Archive for the ‘Australia’ Category

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 31

February 1, 2009

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.

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 29

January 1, 2009

Kerrie of Mysteries in Paradise ushers in the new year with a “murder in the outback” carnival theme. She points out (with appropriate video accompaniment) that Australia may be uniquely suited to murder – having a harsh climate, hardy roots transported in convict ships, and heroes who range from sheep thieves to the bushranger who was hanged for murder and gave his name to the country’s highest mystery writing honor, the Ned Kelly Award.

The acts that follow constitute a veritable graduate seminar on Australian crime fiction, specifically away from the populated coasts and into the outback, from colonial days to the present, a particularly fertile and exciting time for Australian crime fiction. The recommended authors and books come from the Oz Mystery Readers group – one of the grassroots efforts by avid readers down under to promote and sustain the genre. Included in those efforts are the wonderful AustCrime website and Daniel Hatadi’s Crimespace. I doubt there is a more dedicated and tech-savvy community of crime fiction fans anywhere else in the world. Readers everywhere owe them a debt of gratitude.

Up next: The Carnival returns to Julia Buckley’s blog, Mysterious Musings around the middle of January.

photos courtesy of nickherber and anniemullinsuk.

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 26

November 17, 2008

Nothing like a pleasant summer day for a carnival. And since there isn’t one on offer in the northern hemisphere, let’s head south to Karen’s place, pull up a hammock and see if she has some of her fine cider on hand. In a way, we’re coming full circle, since Karen hosted the very first carnival at her marvelous site, AustCrime.

This time, she points out lots of sites worth exploring. Some offer short fiction, and others a running commentary on crime fiction in Australia, New Zealand, or Africa.

And she has her fingers crossed for Peter Temple, whose brilliant book, The Broken Shore, is up for the Martin Beck award this year. (Uriah has the entire rundown at Crime Scraps.)

Which is a nice segue to where the carnival is going next. Pull on your boots and parkas, we’re headed to the archivist’s own Scandinavian Crime Fiction blog.

Photo of yet another slightly odd Australian carnival ride courtesy of robstephaustralia.

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 19

August 1, 2008

We’re staying in Australia for this edition of the Carnival. Damien, of the Crime Down Under blog, and founder of the Australian Crime Fiction Database, invites one and all to sample the delights of Australian contributions to the genre. (Intriguingly, many of them seem to be set in other places – Thailand, Africa, and the wilds of Boston.) He also gives Daniel Hatadi a pat on the back for the crime fiction social-networking hangout, Crimespace, and to all those who contribute to AustCrimeFiction for their fine work promoting the genre.

While we’re talking about Australia, let’s also take note of the first annual Crime & Justice Festival, held recently in Melbourne and blogged about by Angela Savage, Helen (check out her haul!), Boomer, Sunnie (check out her haul, too!) and Karen. Sounds like a highly successful blend of fact and fiction – and a good excuse to make a trip down under, if you need one.

Next up: we’re heading to the other side of the world to the Minnesota home of Neil Anthony Smith and his Crime Dog One Virtual Dive Bar, where the Carnival will resume it’s previous schedule and reconvene around August 15th. If you would like the Carnival to visit your dive bar, please let the archivist know.

photo of a Melbourne carnival courtesy of Scootie.

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 8

January 15, 2008

munster1540.jpgPeter Rozovsky, with a planetary interest in crime fiction, and a rather greenish brain the size of a planet (just scroll down a bit for the official portrait), is hosting an international edition of the Carnival, providing a veritable Baedeker of blogs that cover the crime fiction globe – molto Italiano, German, Mongolian, more German, Finnish, quite a bit of Australian and a good sampling of Irish as well.

And no excuses for those with limited language skills. The recent renaissance of crime fiction in translation is expanding English readers’ horizons. The sun never sets on crime fiction, and Peter’s Detectives Beyond Borders blog is a fine place to map out your next exploration.

Up next: crime fiction hits the spot at Crimespot, which will be hosting the next carnival close to Groundhog day.

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No.1

October 1, 2007

It’s starting! The first carnival is being held in Australia and, most appropriately, introduces a number of blogs and bloggers who focus on what’s up in Australia and New Zealand. There are many good crime fiction things happening down under, and some interesting experiments (including Daniel Hatadi’s popular Crimespace community). You can keep up by reading Karen’s blog – or by exploring the vast and wonderful Australian and New Zealand Crime Fiction site where you can not only read about the genre, you can write it – a collaborative serial novel is in the works and you’re welcome to contribute a chapter.

Visit Australia, where the tectonic plates of crime fiction and technology collide in the most interesting ways.

Next up: Our next host, The Rap Sheet, is a must-read blog where J. Kingston Pierce has generously offered to hold the second carnival around October 15th. If you see some exceptional writing in the form of a blog posting, let him know – or tell me and I’ll pass it along.