We are in a deep freeze here and I am sure George is too. Wow. Looks like it will be below zero several nights this week. It is only 4 degrees now. And it keeps doing that annoying lake effect snow so the ground beneath our feet is frozen. I was lucky enough to have some company this week including my son, Josh. Hadn't seen him since New Year's Day.
Still working on The Handmaiden's Tale, which is terrifying. Elizabeth Moss is a terrific actor though and she is surrounded by other talented actors. Watched The Dig, which was fun and rewatched The Whole Wide World--the one about Robert Howard--which is a strange film. I guess because it is based on Novalyne Prices' diaries and then her book it is kind of a narrow look at the man. As my friend noted, it lacked an arc that would have made it more dynamic. Still it was very interesting and well done.
Reading Elinor Oliphant for my book group. So many novels about quirky characters now--almost seems to have begun with A Man Called Ove of a few years ago.
What about you?
Coming Soon: Bullets and Other Hurting Things: A Tribute to Bill Crider - Rick Ollerman, ed.
From the Down & Out Books website:
In a career spanning nearly four decades, Bill Crider published more than sixty crime fiction, westerns, horror, men’s adventure and YA novels. In this collection 20 of today’s best and brightest, all friends and fans of Bill’s, come together with original stories to pay tribute to his memory. Authors include: William Kent Krueger, Bill Pronzini, Joe R. Lansdale, Patricia Abbott, Ben Boulden, Michael Bracken, Jen Conley, Brendan DuBois, Charlaine Harris, David Housewright, Kasey Lansdale, Angela Crider Neary, James Reasoner, James Sallis, Terry Shames, S. A. Solomon, Sara Paretsky, Robert J. Randisi, SJ Rozan, and Eryk Pruitt.
William Kent Krueger (Ordinary Grace, the Cork O’Connor series) brings us a story of romance and grift. Bill Pronzini (the Nameless Detective and Carpenter & Quincannon series) offers a taut episode of a midnight raid. Joe R. Lansdale (The Bottoms, the Hap and Leonard series) tells a tale of two hit men working through their differences. James Sallis (Drive, the Lew Griffin series) shows us how a deadly figure once helped out a man called Bill. Charlaine Harris (the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas series) reminds us to be careful of what we wish for. Sara Paretsky (the V.I. Warshawski series) shows how truly deadly a terrible storm can be.
These and fourteen more stories are offered here in the appreciation of our friend and colleague, Bill Crider. These stories were written for him.
My story has a sheriff much like Bill's although it takes places in northern Michigan. Hope I don't let him down.
This may be the best contributors I have ever been among.