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Saturday, May 01, 2004

Some links while you wait 

The problem with being in a city where one can actually do stuff and hang out with friends and drink is, well, you end up doing just that. So, the copiously detailed, ridiculously long Edgar Awards report remains on the backburner for now--perhaps it would have been easier if I'd been blogging live from the ceremony, like the guy I sat next to during the dinner. But alas, I am technologically impaired, so this did not happen.

But the world at large covered the Edgars too, like the Globe and Mail with their Canadian angle on Sylvia Maultash Warsh's win for PBO. Though Rebecca Caldwell's coverage is a little boilerplate, no matter--nice to see such an article anyway. Especially because it was the only PBO on the list I actually read (and enjoyed immensely, too) so I was happy to see Warsh take the prize. Hopefully it will lead to bigger and better things for her.

And then there's the Japanese coverage. Considering how many freaking camera people were around blinding every attendee with the continuous use of flash, it's not terribly surprising that the papers and TV stations have been reporting on the ceremony and more specifically, Natsuo Kirino's "failure to win" the award. The Japan Times has a nice shot of Kirino with a bunch of microphones in her face. The Manichi Daily Times' report is somewhat dry and humorless, and Japan Today screws up by referring to Ian Rankin as a British writer. Oy. OTOH, considering how little time Ian spent doing Edgar-related stuff, I don't think the mistake will bother him overly much....

Speaking of Rankin, the only paper that seemed to find it worthy enough to report on was the Houston Chronicle, in their roundup of the award winners.

The G&M's crime beat is rather expansive in general today. Margaret Cannon's crime columnincludes warhorses like Jonathan Kellerman, Elizabeth Peters and James Patterson. The last one, to be honest, threw me because do we really need another review of another goddamned Patterson novel? But then I read Cannon's opening comments and understood:

The inside-flap teaser reads: "One of James Patterson's best-loved heroines is about to die." My first reaction was, "I live in hope."

Oh dear. But so fitting nonetheless.

And then there's poor Peter Robinson, entrusted with the task of reviewing Michael Connelly's THE NARROWS. Funny, I thought print reviews weren't allowed to run until Monday, when the book is officially released, but maybe this doesn't apply in Canada*, I don't know. So, read the review at your peril because honey, it's spoiler city.

In this interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Harlan Coben is making noises--small ones, but noises nonetheless--about returning to his Myron Bolitar series after next year's standalone is published. Should we believe him? And even if we do, does it mean he'll actually give fans what they want should he actually try getting back in the saddle of the series? Eh. We shall see....

And finally, because I just thought the idea was so weird: the German band Super Smart has decided to forsake all conventional means of getting their new music heard and will, instead, solely release selected tracks as ringtones. It's gonna catch on. I may not like it, but yes, it's gonna catch on....

*remember too that I wrote about my thoughts on the book a couple of weeks ago, so obviously, the Canadian thing is quite pervasive....

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