Sunday, June 09, 2013

I got Screwed at Crimefest 2013, plus DBB goes to Ireland

Above, Muiredach's Cross, 
Monasterboice, County Louth,
 Ireland. Below/right, Ha'Penny
Bridge, Dublin. Photos by
your humble blogkeeper

Eoin Colfer's Screwed, the second "adult" crime novel by the author of the Artemis Fowl series, Half Moon Investigations, and other Y.A. big sellers, was a welcome find in my Crimefest 2013 book bag.

A few chapters into this joke-filled tale about a dodgy nightclub owner in New Jersey, I'm finding much to answer anyone who doubts that jokes and crime are incompatible.

For one, the novel bids fair to tug occasionally at the heartstrings. For another, Colfer manages to work into the story funny jabs at "cool" American speech quirks. He's already made fun of über, reboot, and you the man. Nothing yet about thank you so much, reach out, and reference as a verb, but then, I'm just thirty-six pages into the book.

Meanwhile, enjoy these views from Colfer's native land.

© Peter Rozovsky 2013

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Blogger seana graham said...

I have both these Colfer books and am looking forward to them, especially now I hear they are funny.

June 09, 2013  
Blogger R.T. said...

As for "cool American speech," perhaps in your reading you will be spared the word "like," which has become an obligatory (nearly) every-other-word in speech by the under 25 crowd. Enjoy the land that Queen Elizabeth I hoped (but failed) to subdue. Odds, isn't it, that QE1's successors persisted in her folly?

June 09, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Seana, Colfer is one of the funnier writers you'll read, no matter your age. The opening of Half Moon Investigations is especially good.

June 10, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

R.T., like has been abrading the ear drums Americans intermittently at least since the 1950s. Some of its first utterers are probably well into their eighties now, and I wonder if they say things like "I'm, like, going in for a hip replacement next month."

June 10, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

R.T., the Irish don't muck like Oliver Cromwell, either, but Queen Elizabeth II did win props in some quarters for her visit here.

June 10, 2013  

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