Apologies for the minor systems failure over the weekend. My web guru located the gremlin in question, drove it out to an abandoned industrial site and disposed of it.
In the meantime, I have blogged thrice at Amazon.com.
The first post talks about my transition from being a bookseller to being a book writer.
The second talks about the links between crime and fantasy fiction:
Taxonomically speaking, we could go back all the way to Poe in order to witness a well-executed combination of both these genres. For me, fantasy and mystery are still today so intrinsically intwined, but not in obvious ways. In both genres, the reader surrenders their mind, escaping into a fairly improbable scenario. In both genres there is a local environment (geography and community) which needs to be explored for the novel to work. Much of modern crime fiction thrives on exotic flavours–see the Scandinavian crime movement, taken to its current apogee by Stieg Larsson–and readers enjoy experiencing these unfamiliar locations. And some might argue that fantasy is itself a form of mystery, though one of aesthetics–there is much that the reader desires to investigate in a bizarre world; and surreal images can be so very alien to us that they provoke our most primitive senses of exploration, of discovery. Of needing to understand what is going on.
And finally, I recommend some genre books to mainstream readers, and vice versa.
Feel free to leave a comment or two, and let me know what you think of my ramblings. Thanks again to Jeff VanderMeer for the great opportunity to post there.