QUIBBLES & BITS from Deni:
Today's BITS is from Indiana. I'm visiting my daughter who lives in Granger, not far from South Bend. Last Saturday she and her husband attended the Notre Dame game (while I watched it on TV...but first I saw my school - Wisconsin - win big: GO BADGERS!)
Did y'all see the movie RUDY?
Saturday wasn't RUDY.
Notre Dame hasn't been doing very well this year.
So they decided to wear their old football team colours, icky green pants and yellow jerseys, from, I think, the Rudy era.
It didn't help.
In a weird way it reminded me of putting a different cover on a reprint. There are lots of those around. It's gotten so that I check the title page before I even read the cover blurb.
Except when I don't.
Last Tuesday I bought a book at the Seattle airport, on my way to Chicago. It had a bright shiny new cover. It even had one of those numbers, you know the ones I mean. Flaunted underneath the book in Hudson's book rack? Sometimes, just for grins, I'll switch books around so that Grisham becomes #9 and Koontz becomes #10 and Coben becomes #1. I always wonder if the store employees switch them back, but I never wait around to see. I usually have a plane to catch.
Anyway... I bought THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL by Philippa Gregory. It was #3. I began to read (in the air). It sounded familiar...
Title page: Copyright 2001.
Today I visited Barnes & Noble; we don't have the B&N chain in Canada. Just inside the door were remaindered books by Big Name Authors. I get no satisfaction from that. Well, I do, if the books are by Big Name Celebs (but I'll never admit it).
Cruising the mysteries aisle, looking for Dietz, I saw Cohen. Jeffrey Cohen. And you know what? He's right. SOME LIKE IT HOT BUTTERED *is* only $6.99. There was another woman cruising the aisle. I didn't pick up one of my books and pimp it. Instead, I held up Hot Buttered and said, "This is a great book. I've read it." I don't know if she bought it, but when I left the aisle she was looking at it :-)
And finally, According to police in Warsaw, Poland, novelist Krystian Bala might have gotten away with torturing and murdering a businessman in 2000 if only he had resisted writing about it in his 2003 novel AMOK. The plot had details that the police say could only be known by the killer. After further investigation, the police found several other ties Bala had to the crime, including the fact that the victim was Bala's ex-wife's lover (well, duh!)
In September, Bala was sentenced to 25 years in prison.