Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Two For You


The Off-Islander by Peter Colt. 1982 PI in New England searches for a long missing man.

Non Fiction

Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs. Not sure what this is about but Burroughs is a big name.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Christa Faust Re-Print and Making Money


Hoodtown by Christa Faust. Crime and murder in Hoodtown, a place populated by Luchadora wrestlers.


The Rule: how I beat the odds in the markets and in life- and how you can too by Larry Hite. Investment advice.

Monday, November 04, 2019

How We Fight: MANHUNT


How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones.  Man, that was some awful typing I first did. I made several corrections including the ones saying Mr. Jones was fighting for Our Livers. Jones experience as a gay black guy from the South.


The Best of manhunt: a collection of the best of Manhunt Magazine edited by Jeff Vorzimmer. Another great publication by Stark House press. manhunt specialized in crime fiction and printed stories by Ed McBain, Mickey Spillane, Richard S. Prather and other famed writers.

Friday, November 01, 2019

NonFic: Murder, babies, History, Spies


The Second Founding: how the Civil War and Reconstruction remade the Constitution by Eric Foner. How post war amendments changed the country. Photos? Yes.

The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe. Stories about famous people and Rowe's own personal stories. Photos? No. Illustrations? Yes.

Kid Gloves: nine months of careful chaos by Lucy Knisley. Comic book story of the artist's pregnancy. Photos? No. Illustrations? Yes.

Life Undercover: coming of age in the CIA by Amaryllis Fox. Life as a CIA analyst and undercover. Photos? No. Illustrations?No.

Unsolved Murders: true crime cases uncovered by Amber Hunt and Emily G Thompson. True crime. Photos? You betcha. Illustrations? Yes.

How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi. Antiracism as a concept to clearly see racism and an action to dismantle racism. Photos? No. Illustrations? No.End notes and bibliography? You're darn tootin.

The British Are Coming: the War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 by Rick Atkinson. This looks neat. First volume of planned trilogy of Revolutionary War. Photos? Yes. Illustrations?No. Maps? Thank goodness yes.

Night Call: embracing compassion and hope in a troubled world by Robert J Wicks. Photos? No. Illustrations? No.

Catch and Kill: lies, spies, and a conspriacy to protect predators by Ronan Farrow. Farrow's investigation of Harvey Weinstein brought all sorts of stuff down on his head. Photos? No. Illustrations? No. Deckled pages? Yes.

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, Oluo spoke at a Wisconsin library conference last month and I have forgotten how to pronounce her name. She was a very insightful speaker. Photos? No. Illustrations? No. End notes? A few.

Bad Weekend by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Comic book novel in the graphic novel section of nonfic.

Haben: the deafblind woman who conquered Harvard Law: a memoir by Haben Girma. Advocate for disabilities graduated from Harvard and has a guide dog. Photos? Yes. Illustrations? No. Photos of hairy guide dog? Heck yeah.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019



Deadwood :the movie starring That Dude From Justified. THIS MOVIE HAS HORSES AND GUNS.

Chernobyl starring Some Skarsgard.. THIS MINISERIES HAS RADIATION POISONING.

The 60 Yard Line starring Expensice Cameos. THIS MOVIE HAS GREEN BAY.

Stuber starring That Guy From The Big Sick. THIS MOVIE HAS HUMOROUS VIOLENCE.

Cobra Kai: season 1 starring That Blond Guy From The Equalizer and Back To School. MAN WITH REPRESSED ANGER SEIZES REVENGE.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Some DVDs


Avengers: Endgame starring [actors]. Movie that made a ton of money makes another ton of money on DVD and streaming sales.

Tolkien starring Nicholas Hoult. JRR grows up and gets shelled in France.

Donnybrook starring Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley. Backwoods cage match can lead to a big purse.

Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson. Carol Danvers returns to Earth with super powers and Samuel L Jackson is younger through CGI.

Very, Very Valentine by Danica McKellar and Cameron Mathison. Real life math writer takes another acting job alongside some dude.

Blue Collar starring Richard Pryor, Harvey keitel and Yaphet Kotto. This was only 8 or 9 bucks so I bought it. Three pals rob their union's safe.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The ABCs: Atwood, Barclay, Coates.


Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay. His latest thriller. On Twitter Barclay writes, "Take the stairs."

The Secrets We Keep by Lara Prescott. I like the cover. Kelly Blair designed the cover. I'm not certain what the novel is about. You can see what Kelly Blair is about here.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Essayist writes a novel. Oh, wait a minute? Did he already do fiction? Let me check... Well, this is his first novel but I don't know if he already did short fiction.

The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup. Sveistrup is from Denmark. A serial killer is on the loose in Copenhagen.


The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. Sequel to Handmaid's Tale. I read the book but still have not seen the TV series.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New Things Filled With Words


Kopp Sisters on the March by Amy Stewart. These books are supposed to be pretty neat-o but I've not yet read one. Oh, hey! Stewart does nonfic too.

Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux. Dig it, Deveraux has a new author photo, nice. The cover has a weird-ish photoshop of a woman in a red dress walking on a bridge railing.

Inheritance by Evelyn Toynton. Another one of those "Widowed person takes a trip" novels. Woman goes to England and moves in with some dude.

The Stranger Inside by Lisa Unger. Unger has written quite a few novels. I think this is a thriller.

The Stalking by Heather Graham. Part of the Krewe of Hunters series. I always think of the actress when seeing Graham's name.

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier. Single woman in 1932 England is a "surplus woman". He fiance died in the Great War and there are not many men around.

Pretty Guilty Women by Gina Lamanna. I like the colors on this cover. Lamanna lives in St. Paul. I was up in Eau Claire a couple weeks ago. That is the closest I've been to MN in a while. 

The Titanic Secret by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. A book in the Isaac Bell series. I reecently read a short piece by a guy who used to assist Cussler on Cussler's book tours.

Audiobook on CD

The Titanic Secret by Clive Cussler and Jack Du Brul. 

Monday, September 09, 2019

Fiddling Fiction


Fiddling With Fate by Kathleen Ernst. A new Chloe Ellefson mystery. This time Ellefson heads to Norway as a consultant and, of course, finds a killer.