Archive for the ‘the mysterious world’ Category

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 30

January 17, 2009

Julia Buckley is hosting the carnival once more at her blog, Mysterious Musings. In this installment she highlights sites that are bound to warm your spirits even if the weather outside is frightful.

She ranges from blogs that serve as the armchair traveler’s guidebooks to Chandler, to Dorothy Sayers – all in aid of pulling out out of our winter doldrums. And there’s a hint at the end of the post that a sequel might be in the works, so stand by . . .

Next up: We’re heading south again, to the country so famously founded by criminals (the ones that were left over after the future United States got its share) where Helen of It’s Criminal will set up the tents among her many exemplary crime fiction book reviews. She could murder a good mystery right now, or so she says.

Photo courtesy of DCSL.


Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 27

December 2, 2008

The Carnival heads north this time, to your humble archivist’s obsession Scandinavian Crime Fiction blog. This “enabler edition” urges readers to buy books, lots of books, and points out some thoughtful commentary on crime fiction around the world.

And if the “go ahead, you know you want to buy those books” argument hasn’t persuaded you on economic grounds, Ali Karim stands by with a stirring defense of the genre as the best place to encounter “life’s rich tapestry.”

Up next: the Carnival has a return engagement scheduled at The Rap Sheet. Look for it in a couple of weeks or so.

photo of fireworks in Iceland courtesy of iRon leSs.

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. 23

October 2, 2008

The Carnival has traveled to Mongolia, via Manchester, where at Michael Walters’ Shadow Walker blog, it has been transformed into a Wicked Wakes Fortnight. (And, while you’re there taking in the roundabouts and contests, take a look at what those dark Satanic mills look like these days – blimey!) Taking a leaf from Declan’s Big Book of Blogging, Waters considers the state of blogging and the strengths of the genre. In his view, “the best bloggers are doing an excellent job in giving credit to crime fiction. In turn, it seems to me, much crime fiction is doing a better job than its literary equivalent at writing about the world we live in.

He cites a tempting list of books, all of which have now been added to the tottering TBR pile. Then mentions several quality blogs, both by readers of discernment (Peter Rozovsky and others) as well as some by authors (you can’t beat Colin Cotterill‘s zany illustrations). But there’s certainly another fascinating blog to explore: before you head off to the next Carnival, be sure to explore our current host’s blog – you’ll learn a lot about a fascinating and little known part of the world.

Next up: We’re off to Norther Ireland, where the Carnival will be hosted by Gerard Brennan at Crime Scene NI.

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?)


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. 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. 5

December 3, 2007

irishcarnival.jpgFearadh na fáilte to the carnabhal – or something of the sort. My Irish is a bit rusty non-existent. Nevertheless, it’s time to celebrate the carnival as it sets up its pitch in Ireland, where Declan Burke holds to the capitalist belief that Crime Always Pays. Is this the Irish Tiger at work, or is he being metaphorical? In any case, he calls our attention to a couple of brilliant chroniclers of the Irish crime fiction scene – Critical Mick, who offers unruly reviews, and Cormac Millar who may have been a librarian in a previous life, given he provides a growing catalog of Irish crime writers.  Obviously, when the tourist board tells you there’s little crime in Ireland they haven’t been to a bookshop lately.  

This carnival also offers a sideshow of exotic bloggers who eschew the usual suspects and point the way to the best mysteries you may not have heard about. You’ll thrill to noir, Euro, continental, and Jordan-esque blogs, not to mention the amazing perpetual motion machine that keeps the Interweb spinning. See, too, a charming headshot of Peter Rozovsky, who has a brain the size of a planet. (I knew that, being a regular reader of Detectives Beyond Borders; I just didn’t realize he was green.) All in all, this carnival is a feast of international, independent, and indispensable sites for the insatiable crime fiction reader.  My RSS feeds runneth over.

Next up: Oyez, oyez, you are herewith presented with a subpoena – to join us in England as a Material Witness on or about the fifteenth day of the month of December. We’re serious about this. Or about crime fiction, anyway.

photo courtesy of red betty black

Carnival of the Criminal Minds, No. 2

October 17, 2007

rapsheettillie.jpgJeff Pierce at The Rap Sheet, who has been an enthusiastic barker for the carnival, now hosts a bang-up second event, a full three-rings (or more) of delights from all corners of the world. Along with introducing a number of blogs we’d like to be reading, there’s news here of new book projects, what webzines are up to, noir classics to remember, and what one Swedish writer does when he finds too much change in his pockets. Oh – and there’s also some essential kitchenware, thanks to J.D. Rhoades who is known to have a slightly warped sense of humor.

An then there’s Tillie – the happy face here who welcomed one and all to the Palace Amusements building, an indoor amusement park in Asbury Park, New Jersey. As Pierce explains, that structure is gone, but the mural was saved.

Tillie was a tribute, of sorts, to George C. Tilyou, the founder of Coney Island’s famous Steeplechase Park (1897-1964). He employed a similar grinning mug as the symbol of his trends-setting entertainment venue, which was renowned both for its half-mile mechanized horse race and, later, for its parachute jump, a fortunate transplant from the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Showman Tilyou conceived of his park as a place where everyone–young and old, male and female, wealthy and otherwise underprivileged–could find curiosities and distractions of varying degrees. A smörgasbord of delights. That’s not unlike what this Carnival of the Criminal Minds is designed to provide. So, while introducing our second entry in the series (Karen Chisholm hosted the previous carnival post at her Australian and New Zealand Crime Fiction Web site), let me also introduce our mascot for the installments that will appear in The Rap Sheet: Tillie.

The carnival packs up its gear and moves from the Left Coast to the Windy City, where Julia Buckley will host the carnival at her Mysterious Musings blog around November 1st. If you know of any sideshow acts or death-defying blog posts, let her know – or drop a line to the 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.