Euro Crime’s top 2006 reads

Link: Euro Crime’s Top 2006 reads.

Now if I were a well-organised, up-to-date person I would have included the information in this post in my post of the other day rounding-up good crime fiction reads from 2006. I had got so behind withe everything, though, that I thought I’d never post my Christmas holiday "starred items" in Google reader if I kept distracting myself by reading new posts on blogs, so I posted my round-up.

Now I read that Karen at Euro Crime has published the "top 5 or so" reads of 2006 from her reviewers — including me. So please head on over to the Euro Crime website, which is a great resource if you like this kind of fiction, and pick up some good suggestions, together with links to the reviews where they exist.

Books post-free to Australia

Link: It’s a Crime – The Book Depository – Postage Free to Australia.

Karen at It’s a Crime has found that the Book Depository offers free postage to Australia. How they can offer this service at the price they charge for their books, I don’t know, but as UK to Australia is about as far as you can get, I thought I’d mention it here in case the organisation now ships free to anywhere else.

And in another piece of detective work, Dovegreyreader scribbles notes here that Mark Thwaite of Ready Steady Book also runs the BritLitBlog network and the Book Depository. The world just is too small; no wonder they can afford the postage to Australia.

Too much of a Ringfest

Peter Jackson to direct the last two Harry Potter films? Or failing that, the Ring cycle (on the assumption that one ring is very much like another, presumably?) — so muses BRIAN SIBLEY : my blog: RING-TONES in response to a few rumours wafting about.

I also read in the Times yesterday that, before he and New Line fell out, Peter Jackson was (allegedly) set to split the Hobbit into two movies, which would feature "prequels" to the stories of members of the fellowship from the Lord of the Rings book(s).

Hmm. One thing is true: Peter Jackson is directing an adaptation of Alice Sebold’s "The Lovely Bones", a book that started out in a uniquely harrowing and mesmerising way but fell away after the first half. (My view is not a majority one; most people I know who have read the book think it is brilliant all the way through. My theory is that most readers of this book haven’t read as much crime fiction as me.)

After that, who knows? Mr Jackson can’t do Narnia or His Dark Materials, but maybe the "Rings of the Little House on the Prairie"? "Anne of the Rings Gables"? "The Jewel in the Crown of Rings"? "The Herries Ring Chronicles"? (That’s enough Rings, ed.)

Avoided in translation?

Here’s another list, from : The Millions (A Blog About Books): The Most Anticipated Literary Adaptations of 2007.

Yes, it is a list to tell people, as Patrick Brown puts it, "which of their favorite books are going to be ruined by Hollywood in the coming year."

Harry Potter and His Dark Materials I have had time to become resigned to. I couldn’t care less what they do to the likes of the Nanny Diaries, graphic novels and Hannibal Rising, though some of the others (eg Atonement) make me blanch a bit at the prospect. I saw a picture in Cathy’s Empire magazine of Keira Knightly in costume for Atonement, with a quote along the lines of her not minding about not being paid much for the role because of the clothes (or "frocks" as she is said to put it). She does look very beautiful in the picture, but the movie?  Perhaps better missed?

Some web predictions

In another bit of belated rounding-up, here are some of the predictions for 2007 from among the more technical blogs that I read.

Barry of Content Matters makes some arm-chancing but pertinent suggestions about search, rss, web advertising, widgets and blogging tools, but predicts a poor year for newspapers and MySpace ("even your Mom has heard of it"– yep, kiss of death, for sure).

While on rss, Google Reader has added a "trends" feature, according to Bloggers Blog and an email from Dave Lull, that lets you track how many items you read from the blogs and sites to which you’ve subscribed. I haven’t tried this yet, as I don’t think it would be that useful for me; what I’d like is a comment tracking function that worked better than the ones I’ve tried so far.

Martyn Daniels at the Booksellers Association predicts what will happen this year for the book publishing industry. A lot more digital is the short summary, including the start of real POD (print on demand) — more later on that.

John Battelle, king of search, makes his predictions here, accompanied by a photo of Nostradamus. Microsoft will do more spending to compete with Google, Google will integrate and build on YouTube, Yahoo! and eBay will be restructuring, mobiles and blog 2.0 will be big, and I like this one: "Amazon will continue to push beyond ecommerce into web services, the market will punish it for doing so, and by the end of the year Bezos will be forced to defend his investments as his stock takes a hit for those services’ failing to find traction. It’s not that I don’t believe in Jeff’s vision, it’s the track record with things like Alexa ..".  Maybe Amazon will go back to focusing on books, then?