Via Debra Hamel, here is a podcast: Light On Light Through - Paul Levinson podcast about "how the extraordinary success of J. K. Rowling's novels refutes the view of some academics and critics that television, the Internet, and even texting on cell phones are making the world illiterate..."
This week's new reviews are up at Eurocrime, including mine of The Shape of Water, by Andrea Camilleri (thanks to Norm/Uriah of Crime Scraps for introducing me to this wonderful author). Also reviewed this week are Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie, The Last Resort by Carmen Psodas, and A Greater Evil by Natasha Cooper. As usual, Eurocrime features competitions, new author biographies and other news -- well worth a visit as I always write (and it is always true).
Via January Magazine, National Public Radio has announced that Selected Shorts is now available as a free podcast. SS features actors reading short fiction and the odd bit of non-fiction.
Guardian readers voted for their favourite foreign films, and the top 40 are listed here. Some surprises in the list. I imagine the omission of The Lives of Others is because it wasn't out in the UK when the poll was held. I can't think of any other reason why it isn't there.
Here is a review, on Mystery File, of Dead Dry by Sarah Andrews. My interest was caught by this part of the opening sentence: "Em Hansen, the detective of record in Dead Dry, is the new forensic geologist for the state of Utah...." I like the idea of a forensic geologist as a protagonist. From reading the review, the detective elements of the book are not as strong as the romance or the scientific lecture elements (water features, again), but never mind, sounds worth a try, given that the author describes herself as “A geologist who writes mystery novels about a geologist.”
Another review, this time David Montgomery on Invisible Prey by John Sandford, the latest in the Lucas Davenport series.
James is thankfully now back at New Tammany College after some weeks away, and here links to an article on "The McEwan Brand". Read that extract that James has highlighted. Scream!
Finally, Peter of Detectives Beyond Borders, in a typically original and entertaining post, asks for examples of the most outrageous blurbs readers have encountered. I can't call any to mind, though I know I have read plenty, but if you can remember any, please share with us in Peter's comments.