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Spenser's Sneakers

What is Spenser's Sneakers?
Scope of Discussion
Reading
Posting
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, Old West marshal Virgil Cole and more, moderated by Gerald So.

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Scope of Discussion

We began in June 2001 with the idea we could explore Parker's works, his influences, and those he influenced for years. And so we have, our perspective only deepening as his estate and publisher continue his legacy.

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Reading

Only members can read and post to our discussion. Once you join, you can set your delivery preference to "Individual Email", "Daily Digest" (each collecting up to 15 messages), or, to read only from our Yahoo! Groups site, "No Email". We do not use the "Special Notices" setting.

If you wish to forward discussion posts off-list, please get the posting members' permission. Any member found to have forwarded discussion without permission will be banned.

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Posting

You can post to our discussion by emailing SPENSNEAK at YAHOOGROUPS dot COM or by logging in to our Yahoo! Groups site and clicking "New Topic" or "Reply" on an existing topic.

Yahoo! Groups and most e-mail programs automatically quote entire messages when you hit "Reply". 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 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.

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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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 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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