Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Carnival Continues

When Barbara Fister suggested a blog carnival, I was quick to volunteer, because there are so many fun blogs to visit. For example, I love to visit Static, the blog of mystery writer Anne Frasier. Today Anne has posted the prologue from her new book, Garden of Darkness. It has an appropriately spooky Halloween tone.

Scott Monty's Baker Street Blog is a treat for Sherlock Holmes fans. There's always something interesting to link to Holmes or his creator, Arthur Conan-Doyle, and Scott's latest post is about a National Geographic article which suggests that Holmes, in his dialogue from A Study in Scarlet, was right: forgetting can be beneficial. Holmes compares the human brain to "an empty attic."

Bill Cameron's blog is a fun combination of thoughts, writing excerpts, encouragement of other writers, even poetry. An added bonus is that the posts are often funny. In recent entries Bill has pointed out ironies resulting from Amazon rankings and Google alerts.

Peter Rozovsky's Detectives Beyond Borders is always well-written and insightful, and a wealth of information about foreign crime novels. Today he celebrates the U.S. publication of Declan Burke's The Big O.

Eric Mayer co-writes mysteries with his wife, Mary Reed, and their historical mysteries have received wide acclaim. Eric's latest post raises the topical question about compensation and the artist. What should be free? He cites some recent "free music" promotions and compares it to trends in the publishing industry.

The First Offenders consist of mystery writers Karen Olson, Lori G. Armstrong, Jeff Shelby, and Alison Gaylin, who debuted together. In today's post Karen Olson, like Bill Cameron, takes issue with the way that Amazon had identified her book. She also discusses the notion of Amazon ratings.

On Good Girls Kill For Money, Tasha Alexancer is discussing what it feels like when Hollywood calls. I'm glad she's telling me, because otherwise I would never know. :)

On Julie Hyzy's blog, the topic is Magna Cum Murder, the midwestern conference in Muncie, Indiana, from which she has returned in high spirits.

Keith Raffel's blog is always a link-o-rama packed full of information and humor. And check out Keith's Dashiell Hammett style photograph! Very noir. Today Keith demonstrates the action-packed schedule of an author on the go.

I always enjoy reading librarian Lesa Holstine's book critiques; she's a book lover who shares the joy. Today Lesa sums up all of her October reads and gives a brief review. Get out your pencils so you can add to your TBR list.

Little Blog of Murder gives us a taste of the Ohio experience from the point of view of five Ohio mystery writers. Today Casey Daniels reflects on Halloween, her favorite day of the year, and memories of Halloweens past.

Over at Murderati, Robert Gregory Browne chats about ghosts and haunting, but not the sort you'd expect him to discuss on Halloween.

Cornelia Read is one of my favorite people, and she has a hilarious post on Naked Authors today--a tongue-in-cheek "what if" that changes the fate of certain notorious characters. Read it and laugh.

I am a part of the blog Poe's Deadly Daughters , so I guess I'm biased, but I have to point out today's post, in which Sandra Parshall interviews new writer Sherry Scarpaci. An interesting interview, which includes details about Scarpaci's book, Lullaby.

Roberta Isleib's wonderful blog is packed full of fun and recipes, as are her books--you have to stop by. Today she's chatting about an outing with some Sisters in Crime, and she shares a delectable French toast recipe that made me fatter when I read it.

Sandrablabber is Sandra Ruttan's blog, full of fun, humor, intellectual discussion, and chat about the publishing world. Sandra is currently discussing her new book, What Burns Within, and the joy of a good cover.

Similarly, on the Secret Dead Blog, Duane Swierczynski is celebrating the release of the paperback version of The Blonde.

Bob Morris, who writes about food in a way to make your mouth water, talks about lobster in a way that makes you want to leave your home, your job, and go to his house for some Florida lobster and melted butter. Check him out at Surrounded On Three Sides

At The Inkspot (Midnight Ink Writers Blog, Mark Terry philosophizes about the notion of villains, citing some very recognizable and time-tested examples.

Marcus Sakey posts at The Outfit today in answer to the question "Are books a dying breed?" Sakey speaks frankly about the publishing industry and the ways that computers may change the way we read in the future.

On The Rap Sheet, J. Kingston Pierce reflects on the career of Lee Grant, who celebrates a birthday today.

There are many more fun blogs that should be a part of the carnival--I'll try to post some more in the coming week.

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Lesa said...


I loved your blog carnival. I can't find a link to Barbara's that mentions the blog carnival, though. Is it just a day to celebrate what's happening on your favorite blogs?

Thanks for including mine!

Julia Buckley said...

You're right, Lesa--and it's because I couldn't find it either when I made the link. I'll hunt it down and change it soon.

I think we all sort of interpreted the carnival differently, but that's what gives it the amusement park atmosphere. :)

Lesa said...

I liked your interpretation, Julia! That's fun.

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much for the mention. I have been bad about blogging recently. Perhaps this will aid in inspiring me!

Anonymous said...

Barbara's following the carnival at if you're looking to follow it that might be the easiest place.

Julia Buckley said...

But your posts are great, Eric!

And thanks, Karen. Lesa, now you have that address. :)

Barbara said...

What fun, Julia! I really enjoyed Cornelia Reads fun with covers, and I had missed Eric's very interesting post until you pointed it out.

If anyone wants to hop aboard and host the carnival, let me know. Meanwhile, the next carnival will be hosted by Mary Saums at Femmes Fatales around November 15th.

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Julia Buckley said...

To you too, Anne. :)