OT: Sierra de Francia

Located at the southern end of Salamanca province and about 70 km from Salamanca, the provincial capital, the Sierra de Francia is one of the mountain ranges belonging to the Sistema Central. Its forested mountain slopes (alder, oak, pine and ash) rise over the Northern Castilian Plateau, marking the geographical limit of its southwestern plains (Llanura Salmantina). Most of this territory, together with the valley of Las Batuecas was declared a natural park under the name Parque Natural de Las Batuecas-Sierra de Francia in 1978. And together with neighbouring Sierra de Béjar it constitutes a Biosphere Reserve. (Information taken from Wikipedia).

Last Wednesday I went up to the Peña de Francia (1723 m) from La Alberca, by walk. There are 8 km only but there is a difference in height of 700 meters. Enclosed you can find the pics I took. At the top stands one of the highest Virgin Mary shrines of the world.

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Last Laugh Award

The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2011. The nominees were:

– Declan Burke for Absolute Zero Cool (Liberties Press)
– Colin Cotterill for Killed at the Whim of a Hat (Quercus)
– Chris Ewan for The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice (Simon & Schuster)
– Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood (Doubleday)
– Carl Hiaasen for Star Island (Sphere)
– Doug Johnstone for Smokeheads (Faber and Faber)
– Elmore Leonard for Djibouti (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
– L.C. Tyler for Herring on the Nile (Macmillan)

And the winner was Declan Burke for Absolute Zero Cool (Liberties Press).

I have AZC in my Kindle and I’ve scheduled to read it soon. Stay tuned.

Information taken from CrimeFest Awards.

Finalistas al Premio 2012 CWA International Dagger

La lista de los finalistas al 2012 CWA International Dagger Award son:

The Potter’s Field by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli (Mantle)
I will have Vengeance by Maurizio de Giovanni, translated by Anne Milano Appel (Hersilia Press)
Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Åsa Larsson, translated by Laurie Thompson (Quercus/Maclehose)
Trackers by Deon Meyer, translated by T K L Seegers (Hodder & Stoughton)
Phantom by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett (Harvill Secker)
The Dark Valley by Valerio Varesi, translated by Joseph Farrell (Quercus/Maclehose)

En esta ocasión están disponibles en castellano:

Pueden ver mi reseña de El campo del alfarero, Trackers y Phantom escribiendo el título del libro utilizando el botón de búsqueda / search a la derecha. Permanezcan sitonizados para ver mis reseñas del resto de los finalistas.

2012 CWA International Dagger shortlist

The shortlist for the 2012 CWA International Dagger was announced this evening at Crimefest. This Dagger is a competition for crime, thriller, suspense or spy fiction novels which have been translated into English from their original language, for UK publication. The six books in contention for the Dagger this year are:

The Potter’s Field by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli (Mantle)
I will have Vengeance by Maurizio de Giovanni, translated by Anne Milano Appel (Hersilia Press)
Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Åsa Larsson, translated by Laurie Thompson (Quercus/Maclehose)
Trackers by Deon Meyer, translated by T K L Seegers (Hodder & Stoughton)
Phantom by Jo Nesbø, translated by Don Bartlett (Harvill Secker)
The Dark Valley by Valerio Varesi, translated by Joseph Farrell (Quercus/Maclehose)

For additional information click HERE.

I’ve read 3/6, currently reading Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Åsa Larsson and looking forward to reading next: I will have Vengeance and The Dark Valley. Stay tuned.

OT: La Alberca (Salamanca)

La Alberca is a municipality in the province of Salamanca in the autonomous community of Castilla y Leon, Spain. With 1,105 inhabitants in 2003, it is situated at 1048 meters above sea level. you can find more information at Wikipedia. In 1940 the town became a National Historic Landmark.

I took these pictures last Wednesday.

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