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Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 32

February 16, 2009

This edition of the Carnival is the Ultimate Carnival. Not because the rides are scarier, the cotton candy fluffier, or the freak show freakier. No, it’s because it’s had its run and in Internet years it’s getting a bit creaky. It did what it set out to do – introduce crime fiction readers to a wide variety of bloggers who could point out some of the most interesting writing going on in our corner of the blogosphere. Every host put his or her own stamp on it, and those who followed it around the world a couple of times got to hear about interesting books and writers and be part of a worldwide conversation about the genre.

But never fear! There is an even better way to waste time discover fine blogging and discuss it with fellow crime fiction fanatics. A while back, one of the massive brains involved with Euro Crime set up a crime and mystery fiction room in FriendFeed – a social site for sharing links and blog feeds that is hard to describe but is a mini-Harrogate, a daily Bouchercon, a place where readers can swap links, information, opinions, and thoughts.Sign up for an account, fool around with the knobs and buttons, and join in.

Meanwhile – many thanks to all who contributed to this Carnival. It’s been a good ride.

photo courtesy of j.reed

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Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 21

September 1, 2008

Nobody can accuse Brian Lindenmuth of letting his cognitive surplus go to waste. He’s too busy finding and commenting on peculiar corners of the universe from his blogging balcony. He has rounded up a number of those unusual features of the world as we know it – and parts of it we never imagined – for the latest Carnival. And what a show it is! From interesting and bizarre images to celebrate the Carnival’s freakshow heritage, to real life stories that you wish you could make up, to stories you wish were fiction but aren’t, to art that imitates crime and watermelons that give nightmares. With a detour for a spot of techno-futures from Cory Doctorow and Clay Shirkey. (Who else but Brian in his balcony can seem at one and the same time to possess the glee of an eight-year-old boy and the intellectualism of a PhD in cultural criticism who’s had a drink or two?)

BUT WAIT . . .  THERE’S MORE!!!!

Write a piece of flash fiction starting with the inspiration of one of eight unusual images he has unearthed from the dark side. Brian will post them and a winner will be declared. He wants to ensure your cognitive surplus is fully employed. (I think Martin Cruz Smith may have already seen that floating woman – I swear she’s Arkady Renko’s mother.)

Be sure to visit his balcony for daily roundups of all that is odd and interesting (collected under clever referential titles worth the price of admission) interspersed with thougthful short essays that could launch the odd dissertaion or two.

Up Next: the Carnival will be returning to Ireland, where Declan Burke has found Crime Always Pays.

photos courtesy of Steve Rhodes and pink fish13

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 3

November 1, 2007

Julia Buckley has just opened the ticket booths and fluffed the cotton candy at her blog, Mysterious Musings. She points out interesting commentaries by Marcus Sakey, member of the Chicago Outfit (no, not that one) and Eric Mayer , co-author with Mary Reed of the Byzantine John the eunuch series on possible futures for books and publishing. Cornelia Read has some whoops! too late reading suggestions at Naked Authors (no, they aren’t really) – and much, much more!
Up next: Mary Saums will host the carnival at Femmes Fatales. Bloggers who wish to run away and join the circus may recommend posts worth including to Mary or to your humble archivist.

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.