Friday, March 07, 2008

What's up

Charles here with today’s specials. We’ll start with a strong rebuke, move on to an even stronger recommendation, then a few observations, and close with some mild horn tooting.

First the rebuke – Mr. Blechta, you are launching a new book and you are not shouting it from the treetops? No sir, I will not stand for this.

The recommendation. Ladies and gentlemen, the latest Rick Blecta novel, A Case for You, is now available from RendezVous Crime. Rick’s books are the kind of books that book lovers love to read, filled with intricate, compelling plots, unforgettable characters, and writing that’s as strong and distinct as Canadian whiskey. They are pigeonholed as mysteries but that’s a mistake. They are also novels about music, about relationships and memory, novels where settings are characters, and the characters more alive than people you know. Like all readers, I have a limited amount of time to dedicate to books. Rick’s books jump to the top of the stack. And as a writer, I will admit I read authors who I would love to emulate, authors who amaze and inspire me. It’s like a magician watching a fellow magician – they know the tricks but, damn, how they did pull that off? I have pre-ordered my copy and I encourage you to do the same.

There, that’s better.

Now the observations

  • In this month’s Playboy there is a fantastic short article by Susan Jacoby, author of The Age of American Unreason. Entitled Zero-Narrative Nation, the article discusses the (irreversible?) trend toward aliteracy, the causes and the long-term consequences. It’s a concise piece (2 pages) and it does an outstanding job summing up the situation. It would be ideal for classroom discussions and book groups. Yes, it’s in Playboy, and if you promise not to make any snickering adolescent comments about reading the articles, I promise not to call you ignorant. It was Playboy that first published excerpts from Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451. Also in this month’s issue is an exclusive excerpt from Kurt Vonnegut’s last book, a short story thriller by Robert Stone, and a true crime piece on Indian Casinos. So there.
  • Folks on a yearly salary should get paid extra for working Leap Day. Yes, it makes no logical sense, but I wouldn’t say no to the cash.
  • To answer Debby's question (below) I am both nauseous and nauseated - as well as nauseating!
  • That 5-Hour Alert stuff you seen on TV works as advertised.
  • You can safely put on any album by the late blues singer Irene Reid and know that you are in for an exceptional time.
  • Band From TV, the band fronted by Hugh Laurie (House, Jeeves & Wooster) do a fantastic rendition of Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher.
  • It is quite possible to singe off an eyebrow when blowing out a candle.

Now the horn tooting.

Noble Lies is a finalist for Book of the Year (mystery) from Foreword magazine.


Debby (Deborah Turrell) Atkinson said...

Thanks for the heads-up on Susan Jacoby's article. I worry about the aliteracy trend, too, and I'm curious about what she has to say. Shouldn't be too hard to get my husband to buy Playboy, either:-)
And I need to get your latest book in addition to Rick's! They will probably be better reading than the Edgar nominees. Another post, but one I'm leery of putting on line.

Rick Blechta said...

Mr. Benoit,

The representatives of Richard M. (aka Rick) Blechta, author, hereby inform you of our intent to tender you a contract to promote his books. Further, we are advising you that all copy posted on Type M about his most recent novel, A Case of You, will be used by us to aid in the promotion of said novel. We will call your designated representatives to discuss remuneration (martinis paid for in perpetuity by Mr. Blechta whenever you meet), as well as any other perquisites deemed suitable as occasion requires.

I remain, yours truly,

Snarkley P. Sodbuster, Partner
Dewey, Cheatum and Howe
Barristers and Solicitors

PS We thought posting the link to the review was more than enough boasting.

PPS You're a shoe-in for that award. It is a TERRIFIC book!!! Congress should pass a law that requires every US citizen to read Noble Lies.

PPPS If this law came into effect, you would (deservedly) be making as much cash as Mssr. Patterson and not have to sell out!

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