79Re: Digest Number 21
- Jan 25, 1999Joe Christopher wrote:
>Thanks for the listings. ---djb.
> From: Joe Christopher <jchristopher@...>
> > Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 12:40:45 -0800
> > From: Diane Baker <dianejoy@...>
> >Subject: Re: Digest Number 19
> >Joe Christopher wrote:
> >> From: Joe Christopher <jchristopher@...>
> >> Is anyone reading Sharon McCrumb's "ballad series" of (sold-as) mysteries?
> >> (They probably should be called her Appalachian series.) I just finished
> >> reading I think the fourth of them: _The Rosewood Casket_ (1996). It has
> >> the ghost of a child, a woman with second sight, and--oddest of all--a woman
> >> with a guardian angel who gives her moral advice in sometimes vulgar
> >> language. Typical of McCrumb's complexity, the latter woman starts out as
> >> something of a joke (in the presentation) and develops into one of the saner
> >> characters. I found the book very enjoyable.
> >> --Joe
> >Haven't read any of Sharon McCrumb, but she sure sounds interesting.
> She's best known in SF circles for her version of a fan convention, _Bimbos
> of the Death Star_--the title (inside her novel) is of a SF novel by one
> character (and authorial attendee of the convention), his novel being a hard
> SF novel given a sensational title by the publisher. (The person murdered
> in that mystery is another author--a combination of John Norman and Harlan
> Ellison, I judge.) She followed that novel up with another in the series
> about the SF author and his lover. Her main series for her financial
> support is another, which I've seen her refer to as "Jane Austen with
> attitude" (but I think they could be called humorous cozies equally
> well)--mysteries, modern in setting, with Elizabeth MacPherson as
> protagonist. I gather from the comments about her that the "Ballad Series"
> (above) are her serious work--although in the Jay Omega series (_Bimbos_ and
> _Zombies of the Gene Pool_), the second--badly mistitled by the
> publisher--is far more serious than the first. I've read only four of her
> books: _Bimbos_, _Zombies_, _Missing Susan_ (in the MacPherson series), and
> _The Rosewood Casket_. _The Rosewood Casket_ can hardly be called a
> mystery, although there are two people shot late in the book, one of them
> being killed. And it is the Ballad Series I will follow up on. I'll try to
> give a list of that series' titles one of these days here.
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