Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Spectre of Joe R. Lansdale

Hap and Leonard

Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe R. Lansdale. Erstwhile PIs Hap and Leonard bumble their way through another violent episode. The new TV series is coming out.


Spectre starring James Bond. I've not seen this flick nor read a review or seen previews. I want everything to be a surprise.

The Big Bang Theory: Seventh Season starring [actors]. People sure do love this show.


Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb. Does Robb have a ghost writer helping her out? There are a lot books by Nora Roberts under her own name as well.

Carol by Patrica Highsmith. Reprint of the 1952 as a tie-in for the recent movie. Original title is The Price of Salt.

Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman. Another thriller with Alex Delaware. I've never been to Delaware but my cousin lived there for a couple years.

Carpe Diem, Illinois by Kristin A. Oakley. Was this a Wisconsin author? I cannot recall. Let me check ... Yep, she lives in Madison and also teaches writing.  This book is a suspense novel. I think. I was in Madison yesterday for Library Legislative Day, it went OK.

Jane and the Waterloo Map by Stephanie Barron. Mystery featuring a fictionalized Jane Austen.


Take Care: The Sleep Guide by Sarah Moran. The Take Care series is one of seven books covering multiple aspects of wellness.  Moran used come to the library early to write.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Someday The Kingdom of Downton Potter


Downton Abbey: season 6 starring [actors]. I have never seen this program. Was the building an actual abbey at one point?

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull starring Han Solo.  Dr. Jones pursues truth and knowledge through treachery and violence.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone starring [those three children]. A boy is sent away to boarding school.


The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury. Something about separated lovers and a bookstore that gets flooded.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Three New Novels


NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp.  Is Karp a shortened name? Did it used to be one of those super-long Eastern European ones like Karpeniskikisynsasneikity?  I should check a reference book, but I won't.

The Plague of Thieves Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Do Muller and Pronzini work in separate rooms or share an office. I'm guessing they have separate offices because I would be quickly distracted if someone else was there as I tried typing.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin. Benjamin wrote the popular book club book, The Aviator's Wife.  Benjamin lives in Chicago. In Chicago the city? Or, in the Chicago area?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New new new for You you you

Fiction With Amateur Critiques

Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash. I don't like the paper, it is too bright.

Orphan by Gregg Hurwitz. I don't like the cover, it is too shiny.

After the Crash by Michael Bussi. I don't like the title, too long.

Once Shadows Fall by Robert Daniels. I don't like the back cover, too plain.

His Right Hand by Mette Ivie Harrison. I don't like the ISBN, too numbery.


Rosemary: the hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson.  I don't like the photos, not enough of them.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Book and Discs


Daughters of the Samurai: a journey from East to West and back by Janice P. Nimura. Here is an odd and true story. Five young Japanese girls were sent to the U.S. in 1871 to "learn Western ways". Ten years later they returned to Japan expected to change women's education. Nimura lives in New York City and has a black-and-white author photo.

Audiobooks on CD

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham. 11.5 hours on 9 CDs. What a silly title.

The Lady's Command by Stephanie Laurens. 9.5 hours on 9CDs.  Ship Captain marries an adventuress woman who joins him on African voyage.

6 Rainier Drive by Debbie Macomber. 11.5 hours on 10 CDs. Replacement for a audiobook that was busticated.

Tricky Twent-Two by Janet Evanovich. 6 hours on 5CDs. Didn't we have this already? What do you mean you don't know?

Commander in Chief Tom Clancy. 20.5 hours at 17 CDs. Some sort of political intrigue and action.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


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Written in Fire by Marcus Sakey. Published with Thomas and Mercer who, apparently, refuse to print hardcovers. Gillian Flynn says the book is engrossing.

Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell. More Vikings in Britain.  Page 117 says, "'I should make Eads Byrig a burh,' Aethelflaed said."

Blue by Danielle Steel, Page 95 says, "'Take care of yourself, Gin. Do us all a favor, don't get shot or killed.'"


Sicario starring Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro. FBI agent works with Mexican police. I think.

Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith starring [many, many people] and Obi Wan-Kenobi.  I bought a three pack of the first two trilogies thinking to split the set into individual discs. Well, they are still together and that is probably for the best. Actually, I'll think about buying another one of these.

The Martian starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sean Bean. Astronaut is stuck on Mars and has to survive long enough to rescue.

[Meh. No good trailers.]

Restless starring Hayley Atwell and Rufus Sewell. Atwell is the lead in Agent Carter. Rufus Sewell is a lead in Man in the High Castle.  This about a British woman spy during World War Two. The book was pretty decent.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Four Books, Five Audio, and More Photo Critiques

Audiobooks on CD

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. 18 hours on 15 CDs. J.K. Rowling writes another detective story with Cormoran Strike character. I listened to the first novel, it was good but long.

Guilty by David Baldacci. 12 hours on 10 CDs.  Another novel with an assassin.

See Me by Nicholas Sparks.  14.5 hours on 13 CDs. What are the chances I will ever willingly listen to one of these? 1 in 5,000? 1 in 10,000?

Crimson Shore by Preston and Child. 11 hours on 9 CDs. Douglas Preston and Lincold Child collaborate again. This is read by Rene Auberjonois. What Star Trek guy was he? Let me check... oh, yeah, he played Odo. I had completely forgotten he played Father Mulcahy in the film version of M*A*S*H.  Odo was a neat character.

Cross Justice by James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated. 9.5 hous on 8 CDs. Hey, Patterson wrote this one himself, no collaborator is listed. Oh wait, does he do the YA and children's novels on his own?


The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag. I don't care about the plot. Let's critique author photos again.  Wow, The publisher hired a good photographer for Hoag's full, back-cover spread. The colors are great. Do authors ever figure, "Hey, I'm going to be here anyway and the photographer is already set-up. Why I don't I pay the photographer for a couple extra hours work and do some family shots?"

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Smaller photo on the inside cover. The photo is kinda small but it has too much light and blur for my tastes. The photo is well done, I just like Hoag's shot better.

Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods. No author photo, just a picture of Stuart Woods. Yes, that was a dig at Woods because I think he hires ghost writers. No, I have absolutely no proof.

The Girls She Left Behind by Sarah Graves.  I thought Graves lived in Kansas. Nope, she lives in Maine. Graves's author photo is by her husband. It is a wintertime outdoor snapshot. The splotch of dirt on the plastic book cover makes it look like Graves has a lopsided mustache. I'll clean that dirt off.

DVD and My Hurt Finger


Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation starring Tom Cruise and a bunch of other people. Tom Cruise has fawning journalists ask "Did you do your own stunts?"

Old DVDs

Bad Boys starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. Blech. This was a donation that I figured would go out.

Bad Boys II starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. Blech. This was a donation that I figured would go out.

Spy Game starring Robert Redord and Brad Pitt. Old guy teaches spying to young guy.  Another donation that could go out.

The Grudge 2 starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and other people. Some sort of horror flick. Another donation that could go out.

My Busted Finger

My finger was hyperextended a month or so ago. I was using a computer tablet as I walked on the treadmill in my basement. I fumbled the tablet, tried to grab it, and fell onto the treadmill. As I was falling I thought to myself that I should twist around, land on my side or back, and have the tread shove me off the back of the treadmill.Nope, I put out my hand onto the tread and the tread forced my hand down and bent it back.
Anyway. My finger was still swollen and hurting and I went to the doctor Monday They X-rayed my hand just to see if anything was wrong and I have a a small fracture. Not a big deal and I was told to buddy tape the fingers and avoid using the finger. My typing is much slower and filled with errros.

Friday, January 08, 2016

One Musics

Fancy Schmancy Computer Disc Plays That Loud Rock "Music" Noise


Photos For Fun

All the Santas are prepping for storage.

Outdoor ice rink is prepping for ice.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Two Musics

Musics Are Presented By Plastic Platter

Uncovered by Shawn Colvin. Singer sings songs sung by other singers. I went looking for a clip of this song and see that Colvin has been playing this Crowded House tune for 15 years or so.

B'Lieve I'm Going Down by Kurt Vile. Singer sings songs and plays fancy guitar songs.