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May.27.2010
Malcolm Muggeridge (an old English literateur) once said that George Orwell “was no good as a novelist, because he didn’t have the interest in character.” Well, I didn’t need to tell you who George Orwell was, so you may doubt the judgment of the largely forgotten Muggeridge. But I think he was...
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Feb.18.2010
Some authors exude the pleasure of reading and writing (and, believe me, when you meet them, you’d be surprised how many just don’t.) J. Sydney Jones is such a man, with a breadth of writing experience in different genres that’s deeply impressive and carries with it an obvious love of his craft....
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Feb.08.2010
The Campaign for the American Reader blog empire's flagship is the Page 69 Test. The premise is this: open any book to page 69; if it grabs you, that's a better indication of whether you'll enjoy the book than simply reading the opening page. Try it on a book you like (and one you don't), it...
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Feb.07.2010
Crime fiction blog The Rap Sheet runs a weekly feature asking authors to write about a "forgotten" book that merits new attention. This last week the blog's editor asked me to suggest a book. I wrote about Georges Simenon's "The Saint-Fiacre Affair" (aka "Maigret Goes Home...
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Feb.02.2010
Crime writer J. Sydney Jones has set up an interesting new blog called Scene of the Crime. He aims to interview authors about the impact on their writing of the location and also about the sense of place in their novels -- usually from far-flung countries. This week he features me on my Palestinian...