Surf’s up! Helen of It’s Criminal decided to host the Carnival on the beach this time, realizing that the three-score preceding carnivals had a shocking lack of something essential: buff Aussie blokes. She has taken up the challenge and made sure that her episode of this traveling celebration of crime fiction blogs is not lacking in the buff-Aussie-bloke category. She also notes that it’s uncommonly hot down under. No kidding.
But this carnival isn’t all about hoisting a Foster’s and throwing another shrimp on the barbie. For one thing, the Australians I know have better taste in beer, and shrimp is incredibly expensive down under. These things I know by being part of the very international crime fiction community that spans the globe, communicates via the Internet through multiple forums and, incidentally, has generously hosted the carnival.
Helen points out some new blogs by familiar names – Reg Keeland, translator of the phenomenon known as Stieg Larsson, and Sara Paretsky, for whom blogging seems the perfect blend of the political and the personal. Thanks to Mack, she also uncovered a trove of auido files for the crime fan. And there’s more, much more. Take a look, and then browse through Helen’s wonderful book reviews while you’re there. You won’t run out of things to read, either via blog or by the printed page. Nor, for that matter, will you run short of buff Aussie blokes.
photo of the “surf carnival” (no kidding) courtesy of Roger Oz.