Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Year. New Books. New Nonsense.


Lillian Boxsmith Takes A Walk by Kathleen Rooney. What the heck is a boxfish. IS that like a square watermelon?

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Before I attended Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico I heard everyone's scary bear attack stories.

Never Never by James Patterson Literary Manufacturing Services and Candice Fox. Is this is the novelization of the song?

Homesick for Another World by Otessa Moshfegh. Short stories by a woman who wins writing awards. I like the cover.

The Rising by Heather Graham and Jon Land. I have been intending to try out a book by each of these authors. I should read this one and kill two birds with one stone.

The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams. She has a familiar name. Let's see what she wrote... nope. I do not recognize those novels. Williams's author photo has her wearing a yellow earring.

The Magician's Lie by Greer MacAllister. Oh, hey, she might be coming to give an author talk here at the library. Our adult programmer has been emailing with her , or her agent, or her publicist, or her sister, or somebody about arranging a date.

Four Weddings and Sixpence by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane. Paperback with four romance stories written by four authors. All four writers live in Seattle or the Pac. Northwest. That must have made any collaboration much easier.


Hillbilly elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance. Growing up poor and white and trying to move up. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Two Novels


Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran. "That illuminates life's brutality but also it's beauty, revealing our foibles and wrong turns." Believe me, I'm well aware of my foibles. Well aware.

The Antiques by Kris D'Agostino. Siblings get together and either fight or reunite. I'm not sure. I did not read the full plot description on the dust cover.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Use These Plastic Discs To Recreate Sounds Using an Electronic Device

The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold. Singers sing songs I've never heard. How about Chris Isaak instead?

Hamilton: the mix tape by [various].  Various singers sing songs from the musical. This reminds me of this song.

Blue and Lonesome by The Rolling Stones.  English singers sing their favorite blues songs. This reminds me of nothing.

Gunslinger by Garth Brooks. Country singer sings songs of countries.  This reminds me of this.

The Weight of These Wings by Miranda Lambert. Country singer sings songs of wings. This reminds me of this, of course.

And here is this, because I just saw the link.

Lansdale! Abbott! Others!


Clear by Fire by Joshua Hood. I saw this guy's online commentary somewhere and thought the thing would circ. Plot: former black ops soldier is on the run from bad guys.

Dead on the Bones by Joe R. Lansdale. A bunch of short stories by the master writer.

Shot in Detroit by Patricia Abbott. Photographer in Detroit gains artistic renown after photographing a corpse. She keeps hunting out new bodies to fuel her success.

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson.  Something about San Francisco.

The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian. Sleepwalker goes missing.

Audiobook on CD

Ring of Fire by Brad Taylor. 15 hours on 12 CDs. Shoot-em'up with spies and terrorists.


Preacher: season one starring [actors]. Small town preacher is a devil or something. I'm not sure. Watch the preview.

Game of Thrones: the complete sixth season starring [more actors]. Hey! Is that Max von Sydow?! Wow, it is.

Monday, January 09, 2017


Electrical Magic Creates Sound

Revolution Radio by Green Day. Trio of musicians play songs and sing about radio. I don't want to look up a Green Day video. Here is Unlocking the Truth instead.


The Dangerous Ladies Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Mystery novel with detectives trying to stop an extortionist.

Below the Belt by Stuart Woods. Something about a lawyer or something.

The Mistress by Danielle Steel. Rich people in love.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Big New Book


The Horse Encyclopedia by DK. Sometimes DK never lists the editor on the front cover. This has all the big beautiful pictures that DK is known for.

Friday, December 30, 2016

A Book. A DVD. A Audiobook.


The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond. Food recipes from a woman in Oklahoma.


The Purge: Election Year starring [actors]. A Senator running for President has to survive the 12 hours of lawlessness. This looks like one of those situation where the actress is given glasses to "look smart."


Testimony by Robbie Robertson. 19 hours on 16 CDs. From growing up in Canada, going electric with Dylan, and recording with The Band.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Six Books and Photos


Curtain of Death by W.E.B.Griffin and William E. Butterworh IV. 1946 spies in Germany.

The Midnight bell by Jack Higgins. "Desperate men will act, secrets will be revealed."


Books for Living by Will Schwalbe. Essays about other books.

Audiobooks on CD

The Night Searchers by Marcia Muller. 7 hours on 6 CDs. Private eye privately eyes.

Girl Walks Out of a Bar by Lisa F. Smith. 9 hours on 7 CDs. Lawyer who started drinking when she was a teenager goes full blown boozer when working for a big NYC law firm.

The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes.  11.5 hours on 9CDs. Taubes says we eat too much sugar.


Outdoor ice skating rink in Commons Park. We had some super cold days a week or two ago but had above freezing temperatures a couple days ago. I don't know how often the Parks Department resprays the rink after thaws.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Some Audiobooks

Audiobooks on CD

A Match for Marcus Cynster by Stephanie Laurens. 13.5 hours on 11 CDs. Some sort of romance.

Born A Crime: stories from a South African childhood by Trevor Noah. 8.83 hours on 7 CDs.  Noah grew up with a white dad and black mom when it was illegal for the two to be married.

The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut. 14.5 hours on 12 CDs. Boy is kidnapped in 1978 and his mother says it was trolls. Same thing happens in 2003 and woman gets a photo.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith. 14 hours and 11 CDs.  Two girls grow up and end their friendship in their twenties. Then more things happen.

Dead to the Last Drop by Cleo Coyle. 12 hours on 10CDs. More murder set in a coffee shop.

Musics and paper

Sound Waves Are Turned Into Computer Code and Transformed Back Into Sound Waves

Under the Influence by Dale Watson. Country singer with fancy hair sings country songs with a traditional country bent.

Wild Stab by The I Don't Cares. Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield team up to sing songs of middle aged rock.


It's Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. The back cover says, "A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America." I'm not sure I've ever read a Lewis novel; even school assigned book. Let me check the bib... nope, not a one. But I did watch the Elmer Gantry film.

The Sellout by Paul Betty. The front cover says this is a comic masterpiece.I do not know anything about Beatty except that he has short hair and lives in NYC.

The Ornatrix by Kate Howard. Woman with facial birthmark gets treated poorly and ultimately hired as personal hairdresser to a courtesan. I do not know anything about Kate Howard either. Except she went to U of Kent and has longish hair.

Cover Me in Darkness by Eileen Rendahl. Woman who grew up in a cult deals with suicide of her mother while her mother was in a psych hospital after murdering the woman's brother. Here is what I know about Rendahl. 1. No author photo so I cannot tell you how long her hair is. 2. She has plenty of critical praise. 3. She also writes cozy mysteries with popcorn themed titles.


Tiny Houses Built with Recycled Materials by Ryan Mitchell. Our last copy was circ'ing pretty well but was damaged. So, I bought a replacement. No author photo of Mitchell, either. He has a blog.