- I'd forgotten that Mark Twain wrote a mystery novel with Tom Sawyer as the detective until Joe Hilliard recently reminded me of it. It's called, oddly enough, Tom Sawyer, Detective and you can read it online for free.
- Every time Ed Gorman writes a new column for Bookgasm, my reading list gets longer. This time it's because of his recommendation of Mystery Scene magazine, which Ed describes as "the pre-eminent news and feature magazine of the mystery field. Hard-boiled or cozy, old novels or new, movies, audio, TV … whatever aspect of mystery fiction interests you, you’ll find it in Mystery Scene. And presented in a package that’s professional, easy to read and worthy of design and layout awards." I'm getting a subscription.
- Bookgasm also has an interview up with horror/suspense writer Gary Williams who's apparently having a lot of success with a self-published trilogy about "two friends ... who uncover ancient artifacts – tools – in Florida, which are integrated into local history and ultimately linked to the Old Testament." Williams says that "the tools, however, have been contaminated and their ancient purposes mutated. As other forces seek to gain their control, the underlying purpose as to why the tools have been discovered in the present day leads to a startling revelation." He also says that reviewers are comparing him to Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, with some Stephen King thrown in.
- Wow. I much prefer the cover to the British adult version of the new Harry Potter book. There's also some extra text on the flaps that tell a bit more about the story: "Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety, and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him...
"In this final, seventh instsallment of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been so eagerly awaited. The spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges, twists and turns at a breathtaking pace, confirms the author as a mistress of storytelling, whose books will be read, reread and read again."
- I don't know how I forgot to post about this yesterday, but here's all the info on the Star Wars stamps and other mailing paraphernalia that the post office has. I've found the Artoo mailbox in Saint Paul, too. As soon as I can get over there with a camera, I'll get a picture of it.