The Sunday Salon

The Sunday Salon is a virtual get-together of bloggers who read. Brainchild (as they say) of twitter-lit blog suprema Debra Hamel, it launches this Sunday, 28 October. I’ll be there; I hope you will be, too. Participation is open to anyone with a blog and a stack of unread books. (But your blog needs to have an RSS feed.) Debra explains how to get involved here.

Recent blogosphere highlights

From a few posts I’ve read over the past week or so (see my Google Reader page for more):

Dovegreyreader and Bluestalking Reader both feature excellent reviews of The Gathering by Anne Enright. (In case you blinked recently, this book is the winner of the 2007 Booker prize.) Dovegreyreader expected to hate it, loved it, didn’t predict it to win, but was delighted when it did. Bluestalking Reader also loves the book. I strongly recommend reading both these reviews, which in their very different ways provide a wonderful sense of the experience that is in store should one read this book (which I haven’t, yet).

Peter of Detectives Beyond Borders asks us for the details of books where the protagonist dies. Now this is where my zero memory is so annoying, as I know I’ve read a few of these, including one quite recently, but I can’t remember anything about them (except thinking at the time that the one I read recently was a bit of a cheat). The only remotely similar plot I can think of is that movie starring Edmond O’Brien that was remade with Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan (when they were an item). And I can’t even remember the title. Both movies were good, though, involving a protag who has to solve the crime within 24 hours before the poison he’s been given takes effect. The remake was a lot more sentimental than the original.

Just read this marvellous post by Henry Gee on End of the Pier show, complete with extraordinary pictures, extract below:

"NO GIRRAFES ON UNICYCLES BEYOND THIS POINT

Yes, I know, more animals. Apart from the obvious misspelling (I’m entirely aware of it, so please don’t write in), what struck me most about this notice was the qualifier ‘beyond this point’—as if giraffes on unicycles are entirely acceptable elsewhere, or that dismounted giraffes (or giraffes employing some other mode of transport, such as skateboards or roller blades) might be exempt from this proscription."

This post on Euro Crime links to an interview on Getting Medieval blog with Simon Levack, who writes the Aztec mystery series featuring Yaotl, a slave. Karen (aka Euro Crime) writes that Levack "has now had four printed adventures. The fourth book, Tribute of Death, has had to be self-published due to insufficient sales of the previous books, despite critical acclaim."

Via Crime Always Pays, I read that Brian McGilloway, author of the superb Borderlands, has started a blog. Definitely one to add to my "writers who blog" list.

Borderlands was published by Macmillan New Writing. It’s a Crime! here features another book from the imprint, The Herring Seller’s Apprentice by L. C. Tyler. Crimeficreader writes: "It bounds into being with a cracking pace and cutting humour, both of which can be hard to maintain all the way through a novel, but L. C. Tyler keeps both going with an energy exceeding that from a Duracell battery." Read the rest of her review at the link.

That’s it for now.