Saturday, January 01, 2011

Best-of Updates (and a Brief Canadian Digression)(Or Two)

Many thanks to Stephen Blackmoore, who included 8 POUNDS in his "Best of Whatever" list over at Day Labor. Big thanks as well to Ian Rogers, who counted "The Well" among his Favourite* Reads of 2010. Both Stephen and Ian are damn fine writers, which makes their praise all the more rewarding. And the company both have put me in on their respective lists is humbling indeed.

*Yes, that's favourite with a u. Ian, you see, is Canadian. But we at _holm endeavor not to discriminate on the basis of silly spellings, love of Tim Horton's, or the preposterous notion that health care should be available to all regardless of personal wealth. Which is more than I can say for Blogger's spellcheck, which insists I've twice spelled favorite wrong.

UPDATE TO THE BEST-OF UPDATES: The lovely and talented (and somewhat hung-over) Paul Brazill pointed out in the comments that he included 8 POUNDS in his Top 13 Crime Books of 2010. Thanks, Paul! Now go take a couple aspirin, drink lots of ice water, and when you're up to it, power down some greasy breakfast fare. Always does wonders for me...

UPDATE THE SECOND TO THE BEST-OF UPDATES (MAKING WHAT -- FIVE UPDATES TOTAL? THIS IS ALL VERY CONFUSING.): The also lovely and talented (and to my knowledge, not hung-over) Hilary Davidson has included 8 POUNDS in her "Best of Whatever" list at Day Labor. Hilary, author of the flat-out stunning THE DAMAGE DONE, is also Canadian, though she elects to spell it favorite, quite possibly so that she can pass unnoticed among us. But to what end? I suspect a nefarious plot resulting in world domination. And if she nefariously plots as well as she writes, we may as well cede now, before her death-ray is fully operational...