Archive for December 27, 2008

>SOMETIMES

Posted: December 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

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A few days ago The Rap Sheet posted Ali Karim’s short but very interesting interview with Christopher Maclehose. Maclehose heads up Quercus Publishing’s Maclehose Press Imprint who have the rights to Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy.


From the interview 21 December 2008:

AK: So what in your opinion makes the books ‘unique’ ?

CM: Lisbeth Salander, no question. 

“Stieg Larsson for all my criticism created in Lisbeth Salander one of the most interesting characters in modern crime fiction.” Crime Scraps 5 August 2008

Not a difficult call I admit but….

AK: What other crime fiction delights might you recommend from the Maclehose Press Catalogue?

CM: Crime fiction umm. I would indicate Death in Breslau by Marek Krajewski.

Well I reviewed that excellent book here and one of my year’s highlights was an informative interview with Marek here and here
Sometimes it really is nice to be ahead of the game.

>CRITICAL PERSPICACITY: SIX THINGS

Posted: December 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

>Many thanks to Barbara of Scandinavian Crime Fiction [2008’s Best New Blog and a wonderful resource] for giving me an award for ‘Critical Perspicacity’. The idea coming from a meme via the prolific Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise.


Perspicacious is defined as ‘having a ready insight into and understanding of things.’

Therefore ‘Critical Perspicacity’ means not wasting time watching a modern day Haman give an alternative Christmas message on Channel Four. If we really want to learn about the views of a strange society, with an alternative world view from a completely different perspective the Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special is still on the BBC iPlayer. Website here.

What six things do I want in my crime fiction reading:

A decent plot and some interesting sub-plots
Entertainment with a bit of humour alongside the horror
Memorable characters that I want to follow through a series of books
To be educated and learn something
To be made to think about society and the world
Photographs of attractive female authors

What I particularly dislike in the world of crime fiction are:

Books with very long sentences [193 is the record so far]
Authors using words that shout pretentious, ‘prolix’ for example
Poor research for example a 300 gram handgun does not weigh 3 kilograms
Blurbs that bear no relation to the plot of the book 
Reviewers who skim books and have no idea what happened in the story
Violence against women and children described in detail

I am only giving one Award and it goes to the entire Crime Fiction Blogging Community who have made this such a very pleasurable year.