Monday, May 02, 2016

More Harris Vampires

Fiction

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris. A surge in suicides in super small Midnight, TX (24 buildings, one is abandoned) gets vampire Lemuel investigating. Harris has her author photo taking the complete back cover. That makes sense, she's sold tons of books.

DVD

Jane Got A Gun starring Padme Amidala and Obi Wan-Kenobi. Padme is living on the western plains with her family. Her husband comes home riddled with bullets, courtesy Obi Wan. More trouble ensues.


Krampus starring Toni Collette. Scary things happen.


Audiobook on CD

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson. 14 hours at 11 CDs.  Bryson goes around England and tells you what happened.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Extrreme Secrets Hide Fast at the 42nd Street Library

DVD

Banshee: the complete 3rd season starring Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Frankie Faison. I watched the first season of this on Amazon Prime. It's a fun show. An ex-con assumes the identity of a newly hired Sheriff in Pennsylvania. Never mind how no one ever met the real guy, or that Sheriffs are elected, or how so many people keep getting killed. It's still fun.



Fiction

Murder at the 42nd Street Library by Con Lehane. Here is everyone's first question, "Is this guy related to Dennis Lehane?"  Heck if I know. This is his fourth crime novel. NYPL Librarian solves a crime at the central library with scholars and writers as suspects.

Extreme Prey by John Sandford.  Someone gets killed.

City of Secrets by Stewart O'Nan. This is O'Nan's 17th novel. O'Nan's author photo is small and black-and-white.

Fast and Loose by Fern Michaels. The space bar on my key board has something stuck under it. Words keep running together asItype.

Hide Away by Iris Johansen. Same author as her last novel. I really like the cover art. Woman is striking a determiend hands-on-hips pose on a boulder at the water's edge of a fjord. Some guy is stanind up in a canoe and paddling over. Standing in a canoe? What the heck?


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Here Is A DVD

DVD

The Lady In The Van starring Prof. McGonagall, Alex Jennings. Older woman parks her van in a man's driveway and she stays there for 15 years. Here is the German trailer. German is not available on the DVD but you can listen to the French, Portuguese and Thai versions.

Monday, April 25, 2016

47 Discs with Musical Interludes

DVD

Skyfall starring James Bond. I shouldn't list this one. The DVD needed a replacement case and it was on our processing cart. But, I've typed this far so I might as well add a video clip.



Audiobooks on CD

Dictator by Robert Harris. 14 hours on 11 CDs.  Cicero is exiled from Rome and his family but returns to Rome and prominence.



Deep Blue by Randy Wayne White. 8.5 hours on 7 CDs. Secret spy living in South Florida is threatened by ISIS.

The Wolves by Alex Berenson. 11.5 hours on 9 CDs. This novel and Deep Blue (above) have the same narrator, George Guidall. CIA guy looks for revenge on billionaire who tried to start a war with Iran.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. 1 hours on 9 CDs. Didn't we have this already? Guess not.



Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase. 12 hours on 10 CDs.  English woman want sto marry at old family estate. Family history concerns her.


Wisconsin Author Plus Four More People

Wisconsin

The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton. I read a review of this novel this morning in the New York Times Book Review. Apple farmers and family dynamics. Hamilton's author photo does not show a wrist watch.

Fiction

'Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick. That title just sounds like a romance, doesn't it?  A woman match maker in Victorian England is getting odd threats and asks a crime novelist for help. The male novelist is skeptical. No wrist watch on Quick's author photo. Is quick her real name? I cannot keep all her real name and pen names separate.

The Last Mile by David Baldacci. No wrist watch for Baldacci's photo. His arms are not even showing.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. Curtis is a female. The only other Curtis I know is a 10-year-old who gets in trouble at Cub Scout Pack meetings because he and another child named Ian are mischievous. Ms. Sittenfeld's author photo is also missing a wrist watch.  This is  'brilliant and playful' retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

Maestra by L.S. Hilton.  Nope, no wrist watch  for her photo. Woman turns femme fatale to climbup the ranks of London society.

Friday, April 22, 2016

One Flick

DVD

The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. I still have not seen this. I read the novel by Punke. The novel was recommended by someone who said it was the best book he ever read. Well... it wasn't that good but it was pretty decent. After I read the book I looked PUnk eup to see if he had any more novels. Nope, no novels but he has had an interesting careeer.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Music Lingo

Notes Are Sung, Notes Are recorded, Notes Are Played Back For Your Enjoyment

Love Yes by TEEN. Singers sing something. I don't know what this is, I saw an advert and figured "What the hey."


Bang Zoom Crazy Hello by Cheap Trick. Singers from Rockford, Illinois sing rock with one of the greatest rock singers ever, Zander


Audiobooks on CD

Kiss Me in Christmas by Debbie Mason. 8 hours on 7 CDs. Big time actress still lusts for rugged high school quarterback.

X: the truth is out there: the X-Files series, book 2 edited by Jonathan Maberry. Short stories based on the TV show's characters. I heard the first edition and enjoyed it.

NonFiction

Lingo: around Europe in Sixty Languages by Gaston Dorren.  All the multiple languages and dialects spoken in Europe and their relationships over time. Including Breton, Maltese, Frisian, Romansh, etc.

Large Print


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lilac Girls Programming Obsession

Fiction

The Obsession by Nora Roberts. Photographer's father abducted a girl when photographer was also a girl. I think.

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline. Woman sees her sperm donor's photo on TV after his arrest for murder. Things happen, I suppose. Scottoline's author photo is the same as the last book or two.Her photo is on the inside of the dust cover to make room for all the praise on the back.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. The cover photo is three women walking arm in arm. That keeps making me think this book has multiple authors, but it doesn't. Kelly's author photo is by a guy named Jeffrey.

The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King. I almost always see King's name and try to remember if she is Stephen King's wife. She is not Stephen King's wife, that is Tabitha King. Laurie R. King's husband passed away in 2009. Her husband had a very interesting and varied career and a big beard.

The 14th Colony by Steve Berry. I'm not sure what this is about. The front cover says "historical fiction". The back cover says "author photo". Berry's photo has him wearing a grey suit coat. I'm not sure what you call that kind of material.

Musical Interlude

How has this CD circ'ed only one time? Sinkane's 2014 album is Mean Love.


NonFiction

Programming the Photon: getting started with the internet of things by Christopher Rush. Program your stuff.

Big Girl: how I gave up dieting and got a life by Kelsey Miller. The small bio says Miller lives in Brooklyn. The small author photo says Miller was outside for the photo.

Quicken: 2016 the official guide by Bobbi Sandberg. Learn your software. Sandberg has been teaching this stuff for over 30 years.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

The Ulitmate Star Wars Treadmill Workout

DVD

Star Wars: the force awakens starring Chewbacca. Space people use laser swords. We have two DVD and two BluRay copies. I had no idea there was another Star Wars film coming out in a few months.


SketchUp: a design guide for woodworkers by Joe Zeh. Dovetail sockets, splayed pieces, explode tool.

Knock-Em Dead: the ultimate job search guide 2016 by Martin Yate. Page 383 says, "Skyper interviews, 159-61."

Crack the Code: decrypting your job search by Reid A. Robison and Joseph Ellsworth. Pgae 77 says, "Far too many students miss the opportunity to bond with a professor."

QuickBooks 2016 by Bobbie Sandberg and Leslie Capachietti. Capachietti, that is a difficult name for me to type.

The Ultimate Treadmill Workout by David Siik. I should try this out. I wonder if I could program my machine rather than hit buttons all the time.

2016 National Building Cost Manual, 40th Edition edited by Ben Moselle. Whoah. A mid-range quality garage at 600 square feet is $25,662.

The Complete Guide to Walls and Ceilings by Black and Decker. Page 33 says, "Hold the saw vertically to prevent damage to the door jamb or wall."

2016 National Repair and Remodeling Estimator, 39th edition by Albert S. Paxton. Did this guy write it all himself? There is a ton of data in here to update and verify.

The Homemade Workshop: Build Your Own Woodworking Machines and Jigs by James Hamilton. Build a dual stage drum stander out of plywood, fasteners, and an old DC motor.

Blacksmithing Techniques by Jose Antonio Ares. Step-by-step for same lame projects like candelabras. But, once you learn the skills you can do neat things like maces, helmets, battering rams, and metal dog sculptures.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Many More NonFic

NonFic

Personal Finance for Professionals by Susan A Berson. Aimed at younger adults. First time with a decent salary but plenty of debts to pay.

Civil Rights for Beginners by Paul von Blum. Dang. I thought this was a comics version. Nope. Just has black and white drawings. Covers the early 20th Century through the present.

How to Talk to Your Kids About Divorce by Dr. Samantha Rodman. This reminds me of a Family Circus cartoon where Dolly runs inside the house "[Friend's name] family is getting a divorce! Can we get one too?"

Investing 101 by Michele Cagan, CPA.  "Cuts out the boring explanations, and instead provides a hands-on lesson that keeps you engaged as learn how to build a portfolio and expand your savings."

You Did What?!: the biggest blunders professionals make by Kim Zoller and Kerry Preston. Page 78 says, "Scarves should be color coordinated and enhance the suit."

Crack the Code: decrypting your job search by Reid A. Robison and Joseph Ellsworth. That title reminds me of a song but I cannot quite put the tune together. Here's Donnie Iris instead.



CompTIA Network+ by Mike Meyers and Jonathan Weissman.  Page 355 says, "Technologies ... on the ... network ... recall ... the ... first-generation ... family."


More Made-Up Stories

Fiction

Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen. One semester in college the student union was showing a ton of films during finals. I went and saw Miller's Crossing at 10PM or 11PM, or something. I really enjoyed that flick.


As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins Clark.  I don't think Clark writes her books any more. After so many books her new novels just come out of her head fully formed and edited. Clark just types the text, has someone check for typos and they send the doc straight to the printing house.

Family Jewels by Stuart Woods. Woods is wearing tortoiseshell glasses and a cotton shirt for his author photo.

Dominion: the chronicles of the invaders by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard. Is the Irish Connolly  or the Los Angeles Connolly? Let me check ... he's the Irish guy. Ridyard grew up in South Africa. That reminds me that I need to read more Deon Meyers and Roger Smith novels.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Last of the New

Fiction

No Safe Secret by Fern Michaels. The cover has a lot of yellow. The cover looks like a 1970s romance.

Darkness by Karen Robards. This is all pink with some orange and the cursive text makes it look like a 1980s novel.

NonFiction

Infectious Madness: the surprising science of how we "catch" mental illness by Harriet A. Washington. Megan Abbott wrote a fine novel about "catching" hysterical illnesses, The Fever.

The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: an essential guide for the newly diagnosed, third edition by Gretchen Baker. Covering diet, exercise importance, insurance, glucose testing, etc. I don't think Megan Abbott has written a diabetes book.

21 Days to Success with LinkedIn by Ron Sukenick and Ken Williams. A customer asked about this topic a couple weeks ago so I ordered this book.

Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody and Support, 3rd edition by Emily Doskow. I think Doskow writes a lot of these legal guides. Let me check ... yep, nine books to her name.

101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions by Ron Fry. Our other guides are dated and need replacement. Page 107 says, "How often do you get angry?"

The Marketing Plan handbook: develop big-picture marketing plans for pennies on the dollar, 2nd edition by Robert W. Bly. Page 203 says, "make a seemingly contradictory statement or promise."

The Angst of Adolescence: how to parent your teen (and live to laugh about it) by Sara Villenueva, PhD. Page 67 says, "This is a real problem."

Temperament Tools: working with your child's inborn traits, revised edition by Helen Neville and Diane Clark Johnson. Cute children on the cover.

101 Smart Questions to Ask on Your Interview by Ron Fry. Same author, different book.

Body Weight Workouts for Men: 75 anytime, anywhere exercises to build a better body by Sean Bartram. Three levels of difficulty with many photographs of guys doing exercises.

Going to Court: an introduction to the U.S. Justice System by Ursula Furi-Perry. Easy to read guide written by a lawyer from Massachusetts.