Sunday Salon 2009-10-18: Week in Review

Books Then and Now

The two books I finished this week were The Unorthodox Murder of Rabbi Wahl by Joseph Telushkin and Ann Cleeves’ White Nights. Both were above average reads and each offered something unique.

My current reads are all thanks to you, my fellow book bloggers. Last week I asked for audio book recommendations and all the suggestions I hadn’t already read are now waiting patiently in my audible wishlist (I have an account which allows me two downloads per month). Belle of Ms Bookish was so passionate about Chris Grabenstein’s John Ceepack novels narrated by Jeff Woodman that I started listening to the first in the series, Tilt-a-Whirl, immediately.  My current print book, Åke Edwardson’s Frozen Tracks was also recommended by a book blogger: Maxine from Petrona whose review is at Euro Crime. I wouldn’t have chosen either book for myself based on the blurbs alone but I’ve grown to trust my favourite book bloggers and so have been rewarded with two very different but thoroughly enjoyable reading experiences. Lucky me.

I’m not sure what I’ll read next. There are more than a hundred books on my TBR pile but none are screaming at me especially loudly just yet although I suspect it’s time for something Australian.

Arrivals and Departures

Rarely for me this week I have maintained the status quo. I didn’t acquire any books or dispose of any. But before you all congratulate me for my restraint I should declare that I did do some online shopping this week and expect my orders to start trickling in soon. I blame the global financial crisis which has done terrible things to everyone’s economy but ours which means that our little Aussie dollar buys a heck of a lot more than it used to and I’m making hay while the sun shines. Oh and I’m very (very) weak.

Link Fest

I haven’t spend much time online this week but a couple of reports about the multitude of awards handed out at the annual Bouchercon caught my eye:

  • I’m sure it’s lovely for the authors and publishers to have so many chances to win something but some of the categories have baffled me. The Barry Awards gave an award for Best British Novel which was won by Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (written by a Swede, set in Sweden) from a field of equally non-British novels. What’s the point?
  • I also noticed that there was an Anthony Award for Best Cover Art, which was also won by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I don’t find the US cover art (which won the award) nearly as striking as the UK/Aust cover sitting on my shelves. What about you?
US TGWTDT

US TGWTDT

UK TGWTDT

UK TGWTDT

Just so you know The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo also picked up Best First Mystery (Macavity Awards voted on by members of Mystery Readers International) and Best First Novel (Anthony Awards which are voted on by the convention’s attendees).

…and one more thing

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Nothing to rant about this week but I would like to announce that I finally did the draw for winners of the Aussie Author Giveaway #2 (yes I know I’m slack). Margot Kinberg and Maggie Mason have won copies of PD Martin’s Body Count while Ann in Ottowa will be receiving a copy of Brian Kavanagh’s The Embroidered Corpse. I have more signed copies of PD Martin’s books for next month’s give away as well as some other titles so please come back on the first of November to enter.

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7 Responses to Sunday Salon 2009-10-18: Week in Review

  1. Kerrie says:

    I’m sure your recipients will like their prizes. I really disliked the UK cover of TGWTDT – it took me several moments there was a dragon under the letters!

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  2. How exciting, Bernadette!! Thank you : )! And how kind of you to have this giveaway : ).

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  3. Cathy says:

    I just finished reading Tilt-a-Whirl and can add my vote to Belle’s. I’ll definitely be reading other books in that series.

    I also much prefer the UK covers to Larsson’s books over the US covers.

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  4. Dorte H says:

    Like you, I find it odd and ironic that a Swedish book can win in that category. Well, I guess if it had been a Danish book of mine I wouldn´t really mind, but still …

    And the UK covers are much better than the American ones which seem fairly pointless.

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  5. The Larsson books are on my wish list!

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  6. Louise says:

    The Larsson books are great reads, but yes, weird to win in that category.

    Bernadette – I am furiously buying loads of books online from UK since the Sterling went down, and I am contemplating going to the bank and speculating in a couple of handfuls of US dollars since its so low and who know, I may be going to US and then I will get so much more for my money. In Denmark, we are unable to purchase from US-sites though due to taxes and duties. But I know what you mean. Even though its recession and all that, its great to finally be able to afford some stuff!

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  7. Jovenus says:

    The UK covers are much better than the American one definitely. Not just this book, but for most books! All you have to do is compare book editions between the British and American editions in http://www.shelfari.com you will see the difference. (I don’t think I am being particularly biased 🙂 )

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