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January 02, 2018

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Matthew

I don't think that means anything, but that you are an individual. Frankly, most of the guys who are obsess with telling other guys how to behave are often the biggest wusses. Men's Activists who spend all their time complaining which isn't very manly IMO>

Mark

I'm not going to judge you. Think of all the cozies I read. :)

Steve

I agree, Matthew -- I'm pretty jokey about it in the blog post, but I actually have zero patience for men who tell other men what "being a man" means. How's this for "manly"? I'll be who I want to be, and they can go %#@* themselves. I think even John Wayne would approve of that.

I know you've been a big booster of cozies for years, Mark, and I admire you for it. Cozy mysteries (like any fiction on the lighter side) is usually dismissed or simply ignored by critics, so hats off to the bloggers who take up the slack!

Andi

As a woman, I probably shouldn't comment. I'm probably way-off base! Please forgive.
I'm trying to understand what brought about this statement? Is it more of a joke than anything?
I'm a-typical as a female, not girly-girl, but am definitely delighted with my husband of 22 years who, in my opinion, is not a 'high-T'. I love his thinking, creativity, wisdom and guy-ness expressed through fishing, camping, building and racing slotcars, restoring a '72 Comet, his love for his twins, and wonderfully helping me around the kitchen anytime but especially at Thanksgiving and Christmas. He just cooked a turkey for the first time!
Birth order brings a lot to the table of personality. I'm the first born of 2 and he's the baby of 4.
Life interests are as individual as we are! Cool that you enjoy cozies!! What in the world is wrong with that??

Again, forgive my intrusion if I'm responding from right field.

Steve

Hi, Andi! My bad if my post was a little confusing. Yes, I'm mostly joking, but I'm also responding to a real split in the crime fiction community. "Cozies" -- light mysteries that shy away from graphic violence, sex and swearing -- have a predominantly female audience and are sometimes denigrated by fans of darker sub-genres (noir, hardboiled, etc.). I totally understand why cozies aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I also think some of the guff they get grows out of sexism and snobbishness. I don't know if this is much of an issue anymore -- I'm not as in touch with the mystery world as I used to be -- so maybe this was a totally pointless post. I guess it would be nice if it were!

Congrats to your husband on the turkey, BTW. I became our family's de facto Turkey Czar a few years ago, and I love it!

Matthew

The thing about cozies is they are suppose to include Agatha Christie. If you actually read Christie she's pretty cynical about human nature (particularly in books written between her marriages.) A lot more so than say a hardboiled writer like say Robert Crais.

I'm mostly a hardboiled fan myself but I don't believe in turning up my nose at anything.

Steve

I once had a friend tell me that classical mysteries (such as those Christie wrote) are all about "restoring the social order." The satisfaction in the end is supposed to come from seeing conventional society (a.k.a. "good") triumphing over aberrance (a.k.a. "bad"). I don't buy it for the reason you mention, Matthew: Christie was too cynical about human nature to believe that exposing one murderer would return the world to some idealized harmony. It's just fun to see a puzzle solved and a bastard punished.

And I'm with you: I try not to judge other people's preferences. People who live in glass houses (or, like me, love "Doctor Who" and the cheap six-packs from Trader Joe's) shouldn't throw stones.

Matthew

People who judge others preferences hate to be judged as well. There was a commentator I used to listen to who make judgements about others masculinity was a huge fan of musical theater. I was in my twenties before I realized there were men who liked musical theater. This was as much a cultural thing as anything: he was from New York home of Broadway; I'm grew up in Texas and Colorado where men really aren't interested in that. Still, he probably should have learned not to throw stones.

Eric

I think that your personality makes you and your stories more interesting. Giving your characters the same traits makes them more interesting and compelling too. No offense to your plots but Holmes on the Range books wouldn't be all that enjoyable if it was Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone instead of Gustav and Otto. (or maybe it would be if you like gunfights with unlimited ammo six shooters) Lets just say there would be less theorizing and more bar brawls. And before you ask, yes, I did google how to spell Arnold's name :)

Steve

[Still, he probably should have learned not to throw stones.]

So true, Matthew -- as should we all! It's one of the reasons I've been pretty quiet on social media the past couple years. There's so much negativity it stirs up my crotchety side. Fortunately, I *usually* manage to keep my big yap shut before I sneer something judge-y.

[No offense to your plots but Holmes on the Range books wouldn't be all that enjoyable if it was Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone instead of Gustav and Otto.]

No offense taken! My guys do tend to spend a lot of time talking, thinking, looking at stuff, then talking and thinking some more. I try to sprinkle in some action to keep things lively, but you're right: There's not enough boom-bang-pow for a Schwarzenegger or Stallone movie. Oh, well. I guess I can learn to live with the fact that Arnold and Sly will never team up as Big Red and Old Red! (If they did, they'd have to hash out who was going to be Big and who was going to be Old. That'd probably be a deal-breaker right there!)

Matthew

I generally stay off of social media. I'm no luddite but I'm pretty sure that facebook and twitter are two of the worse inventions ever made. People will say things on the computer that they would never say face to face. Not to mention being time wasters.

I downloaded and read your Dear Mr. Holmes collection and enjoyed it. I read some of the stories in Ellery Queen before, but they were fun to revisit.

Steve

[I'm pretty sure that facebook and twitter are two of the worse inventions ever made. People will say things on the computer that they would never say face to face. Not to mention being time wasters.]

I couldn't agree more, Matthew...yet somehow I end up wasting time on both Facebook and Twitter every day. I always tell myself "I'll just check for a sec to see if anyone said anything interesting," then half an hour later I'm still scrolling through vitriolic gibberish wondering how humanity has survived as long as it has.

[I downloaded and read your Dear Mr. Holmes collection and enjoyed it. I read some of the stories in Ellery Queen before, but they were fun to revisit.]

Thanks for downloading the book, man! I guess the internet's not totally evil, right?

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