Friday, August 29, 2008

More criminal thoughts...

...of the blogging kind.

A few more crime related blogs I've discovered via other people's blogs, (ie. I've been internet surfing when I should be writing)

Mysteries in Paradise. In this instance, paradise happens to be in Australia, you know, that little island across the ditch.

AustCrime. Australia has a large and vibrant crime writing community (it would be sooooo easy to make a joke here). This site is a great portal to crime writer websites, and they have a page devoted to New Zealand too.

Detectives Beyond Borders is a favourite I've mentioned before, as is Euro Crime.

This last one has nothing to do with crime, but is fun for map-a-holics (cartographoholics?) Strange Maps which has maps of everything from soda vs pop in the USA, to fictional countries, to the cannibal map of the world. Food for thought.

8 comments:

Peter Rozovsky said...

I thank you for the mention, of course, but my favorite part of your post was the reference to Australia as "that little island across the ditch." How do the two nations regard each other? Do friendly rivalries exist? Jokes and stereotypes at one another's expense?

And thanks for the "Strange Maps" site. That looks like a lot of fun.

Mmm, if you enjuoy finding odd and interesting sites, perhaps you could volunteer to host Carnival of the Criminal Minds. Might be some good publicity for your site, too.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/

Mary McCallum said...

Sold a copy of Overkill today! A woman who didn't know exactly what she wanted but showed a tendency towards crime fiction couldn't resist. The cover got to her (she recognised the place) and was chuffed to find it was crime fiction written in NZ!!! Hopefully she'll be back for Vanda Symon Mark II.......

Mary

Vanda Symon said...

Peter, there will always be rivalries between Australia & NZ. It's a point of pride on both sides of the ditch. There's a longstanding sporting rivalry, particularly in rugby.

On the literary front, I don't think there is a rivalry, but there seems to be a mutual lack of exposure, which is frustrating. Via the internet I see all these amazing Australian writers, crime fiction and otherwise who we never see in the book shops here, or hear of, unless they're world best-sellers. The same seems to apply in Australia with NZ fiction.

I wish there was a lot more trans-Tasman co-operation when it came to books!

Hadn't even considered the Carnival of the Criminal Minds, or thought they'd consider me!

Vanda Symon said...

Good on you Mary! The lovely folk at The University Book Shop have been recommending my books too, and have had a number of people buy both.

Music to a writer's ears.

Peter Rozovsky said...

I'm surprised to learn about the mutual lack of literary exposure between Australia and New Zealand. I wonder why that lack exists.

Hosting the Carnival would let you give NZ crime fiction some exposure. I know Barbara Fister, who runs the Carnival is looking for a few new hosts. You ought to write to her.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
http://detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/

Joanne Ganley said...

Hi Vanda,
read The Ringmaster in one sitting of course. It got exciting at the end. Loved it! Hubby's turn now. When are you going to finish Containment? Just kidding...Look forward to it.

Kerrie said...

Thanks for the link Vanda. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Kerrie said...

BTW - I've added you to my "blog roll"