Happy birthday to our favourite librarian

Books_cake_thumbA roll of drums for B. I.'s fave, "the greatest librarian in the Galaxy" [Books, Inq. the Epilogue], who "truly makes the Internet a more human place" [Petrona]. Also for Dave.

Many thanks to Dave Lull, without whose efforts and generosity this interview wouldn’t have taken place."[2 Blowhards] on "Websurfer magnifique and thinking-guy extraordinaire Dave L."

From When Falls the Coliseum: "Thus I have a deep appreciation for the art of reference. But times have changed. Since the advent of the internet I no longer have to nag and be a nuisance at my local library. The thrill of tracking down an elusive tidbit is all but gone. Almost everything I ever wanted to know is available with the stroking of a few strategic keywords.  When it is not? No worries. There is always Dave Lull — a jewel.

Jodie Lane: "The magnitude of Dave Lull’s presence on the net is awe-inspiring. It’s true. Dave is the real force behind the blogosphere. Sadly, I do not know the man, but I find him absolutely fascinating. He is the super-hero of the internet. Everywhere I read — Dave has already been there. Corrected, amended, and moved on down the lonely information super-highway."

Scott Stein: "apparently, the entire blogosphere owes all of its content to Dave Lull."

Patrick Kurp at Anecdotal Evidence: "I still get the question: “Who is this Dave Lull guy?” As Pascal said of God (no blasphemy intended) Dave is the circle whose center is everywhere in the blogosphere and whose circumference is nowhere. He is a blogless unmoved mover. He is the lubricant that greases the machinery of half the online universe worth reading. He is copy editor, auxiliary conscience and friend. He is, in short, the OWL – Omnipresent Wisconsin Librarian."

Susan Balee: "Thank you Dave Lull, you are indispensable."

Nassim Nicholas Taleb Warm thanks to Dave Lull for tracking reviews".

OWL's Friend Feed room, Librarian's Place (a collection of articles found by Dave, and occasionally his friends) is free for all to join and comment on these articles. (An earlier archive is here.)

Or see Seth's blog

Many more acknowledgements of contributions by Dave Lull can be seen here

Sunday Salon: arsenic and bad traffic

TSSbadge3 Two of my reviews have appeared this week, both of excellent books. First is The Arsenic Labyrinth, the third of Martin Edwards's Lake District mysteries. From my review: "you don't need to have read the previous two books to enjoy this one. The main protagonists are again historian Daniel Kind who, with his media-darling girlfriend Miranda, have "downsized" to a life in the Lakes; and Detective Chief Inspector Hannah Scarlett, whose increasingly unsympathetic partner Marc owns a local bookshop-cafe. Daniel and Hannah are connected because Hannah worked with Daniel's father Ben (now deceased), but over the course of the series they have increasingly come to realise they have more in common – a theme that is continued in this volume." Read on here.

Martin Edwards's website.

Bibliography of Martin Edwards's books, with links to Euro Crime reviews.

The second review is of Bad Traffic, by Simon Lewis, "a book that epitomises all that is great about the crime-fiction genre. It has a tight plot that unfolds at breakneck pace; it depicts an alien world vividly; there is a range of believable and sympathetic characters; it constantly unsettles the reader; and the events it describes seem as if they could really happen. Although the book has strong elements of the noir genre, with its atmosphere of Greek tragedy in which events and characters fulfil the dictates of fate and there is an absence of sentiment, the book is by no means boiled as hard as noir often can be – hope and humanity are there to be found, like specks of jewels glistening in the depths." Read on here

Bad Traffic is in the SPREAD THE WORD promotion in the UK, the only book prize decided by members of the public. The publisher writes that votes are now needed to allow this title the profile it deserves. It takes just a few moments to register and vote but would mean a huge amount to the author and to this tiny publishing company, Sort of books. The publisher is offering free books to the first 25 voters who post a comment about Bad Traffic on the Spread the Word website. All you need to do is email the comment and your postal address to Nat [at] sortof.co.uk.