A delightful cross-pollinator

From the comments to this post by Michael Blowhard over at Librarian’s Place, entitled "Bill Kauffman, an introduction (and Dave Lull)":

1. Michael Blowhard  |  October 14th, 2006 at

Hello? Knock-knock? Is this Dave’s place? Dave-who-doesn’t-tell-Michael-he’s-blogging-now? That Dave?

  • 2. Dave Lull  |  October 15th, 2006 at

    Well, Michael, I’m not really blogging. I’ve just sort of inspired the delightful Maxine to set up this blog by inundating her with pointers to some of the objects of her postings. She makes me feel like a blogger’s “muse.”

  • 3. Web editor  (that’s me, Petrona)|  October 15th, 2006 at

    Dave, what a lovely thing to write! Thank you so much.
    And, reciprocally, my reading has been greatly widened by all the articles you’ve been sending me over the past year. I have learned and enjoyed a lot that I’d never have come across on my own. And when you send me an article that I’ve already read (or read a similar one on the topic), which I would say happens about 10 per cent of the time, that makes me smile.

  • 4. Prairie Mary  |  October 15th, 2006 at

    So this is what they call networking, eh? Dave has been sending me lots of articles about diabetes II and related stuff. (More or less.) I know several of these delightful cross-pollinators (George Lessard comes to mind.) and they may be creating a new society.

    Prairie Mary

    And here are some comments from another post on Librarian’s Place, this one entitled "Sound science or sound bite?"; by Michael Bugeja:

    1. Clare  |  October 15th, 2006 at

    Thank you again, Dave Lull. This connects so many things I have been thinking about over the last few days.

  • 2. Dave Lull  |  October 16th, 2006 at

    And thank you for letting me know, Clare. It’s gratifying for us ‘cross-pollinators’* to find out that our work sometimes leads to fruition.

    *Thanks to Prairie Mary for the appellation

    The Internet, and blogging, for me, has certainly built a wonderful jewel of a community. Ten years ago, technology was considered to be a depersonalising threat — but, in enabling this new society, the opposite has happened. Who could have imagined it? (If anyone can answer that question, Dave Lull can.)

  • Competitions, awards, reviews, favourites

    I keep on finding interesting items on the internet, yet keep on not finding the time to highlight them here.

    One that won’t keep for much longer is the competition for BAFAB week over at Keeper of the Snails: "To write a story of exactly 101 words (not including title) written using words spelt exactly as you say them (e.g. I wint downt laik an got owt me buk. Twas gud buk. I cudnat stop reedin.) The theme is ‘guilty pleasures’." Closing date: Hallowe’en (31 Oct), so you had better get there sharpish. There are quite a few entries in the comments, including (if this tempts you) one by me.

    While on the subject of competitions, Crimeficreader brings news of a contest in which "Court TV is asking aspiring crime writers to submit an original idea for a crime fiction novel and sample chapter(s) to be reviewed by a panel of judges (made up of best-selling authors Jonathan Kellerman, Faye Kellerman and Lisa Scottoline as well as publisher Judith Regan).  The winner will receive a book deal with Regan." US only, according to Crimefic.

    Crimeficreader also reviews Michael Connelly’s Echo Park here. It sounds from previous reviews as well as this one as if the author is on his usual excellent form. I’m forcing myself to wait for paperback or a good deal on Amazon.

    Peter of Detectives Beyond Borders started reading Peter Temple’s Bad Debts and then finished it, reviewing it here. There is some informed discussion in the comments, both about Temple’s books and how to obtain them. Lots of other good things on this blog, for example a review here of a superb history of fictional detectives (one for my Christmas list), and why international crime fiction is special. Thanks for these great posts, Peter.

    And while on international crime fiction, Glenn Harper of the blog of that name reviews a new (?) genre — "emigre noir" (or "tourist noir" for the plainer speakers among us).

    Oh, and James Ellroy is going like the blazes as guest blogger on the Rap Sheet.

    In the wake of localbookshops.com, Waterstone’s, who recently ended their online deal with Amazon, have launched a dedicated website. I was alerted to this by Kimbofo at Reading Matters (blog now redesigned in cleaner format — very nice). I’ve signed up but have yet to report any particular benefit compared with other online retail book options.

    Here’s a good meme, via Susan Hill’s blog, which I’m not going to attempt to answer in this post but may get around to some time: which six books would you rescue from the fire? You are welcome to add your nominations to the comments here or at Susan Hill  (how lovely that she chose one of my favourites, Clayhanger)— but I am a bit tired of lists just at the moment, still dealing with the never-ending "ten favourite detective authors" one as ‘must includes’ continue to arrive. Not as hard as this one, perhaps, from Lablit: what’s the best science book ever? Not a question I’d like to try to have to answer, though if really pressed I suppose I’d have to say Darwin’s Origin of Species.

    From favourites to awards, Big A little a announces the first annual children’s book awards, blog edition. Scroll around a bit and you will find interesting items about "The End", Lemony Snicket fans.