Buon Natale 2012

Blake-Snowman-collinsThis 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.


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24 Responses to Buon Natale 2012

  1. le0pard13 says:

    What a wonderful year of writing, Sergio. Looking forward to what 2013 has in store. Well done :-).

  2. Jeff Flugel says:

    Happy holidays to you and your family, Sergio! One of the highlights of 2012 was getting to know you and your fabulous blog! Thanks for all the support in my own fitful efforts in that arena – it’s always much appreciated! I also really enjoyed being introduced to the many other fine mystery book (and assorted other) bloggers that frequent your site. Here’s to a fantastic, fun and fruitful 2013!

  3. Colin says:

    Hope you have a great time over the holidays Sergio! It’s been marvelous visiting here and having all those meandering and informative chats – I’ll miss that when you take a break next month.
    And thanks too for including me among that impressive list of bloggers.

  4. Hi Sergio, thanks very much for including me in your Hall of Fame Blogs – it’s a privilege to be featured here just as it was the year before. You have introduced me to some amazing books and films and concurrently to some very fine bloggers and I look forward to more of the same in 2013. I hope you have a great holiday season now and in January and a terrific year all through.

  5. Merry Christmas to you, Sergio. Here’s to another year of fantastic blogging.

  6. Margot Kinberg says:

    Buon Natale, Sergio! Have a wonderful holiday and I wish only the best to you and those you love. It’s been a true pleasure getting to know you better and sharing book suggestions. Thanks for the kind mention and let’s all hope for a good 2013.

  7. TracyK says:

    Merry Christmas, Sergio. This year of blogging (well I only started in February but it seems like a year) has been great for me, introducing me to so many blogs, new mysteries and authors, new movies or ones I had forgotten. Thanks so much for the mention here. I will use your list above to check some other new-to-me blogs out.

    I will miss you when you take a break in January. I hope you will be having fun.

    • Thanks TracyK – it’s been a great year but also a very, very busy one – I’ve got three more posts lines up and then will go to recharge the batteries in Jan and do the million and one other things I should be doing instead (like finding a new place to live). All the best.

  8. Todd Mason says:

    Mele Kelikimaka, Sergio, as my people don’t say (a lot would say Buon Natale…a friend, lamenting how she falls for Italian and English guys, replied when I noted that clearly I should be in contention as both Italian and English that I wasn’t enough of either)…thanks for the name-check, and for such strong support and consistently interesting contributions to Overlooked A/V and, for that matter, “Forgotten” Books…on which I’ll be riding herd again on 4 January.

    • Todd Mason says:

      Or, even, Kalikimaka…and it’s only been umpty years since I lived on Oahu…(going on thirty, the way I’m going on fifty…)

      Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

    • This is where I add a dirty joke about a little Italian going a long way, but I’ll resist! Thanks so much for the good wishes and for being such a generous host Todd – it’s really great being included in such good company. I’m going to post some forgotten(ish) book reviews over the next few days but will be taking most of January off as I start looking for a new place to live and all other manner of time-consuming activities! Cheers mate.

  9. Todd Mason says:

    And, hey, there’s always David Niven in CASINO ROYALE…I might be four years ahead of you, but we both have a ways to go to be as old as that Bond…or even Connery, probably about as old, in NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN…come to think of it, the latter-day Moore films…

  10. Happy Boxing Day, Sergio! (I’m always the straggler.) Hope Christmas was enjoyable for you. Enjoy your break from blogging. I think I have more fun visiting this blog than any other that I regularly read. Especially looking forward to your insightful film commentary every Tuesday in 2013. Hammer Film Productions rules!

    • Thank you John – you are a true gent – and next year some of the book reviews will be of titles that are more than a little familiar as I finally take a crack at the ‘Norris shelf’! All the best mate, have a great New Year.

  11. Mike says:

    Merry (belated!) Christmas, Sergio! I’ve loved the blogs here, I think coming across it originally because of your write-ups on some long lost Hammer classics, and I look forward to reading more of these in 2013. All the best, and I hope you and yours enjoyed the Christmas Dr Who, for me one of the best Yuletide editions they’ve done.

    • Cheers Mike – hope you are having a good bit of seasonal cheers. For various scheduling reasons (harrumph), the The Snowmen screening in my house has been postponed to this afternoon, but I am greatly, greatly looking forward to it. Lots more Hammer coming up and I really look forward to reading your comments and I also look forward to keeping up with yous Films on the Box – in fact, I think I’ll be heading over there right now …

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