Tuesday, 9 November 2010

More Newsy Stuff

The end of the year is nigh and Publishers Weekly have posted their best of list 2010 books. Crime fiction authors are well represented in a number of categories –

The fiction and mystery category can be found here and here. For some reason they have put The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook under romance? Sadly not one crime novel made their main Best Books of 2010 list. I wonder why?

Amazon.com have also revealed their Editor's Pick Top 100 novels 2010 as well. The complete list can be found here, here, here and here. Amazon.com have also listed Customers Favourites Top 100 novels of 2010. Nos 1-28 are here, 29-56, 57-84 and 85-100. In the Editor's pick there are not even a dozen crime novels on the list. However at least a quarter of the books on the Customers Favourites are crime novels.

As can be expected one can always find more news on Stieg Larsson. Word and Film have an interview with Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the original “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” about why women want to be Lisabeth Salander.

Another article regarding the remake of the original film can be found in the Guardian. The director (and quite rightly so in my opinion) says that Noomi Rapace the “original actress” to play Lisabeth Salander should not be forgotten as a result of the remake taking place in Hollywood. But is this a case of jealousy? I would hope not. Personally Noomi Rapace is for me Lisabeth Salander, but it will be interesting to see what the remake is like.

So did he or didn’t he? It looks like the case of he did not.

Baroness James (better known as PD James) has refuted in her local newspaper the story that Salman Rushdie used her home as a hideout during the period he was in hiding.

The dates of the 2011 Reading Festival of Crime Writing have been announced. They are 15 to 18 September 2011. More information can be found on the Festival Website. It is a shame that it is going to clash with Bouchercon in St Louis which is on at the same time. They might want to consider changing the dates!

Literary Kicks have an excellent list up on their site at the moment. Crimestars: Ten Prophets of the Golden Age of Ultraviolence. The list highlights a new breed of writers that discerning readers (in my opinion) should have on their bookshelves. The writers on the list are certainly ones that should be read but I have to admit that my favourite authors on the list are:- Charlie Houston, Duane Swierczynski, Allan Guthrie and Adrian McKinty. That is not to say that I do not like the others or have not read any of them. The only thing I can say is check them out. You will be pleasantly surprised!

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