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  •  Anit-Booker Prize (4+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29, hazey, Aunt Pat, scilicet

    Just as there is a Booker Prize in Britain, so there was an English sponsored Russian Booker Prize.  And hence was born the Anti-Booker prize, which was to be one dollar more than the Booker Russian Prize.  Sour grapes? or critics who thought the Russian Booker was a lot of flooey?  The Anti-Booker Prize lasted for a short time, 1995-2001, and was abandoned for who knows what reasons?

    Coronation, set during the beginning of the reign of Nicholas II, won the Anti-Booker, and is probably the one that I will read by Akunin.  Apparently it flip-flops some of the history, but sounds intriguing.

    Lots of good stuff in this diary, Susan.  From what you have posted about Akunin, and from the description of Coronation (the full title has a word which is mispronounced by a character in the book leading the reader to believe that this will be the last novel in the Fandorin series).  Nope, Akunin is playing word games, and I suspect I will not get half of the tricks he is up to in his detective series.

    And, of course, he has got me worrying about 16 sub-genres and 16 psychological types, but that only adds up to 32.  He's 10 short, in my opinion.

    Just waitin' around for the new Amy Winehouse album

    by jarbyus on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 07:57:01 PM PST

    •  10 short? In sub genres or psychological types? (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat

      The thought of 16 of either was enough for me.  Do you think there are 16 identifiable psychological types?  I wondered what he was basing that on, but I couldn't find any more on it.  And is he talking about bad guy types or all types.  Or is he pulling our leg?

      I plan on reading a lot more of Akunin just because I enjoy the way he writes and how I become so lost in the story that I forget the language.  Which says a lot about how effectively he uses it.

      Thanks for adding the detail on the antiBooker Award.  I too, was unsure why they established it unless it was to thumb their noses at the British for deciding their best novels.  Either way, it didn't last long, did it?

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Susan Grigsby on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 08:07:36 PM PST

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      •  Sorry, Susan (4+ / 0-)
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        Susan from 29, Matt Z, Aunt Pat, scilicet

        That last line was a joke about the number "42" in praise of Anton Bursch's diary, also posted today, about Douglas Adams and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

        I came up with 10 sub-genres only, so, yes, he is probably pulling our legs.
         

        Just waitin' around for the new Amy Winehouse album

        by jarbyus on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 08:46:31 PM PST

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