Wednesday, July 28, 2004

OK, I'm Game

Thanks for wasting my time again with this nonsense. How could I resist?

What Video Game Character Are You? I am a Gauntlet Adventurer.I am a Gauntlet Adventurer.

I strive to improve my living conditions by hoarding gold, food, and sometimes keys and potions. I love adventure, fighting, and particularly winning - especially when there's a prize at stake. I occasionally get lost inside buildings and can't find the exit. I need food badly. What Video Game Character Are You?

Monday, July 26, 2004

Plots With Guns - the UK Edition

The latest edition of PWG is now live. Sarah has been working behind the scenes in putting together this issue which features excerpts from new novels by Ken Bruen and Ian Rankin.

For the second UK edition, I would like to request a few stories from some of my favorites authors ....Ray Banks, Donna Moore and Kevin Wignall. Hey, it's worth asking for!

Thanks to Sarah for the heads up.

The Rap Sheet

The latest edition of January Magazine's Rap Sheet in now live. This wonderful synopsis of the mystery world is edited by Jeff Pierce. Our lovely and talented friend Sarah Weinman has a review up, Heart of the Hunted. Also featured is a review of Kevin Wignall's latest book For The Dogs by Jennifer Jordan, a very nice review if I may say so!

Lono Waiwaiole - Wiley Returns!

As mentioned in a previous post I had the pleasure of spending an hour with one of the more exciting new talents on the mystery scene today, Lono Waiwaiole. He was in Glendale yesterday at Mystery and Imagination signing his second novel Wiley's Shuffle.

This tour started off in Portland on June 24th and worked its way as far east as Illinois and then back west via the south. By the end of next week Lono should be back home in Hawaii for a little rest. He is currently working on book number 3 tentatively titled Wiley's Refrain. He promises the usual cast of characters are back in book 3.

We discussed his academic life of a teacher and he has informed me that he has resigned his position teaching English to concentrate full time on his writing. In fact he has completed more writing while on tour than he did during the last school year.

Earthquake Weather - The Book

Saturday morning  I woke up to a small 4.3 tumbler a few miles north of my house at 5:55 AM. I went down the hall to check on the kids who managed to sleep through the morning disturbance. On my way back down the hall I glanced at my wall of books and was grateful that none of them bounced off the shelves. I did think about one book in particular, Lee Lankford's Earthquake Weather. Then Sunday morning I was up early, as I usually am, and went outside to collect the Sunday papers and found the Los Angeles Times Book Review. On page 2 was Tom Nolan's excellent review of Lee's book. Nolan nailed the book right on the head. I would link his review here, except you have to be a paying subscriber to the LA Times to get behind their firewall.

Later in the day I went to Glendale to see Lono Waiwaiole at Mystery and Imagination, and what did I see front and center in the store - Earthquake Weather!

If you haven't read Earthquake Weather yet, you need to read this wonderful story with an insiders view of Hollywood and the movie business from someone who has been there.

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