Multi tasking, multi reading and writing

Although many reviewers have rated Allegra Goodman’s science-in-fiction novel Intuition highly, Becky of A Book A Week doesn’t think much of it. I’m waiting for this much-praised volume to come out in paperback (if in time for Christmas, I’ll be able to put it on my list), so I’m interested to know if I’ll be with Becky or with the majority.

I haven’t read anything by Joan Smith, but Karen at Eurocrime makes her latest sound pretty interesting — it is a thriller (but Karen puts a question mark after that word) about a journalist investigating a land-mine accident in Lebanon. Karen also links to the new crime imprint of the publisher, Arcadia.

There has been a debate going on over at Books, Inq. about experimental writing in prose and (mainly) poetry. At the link, Frank Wilson notes that one participant in the discussion, poet Russ Bowden, has collected together the various viewpoints in one place (linked to at Frank’s post). As Frank points out, not only has blogging aided everyone’s understanding of the subject, but it has allowed everything to be quickly and cheaply collected together in one place. One for the blogs (and bloggers)!

Minx links to an excellent interview of her by Susan Abraham, on the occasion of the imminent publication of the eagerly awaited Coven of One. Susan certainly knows how to write up a readable interview — but she had a great subject, a true original. If you are interested in the story of how the Coven of One came to be published, read it from the horse’s mouth — at Skint Writer.

Clare at Keeper of the Snails is running a competition after my own heart — to write a story of exactly 101 words, in support of BAFAB (buy a friend a book) week. Closing date, Hallowe’en — the same day Coven of One is published. And if you’ve got any energy after that, write something on spirituality for Skint Writer’s latest challenge — you get 1500 words for that one.

It is always hard to pick out a post from Light Reading to highlight, as they all feature Jenny D’s particular brand of hectic insight — how does she do it? But here’s a good one about children’s classic literature, featuring a favourite author of mine, Rosemary Sutcliff, among others. And while Jenny is on children’s books, here is another of her posts on the topic, this one about the controversial Enid Blyton (controversial among adults, that is, not children.)

Any time left? The energetic and knowledgeable Peter at the excellent blog Detectives Beyond Borders here links to a good guide to crime fiction. You’ll find plenty more ideas on Peter’s blog if you scroll around it a bit.

Have to go and have tea now — I’ve been cooking it while writing this post so apologies for any disjointedness or the odd bit of leek in it.