Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Rest, Fiction M-Z and NonFic


California by Edan Lepucki. Post-apocalyptic couple are pregnant and join a community for the help a community should bring.

Hundred-Year House by Rebecca Makkai.  Hundred year house?  Let me tell you about 110 year houses.  Filed stone foundation, old windows, old wiring, poor to little insulation in the walls, weird outlets in the baseboards, old plaster, cramped layout, small kitchen.

I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum.  American painter tries to woo his wife after the wife learns of his mistress.

The Quick by Lauren Owen.  I like the title.  Sister goes looking for her brother in 1893 London and finds a supernatural, and dangerous, side of the city.

Eden in Winter by Richard North Patterson.  Not to be confused with Richard Price.  Or James Patterson. Or T. Jefferson Parker.

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman.  Something about a woman who was kidnapped as a child and raised by mysterious group.

The Heist by Daniel Silva.  The movie with the same title was good.

Cut and Thrust by Stuart Woods.  Sounds like a Bernard Cornwell novel.


On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman.  Anthropologist Goffman lived in in a disadvantaged Philadelphia neighborhood for six years.  Many residents were "caught up in a web of warrants and surveillance" by police and Goffman studied how the neighborhood residents lived and worked.

Perfect Theory: a century of geniuses and the battle over general relativity by Pedro G. Ferreira. 

Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the capture of the spy ship Pueblo by Jack Cheevers.  No surprise that the crew were tortured.

After A Long Delay: New Fiction, A-J


Inside Man by Jeff Abbott.  Thriller by a guy who is not related to Megan Abbott.  But, if we were to argue, we could say everyone is related, couldn't we? Abbott and Abbott would be related.  I would be related to both Abbotts.  Is this familial relationship close enough that I would try to crash at their NYC or Austin pads and ask to borrow fifty bucks to go drink beer?  No, probably not.

Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews.  Andrews lives in Atlanta.  I was listening to the car radio this morning and Wisconsin Public Radio was talking to Jeff Shaara about the Civil War.  He said people in Atlanta still don't like to talk about General Sherman.  Sore losers.

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian.  Orphaned teen girl lives on her own in Vermont when her dead engineer father seen as responsible for a nuclear meltdown.

Shots Fired by C.J. Box.  Cover image is a road sign peppered with bullet holes. I was in the Kettle Moraine State Forest- Southern Unit a couple weeks to go walking with my kids.  After our walk I drive over to see where the public shooting range is.  Along they way I saw a road sign that some dope shot up.  Really?  You're one mile from a range and shoot a road sign?

High Druid's Blade Terry Brooks.  Swords.  Cloaks.  Wizards.  Etc.

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke.  Something about drama in post-World War II Texas and the oil business.

The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo.  Police Chief investigates murder disguised as suicide in house where Amish family was killed 35 years previous.

Power Play by Catherine Coulter.  The usual, I suppose.  I've never read a Coulter novel but she has a loyal following and sells a lot of books.  I think her author photo is the same.  I wonder if the photo budget included a hair and make-up person.  I wouldn't know the difference about the make-up but her hair looks sharp.

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. Her books do well here.  Something about witches and time travel.

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey. Then look for her.

Sight Unseen by Iris and Joy Johansen.  Not to be confused with David Johansen.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nothing New, Here is a song.

Musical Interlude

From a group that I think disbanded, Ex-Lovers.

The dudes starting at 2:34 have to be trained dancers because they are sharp on that routine.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I Never Told You QuickBooks, Len Price


Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.  A family starts to fall apart after a daughter dies.  Ng attended the University of Michigan.  Bleah. 


Setting Up and Running QuickBooks 2014 by Thomas E. Barich and Philip B. Goodman CPA. Page 348 says, "Proceed through the wizard one step at a time until you've configured all the necessary items."

Musical Interlude

There is no Len Price in the Len Price 3.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

More Items


Freedom Riders.  Produced by The American Experience.  1961 freedom ride brought federal attention to desegregation efforts.

Slavery by Another Name.  After slavery was outlawed people were legally forced into unpaid labor as part of imprisonment.

The Abolitionists.  "What began as a pacifist movement fueld by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation."

The Loving Story.  Tale of the landmark 1967 court decision legalizing interracial marriage.


Night Searchers by Marcia Muller.

Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear.

The City by Dean Koontz.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes.

For All Time by Jude Deveraux.

Take Me Home by Dorothy Garlock.

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For All Time by Jude Deveraux.

The City by Dean Koontz.

Take Me Home by Dorothy Garlock.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

First-Degree Minecraft Arsonist


Nine Lives to Die by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown.  Another cat mystery.  The author phot is a picture of a cat.  Not this photo.

Invisible by James Patterson Literary Industries and David Ellis.  I'm pretty sure I read an Ellis novel before.  Let me check...nope.  The dude won an Edgar Award though, that's a big deal.  Patterson has a new author photo, I cannot see his watch in this one.

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter. I've never read a slaughter book.  I think this is her 17th novel.  Unless she did some ghost writing.  Oh, I remember her author photo.  He photographer did that thing where the face is in focus and everything else is in soft focus.  That's a neat effect.

The Arsonist by Sue Miller. A guy I know on the local volunteer fire department never joined the fire department until after he stopped working for the Sheriff's Department.  He used to investigate arson crimes and since arsonists may, and sometimes are, be firefighters he wanted to avoid that entanglement.

First-Degree Murder by Christine DeSmet.  Doesn't DeSmet teach at UW-Madison.  Let me check...yep, she does screenwriting and fiction and her author photo is a small black and white one.


Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Jeez, she stepped in it when saying her family was broke after Pres. Clinton left office.

Learn to Program with Minecraft Plugins: create flying Creepers and Flaming Cows in JAVA by Andy Hunt.  Page 97 says, "List listOfStrings = new ArrayList();"

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pseudonym Slings Silkworm


Silkworm by Robert Galbraith.  English private eye Cormoran Strike hired to look for missing novelist. Novelist is killed and Strike has to stop the killer.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dyeing in the Hole


True Detective starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.

Ace In the Hole starring Kirk Douglas.  "One of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker...a no-holds-barred expose of the American media's appetite for sensation that has gotten only  more relevant with time."

Dyeing with Gene Shepherd: volume 1: your dye kitchen and equipment; dyeing basics.

Dyeing with Gene Shepherd: volume 2: how to dye with acid dyes; spots and textures, pots and casseroles.

Dyeing with Gene Shepherd: volume3: dyeing without dye; marrying and marbleizing colors.

Audiobooks on CD

White Fire by Preston and Child. 11CDs at 13 hours.

Robert B. Parker's Bull River by Robert Knott.  6CDs at 7.5 hours.

Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett.  10 CDs at 12.5 hours.

Killer by Jonathan Kellerman.  9 CDs at 11 hours.

The Chase by Lee  Goldberg and Janet Evanovich.  8 CDs at 9 hours.

Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber.  9 CDs at 11 hours.