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Archive for May, 2013

Thu, May 30th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: The Light in the Ruins
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Our five-thursday month of mystery book trailers comes to a close with a little deskchair travel to 1950s Florence. Donna Seaman calls Chris Bohjalian’s The Light in the Ruins “an exceptional work of suspense rooted in the tragic aberrations of war.”


Wed, May 29th, 2013
Anthony Award Nominees 2013
Posted by: Liz Teahan

Bouchercon, the World Mystery Convention, and Booklist are proving the old saying “great minds think alike” to be true: not only has Bouchercon’s announcement of  their 2013 Anthony Award Nominees lined up with Booklist’s Mystery Month, the two also have mysteriously similar taste in literature: many of the Anthony Award nominated titles have earned starred reviews from Booklist.  Read on […]


Tue, May 28th, 2013
Reading the Screen: Doc Savage
Posted by: David Pitt

You might not know this, but before he directed Iron Man 3 Shane Black was developing a Doc Savage movie. According to this story at the Hollywood Reporter, the movie is back on. In case you’ve never met him, Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, is the pulp-fiction hero whose adventures were told, in the […]


Fri, May 24th, 2013
Agatha Awards
Posted by: Liz Teahan

We’re a little late in recognizing these Agatha Award winners, but, considering it is Mystery Month here at Booklist, we thought it would be a crime—a crime!—to not pay them some attention. Following is a list of the winners published in the calendar year of 2012, awarded by Malice Domestic, Ltd. to books best typifying the works of […]


Thu, May 23rd, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: The Bone Season
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Today’s MM BTT combines two of this month’s overarching themes: mysteries, (in case you’ve been hiding under a mossy rock), and our May 15th Spotlight on Sf/Fantasy. What doesn’t Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season contain, according to Donna Seaman’s review and Story behind the Story feature? The Booklist high-demand, starred review predicts many exciting things […]


Wed, May 22nd, 2013
Nebula Awards
Posted by: Liz Teahan

It may be Mystery Month, but our May 15 issue, Spotlight on SF/Fantasy, proves we have more than crime on our minds. And, in a case of cosmic good timing, The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. announced the winners of the 2012 Nebula Awards for outstanding sf/fantasy at their annual banquet this past […]


Tue, May 21st, 2013
The Mystery of the Missing Editor – Case Closed!
Posted by: Keir Graff

My absence last week was no mystery: I was moving, into an apartment that reminds me of Nick and Nora Charles’ in The Thin Man. I say this because it’s a spacious pre-war place, not (as a wisecracking reader suggested) because its bar is so fully stocked. (Mrs. Graff and I do enjoy a cocktail, but we have […]


Tue, May 21st, 2013
Reading the Screen: Ringworld
Posted by: David Pitt

Most science fiction fans have a favorite book they wish somebody would make into a movie. Mine is Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man, but for a lot of SF fans that book is Larry Niven’s classic 1970 novel Ringworld, in which a group of human and alien explorers try to uncover the secrets of an […]


Thu, May 16th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Lost
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Today’s Mystery Month book trailer might be better titled “(Everything but) Lost,” but I find it effective nonetheless. For the final book in Bolton’s Lacey Flint trilogy, St. Martin’s has squished together trailers for the first two books in the series (Now You See Me, Dead Scared) and popped in a frame at the end […]


Wed, May 15th, 2013
Mystery Month: Science Fiction Mysteries
Posted by: David Pitt

Here’s a brain teaser for you: in the far-flung future, a human detective teams up withan android to solve a homicide. Is this a mystery novel, or is it science fiction? The great thing about Isaac Asimov’s The Caves of Steel (1954) is, no matter how many times you read it, and no matter how […]





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