Thursday, May 26, 2016

Therapy Dogs Last Saturday


Seven Super Slivers of Satisfying Stories


Smoke by Dan Vyleta.Cover illustration makes it look like a novel about smoggy London. I was reading the other day how the famous London fog was a result of air pollution. Once Britain began improving air quality the fog went away.

Unloaded: crime writers writing without guns edited by Eric Beetner. I read something about this online. Patti Abbott has a story in here, so I probably saw something from her. I just saw a type error in the book. I should email someone and bitterly complain. Author love when you do that. Authors also really like you to email them about gun-related errors.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. Brokenn wine glass on the cover. We have a lot of chipped plates at home. The set we bought is not durable. We're not inclined to replace the dishes because are children are still young.

The Sorcerer's Daughter: the defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks. Swords, daggers, women in wispy dresses. When I was in middle and high school I tore through Brooks's first novels. Lots of adventure and wizardy things.

Seven Days Dead by John Farrow. More great Canadian crime fiction from Farrow. Farrow also writes under his real name, Trevor Someorother. Let me look that up... Ferguson. Trevor Ferguson.  The library owns the DVD of Ferguson's novel The Timekeeper. It's a pretty decent flick, too bad this trailer is poor quality.

The Last Ranch by Michael McGarrity. Another modern Western by McGarrity. A post-WWII rancher is facing a land grab from the federal government.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Three Novels


The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton. Guy gets out of prison twenty years early through help of a crime lord. Now he has to do whatever the crime lord says.I read Hamilton's Lock Artist, it was good. Oh, hey! I just found out I read another book of Hamilton's A Cold Day in Paradise. I have a paperback copy of that sitting around at home.

Tall Tail by Rita Mae Brown. I refuse to list a cat as a co-author. 

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani. "After" party? Man, I never go to party parties. I exercise in the basement and then drink bar while wasting time online.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Stuff. Musical Interludes.


The Sympathizer by Viet Thang Nguyen. Pulitzer for fiction. Former Vietnamese Army guy is a spy in the United States. that reminds me of the band Animal Logic. The drummer was Stewart Copeland.

Beyond the Ice Limit by Preston and Child. Something about water? That's what the cover says. Song reminder? How about another Neil Finn tune?

Boar Island by Nevada Barr. Where is Boar Island? Let's see... supposedly near Acadia National Park in Maine. Hmm, any Maine songs come to mind? Nope. What about bulls?

Blood Flag by Steve Martini. Flag songs, flag songs, flag songs. Nothing there either.


Dehydrating at Home: getting the best from your dehydrator, from fruit leathers to meat jerkies by Michelle Keogh.  Lots of pretty pictures. Good thing too, because I cannot think of dehydrator songs.

Menopause Solution by Stephanie S. Faubio, MD. Well, Faubio is kinda close to Fabian.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wisconsin History

Non Fiction

Wisconsin Agriculture: a history by Jerry Apps. Lots of photos. Cheese, wheat, wine, cranberries, honey, other things that are eaten.  Ginseng is mentioned. So is muck farming. Good, I still don't know what the heck a muck farm is.

Polka Heartland: why the Midwest loves to polka by Dick Blau and Rick March. Page 143 says, "In the 1960s, the music of Lojze Slak was played frequently on Slovenian American ethnic radio programs."

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire: photographs by the first American female war corresponded killed in action by John Garofolo. A biography of Milwaukee native Chappele's told by using her photographs.  Chappelle was killed in Vietnam in 1965.

Native People of Wisconsin by Patty Loew. A new, updated edition.

Ship Captain's Daughter: growing up on the Great Lakes by Ann M. Lewis. Her father worked, and then captained, ships on the Great Lakes starting in the '30s. A slim volume.


A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps. "Remembering country winters."

Remarkable Homes of Wisconsin. Video tour of fancy places. I tried to find a video of a jokey home tour Steve Martin gave back in the early to mid-'80s. I failed.

Large Print

Monday, May 16, 2016

Deadpool and Some Novels


Deadpool starring Guy in Red. Cursing and violence and jokes. I've not yet seen it.


Deadpool starring High Definition Guy in Red. High definition cursing violence and jokes.


Prayers The Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumb. Widow becomes sheriff in 1936. Things happen.

LaRose by Louise Erdrich. Man kills his best friend's five-year-old son in hunting accident. Man ancient rules he gives his own son to the other family. Things happen.

Monday, May 09, 2016

A Few NonFics, A SciFi and Fiction


The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt. I'm not sure what this book is about but it is on the best seller list.

The Comedians: drunks, thieves, scoundrels, and the history of American comedy by Kliph Nesteroff. I heard an interview with this guy. He had many neat stories about comedians and how the business worked from the days of burlesque and vaudeville through to radio and television.

Crochet 101: master basic skills and techniques easily through step-by-step instruction by Deborah Burger.  Crochet and quilting books do fairly well here. A new beginner's guide like this one might do well.

Epilogue by Will Boast. Boast's short story collection of a few years ago was very good. After Boast's father died Boast found out the man had a first family in England.


Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury.  A romance? Kingsbury specializes in Christian romance doesn't she?  The cover illustration is not for me. Kingsbury has a big smile for her author photo. She should have a full page author photo, she sells tons of novels.

Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom. Ooh, this has a map on the endpapers. Escaped slave is living as white aristocrat in Philadelphia but has to travel back to North Carolina.

Archangel by Marguerite Reed. SciFi novel with people colonizing another planet running into money trouble and dealing with newcomers who may just pollute the new planet.

Reed's Facebook posts keep ending up on my feed because of JD Rhoades "likes" and comments. (We have a few Rhoades books here as well.) I suppose I could mess with the Facebook settings to stop all the "likes" from showing up. Yesterday's Facebook feed was filled with Mother's Day posts by people I have never met.  Anyway. I ordered Reed's book.

I think Reed lives north of Wichita. My family's spring break visit to KS did not include driving all over the state like our usual summer visits. We've seen just about every dang zoo in the state. Plus the Kansas Cosmosphere. And Cowtown. And Exploration Place. And Aviation Museum. And Strataca Salt Mine. And Brookville Hotel. And Kansas Motorcycle Museum. And Coronado Heights. And every single Dala horse in Lindsborg.

I suppose we can try Abilene next time. The Greyhound Museum and Eisenhower Library are there. The coffee place in Lindsborg makes a nice Cuban Coffee.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. The cover says "World War Two in London."

American Blood by Ben Sanders. New Zealand crime novelist writes a novel set in New Mexico.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Eleven Novels


Giving Up The Ghost by Mac McCoy. Mystery paperback with a widow who can talk to dead victims and solve murders. I bought this because we don't get many paperback only books. I also bought this because the author is from KS.

Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian. Don't we have this already? Let me check ... Nope, this is our only copy. Orhan's grandfather dies and leaves the rug business to a woman in far away Los Angeles.

15th Affair by James Patterson Literary Industries, Amalgamated and Maxine Paetro. Paetro works a lot of Patterson. This series is popular.

Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo.  Russo has a follow up to his novel Nobody's Fool. I watched the film version of Nobody's Fool and didn't see what the big deal was. The main character was not a lovable rascal, he was a deadbeat who left his family.

Unwound by Lorelei James.  Romance novel by Lori Armstrong under her romance pen name. Oh, wait. Maybe Armstrong was the pen name. Let me check ... I was correct. Armstrong is her real name.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.  Widower travels the world to find out his wife's life before they met and married. Maybe she was a spy. Or an assassin. Or a bank robber. That is what happens in most of the books I read.

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman. Guess who hasn't read a Lippman book yet? [points at self] This guy. Megan Abbott speaks very highly of Lippman. I pay attention to Abbott's opinion.

The Girl From Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux. I like the cover. I don't like most romance-y covers.

Redemption Road by John Hart.  I like this cover as well. Hart won two Edgar Awards in a row. Wow. That is impressive.

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman.  Backman is Swedish. His author bio says his novels have been sold in twenty-five languages and that he lives with his wife and two children. I misread that as "He lives with his wife and 25 children."

The Apartment by Danielle Steel. I still want to stick and "e" on the end of Steel.

Your New Ear Worm

Computer Magic Decodes Digital Information Into Sound Waves

The Hope Six Demolition Project by PJ Harvey. English Woman sings songs of economic inequity.

Harvey does not have tour dates for Wisconsin or New Zealand.

Monday, May 02, 2016

More Harris Vampires


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.


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


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.


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?