Monday, October 8, 2007

Karma Slap

The new issue of Bookslut is up, containing yet another scintillating Mystery Strumpet column written by your unforgiving host. This month, we turn with baleful eye to the topic of revenge in "The Payback," a rumination on karmic chameleons, ice-cold reprisals and the odd justifiable retribution, inspired by the title track from the 1974 James Brown double album and not the movie, thank you very much. The column considers the roots and consequences of bloody vengeance and more importantly recommends the fictional settling of scores in new books by Walter Mosley, Kevin Wignall, Tom Piccirilli and Chelsea Cain.

Elsewhere in the issue, Colleen Mondor indulges her love for all things Bradbury in "October Country," Melissa Lion debates whether Mario Batali is just one of a host of "Prissy Little Bitches" of the culinary world, Eryn Loeb takes on Susan Faludi's "The Terror Dream," and Liz Miller puts out the call for "Young Adult Adaptation Anguish". There's also other stuff, not least an interview with the celebrated Shalom Auslander about his new novel, and a rather disappointed review of Douglas Coupland's latest satire.

Elsewhere in the literary universe...

Susanna Clarke (Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) must be feeling much more sprightly these days, I'm very happy to see. She recently did a Q&A in London with Neil Gaiman and now she interviews Alan Moore for The Telegraph.

Here's a student project worth mentioning. A graduate student in the Netherlands has created a very cool videogame featuring full-motion video, a futuristic detective-ish storyline filmed in black-and-white no less, and a distinctly noir sensibility. And, go figure, it's free. You can watch the trailer for "Fate By Numbers" and download the game here.

Finally, in other science fiction news, I'm a little suprised to report that the planned film version of the classic John Carter novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs have gained significant ground with the announcement that they'll be produced - wait for it - by Pixar as a live-action project. I personally would have started with the Venus series, as Carson Napier and the pirate sensibilities and devious traps (the dreaded Room of the Seven Doors) always seemed more ripe for cinematic translation. Is Kerry Conran still on this thing?

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