Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Edgar Award Winners

Is it any wonder that Amazon sells so many books?

I love links like this one listing recent Edgar Award winners and nominees, lists that are informative while, at the same time, making it so easy for me to spend more of my book budget, of course. Fans of mysteries, crime fiction, "fact crime," and biographies about writers of the genres will love this list.

The link covers the years 2002-2008 but there is a second link for the years 1954-2001.

Now I'm off to do some shopping...

14 comments:

  1. That is a pretty cool list. I have the list of the winners of The Agatha, Anthony and Edgar Award winners on my blog as I am challenging myself to read them all but it's neat to have a list of all the books that went up against the winners.

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  2. wow! no shortage of great books!amy, i have similar lists - nobels and newbery, a constant reminder :)

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  3. I was so happy when I heard that John Hart had won the 2008 Edgar Award. He's a Salisbury, North Carolina native like myself, and I just heard him speak a couple of weeks ago at a Friends of the Library Event at Pfeiffer University. He was a really entertaining speaker. I love recognizing places in his books that I see on a daily basis. I read King of Lies (his first book, which was nominated for this award)and really enjoyed it. I have Down River but haven't read it, yet. If this genre interests you at all, I highly recommend giving this new author a try.

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  4. We can never have too many lists of good books, can we, Amy? :-)

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  5. Aloireads, do you try to read books from lists as a goal? If so, are you a "completist" who wants to read every single book on a given list?

    I'd love to say that I've read all the Pulitzer Prize winners, for example, but I know that will never, ever happen.

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  6. Lisa, I read John's prize winner and thought it was quite good, if a tad bleak. It didn't paint Salisbury in a very good light but the way it was described was perfect for the intent of the novel.

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  7. hi sam. i am far from a "completist" but its great to just have some reference as what possibly to read next rather than wondering aimlessly and picking up any which book - those this has its own joys in itself :)

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  8. Well thanks a bunch Sam, by posting that link you have just blown my book buying budget for the month. Sigh. I'll just have to cut down on household essentials like caviar and champagne.

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  9. Amazon is very good at marketing themselves--that's for sure! I've not read any of the winners I'm afraid, so will have to check them out. Have you started/read the new Elizabeth George? I have it ready to go, though first will finish the Ngaio Marsh I'm reading!

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  10. Yeah, it's funny you mention that about Salisbury not looking very appealing from this book. Hart laughingly mentioned that at the event I attended. He said that he actually had people who would no longer speak to him because of his portrayal of the city. We've got our fair share of problems, but the people are really no different than anywhere else. Hart also said that people come up to him all the time saying that they know who this character or that character is modeled after. He insists that the characters are not based on any one individual.

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  11. Aloi, I've often wondered if it would be better to work from a reading plan rather than "wandering" from book-to-book myself. I suppose both methods have pros and cons but I'm not disciplined enough in my reading to follow a list to closely. I do enjoy seeing them, though, to pick up on some books I may have otherwise missed.

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  12. Sorry about that, Herschelian. :-)

    I do know what you mean about book budgets because that seldom works for me and I find myself trying to justify blowing the book budget by trading off with a non-purchase of some other item. I'll never learn...

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  13. Danielle, I've been so tied up with family obligations and work hours that I haven't been able to spend any time in a store since the book was published...and today is Mother's Day so it won't happen today either.

    Can't wait to get my hands on it but I might not read it right away. I kind of like to hold her books back for a while in anticipation of another great read.

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  14. Lisa, the Salisbury in the book is kind of a spooky place that would have most visitors looking over their shoulders all the time. It was a perfect setting for the plot but I doubt it is the Salisbury that you know and love. I can understand why city natives would react that way, I guess, but it's a novel after all...poor guy is losing friends over it? :-)

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