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Archive for December, 2011

Alafair Burke – Denise Mina smackdown

I recently read Alafair Burke’s Long Gone and Denise Mina’s The End of the Wasp Season. ┬áBoth authors demonstrated their skill at plotting, laying out complex story lines and clearly guiding us along them to satisfying conclusions. The Burke was a pretty straightforward mystery while I’d call Mina’s (a standalone outside her other series) more of police procedural.

At the end of the day, I have to declare Mina the winner in this duel I’ve invented. Her characters are complex, she understands the nuances of their relationships and observes how those nuances are expressed.

“As Gobby poured three plastic cups of water out, Bannerman turned back and smiled at the camera. It was too flippant for McKechnie–he shifted reproachfully in his seat,” and “It wasn’t the floor wipe McKechnie had been expecting. He had stopped looking at the screen and was checking the crease in his trousers.”

 

 

Martin meets Mormon

This in the December 16, 2011 Entertainment Weekly, from George R.R. Martin: “We went to see The Book of Mormon on Broadway. One of the actors recognized me from the stage and during intermission invited me back to sign his book.” I love this for so many reasons. 1) It marries my two passions of Game of Thrones and theater, 2) It proves the obvious: That Broadway chorus boys are, at the core, just a bunch of geeky 20-somethings and, 3) Martin scored some really good seats.