This site began back in January 2011 and here we are, two years and 270 posts later and the year is almost up. What have we learned from the Blogosphere? Well, for one thing, WordPress and Google’s blogger software like each other a little bit more than they used to (which is a relief) and my TBR pile actually got bigger instead of smaller! Predictably, not having an e-Reader is proving less and less of a good thing … and I have now purchased a Blu-ray player to keep up with some of the classic movies being released in High Definition, in the knowledge that this is certainly the last of the disc-based formats. But enough of the bah humbug, there have been lots of goodies this year too …
I completed Kerrie 2012 Crime Fiction Alphabet Challenge and have almost completed Bev’s 2012 Vintage Mystery Challenge and am already looking forward to next year’s. I also anticipate remembering many more crime and mystery movies for Todd Mason’s Tuesday’s Forgotten Film meme and Forgotten Books for Patti Abbott’s memo over at Pattinase – thanks so much for making it so easy for us to participate!
This has been another good year for sharing opinions online and it was a special honour to have Howard Fast’s widow Mimi get in touch. It continues to be a real pleasure to be able to exchange views with such enthusiastic and knowledgeable authors as Margot Kinberg (an exceptional and prolific blogger over at Confessions of a Mystery Novelist) and Mike Ripley, for whom the word ‘indefatigable’ was surely invented and whose column ‘Getting Away With Murder‘ over at Shots is a monthly must. The books he is getting reprinted over at Ostara are truly worthy of being re-discovered and I hope to read (and review) many more in the coming year.
I love list-making and there is something very seasonal about it, so I just want to doff my hat to some of the many who have helped make 2012 so memorable for me – the PuzzleDoctor over at his In Search of the Classic Mystery Novel and the eponymous hostess of Mrs P Investigates (now a BBC radio star to boot) inspired me to start Fedora and I owe them tremendous thanks. Patrick from At the Scene of the Crime remains the most enthusiastic blogger imaginable – just imagine what he will achieve once he is out of his teens! Amazing fellow. I now have a dedicated a book shelf just for the suggestions made by John F. Norris of Pretty Sinister Books (sorry I couldn’t take part in your quiz this year), while Prashant at his Chess, Comics and Crosswords provides an always rich variety of materials and food for thought. TracyK of Bitter Tea and Mystery is a very busy blogger too and I really enjoy her reviews (even if I can’t always keep up with them all). When it comes to classic and not-so-classic movies, I always rely on the knowledge and passion evidenced in Colin’s Riding the High Country and new Dad Jeff’s The Stalking Moon as well as Yvette’s always refreshing … in so many words. Jeff Pierce’s The Rap Sheet is also utterly unmissable as are TomCat’s name-changing Beneath the Stains of Time and Pietro De Palma’s multi-lingual Death Can Read - along with Curt’s The Passing Tramp, Randy Johnson of Not the Baseball Pitcher and George Kelley they highlight the work of many unfairly neglected authors and continue to be a genuine education – thank you all.
This year I spent more time watching 50th anniversary Bond movie Skyfall than anticipated, going to see it a grand total of three times. But I’m glad I did because it brought home something to me – Craig is 44 years old, the same age as I am – and Bond will clearky never be my age again! So now, and forever, Craig will be ‘my Bond’. Conversely, Matt Smith is only 30 years old but the current star of Doctor Who has displaced Sylvester McCoy as ‘my Doctor’ in my heart because I have spent his entire ‘reign’ thus far watching in the company of my wonderful twin nieces, who loved him and the Ponds even more than I did.
I have a few more posts lined up and then will be taking a holiday from the Interweb for most of January but look forward to seeing you all again in 2013 for lots more Ed McBain, films from Hammer Studios and reviews of some of the many, many great books suggested by you all … Here’s looking forward to a great 2013 in very good company.