Friday, February 27, 2015

J.D. Rhoades Will Be Happy


Devil's Dust by J.D. Rhoades. When Rhoades isn't posting on Facebook he is lawyering. When he's not lawyering he's writing novels. When he's writing novels he's writing this from page 215, "If I go in there,' Keller said, 'What Are you going to do?"

Easy Death by Daniel Boyd. I read this book and enjoyed it. Bill Crider read it too.  Armed robbers in 1951 Ohio battle a blizzard.

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King. Dreaming of spies, or spies who are dreaming?  Let's see what page 57 has to say about it, His search left Holmes, as one might expect, unconvinced. Well, that clears up nothing.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. A popular book group book. So, I bought a copy.

The Walking Dead, Volume 22: a new beginning by Robert Kirkman.  I have not watched the show past the first few episodes of season two.

You Could Be Home By Now by Tracy Manaster.  I think this is about a miscarriage. The dustcover is unclear.  Page 191 says, It should have been.


What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. and John Holdren. Replacing an older edition. This yellow cover will not age well.

The Homeschooling Handbook by Lorilee Lippincott. Another replacement of an old edition.

No-Drama Discipline by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.  I think I ordered this off an online recommendation. Or not.

Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. An older book but Ramsey's advice is popular.

Body Sculpting Bible for Women: workout journal by James Villepigue and Hugo Rivera. This series has been going for over a decade and is still popular. The women's versions check out more than the men's so I bought this one.I should have skipped buying this since it is designed as a journal for a single user to record their progress. Over half the pages are blank forms.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oops, Missed One


If I Fall, If I Die by Michael Christie.  I feel bad about missing this book in my last post. I go on record with my deepest apologies to Mr. Christie. It is well know that he is not only a great author but a great man.

  • It's no surprise that Mr. Christie is often referred to as "the greatest living writer in that house over there."  
  • Mr. Christie's touch has been documented as a possible cure for Poison Oak.
  • A casual glance by Mr. Christie can turn a sad dog happy.
  • Mr. Christie climbed Mount Everest without oxygen and while wearing shorts.
  • The first time Mr Christie took a airplane ride the pilot was incapacitated by illness and Mr. Christie was asked to land the plane. Mr. Christie did so using only his left hand.
  • When the local tow truck was unavailable Mr. Christie's neighbor called on Mr. Christie for help. Mr. Christie arrived riding an incumbent bicycle, hooked the bike to his neighbor's broken down F450, and towed the truck 5.5 miles into town. 
Oops. Large Print? Where did this come from?

The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang. Well.  I guess Ms. Lang is a nice lady.

More Marine Music

A Laser Can Decode The Digital Information On These Thin Discs

Be Glad Then, America by The President's Own U.S. Marine Band. Marines play music and sing songs. The Band sends out free CDs. The CD performances are neat but does not include these dudes in a parking lot.

The Joshua Tree by U2. Donated disc definitely due to circ'. Irishman sings songs of rock'n'roll.

John Prine by John Prine. Singers sings songs of country. The Library Page wrote the title of this 1971 album as Atlantic. Is Atlantic Records still around? Let me check...yep, they publish that Ed Sheeran guy.

The Complete Blind Willie Johnson by Blind Willie Johnson.  Bluesman sings songs of sorrow. Two CDs and the booklet has a neat essay.

Noble Beast by Andrew Bird. Multi-instrumentalist plays music and sings songs. Another older album but it'll get used.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tall English Guy and Lemony Snicket's Assistant/Spokesman


Run by Andrew Grant.  Thriller with computer expert fired and harassed and figuring out why. I spoke on camera with Grant's wife Tasha Alexander (we have her books, too) at Murder and Mayhem in Muskego. That interview was part of the Great Video Debacle of 2011 where both of my cameras either screwed up or I was unable to transfer the data to my computer. Stupid computers.

Sweetland by Michael Crummey. I like the cover. Crummey is a Newfie.  (I'll hold the jokes.) The book sounds good. A rural holdout on a island off Newfoundland is being pressured to leave so everyone on the island can get a government payment to vacate the island.

We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler. Lemony Snicket's spokesman writes another novel. Something about pirates in modern San Francisco bay. Maybe they'll attack that Google barge. Unknown status of orphans in the plot.

Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess.  This one sounds good. Whoever wrote the copy on the dustcover sold me on the book. 24-year-old NYPD Officer is one month from finishing an 18-month narcotics undercover assignment that would earn her an automatic promotion.

Twelve Days by Alex Berenson. This guy's books do well. Wait a minute. Maybe Alex is a woman's name. Let me check...nope, it's a dude.

A Pleasure and A Calling by Phil Hogan. I'm not sure about the cover. I kinda like the photo but kinda don't like it.

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby.  1964 English beauty contest winner wants to be a commedianne, not a model. I think commedianne should be spelled with two M's so I'm keeping it that way. Plus an extra D, commeddianne. And four E's commeediannee.

The Light Keeper's Legacy by Kathleen Ernst. Ernst writes American Girl novels and spoke here in 2013. The room was packed!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I'm Kinda Busy, Just A List

Musical Data on Digital Disc

Black Messiah by D'Angelo and the Vanguard. Famed soul singer sings soulfully.

Crosby, Stills and Nash by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Singers sing songs on their first album.

Legend: the best of Bob Marley and the Wailers by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Jamaican singers sing with Jamaican accents.

Foreign Affairs by Tom Waites. Old album by singer gargling gravel.

The Ultimate Collection by Freddie King. Guitarist plucks guitar strings. Dig the 1970s hair.

Rarities: 1971-2003 by The Rolling Stones.  English guys sing under distributed songs.


Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Bill Paxton. Creepy guy films crime scenes to sell to TV stations and Bill Paxton makes the movie interesting.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Large Print. With Commentary!

Large Print

Life is Sweet by Elizabeth Bass.  "Three years ago, Becca Hudson threw a dart at a map, hit Leesburg, Virginia and deiced it was the perfect place to start over."  So, if her dart hit five inches to the right she would have bought a boat and anchored in the Atlantic?

Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag.  My cold cold heart pumps the black blood of evil.

Rose Gold by Walter Mosley.  Easy Rawlins has to rescue a Patty Hearst-like kidnap victim. I believe the Patty Hearst brainwashing theory.

Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb. Obsessing what? Decay? Putrifaction?

Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner. I've been watching the U.S. TV version of The Killing. There is a scene where the dead girl's family is casket shopping and the funeral director mentions a burial vault. What's the point of a vault anyway? Groundwater worries? Grave robbing?

As Close as Sisters by Colleen Faulkner.  I have it on good authority* that Colleen Faulkner is sometimes called "Coll". (* my imagination.)

The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron. I'll skip that tour.

The Betrayed by Heather Graham. Something my dog thinks every day she does not get a walk.

Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Like when you ask a horse how old it is and it stomps it's foot.

A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin.  Otherwise known as "A Map of Political Actions"

The Look of Love by Sarah Jio. Something my dog gives when she does go on a walk.

Rizzoli & Isles Die Again by Tess Gerritsen. Because when the television show is doing well you have to tie-in the two titles.

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins. That could mean anything. I've had really boring and tedious dreams.


Artisan Bread: 100 years of techniques and tips by Keith Cohen. I like bread.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Big Fiction Pile,One Paperback, Musical Interlude


By Book or By Crook by Eva Gates.  Woman visits the Outer Banks, lands a librarian job, solves a theft and murder.


My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh.  M.O.? Moe?

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman. "Short fictions and disturbances" says the cover.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Hannah has written 22 novels. That is a lot of books. Do you think she has boxes of leftovers stashed in her basement. Some writers get extra copies for free, some have to buy their own.

Motive by Jonathan Kellerman.  Big, bright colors on this cover. I think this guy did the cover.

Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner.  Gardner does two books a year and her author photo has some back lighting making it look kinda dramatic.  Philbrick Photography did the author photo.  A photo of Gardner is included in the photographer's sample work on his webpage.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.  The cover has a picture of a spool of blue thread.

Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb. Page 268 says Center murder.

Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger. Unger writes a lot of books. I have not yet read one. Unger lives in Florida.

Death of a Liar by M.C. Beaton.  Page 30 says, "At police headquarters in Strathbane, Jimmy ordered all the material from Liz's cottage to be brought to them in an interview room, because, as he said, if they had it all out in the detectives' room, Blair would shove his face in."

Musical Interlude

This Finn Brothers song came up on shuffle. I had not heard it in a while.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Knickerbocker Secrets


The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn. Sir Richard has a month to find a wife.


The Knickerbocker is in it's fifth year, or so. There is a trivia contest, snow golf, ice skating, ice cream eating and snowman making contests, candlelight snowshoeing, and more. Here is a portion of Saturday's events.

Starred Up Driver is a Coffee Slave


The Retrieval starring [actors I never heard of]. A 13-year-old slave boy works for bounty hunters who look for fugitive slaves in 1864. The boy is told to gain the fugitives' trust and lead them to the bounty hunters.

Big Driver starring Maria Bello and Joan Jett.  Joan Jett?! Cool.

Starred Up starring Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn.  Violent teen convict ends up in same prison as his father.

Coffee Town starring Glen Howerton, Josh Broban. Dead beat who hangs out at coffee shop all day tries to stop the store from being sold.