Monday, October 12, 2015

Witch Cat Bible


97 Ways to Make A Cat Like You by Carol Kaufman. Good luck. Suggestion #32: flush the toilet in front of your pet.

The Witch of Lime Street: seance, seduction, and Houdini in the spirit world by David Jaher. Psychic Medium in 1924 tries to convince five judges and runs afoul of trick-master Houdini. Jaher has a tiny black-and-white photo. He needs one of those big back cover photos like Fern Michaels posing with her dogs.

The Make-Ahead Cookbook by Lydia Kessler.  Page 153 says, "And if you have high blood pressure, try substituting tarragon for salt!"

The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth.  Let's check the index ... Nothing for Wisconsin or Tyranena. It does have a listing for New Glarus and Lakefront. There is a ton of neat stuff in here with food pairings, history of brewing styles, glass types, etc.

Gischler Returns. Again. In Case You Missed All the Other Ones I Bought.

Victor Gischler

Gestapo Mars: a Carter Sloan novel by Victor Gischler. Gischler takes a break from telling Twitter about grilling and writes a novel.  Trained assassin is awakened from cryogenic sleep and assigned to kill Nazis on Mars. If you like this you can try all the other novels and Gischler authored comics we have.

Other Fiction

Reckoning Stones by Laura DeSilverio. "A Novel of Suspense." But, how does it compare to Nazis on Mars?

Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber. Not the author of The Deputy.

Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein. Not the authors of To the Devil, My Regards.

Ghost to the Rescue by Carolyn Hart. Not the author of Gun Monkeys.

Undead and Unforgiven by MaryJanice Davidson. Not the author of Pistol Poets.

The Survivor by Vince Flynn. Not the author of Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse.

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks. Not the author of Ink Mage.

A.D. 33 by Ted Dekker. Not the author of Stay.

Monday, October 05, 2015

13 Old and 2 New

15 Plastic Discs Are Used to Digitally Encode Musical Sounds 

High, Low and in Between by Townes Van Zandt. Texan sings country songs.

A Christmas Album by James Taylor. Guy with guitar sings Christmas songs.

La Croix D'Amour by Dwight Yoakam. Californian sings songs of love.

Hillbilly Deluxe by Dwight Yoakam. Hillbilly sings hillbilly songs.

Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. by Dwight Yoakam.  Guitar owner sings about Cadillacs.

A Long Way Home by Dwight Yoakam.

Giant Hits by Johnny Cash. Famous singer sings famous songs.

The Best of Squeeze: The Millennium Collection by Squeeze. Limeys sing about coffee.

Under the Red Sky by Bob Dylan. Famous singer sings for critically panned album.

Cheap Trick Live at Budokan by Cheap Trick. Illinoisans sing to screaming Japanese teenagers.

Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello. Singer expects a lot of grief.

The Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions by Elvis Costello and the Attractions. Singer sings songs that sold.

Armed Forces by Elvis Costello. Brit sings songs from 1978.

Tall Tales and Tiny Tunes by Casey Day. Singer sings for children. Cheer up, London.

Top 50 Kids' Praise Songs by [various].  Singers sing for children. It's not that bad.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Even More NonFic

Three Heavy Cookbooks

Back in the Day Bakery, Made With Love by Cheryl Day and Griffith Day.  Bakers from Georgia write a book of recipes.  Page 121 says, "Then wrap the crust securely in plastic wrap."

The Taste of Home Quick Cooking Annual Recipes, 2015 by Catherine Cassidy Editor-In-Chief.  Page 175 says, "lemon Parsley Baked Cod."

Illustrated Quick Cook edited by Heather Whinney. A DK book with lots of photos and nice organization.

A Never Ending Trail of NonFic


Chowderland: hearty soups and Stews with sides and salads to match by Brooke Dojny. Dojny lives in Maine. That makes sense if you're writing a book about chowder.  Page 75 says, "Bottled clam juice is usually shelved with the canned fish in the supermarket."

Natural Remedies for Kids by Kate Tietje and Bob Zajac, MD.  I weeded some old alternative health guides and chanced on this title when a book salesman visited.

Totally Awesome Paracord Crafts by Katie Weeber with Colleen Dorsey.  Lots of bracelets.  Page 25 says, "Then tie the knot as usual."

Ultimate Star Wars written by Patricia Barr, et al.  Characters. Locations, Technology. Vehicles. Norwegians on Hoth.  A Gaderffii (Gaffi) Stick is the club used by the Sand People. I listened to Kenobi by John Jackson Miller.   Kenobi has Obi-Wan secretly arriving on Tatooine to look after Luke Skywalker. That was a fun book. The Star Wars audiobooks are always well produced with additional music and sound effects to go with the narration.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Large NonFiction


Parents Ask, Experts Answer: nurturing happy, healthy children by Tina Nocera.  Nocera lives in New Jersey and has a very tiny author photo on the back cover. That is not fair, give the woman a larger shot, she wrote a book.

Craft Camp: over 40 fun projects for kids by Sterling Publishing Co. This large paperback has a new vinyl cover so it smells like plastic. I also had my head on it.

Science of Swimming Faster edited by Scott Riewald, PhD and Scott Rodeo, MD. 548 pages of text and 28 pages of references. Wow. This is more textbook than casual read. I need to get out of this house this winter and go swimming.

Women's Guide to Triathlon edited by Tara S. Comer. Cover photo has a couple competitors on bike and wearing their swimsuits. Do women usually run in the swimsuits, or do they do a quick change into running shorts after the bike race?

Stunning Braids: gorgeous hairstyles for any occasion from work to weddings by Monae Everett. Page 110 says, "Create a deep side part on one side of the head."

Mug Meals: delicious microwave recipes by Dina Cheney. Page 90 says," Using half red and half quinoa makes for a prettier salad."

Parent's Guide to Talking About Sex by Janet Rosenzweig, BS, MS, PhD, MPA. Page 169 says, "Both children in this scenario are learning the wrong lesson when a child continues to ask that a behavior stop and no one gives her support by disciplining the aggressive child."

Waste Not, Want Not Cook Book by Cinda Chavich. Is Chavich a Spanish name? Maybe a Czech name? Could be more Easter European, I suppose.  Maybe I should take some linguistic classes. Her Introduction says, "Imagine... rapidly escalating... people... being felt... for purely economic reasons... and... find new ways... to... support... Metro Vancouver."

1,001 Delicious Recipes for People With Diabetes, 3rd Edition edited by Sue Spitler, et al. Page 690 says, "Chick Peas, 524."

Engineers: from the great pyramids to the pioneers of space travel edited by Adam Hart-Davis.  Page 245 says, "Within only a few years of Monier's first concrete bridge of 1875, bridges constructed with his reinforcing technique had proliferated across Europe."

Healthy Family Slow Cooker Cookbook by Christina Dymock. About the Author says Dymock writes romances as well.Page 55 says, "Pork chops are often sold in different thicknesses."

Roger Dahl's Comic Japan: best of Zero Gravity cartoons from the Japan Times by Roger Dahl. Page 73 says, "The only thing worse than neighbors who quarrel... neighbors who quarrel in a language you're not fluent in."

Smaller NonFiction


Training Your Puppy: the essential guide by Fiona Baird. The cover has a picture of a puppy. That makes sense. You wouldn't want a Hippogriff.

A Backpacker's Guide to Making Every Ounce Count by Steven Lowe.  I'll take this one home for the 12-year-old. You know, I've been telling my kids how Harry Potter is actually a fraud.

Reverse Wine Snob: how to buy and drink great wine without breaking the bank by Jon Thorsen. My story is that J.K. Rowling wrote a self-serving story of Harry "Mr. Hotshot" Potter that has been taken as an accurate history.

Common Sense Parenting, 2nd Edtion by Bridget A. Barnes MS and Steven M. York, MHD. You see, the true heroes of the wizarding world are the Malfoys.

Climbing: Protection by Nate Finch. Safety guide to rock climbing. Harry Potter was an arrogant jerk just like his father.

Improvise: scene from the inside out, 2nd edition by Mick Napier. We should be living under the grace and power of the Dark Lord, but that sneaky Potter somehow succeeded.

250 Amazing Fishing Tips by Lamar Underwood. At least we still have the great and esteemed Malfow family to guide us through these un-dark days of Potter-mania. My children are not falling for it.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Nine New Novels Nicely Narrowed Near Novice Knockers


The Race For Paris by Meg Waite Clayton. Two women reporters in 1944 rush to document the liberation of Paris.

Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford. Manhattan social climbers.

The Girl with Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block. Hard Case Crime publishes a brand new novel by the always excellent Block.

Murder House by James Patterson Literary Industries and David Ellis. Your quarterly Patterson delivery. 

The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo. DeCarlo lives in East Texas, I wonder is she knows Joe R. Lansdale. The novel is about broke and pregnant woman heads to her mom's hometown for possible inheritance.

Pretty Girls by Karen Slaughter. Slaughter writes a lot of books. Hey, that's the same author photo as the last book. The photo is quite nice and done by Alison Rosa. Rosa's web page has an Slaughter photo, at least it looks like her anyway.

Did You Ever Have A Family by Bill Clegg.  Woman's family all die in sudden disaster. Woman takes a road trip. Do other cultures celebrate the road trip as much as American writers? Kirkus gave this a starred review, that's a big deal.

Sweet Caress by William Boyd.  I read Boyd's Restless, I liked the book.  Woman photojournalist lives through the 20th century.  Boyd lives in London and France. I wonder if he drives back and forth. Seems like that would be easier than flying, the distance cannot be that long and he could take the chunnel.

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon. Has Karon slowed down her publishing rate? This is a Mitford novel and people sure do enjoy these. Karon's photo was taken outside. It looks hot out.

3 DVD Titles With 2 Audiobooks


Agent Carter: the complete third season starring Hayley Atwell.  I like this show. You can always tell when the stunt doubles are working though, that and the quick cut editing for the fight scenes is disappointing. The lead character is English.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. starring [many people]. I like this show, too. Agents suffers from the same problem as above. Sure, I understand there are plenty of time limitations when making a weekly TV show. You also cannot let an actor portraying a main character get injured and be unable to work. The scenes have to be safer and quick to choreograph, right?

Mad Men starring John Hamm. I've never seen this show. Does this have action sequences? Someone put a video on YouTube of every time someone in the series took a drunk or vomited.

Audiobooks on CD

Robert B. Parker's The Devil Wins by Reed Farrel Coleman. 8 hours on 7 CDs. Coleman is a good dude, he spends a lot of time in Milwaukee. I really enjoyed the two novels he wrote under the pen name Tony Spinosa.

Make Me by Lee Child.  14 hours on 12 CDs. If this novel is like the others then you'll read about Jack Reacher battling bad guys, bedding good girls, and beating feet once the dust settles.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

One Small, Lonely NonFic


Whiskey: what to drink next by Dominic Roskrow. I looked through this book and whatever you end up drinking you better be ready to pay. A lot of these look to start in the $50-a-bottle range. Those single malts have to get pricey. Especially the Japanese ones. Page 204 says, "The sweetness was seen as a way of bringing women into the whiskey category, but research shows that men are just as likely to be drawn to it."

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Large Print

Large Print

Many NonFics


A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver.  What's this about, let me check.  Oh, poetry, says so right on the cover.  Wow, She won a Pulitzer in poetry in 1984.

Best Homemade Kids' Snacks on the Planet: more than 200 healthy homemade snacks you and your kids will love by Laura Fuentes. Fuentes has some sort of website. That must be her and her children on pages 220 and 221. There are nice photos in this book. Actually, the entire book design is pretty nice, that is important for a cookbook.

Build the Perfect Bug Out Survival Skills by Creek Stewart. Head to the hills! Bring your guns! Store vodka for trade! Learn to skin rabbits! Pencil sharpener shavings for tinder? That's a good idea. A lot of stuff in here looks fun to try out.

ToddlerCalm: a guide for calmer toddlers and happier parents by Sarah Ockwell-Smith. I'm past the need for this book. I need one of those teenager guides.  Or, one of those "Stop making that sound!" guides.

My First Book of Chess Tactics by David MacEnulty. I should take this home for the 9-year-old. Page 129 says, "If the king takes the rook, it will be unable to stop the promotion."

Coffee Break

NonFiction Continued

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown.  Brown is Canadian. Brown has black hair.  Brown's husband's name is Dan. I do not know Dan's hair color.

Japanese Jiu-Jitsu: secret techniques of self-defense by Darrell Max Craig. Why did I order this book? Martial arts and self defense books do not usually circ' well. Craig lives in Houston. I wonder if he knows Joe R. Lansdale. I bet Craig always has to spell his first name for people.

The "I Don't Know How to Cook" Book by Mary-Lane Kamberg. What kind of name is Kamberg? The K causes confusion. The "k"  makes me think Finish. The "berg" makes me think German. Maybe it's Russian. Maybe Kamberg's parents moved here as defectors in 1965 but were actually sleeper agents?

Taste of Home: Easy weeknight dinners by Taste of Home.  Taste of Home cookbooks are popular.  You ever watch that Americans TV show? I've not seen it yet, that is about Russkie spies, right?

Manga Crash Course: drawing Manga characters and scenes from start to finish by Mina "Mistiqarts" Petrovic. Russkie is a fun word to say. I feel like a character in a Cold War movie. "Those Russkies are sneaking in, I tell ya! We gotta stop'em!"

The Upcycled T-Shirt by Jenelle Montilone. Learn to use t-shirt fabric to make things, "Roger, you're nuts. Those aren't Russkies, they're scientists! They're dedicated to knowledge and the advancement of humanity."

Big Book of Paleo Recipes by Linda Larsen. Another cookbook. "Yeah, is that what you think? First scientist I ever saw who seemed more interested in the Colonel's orders than the laboratory."

Easy Jewelry Making: 50+ projects edited by Erica Swanson. "The guy just arrived. He left his home, his family, his country. He's trying to make friends Roger, he's not plotting against us, he's working with us."

No End in Sight: uncanny X-Men by Sean Ryan,et al. Mutants do things. "I'm starting to wonder about you, Poindexter. You keep standing up for this shifty guy and I'm starting to wonder about your loyalty. What about it, bub? Maybe your blood is a little too red?"

Drawing Pets by David Williams. Instructional guide.  "That's outrageous! I was in the Pacific and you can compare my record to yours any day! You arrogant jerk!"

Monday, September 21, 2015

Final Patriot Photograph


Patriot by Ted Bell.  I have not read any of Bell's novels. This has something about spies, murder, and Russians in Europe.

Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni.  This is about a Seattle Homicide Detective and a serial killer.

The Photograph by Beverly Lewis. This is an Amish novel about three orphaned adult sisters and their brother.

Large Print

Fiction? Non


Campside Guide to Dutch Oven Cooking by Paul Kautz. I still need to take the BALOO training for Cub Scout leaders. Thank goodness a session is coming up later in the month. I've been helping out with Cub Scouts for over six years and still not gotten the training.

DIY: Wardrobe Makeovers by Suzannah Hamlin Stanley. I bet you Stanely has spell both her first and last names to avoid misspelling. Judging by the author photo that is Stanley on the front cover as well. On page 63 she writes, "Press open the old hem."

Guns the Right Way: introducing kids to firearms safety and shooting by Jerry Luciano. As if anyone would write a book called Guns the Wrong Way. Too bad there is no book called Guns the Free Way because ammo costs and range fees really add up.

"Is This Thing On?": A friendly guide to everything digital for newbies, technophobes, and the kicking and screaming by Abby Stokes. Page 347 says, "Let's talk Twitter." Oh, please, let's not talk Twitter.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: four women undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott. This one looks interesting.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Goldberg's Shining Furies


The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. The latest in the very popular series. I follow Goldberg on Twitter. Goldberg is visiting his in-laws in France and posting lots of photos. Well, the photos are on Instagram but get shared on Twitter.

McKnight in Shining Armor by Tami Hoag. I've never read a Hoag novel. I always think of the Monty Python pronunciation of knight. Kuh-Nig-It.

The End Game by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison. I think Coulter has a new author photo. You can tell Coulter is a big deal because the photo covers the entire back cover.

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie. Rushdie was on TV the other day.  He must live in New York now.

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Groff is from somewhere the author bio won't tell you. I'm from Central Illinois.

Dishing the Dirt by M.C. Beaton. Well, Champaign is always described as being in East Central Illinois.

Dance of the Bones by J.A. Jance. You know what else is in East Central Illinois? Soybeans and corn.

Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb. You know what else in the rest of Illinois? Soybeans and corn.


Kaplan ACT 2016: strategies, practice and review by Kaplan, Inc.  You know what's in Wisconsin? Dairy farms and lakes.