Thursday, April 23, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions: Spenser's Sneakers

Moderator: Gerald So
G_SO at YAHOO dot COM

What is Spenser's Sneakers?
Boundaries of Discussion
Reading Spenser's Sneakers
Posting and Replying
Spoilers
Special Group Features
Service Advisories

What is Spenser's Sneakers?

A discussion of the works and legacy of Robert B. Parker (1932-2010), creator of Boston private eye Spenser, police chief Jesse Stone, female sleuth Sunny Randall, and Old West marshal Virgil Cole.

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Boundaries of Discussion

Many readers have formed strong opinions about Parker and his work in the course of his long career. As a member of Spenser's Sneakers, you agree to hear everyone's ideas.

Please keep personal disputes offlist. If you are unsure of a message's tone, contact the poster privately or email G_SO at YAHOO dot COM off-list.

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Reading Spenser's Sneakers

You must subscribe to read our messages as as individual e-mails, daily digests, or on our Web site.

Please obtain the posting member's permission to forward messages offlist. Any member found to have forwarded messages without permission will be banned.

Note: I do not make use of the "Special Notices" setting.

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Posting and Replying

Send messages to SPENSNEAK at YAHOOGROUPS dot COM or use the Post feature on our Yahoo! Groups site.

Yahoo! Groups and most e-mail programs automatically quote entire messages when you hit "Reply". In order to keep our messages and digests quickly downloadable for members with varying Internet access speeds, please quote only the specific points to which you are replying. Delete any extraneous text and and keep signature lines short.

If you have articles or interviews to share--instead of reprinting them entirely by e-mail--please quote or comment only on relevant passages, paraphrase, or send URLs where members may read at their convenience.

There are a number of writers onlist. I ask that they avoid impersonal BSP (blatant self-promotion, such as cut-and-pasted book release announcements, long signature files, etc.) and instead get to know the group and get involved themselves so they can honestly discuss their works.

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Spoilers

Spoilers are specific plot details that take the surprise out of reading a book for the first time (e.g. identity of the killer, death of a recurring character). Please include spoiler warnings on posts discussing new Parker books not yet in paperback. All other warnings are left to the poster's discretion.

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Special Group Features

Members are encouraged to add to our list community using the features below. When adding bookmarks, files, photos, etc., please notify me.

The Links section stores the following folders:

* Member Websites

* Other Media, treatment of Spenser or related themes in film, TV, music, etc.

* Post-Parker Authors, mid-70s to present writers influenced by Parker's Spenser

* Pre-Parker Authors, Parker's influences or authors using similar themes pre-Spenser

* Some Spenser Sites, perspectives on Spenser

* Spenseresque Story Sampler, online stories and excerpts featuring Spenseresque characters or themes

The Files section contains folders for member writing and Spenser's Sneakers promotional images, along with an explanation of who owns the rights to Spenser: For Hire.

In the Database section, you'll find the following:

* Something Like Spenser, authors/characters who may have inspired Parker's Spenser, or who followed in his tracks

* The Big Picture, members imagine a movie/TV series that will actually do Spenser justice

* Walking the Line, a critical timeline noting changes in Parker's style/the Spenser books

* "Watch Me, Watch Every Move I Make," Television/Movies involving Spenser or Parker directly

* "You're My Inspiration," movies, music, and TV shows with Spenseresque characters or themes

I've also put together a Web photo album of actors who've played Spenser, Susan, and Hawk, and various representations of Spenser over the years.

You may post live events (e.g. signings, book releases, programs) of interest to the group calendar.

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Service Advisories

I will post notice of Yahoo! Groups downtime and delays when possible. If I am unable to use the list itself, I will post to the group blog, Chatterrific. For other issues, you can check Yahoo! Groups' Official Blog.

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