Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Run For Your Lives, Gischler Has Returned.


Sally of the Wasteland by Victor Gsichler and Tazio Bettin.  Post-apocalyptic action and humor.  Through the wonders of the internet I learned last week that Gischler had a warrant issued for his arrest. He was charged with not paying a traffic ticket. Gischler paid the ticket and has an online payment record. Okay, that can happen. What was surprising is when four, maybe more, people commented that they or a relative had the same thing happen and they were arrested and stuck in jail. Dang, that is not good.

Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo. 1963 Cuba and a woman tells about her time during the Third War of Independence from Spain.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bunch of Large Print and Audiobooks with Two - That's Right 2! - Quarry Novels

Audiobooks on CD and Large Print

Yes, that picture is very blurry. No, I am not going to take another photo.

Quarry Novels

I've always enjoyed Max Allan Collins's Quarry novels. I'm listening to one of the Mike Hammer novels Mickey Spillane gave to Collins to finish up. I like it.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just Found a Stack of Items In the Staff Workroom

Fiction - With unrelated commentary.

The Angel of Court Affair by Anne Perry. When it came out that Perry was one of the girls convicted of that infamous 1954 murder in New Zealand it also came out that the other teenager involved, Pauline Parker, now lived a short way away from Perry in England.

Blood on the Snow by Jo Nesbo. Anthony Neil Smith likes these Norwegian books. I'm not sure why I always remember this.

Miracle at August by James Patterson Amalgamated Writer Industries and Peter de Jonge. de Jonge is a cool name.

At The Water's Edge by Sara Gruen. Gruen? Did I read one of her books? Let me see... nope, she did that novel about elephants or something.

Children's Crusade by Ann Packer.  Back to Anne Perry: how do you reconcile yourself with your actions as a murderer.  Perry and Parker were in a obsessive relationship and, to me, could have been mentally ill. 70 years on both Perry and Parker must still be reminded most days of the killing.  Each time they see a grouchy teenager with a parent. Maybe Parker wishes she could talk to her mother once again.

The Dead Play On by Heather Graham. Do you think Perry and Parker have flashbacks?  Maybe a smell that generates a memory?  There must be plant and animal smells unique to NZ that are rarely found in England.

Sisters of Heart and Snow by Margaret Dilloway. There is a scent that immediately reminds me of frequent childhood visits to a family member's home in Dallas. I smell it every now and again. When I went to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico the cabin used to teach tying fly fishing flies was thick with that scent.

NonFiction - With More Commentary

Effortless Healing: 9 simple ways to sidestep illness, shed excess weight, and help your body fix itself by Dr. Joseph Mercola.  The dust jacket says Mercola is a passionate advocate... champion... visionary. How is Mercola pronounced? It makes me think of Meerkats and Coca-Cola.

Large Print - Even More Commentary

West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan.  I am a robot. Beep, beep, beep.

Wicked Ways by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush. Two people write one book.

Sometimes the Wolf by Urban Waite. Attacks at night with sharp, gnashing teeth. You'll defensively raise your arms but your efforts are in vain. You will be eaten alive.

The Trouble With J.J. by Tami Hoag. Is that he keeps leaving the lights on. His electric bill must be insane.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Emma, Gourmet Warlord


American Warlord: a true story by Johnny Dwyer. In 1991 Florida teenager Chucky lived with his mother and step-father outside Orlando. He received a call from his biological father, Charles Taylor, Liberian President. Chucky flew over to visit, joined his father's government, and started "committing crimes that stunned even his brutal father." When the Liberian government collapsed Chucky tried to come back to the U.S.


Jackie Chan 8 Film Collection: Battle Creek Brawl: City Hunter: Crime Story: Magnificent Bodyguards: Police Story: Police Story 2: Dragon Fist: The Protector. starring Jackie Chan.

Tusk starring Michael Parks Justin Long.  Some kind of horror movie about a walrus man in Canada.


Emma by Alexander McCall Smith.  Modern telling of the old story.

Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter.  Historical thriller in 1837 India.  Bernard Cornwell says he liked it.

Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova. Genova? That's a familiar name.  I'm not sure why.

Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon. Spying and political intrigue in 1949 Berlin. I watched the film version of A Good German, it was a good flick.

The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle. The plot description on the dust cover uses the word inamorata. Really? I'll admit to sometimes trying to find the perfect word. But, really? Inamorata?

Killer Gourmet by G.A. McKevett.  Mystery novel with food.

Hot Pursuit by Stuart Woods. Another one.

Compulsion by Allison Brennan. Reporter investigates accused killer.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Big 150.5 Hour Pile of Audiobooks

Audiobooks on CD

A vendor had a big sale so I bought a bunch of audiobooks.

Target Lancer by Max Allan Collins. 7 CDs at 8.5 hours. Collins's Nathan Heller gets involved in another big historical event. Good mysteries set within actual events. Heller gets involved in the Kennedy assassination.

Eight Days to Live by Iris Johansen.  10 CDs at 12 hours. Some sort of mystery with people.

Kiss Her Goodbye by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins. 7 CDs at 8.5 hours.  Another collaboration between Spillane's unfinished manuscripts and Allan's finishing fingers.  Mike Hammer finds trouble and causes more trouble.

Standup Guy by Stuart Woods.  6 CDs by 7.5 hours.  Another Woods mystery. You know the drill.

Taking Eve by Iris Johansen. 9 CDs at 10 hours. One of those Eve novels by Johansen.

Hunting Eve by Iris Johansen. 9 CDs at 11 hours.  Another one of those Eve novels by Johansen.

Capitol Murder by Phillip Margolin.  8 CDs at 9.5 hours.  A PI and an attorney are in a thriller novel.

The Forgotten by David Baldacci.  12 CDs at 12.5 hours.  Super cop investigates his aunt's murderin Florida.

The Innocents by David Baldacci.  10 CDs at 12.5 hours.  Hitman on the run takes in a 14-year-old runaway as they both run from bad guys.

The Hit by David Baldacci. 10 CDs at 12 hours. The same hitman does something else with other hitman who is a hitwoman.

Total Control by David Baldacci. 14 CDs at 17 hours. Thriller with a woman involved in search for her missing husband.

Back Fire by Catherine Coulter. 10 CDs at 11.5 hours.  FBI investigates trial with a shot judge and a distracted prosecutor.

Sleight of Hand by Phillip Margolin.  7 CDs at 8 hours. Some guy is a attorney, con man, and hired killer.

After Dark by Phillip Margolin.  9 CDs by 10 hours.  Judge gets killed, prosecutor is prosecuted, defense attorney defends.

Rejoice! A new David Levien novel.


Signature Kill by David Levien. Former Police Officer Frank Behr solves more crimes in Indianapolis.

Tortured Souls: the legend of Primordium by Clive Barker. Reprint of 2001 novella by Barker.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver. Stories by the famed short story writer. Was this a donation? It is certainly not a new book.


Helping Your Anxious Child, second edition by Ronald M. Rapee, Ph.D., et al.  10 percent of children have excessive fears and worries - phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder - that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood.

My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has a Disease by Claudia Black.  Discussing alcoholism with young children.

An Elephant in the Living Room by Jill M. Hastings, M.S. and Marion H. Typpo, Ph.D. Like the above, how children of alcoholics live with the situation.

Large Print

The Stranger by Harlan Coben.

Patriot Threat by Steve Berry.

Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury.

House Broken by Sonja Yoera.

Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell.

Falling From Horses by Molly Gloss.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen.

The Rose Effect by Graeme Simision.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Part Two: Bullet Rebellion Love Song


The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly.  Woman goes to doctor appointment for wrist pain and they find a bullet in her neck. Woman was adopted as a child after she was wounded and her parents murdered.

Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford. I have a lot of trouble typing the author's name.

Some is Watching by Joy Field-. I think that says Joy Fielding. But, There is a label covering up part of the name I don't want to check the cover.

Love Letters by Beverly Lewis.

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson.  At least I think it is Cynthia. Her name is also covered by a spine label.

Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce.Cover image is a woman on a beach.

Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber. That is a long title.

Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik. I like the cover.

Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson. Cover is similar to Dark Rooms.

The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell.

The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos. The cover makes this look like a YA novel. Aquamarine cover with just the title words in a typewriter font.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Part One: Coben's Murder Dreams


The Stranger by Harlan Coben. Bill Crider linked to an interview with Coben. COben doesn't work at home because he gets distracted by house and home issues.  He'll go to the grocery store coffee shop.

Murder on the Champ De Mars by Cara Black.  Another murder in Paris. Page 54 says, "A pang hit her." Sweet! the end papers have city maps.

The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen. Rhys is a guy's name, right? Let me check...nope. Rhys is a woman.  Hey, Bowen was been awarded an Edgar, and Anthony, and a Agatha award. That means Bowen's books are a big deal.

Life or Death by Michael Robotham. I like this guy's novels but have not read one in a while.

The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons. I like this guy's novels, too. Another historical novel mixing real people with characters.

Non Fiction

Understanding Your Cat or Kitten by H. Ellen Whiteley, DVM. One of the cats living in my house, Vampire Fang, has been hassling the dog, Petra. I think the cat is jealous that Petra gets to go outside. Vampire Fang will hover by the back door and bolt outside if you are not watching. My wife and I will holler at the children, "Don't let the cat out!"

Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Son of the Son: the Don Rosa Library Vol. 1. Republished comics in a nice big hardcover. Page 62 says, "Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!"

Large Print

Cold Betrayal by JA Jance. Same as the regular print with BIG LETTERS.