That’s a good thing, right? The word is being spread around the world. The shortlisted books will garner increased sales due to their notoriety. Everyone, publishers and authors will win.
Except there’s a catch with this particular version of the Arthur shortlist.
We believe what you’re about to see was translated into another language and then translated back into English by one of those online, automated translation sites. The results are often unintentionally hilarious.
Vicki alerted me to what was done to the novella category in which we’re both nominated (an honour to be nominated, especially alongside my old pal, Vicki). And congrats to Barbara, as well!
First here’s the original announcement:
Rick Blechta, The Boom Room, Orca Book Publishers
Vicki Delany, Juba Good, Orca Book Publishers
Ian Hamilton, The Dragon Head of Hong Kong, House of Anansi
Jas. R. Petrin, A Knock on the Door, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine
and now the translated site’s version:
Rick Blechta, The Improve Room, Orca E book Publishers
Vicki Delany, Juba Simply Proper, Orca E-book Publishers
Ian Hamilton, The Dragon Head of Hong Kong, Area of Anansi
Jas. R. Petrin, A Knock on the Door, Alfred Hitchcock’s Thriller Magazine
I love The Improve Room and Juba Simply Proper. What great titles. Vicki and I should have used them. From now on I’m going to use the services of Google Translator, run my titles through several languages and then back to English. I’m sure it will make my publications far more memorable.
You’ll also notice that our category went from “Best Novella” to “Greatest Novella”. That’s a huge improvement. However it’s not as good as the change in the category in which Barbara is nominated. “Best Novel” changed to “Absolute Greatest Novel”. That means if she wins, she will have written the most important crime novel ever. Holy Mackinaw! What an honour!!
Here are the links to both lists (the official one and the one we’re talking about). There are several more translational gems:
- From book and breaking by Vicki Delany (Not quite what she had in mind, I’m sure.)
- What the Sawfly by Frankie Bailey (A mystery about insects. A first!)
- None So Blind by Barbara Fradkin (She came through with flying colours!)
- Roses for a Diva by Rick Blechta (So did I!)
- Fatal Stroke by Sybil Johnson (Forget the artist crap and go for the gusto!)
- Ill Feeling by Aline Templeton (A bit wishy-washy for the title of a mystery I’d say.)
- Crossing Bitter by D.A. Keeley (Close, but no cigar, John)
- Hidden Heritage by Charlotte Hinger (Obviously, Charlotte picked wisely.)
- Wrong Hill to Die by Donis Casey (Must be a geographical mystery. Another first!)
- Werewolf Smackdown by Mario Acevedo (The magic in this title defied translation!)
And finally, just to show you how much computer translations have helped understanding in our complicated world, I present the second paragraph in today’s post translated into Spanish, then German, and back to English:
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See? Exactly the same! Err…