Susan’s Book Talk: mysteries, Buy a Friend a Book Week, and more on punks


First off, let me tell you that I’ve finished my first book for the Spring Reading Thing challenge: Linda Fairstein’s The Kills. I really liked it, so if you’d like to read it, you can get it one of three ways: by requesting it at PaperBackSwap, by mooching it from me at BookMooch, or by leaving me a comment here and asking for it. Be sure to leave me an e-mail address, if I don’t have an address on file for you.

My copy’s a hardback and yes, it’s registered at BookCrossing. I’d love it if you’d leave some thoughts about what you think of it.

Other stuff…

Barb at Front Street Reviews has asked me to tell you guys to check out a cool profile she’s done of Capital Crime Press. Two of their more prominent authors are the extremely funny Robert Fate (author of Baby Shark) and Troy Cook (author of 47 Rules of a Highly Effective Bank Robber). This feature is in conjunction with Small Press Month; don’t forget to finish off the month with some small presses!

Buy a Friend a Book Week is fast approaching. I’m going to do a small contest for it, so watch the blog for more details. But here’s a hint: anyone who e-mails me a scanned receipt for the purchase of Steven Lee Beeber‘s The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s will win a cool book from me. I’ll have other books to give away during BAFAB week, if only because I have too many here again and would like to get them moving through the world.

And while I’m talking about Beeber and punk rock, I’d like to once again put forth my willingness to review Clinton Heylin’s new book on punk. Babylon’s Burning. Not only am I curious to read it, I want to see how it stacks up against Beeber’s book. Now pushed back to a July release, I’d love to be part of some pre-publication reviews — and I’ll offer up Barb’s Front Street Reviews as a spot for which to post that review. Ain’t it great to have friends?



  1. Oracle

    March 25, 2007 10:08 am

    Good Afternoon ;)BR/BR/Come on then with the book teasing 😉 Where can I buy it ;)BR/BR/You where thinking of me this morning ?BR/BR/Good things I hope 😉

  2. Carmi

    March 25, 2007 10:09 am

    I need more time in the day and more days in the week to catch up on my reading.BR/BR/So much treasure to explore here!

  3. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 25, 2007 10:19 am

    Yes, Oracle, good things. Have no fear. And follow the links to buy the books!BR/BR/Carmi, you’re not the only one who needs more reading time. Did you see the list I’ll be attempting for the Spring Reading Thing? Oy!

  4. bunnygirl

    March 25, 2007 11:00 am

    You described Heebie-Jeebies as “dense” reading, which makes me hesitate to buy it for Dan, who is the household music freak here. He likes to read, but he’s also easily distracted.BR/BR/I’ll be interested in what you have to say about Babylon’s Burning. I’m always on the lookout for stuff that my ex-roadie will like. :-)BR/BR/(I’m assuming you’ve seen The Decline of Western Civilization? Dan considers it a nostaliga film, LOL!)

  5. karen!

    March 25, 2007 1:55 pm

    I’m having problems commenting today for some reason…BR/BR/In any case, I have a horrible case of Spring Fever right now. I have so many books to read (as well as two reviews that I am supposed to be finishing up this weekend), but I just want to run around outside soaking up that sun!

  6. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 25, 2007 2:05 pm

    bunnygirl, to me ALL nonfiction is dense. Yes, Heebies requires concentration, but it’s totally worth it. Also, Beeber writes with a really nice rhythm and once you fall into it, you’re hooked. BR/BR/Get the man the book. *grin* (just wait for the first week of April and send me your receipt so I can send you a prize!)BR/BR/Yes, Decline of Western Civ IS history. I ought to make the Tour Manager see it; I’m a horrible wife; he hasn’t seen Spinal Tap yet and we’ll mark our tenth anniversary this week!BR/BR/Karen, I think the comment problem is a Blogger thing. Go enjoy the weather; I’m watching the Pens beat up the Bruins and will bike back over to a friend’s house to retrieve my son in a few. Yep, I said BIKE. *grin*

  7. Wordnerd

    March 25, 2007 2:09 pm

    Wow — great stuff here! This will take me a few minutes of browsing, if you don’t mind my sticking around.BR/BR/Came to see you from Michele’s, since it looks like you got skipped!!!

  8. Karen

    March 25, 2007 2:18 pm

    Yep, the Pens are sure beatin’ up the Bruins today.BR/BR/My Red Wings clinched a playoff spot as of today! :+)BR/BR/Thx for stoppin’ by my place.

  9. colleen

    March 25, 2007 7:46 pm

    It’s the first of heard of it. I’ll have to check it out. michelling tonight.

  10. Barb

    March 25, 2007 9:00 pm

    Thanks for the mention Susan! You can use my site any time you want, of course!

  11. Rav`N

    March 25, 2007 10:38 pm

    Buy a friend a book week sounds really cool. I might give it a go.BR/BR/I’ve been piling up book that I want to read but haven’t found the time for over the last few years. Since the start of the eyar though, I’ve made a bit of a dent in that collection. I guess I must’ve made an unconcious resolution or something, because I suddenly seam to have founda lot more time to read.

  12. Robin

    March 26, 2007 4:00 am

    I haven’t read Heebie-Jeebie’s, but I had to comment anyway to say that every time I see that link I grin, remembering a VERY out of place deadhead kid in a tye-died skirt who showed up at CB’s to see meet a guy she’d met down the shore whose friends were in a band… (I think it was called Pagan Babies, they were opening up for Token Entry and some other band I’ve forgotten.) I (because of course this clueless twit was in fact me) hadn’t a clue what I was in for – my boss at the time heard I was invited to a show at CBGB’s and cracked up at the thought, but refused to tell me why, saying we’d talk about it after I got back. Fish out of water would not even begin to describe the experience… Definitely created a great memory though.

  13. Robyn Mills

    March 26, 2007 2:07 pm

    I’m trying to get through my TBR pile instead I’m adding to it. Thanks for the review, I’ll look out for it.

  14. littlebirdblue

    March 26, 2007 4:11 pm

    Looking forward to hearing more about BAFAB week! I like it!

  15. Sanni

    March 26, 2007 7:16 pm

    Ha! I´m @ West Of Mars and it´s NOT Thursday =)BR/BR/Is there any chance to get your book in Germany, Susan?

  16. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 26, 2007 7:43 pm

    Not yet, Sanni. I’m still searching for a publisher and all that. 🙁

  17. Amy Ruttan

    March 26, 2007 8:49 pm

    I’ve never heard of Buy your friend a book week.BR/BR/Hmmm, that sounds like a holiday I can get on board with.

  18. Robyn Mills

    March 26, 2007 9:38 pm

    Susan the answer to my question is up … it is not as easy as you think.

  19. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 26, 2007 9:39 pm

    Nothing is ever as easy as we think!BR/BR/I’ll be right over. Anyone coming along for the ride? (uhh, that’s you groupies I’m talking to!)

  20. scooper

    March 27, 2007 7:20 pm

    Can I just give a friend a book instead of buy? Of course it can’t be one of my favorites, but it’s the thought that counts, right? (My thought, get rid of some books.)

  21. Susan Helene Gottfried

    March 27, 2007 7:49 pm

    You’d have to ask the woman who originated the whole BAFAB idea if you can just give them away. I’m certainly going to, but that’s only going to be part of what I’ll be doing. The other part, of course, being the Heebie Jeebies fun.

  22. Sparky Duck

    March 28, 2007 10:57 pm

    more books. I am giving some away, yet I would love to read a new one. I would think you know how to find me

  23. cheesygiraffe

    March 31, 2007 8:31 pm

    Oh it’s that time of year again. Cool. 😉

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