Friday, March 27, 2015

Part One: Coben's Murder Dreams

Fiction

The Stranger by Harlan Coben. Bill Crider linked to an interview with Coben. COben doesn't work at home because he gets distracted by house and home issues.  He'll go to the grocery store coffee shop.

Murder on the Champ De Mars by Cara Black.  Another murder in Paris. Page 54 says, "A pang hit her." Sweet! the end papers have city maps.

The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen. Rhys is a guy's name, right? Let me check...nope. Rhys is a woman.  Hey, Bowen was been awarded an Edgar, and Anthony, and a Agatha award. That means Bowen's books are a big deal.

Life or Death by Michael Robotham. I like this guy's novels but have not read one in a while.

The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons. I like this guy's novels, too. Another historical novel mixing real people with characters.

Non Fiction

Understanding Your Cat or Kitten by H. Ellen Whiteley, DVM. One of the cats living in my house, Vampire Fang, has been hassling the dog, Petra. I think the cat is jealous that Petra gets to go outside. Vampire Fang will hover by the back door and bolt outside if you are not watching. My wife and I will holler at the children, "Don't let the cat out!"

Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Son: the Don Rosa Library Vol. 1. Republished comics in a nice big hardcover. Page 62 says, "Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!"

Large Print

Cold Betrayal by JA Jance. Same as the regular print with BIG LETTERS.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

One Book. Several Photos. A video.

NonFiction

102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy.  Nice cover.

Photographs

The outside wall of the stage in Library Hall was stenciled by Jill Kessenich who donated her time and expertise to the project. Jill also designed the library remodel.

New stenciling on the edge of the stage in Library Hall

Outdoor ice skating rink in Commons Park the night of February 18, 2015. There was a cold front, temp was -9 Fahrenheit. That's -22 Celsius, Dunedin.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Commons Park,

-8 Fahrenheit on February 18, 2015 at 9PM

I do not recall if I posted this video of February's Knickerbocker Ice Festival. The weather was perfect. Cold enough for ice and snow but warm enough, and no wind, to be comfortable outside.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Quarterly Issue by James Patterson

Fiction

Endangered by C.J. Box.  Joe Pickett solves crime in WY or MT. I'm note sure. You'll have to check the setting yourself. Maybe ND? I hear Box is a good dude.

Cold Betrayal by J.A. Jance. Some sort of mystery.

NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson Amalgamated Writing Services and Marshall Karp.  Karp is an uncommon name. Karp sounds like the name of a P.I. in a novel, good thing Karp writes P.I. novels.

A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear.  Judging by the photo this is a wartime novel set on Gibraltar.

Last One Home by Debbie Macomber.  The cover photo says "Expensive gazebo I never use." The graphic artist says, "I'm gonna add some lanterns to this sucker. And here is another. And another. And another. Aw, heck, why stop now?"

The Assassin by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. No matter where a Cussler novel is set the cover will be covered in flames.

Forgiveness 4 You by Ann Bauer. The cover says Bauer wrote The Forever Marriage.  I never heard of that book but will look it up in out catalog. Yeah, we don't have it but copies are available from other libraries.

Mrs. Grant and Madame Julie by Jennifer Chiaverini. Another Civil War era novel, I suppose.  Yeah, kinda. Grant's wife owned a woman who was also her "best friend". Yeah, well...

World Gone By by Dennis Lehane.  Crime and mobsters in 1943 Miami.

Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.  Big name literary guy's latest novel.  Ooh, dig the map on the end papers.

NonFiction

Dead Wake: the last crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. More non fiction by the popular Larson.  Sweet, more maps in the end papers.

Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture: committee study of the Central Intelligence Agency's detention and interrogation program by Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. 

Big Words

Large Print

Makin' Miracles by Lin Stepp.

Searching for Grace Kelly by Michael Callahan. Found her.

Marriage Charmer by Linda Lael Miller.

Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding by Victoria Alexander.

Dead Heat by Allison Brennan.

The Assassin by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott.

Mightier Than The Sword by Jeffrey Archer.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

3D Printer Workshop

3D Printing: You Path to World Domination

Hey, Dunedin, is 3D printing a popular library thing in NZ? The printers get a lot of "gee whiz, that's amazing!" attention. The printer is very neat but children then need to learn how to use computer software packages to create the items.

I explained how the printer works and is set-up. We used a mobile computer lab to show the simple online design resources at tinkercad.com and design some objects.



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

La La La

Singers Sing Songs, Microphones Help Record, Factories Press Plastic

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 by [various musicians). Singers sing soundtrack singles.


The Man Upstairs by Robyn Hitchcock.


Friday, March 06, 2015

Extreme Whiplash, Girl

DVD

WWE Extreme Rules starring [big dudes].  Big dudes jump around, do athletic stuff, and gets smooshed.


Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck, I still have not read the book. I read Flynn's other two books and really enjoyed the Kansas one, Dark Places. That's a movie now, too, except it was filmed in Louisiana.


Whiplash starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Drummer has a mean teacher. Drummer?


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Romance from Lorelei James

Fiction

Saddled and Spurred by Lorelei James. Lorelei James is the same as Lori Armstrong but with sex and romance.  James's novels always check out well. I chatted with Armstrong at the Bouchercon conference in St. Louis. I'm not sure if she is still writing mysteries and thrillers, she had publisher trouble a couple years ago.

EDIT: Yeah, Armstrong still writes her Judy Collins mystery series and published a novella last year. Her Mercy Gunderson mysteries did well here. Trio link.