Thanks to the fabulous Lavie Tidhar’s tweetstream, I learned a new term yesterday: UmlautPunk. Now, if you’re like me, when you read that word, you probably imagined something like the picture at right. But no, according to The Science Fiction Dictionary of New Criticism, it means:
a kind of thriller detective fiction featuring the use of ulmauts; sometimes referred to as “Scandinavian Crime”; usually features a) serial killer b) anti-Semitism / historical links to the Holocaus c) women as victims d) umlauts.
Jo Nesbo’s UmlautPunk novels sure sell a lot of copies, don’t they?