Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Thinly Veiled Novel and DVDs

Fiction

Murder In Ice by Margot Peters with leslie DeMuth and Steve Bower. Murder mystery set in a thinly veiled Lake Mills.

DVD

Shazam! starring [people]. Billy Batson transforms into a super hero.



Detective Pikachu starring[I don't care]. I don't know what the deal with this film is and I really don't care.




Monday, August 12, 2019

Lisa Lutz and A Bunch of Discs

Fiction

The Swallows bu Lisa Lutz. Something about a teacher at a private school for girls and a mystery. Author bio includes "[Lutz] lives part-time in New York's Hudson Valley." The Valley looks to be 100 miles - or so - long.

Inland by Tea Obrecht. Obrecht lives in "New York". Do I assume that means the City? Or do I assume she is a neighbor of Lutz and commutes into the city for work?

DVD

El Chicano starring Raul Castillo and George Lopez. Cop takes on the legend of a the hero El Chicano. Fisticuff justice ensues.


Audiobooks on CD

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sounds Are Recorded and Sold

Music Is Recorded, Encoded, Packaged, and Sold.

Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B. New York rapper raps raps about life.


When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish. American teenage singer sings songs and becomes instantly internet famous.


Originals by Prince. Minnesota singer sings songs he wrote for other musicians.


DVD

Smart Studios Story by Wendy Schneider. Documentary of the recording studio in Madison that recorded Nirvana, Garbage, and other famous acts.



Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Steve Hockensmith's Returns

Hockensmith

The Double-A Western Detective Agency by Steve Hockensmith. Old Red and Big Red Amlingmeyer have established a detective agency. It's 1894 and the Amlingmeyers are dedicated to the Sherlock Holmes method of detecting. But there first case is a range war and the customers want guns not clues.

Fiction

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman. A very introverted woman finds out her long absent father has died and then learns she has an extended family of siblings, nieces and nephews. Woman is discombobulated.

Someone to Honor by Mary Balogh. Romance novel and the cover is almost all green except for a woman model in a gown. The gown is kinda green tinged. Balogh has written approximately 4,372 novels.

Killing With Confetti by Peter Lovesey. Son of a high raning cop and daughter of a mob boss get married in Bath. The wedding guest list kinda clashes and some dude has to run security and make sure no one dies.

NonFiction

The Battle of Gettysburg: a soldier's first-hand account by Colonel Frank A. Haskell. This is supposed to be one of the most famous accounts of the battle and is written by a Wisconsin soldier who died a year later. The library's last copy fell apart.

Adrenaline Junkie: a memoir by Les Edgerton. Life a convict, armed robber, famed hairdresser, and accomplished writer.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

More More More (Nonsense)

Fiction

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. Lombardo grew up in Northern Illinois. Doesn't say where she lives now. Let me try and find out...  her website says she lives in Iowa City. You know who else lives in Iowa? That's right, Max Allan Collins. According to the Internet Box Collins lives only 36 miles from Iowa City.

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris. I've enjoyed Harris's novels but have not read one in quite a while. I don't much care where Harris lives. Probably in a house. Maybe an apartment. Or a condo.

The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz. This is the same Horowitz who writes a ton of Young Adult fiction. I don't know where Horowitz lives so I am going to pretend he lives in a $1,000,000 RV and travels the country.

Dead Big Dawg by Victoria Houston. Houston lives up in Bayfield or Superior or something. She drives around for author visits, too. 

Under Currents by Nora Roberts. Does Roberts write all her own books anymore? I've read that Roberts is great at suing people who try to steal or plagiarize her work. That is good, you have to protect your copyright and go after thieves.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Two Novels and the Library Director Rambles On

Fiction

Almost Midnight by Paul Doiron. How do you pronounce that name?  Doiron lives in Maine and is a "Registered Maine Guide". I recall reading a few years ago how that certification was being reconsidered. That the application would do away with several requirements and allow people to apply and be approved by mail. The concern was that being a Registered Maine Guide is a big deal. The title means the person is experience and knowledgeable. I have such a difficult time correctly spelling knowledgeable.

Sophia, Princess Among the Beasts by James Patterson Literary Industries and Emily Raymond. Raymond lives in Portland and did a couple other books with Patterson. That's about all the dustcover says about her. Here, let me look her up on the Computer Box... well, no author page comes up. Or Twitter. Or Facebook. Raymong Feist is on Facebook though. We only have one of his novels here.

Friday, July 05, 2019

Disc X 23

DVD

Orange is the New Black: season four starring [many actresees]. Season Four of a show I have never seen.



Audio Books on CD

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. 14.5 hours on 12 CDs. Someone donated this and we did not already have an audio copy.

A Measure of Darkness by Jonathan Kellerman and Jessee Kellerman. 8.5 hours on 7 CDsA Deputy Coroner has personal and professional trouble. Dennis Boursikaris narrates this, he does good work.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Books

NonFiction

All the Rage: mothers, father, and the myth of equal partnership by Darcy Lockman. "How progressive relationships become traditional ones when children are introduced into the household."

Churchill: walking with destiny by Andrew Roberts. Page 242 says, "Churchill knew he had made a bad misstep."

Fiction

Beneath the Flames by Gregory Lee Renz. Small town guy joins big city fire department after a personal tragedy. Oh, hey, Nickolas Butler blurbed this. I don't recall hearing Greg mention that.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Mob and Sharks

NonFiction

Indianapolis:The true story of the worst sea disaster in U.S. Naval history and the fifty-year fight to exonerate an innocent man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic. Latest book on the topic including some discussion on the found wreckage and the work to exonerate the ship's Captain.

Handsome Johnny: the life and death of Johnny Roselli: gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, CIA assassin by Lee Server. Mobster gets away with murder and vice.

Audiobook on CD

Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler Literary Production Compilers and Dirk Cussler. 10.5 hours on 8 CDs. A thriller.

DVD

Five Feet Apart starring [actors]. Sick teenagers are not allowed to smoochy-smoochy.

MUSICAL REMINDERS

For Indianapolis.


For Handsome Johnny.


For Five Feet Apart.



Monday, June 24, 2019

Double Dose of Canada

NonFiction

DK Eyewitness Canada edited by Alison McGill. McGill? Well let's look for mention of the school. Let's see... Page 252 has a fancy photo of a museum at McGill.

DK Eyewitness Top 10 Montreal and Quebec City by Gregory B. Gallagher. Let's check theMcGill entry for this one... this also mentions the Redpath Museum and says McGill has 80 acres and 300 buildings.

Fiction

Strangled Eggs and Ham by Maddie Day. Yet another mystery with cats and cooking. This is set in Indiana. day is set "north of Boston".

Lost and Found by Danielle Steel. I don't know. Something that millions of people will read and enjoy.

The Daughters of Temperence Hobbs by Katherine Howe. Some book about things. Let's check out the author bio... Hey, Howe has had two bestsellers. She is one of those authors that "splits her time" between two places. I always wonder what that means. Does she have two homes? Does she park an RV in Maine for a week at a time?  Is their a family weekend home?

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson. I'll read her bio too... pretty brief bio saying she's written 11 novels and lives in Edinburgh. I wonder if she knows Ian Rankin? He writes a lot of books.

DVD/Blu Ray

Us starring Lupita Nyongo. Horror movie. Let me find a movie trailer...