in, chat about books
This morning I'm trying out a new web 2.0 tool where live chat people are moderated but don't have to log in.
- Book Blogger Appreciation week 15-19 Sept
Do you appreciate Book Bloggers? Of course you do! You are one aren't you? Spread the word.
- SHATTER on ITV3 Shortlist
Michael Robotham makes the shortlist with 11 others for ITV3's inaugural Crime Thriller Awards. The competition is stiff though.
- I've been playing around with my blog layout again and now have Breaking News featured at the top of every page.
- I found a site that tells me what my blog is worth. It is on the top right of the page.
- I've begun participating in Pattinase's forgotten books and so there is a button and link now in the right hand column to my postings. Look for the lovely Creative Commons picture of some library shelves.
- I've added a block that shows what books I have available through BookMooch.
- I'm now watching 66 Blogs in my blog roll available on the right. This is a Blogger gadget.
- Through the Books Alive scheme Michael Robotham is coming to my library next Wednesday. He must be worn out - he has been travelling around Oz for the last 3 weeks meeting and greeting as part of his role as Books Alive Ambassador.
- Melbourne Writers Festival has started. Unfortunately I won't get there until next Friday night, but my "coven" of friends Karen Sally, Helen, Sunnie, and Fiona are attending this weekend. I'll arrive mid-way through the Ned Kelly Awards night next Friday night and then am able to attend a couple of things next Saturday and Sunday.
Stop me and say hello if you spot me there.
- OzMysteryReaders discussion programme for the next 6 weeks:
8-14 Chat to Michael Robotham, author of THE SUSPECT, LOST (THE DROWNING MAN), THE NIGHT FERRY and SHATTER, published April 2008.
16-26, discussion of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson.
October 1-10, discussion of SUCKED IN by Shane Maloney.
- now - THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN, Kate Morton
- next - BOMBPROOF, Michael Robotham
- audio book - BENEATH THE BLEEDING, Val McDermid (nearly finished) and then it will be MY LADY JUDGE by Cora Harrison- a historical mystery.