Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Stuff, Part Two

I Am Still Covered In Bug Bites

I booked a medical appointment for 1:40PM. I've been very good about not scratching myself. I reapply the anti-itch medication (1% hydrocortisone) but the rubbing motion used to apply the stuff may what keeps the itch away, not the hydrocortisone.


To the Bright Edge by Eowyn Ivey. The cover graphic has the silhouette of a bird with a photo of mountains filling the silhouette. Ivey lives in Alaska. I wonder where in Alaska. Out in the deep, deep boonies? Or in a ranch house in Juneau? Does she go fishing a lot? Moose hunting? Does she wear gaiters over her boots when in the woods?

The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan. Something to do with horse racing. AAAARRRGGGH. I still itch!

The Golden Age by Joan London. This is a paperback. The black and white cover photo of a man and woman makes me think the author name is Jack London. London lives in Perth, West Australia. I spent a college semester at Murdoch University and loved my time there. I've not been back.

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy. Is hot milk a cure for bug bites? I'd try it, I'm going nuts.

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers. Maybe I should just stop thinking about the bug bites. Maybe I am obsessing and that draws more attention to the itch. Let's talk about this book, "I have never read an Eggers book and don't plan to."

Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon. The cover design is not to my taste. BUG BITES. Gideon lives in "the Bay Area".  That covers a lot of ground and reminds me of a song by Cracker.


The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.  This is an Oprah book. Whitehead has long hair, lives in New York, and was awarded some impressive honors.

Non Fiction

American Heiress: the wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin. Someone I recently spoke to mentioned Hearst. Something about a friend or relative marrying Hearst's child.

Going for Wisconsin Gold: stories of our state Olympians by Jessie Garcia. Garcia will be speaking here at the library within a couple months. I cannot look up the date right now because I am itching so much.

Aw, nuts.

I probably have Poison Ivy from Scout camp over the weekend. I didn't even think of that because Poison Ivy starts out with small points like a bug bite. Over time the rash grows as the body reacts to the Ivy oils.

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New Stuff, Part One

Bug Bites

My neck is covered in bug bites and it is driving me nuts. I'm guessing I am having a minor allergic reaction. I brought an tube of anti-itch cream to work and keep applying it. In fact, I sepped away from the keyboard for five minutes to deal with something and put more cream on the front of my neck.


The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco. A paperback mystery with a cat. Maybe I developed a sudden allergy to cats.

What a Woman Must Do by Faith Sullivan. She must immediately develop a cure for me. That is what she must do. Get to work science!

Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney. In the late '80s I read all the McInerney novels. I don't know if he has any novels about bug bites that look like welts and cover your neck.

Last Days of Night by Graham Moore. My day has been filled with itching.

Damaged by Lisa Scottoline. Damaged. Like my neck is damaged. I think insects burrowed into my flesh and laid eggs.

Sting by Sandra Brown. Sting. Like the sting I will feel when the insects eggs hatch and the larvae start eating my flesh from the inside.

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton. I read one of that Phoef guys books. I wonder if he, too, is covered in bug bites.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016



Survivors Will Be Shot Again by Bill Crider. Sheriff Dan Rhodes deals with more murder and more morons. I assume Sleepy Benton will play more music and interfere in an investigation.  Great stuff.

Crider has been under the weather recently. Stop by his blog and give him your best. billcrider.blogspot.com.


The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller. I like this cover. Ploy Siripant did the jacket design. Let's look her up... She has done a lot of nice covers.  http://ploy-siripant.format.com/

Insidious by Catherine Coulter. Hey, someone just placed a hold on this book.

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. A bildungsroman with teenage girls. I think.Woodson lives in Brooklyn.  I know a guy here in town who use AirBnB to rent a house in Brooklyn for a week when his family went on vacation there. He was very happy with it. There were at least five people who went - probably more with in-laws coming along - and they had plenty of room and did not have to eat out all the time.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Three Novels and Local Color


Belgravia by Julian Fellows. This title reminds me of a Dashiell Hammett story where the Continental Op goes to a fictional Balkan country. Let's check the dust cover... Nope. It's about the aristocracy having a ball in Brussels the night before the Battle of Waterloo and, then, what happens 25 years later.

Watching Edie by Camilla Way. The title makes me think of stalking. Let's check the dust cover... Maybe? The plot description is kinda vague.

Underground Airlines by Ben H.Winters. This makes me think of those CIA rendition flights. Let's check the dust cover... Nope. Modern day story but with no American Civil War. That means four slaves still have slavery and a black man works as a bounty hunter for slave owners.

Local Color

Sandy Beach
I took my children to Sandy Beach yesterday afternoon. Boy #1 got bored and biked home. Boy #2 swam, jumped, and covered himself in sand for 3 hours.

Cars and Coffee
Cars and Coffee is the first Sunday of every month in downtown Lake Mills. Yesterday's event had a lot of cars and people. I did not get any pictures of the Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Corvettes, etc. I did take a couple photographs of someone's Packer themed pick-up truck.This is not the only Packer themed vehicle I have seen around town. Or the state.

My wife took a photo of Boy #1 and I looking at a an old Corvette.

She also took of Photo of Boy #2 in his standard pose next to a very angular Lamborghini.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Three Formats


Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka.  Finn, Poe and Rey's stories before the film. I keep confusing the character name Rey with the actress's name, Daisy.

Audiobook on CD

It's In His Smile by Shelly Alexander. 8 CDs at 9.33 hours. Some sort of romance.


The Messengers starring Kristen Stewart, Dylan McDermott, John Corbett. Horror film from 2007. I figured this will circ'.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Three New Copies of Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: parts one and two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.  Adult Harry is overworked and his youngest son is having trouble at Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: parts one and two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.  See above.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: parts one and two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.   See above.


A Time of Torment by John Connolly. This the Irish Connolly. I've never been to Ireland. I may have flown over on the way to Germany or Switzerland.

Smooth Operator by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall. Hall composed a song and made a video about not being a bestseller.

The Sixth Idea by P.J. Tracy.  Something about murders in Minnesota and computer experts who help the police. P.J. Tracy is a mother-daughter team who "each live in rural Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis." You think they know Anthony Neil Smith? Am I just typing Smith's name to get web hits? Yes.

Brain Storm by Elaine Viets. I have not clue how to pronounce Viets.  Investigator has a stroke. Her doctor is murdered and her surgeon is the suspect.  Her bio says Viets has written 29 novels. That's a lot of writing. This novel is a "return to her hard-boiled roots" and her own experience having a stroke.

Bullseye by James Patterson Amalgamated Writing Services and Michael Ledwidge.

Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber. A lot of people enjoy Macomber's novels but they are not my bag.

Sunday Kind of Love by Dorothy Garlock. Garlock's novels are not my thing either. Oh, hey. She live sin Clear Lake, IA. I used to drive through there on the way to college. I'd go north from Iowa City and take 18 west. The map says 18 was updated and moved out of a few towns.

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Sunset on Rock Lake a couple days ago. I've restarted swimming in the lake for exercise. I get bored after a half hour or so.

Friday, July 29, 2016

More Fiction Part 2 of 2 With a New Megan Abbott Novel.

Megan Abbott

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. Teen gymnast on the Olympic track involved in a murder.  For Abbott's last two novels I took frequent breaks because the tension and dread were too much for me to handle.


Here's To Us by Elin Hilderbrand. Oooh, that other book from earlier this week was an older novel, The Island. This book is the new one. Something about people by the beach.

Falling: a love story by Jane Green. A romance? Author bio says Green has written sixteen NYT bestsellers. That's a lot.

Invincible Summer by Alice Adams. Close knit students graduate, grow older, and reunite.

This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell. Reclusive Americans living in rural Ireland are "disrupted by an unexpected discovery about a woman [the guy] lost touch with twenty years ago." O'Farrell has curly red hair that looks very nice.

Deadly Fate by Heather Graham. Another one of Graham's Krewe of Hunters novels. Graham's author photo is super fancy. She has also written over 100 novels. That's a lot of books.

Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore. Paperback mystery with food and cats and a fixer-upper house. Blackmoore lives in Missouri. You know who else lives in Missouri? Blackmoore's husband and son.

More Fiction Part 1 of 2


Outfoxed by David Rosenfelt. Lawyer who spends as much time as possible with dogs has to help a client accused of murder. Rosenfelt lives in "Maine with twenty-five Golden Retrievers" and his wife. C'mon, man. That's crazy cat lady territory.

Murder on the Quai by Cara Black. I've intended to read of Black's books but have not done so.  This is Black's sixteenth novel which means I am a bit behind.  Plot: Parisian med student gets involved in her PI father's hunt for Nazi gold. Author bio says Black lives in San Francisco. Author photo says Black enjoys espresso in teeny-tiny cups.

White Bone by Ridley Pearson.  Guy hurries to Africa to find his ex-partner who was investigating missing AIDS aid money. Pearson lives in St. Louis and Hailey, ID. St. Louis? Do you think he attends the Noir at the Bar readings? There is one this Saturday.

Foreign Agent by Brad Thor. Cover image says "manly Shoot-em-up Terrorist Thriller". Dust jacket says, "CIA... SEAL... Russian Caucasus...  operative... kill as many Americans as it takes... clandestine... ambushed... informant... rogue player... deadlier... terror... White House..." Hey, Brad Thor has a full page author photo on the back cover. I don't think that's a sude jacket, but it's difficult to tell from the lighting.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. Journalist voyages on an exclusive and expensive cruise ship. Journalist is sure a woman was thrown overboard but no one is missing.  Ware's author photo is black and white and it must have been cold out because she is wearing a long coat. Ware graduated from Manchester University. But not the one in Indiana. I'm pretty sure I looked up the UK one within the past year or two and I cannot recall why. Maybe I saw a job advert for the place and was daydreaming about living there.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Two Books and Audiobooks


The Elements of Pizza by Ken Forkish. One of the elements on page 111 is water. 1.5 cups worth of water.

Modern Potluck by Kristin Donnelly. Page 60 says "On using whole grain in salads." A few pages later there is a photo of a hand reaching down to a metal tub filled with ice and beer bottles. The beer bottles have a stylized B on the neck label so I figured, "Hey, I'm going to see what brewery that is." That was easy to do because I found a list of brewers and then checked to see where the author lived. She lives in Brooklyn, it's the Brooklyn Brewery.

Audiobooks on CD

The Silenced by Heather Graham. 8 CDs at 9.2 hours. Read by Phil Gigante, I think that guy does some good work.

Super Mind: how to boost performance and live a richer and happier life through transcendental meditation by Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D.  9 CDs at 11.5 hours. I suppose the subtitle tells the whole story, huh?

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.  12 CDs at 14.8 hours. You know who likes Hannah's books? Lots of people. That's why she is popular.

Killer Year: stories to die for... edited by Lee Child.7 CDs at 8.5 hours.  Crime short stories by authors first published in 2007. Kind of an odd theme, but what the hey? Duane Swierczynski is in here. So is Ken Bruen. Ken Bruen? I that he had plenty of books before 2007. Let me check.. Yep, his fist book was in 1993.

Invincible by Diana Palmer. 8 CDs at 8 hours. Romance novel with a guy helping out a woman who saw a killer.

On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah. 9 CDs at 10.5 hours. More romance.

Killer, Dark, Guilty, Crimes. I sense a theme.


Night and Day by Iris Johansen. Some woman is protecting a young girl from a serial killer. Or something.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I'm not sure what this is about. Domestic drama or something. Moriarty is wearing a blue patterned top for her author photo. Isn't Moriarty a big deal? She needs a bigger author photo.

The Island by Elin Hildebrand. Wait a minute. I thought Hildebrand just had a new book a few months ago. Maybe I saw a prepub for this one.

Killer Look by Linda Fairstein.  Hey, it looks like  Fairstein has a new author photo and it's a nice one. Full page photo on the back cover and her watch says 4:16PM.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Crouch used to attend Murder and Mayhem in Muskego (now Milwaukee). I'm not sure if he still does. I watched the first season of the TV show Wayward Pines that is based off his novels. I enjoyed the show but have not watched the second season yet.

Guilty Minds by Joseph Finder. The cover image says 'legal thriller' or 'government conspiracy'. Finder's author photo is him with a black outfit against a black background. His head look like it is floating in space.

Miss Jane by Brad Watson. Woman grows up in early 1900s Mississippi unable to have children. I grew up in 1970s Illinois and need to walk my dog.


Chin: the life and crimes of Mafia boss Vincent Gigante.

Monday, July 25, 2016

I was on vacation, here are some movies


In the Heart of the Sea starring [one of those Australian brothers]. Whaling ship has trouble.

Allegiant starring [heartthrobs]. Something about invading aliens.

The 5th Wave starring Chloe Grace Moritz. More invading aliens.

Orange is the New Black: season three staring [actors]. More prison stories.

The Family Fang starring Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Christopher Wilken. Adult siblings deal with parents' death. Although the parents may have faked their deaths.

13 Hours starring John Krasinski, Max Martini. I enjoy Max Martini's work. Bang! Bang! K-Pow! Boom! Pow-pow-pow!

Bone Tomahawk starring Kurt Russel. Group of four men try to rescue a woman from cannibals. I saw this flick a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed it.

Finest Hours starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana. Sea rescue.

Big Bang Theory: third season starring [people]. Sitcom jokes.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Four Musics and BIG LETTERS

Our Digital Overlords Present Us With Sound Encased Within Plastic

The 'Original': anthology by Bad Company. British musicians play the rock and roll music.

Toys in the Attic by Aerosmith. Bostonians play songs for an old album that will circ'.

Beethoven Symphonies 1-6 by Beethoven and Herbert Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic.. German music played by German musicians.

Beethoven Symphonies 7-9 by Beethoven and Herbert Von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. More German musicians doing Germanic musics.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Some Fiction and a James Sallis Musical Interlude


Willnot by James Sallis. Small town doctor unsettled by dead bodies in the woods.

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I was looking Sallis up two weeks ago. He has a band that plays in Phoenix, Three Legged Dog. You can listen to a few tunes online. If you wonder what modern life in Phoenixx is like read Salli'ss novel Driven.

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Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L Rosen.  Do they all wear the dress at the same time? No, just stories as the dress passes from maker to sales to owner.

Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff. Guy with a personal crisis looks after his brother's pet dogs. My pet dog refused to come inside when I left home after lunch.  She really likes to stay outside and loaf.

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne. The cover illustration says "wartime prison camp".  The dust cover says, "Orphan lives with aunt in 1936 Austria."

Shadow Rider by Christine Feehan. Feehan writes a lot of romance-y looking fantasy novels. People enjoy her books.

Ridgerunner by Rusty Barnes. I think I bought this novel because someone on Facebook was plugging it. That or Bill Crider plugged the book. Hey, check that out, the front cover has a blurb by James Sallis. Sallis is all over this blog post.

Chance Developments by Alexander McCall Smith. Five short stories inspired by "vintage photographs."

Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee stories by Jennifer Morales.  A very diverse neighborhood after a boy hurts himself in someone's house.

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry. Wait, don't we have a copy of this? Or am I confusing this with something else? Let me check... Ooooh. We have the audio version. 

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Audio Books on CD

Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton. 7CDs at 8 hours. Convict gets early release from prison and goes under the thumb of a crime lord.

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick. 11 CDs at 13.5 hours.  in 1776 G. Washington was retreating across Manhattan while B. Arnold was winning battles up north. The divergent paths of both generals as the war continued.

Grunt: the curious science of humans at war by Mary Roach. 7CDs at 9 hours. The effect of hearing loss, zippers for snipers, etc.

The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. 6CDs at 7.5 hours. More fiction from the fab duo.

The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer. 9CDs at 10 hours. Woman awakes with memory loss and rediscovers her immediate past was kinda sketchy.

Beer Money: a memoir of privilege and loss by Frances Stroh. 6CDs at 6.5 hours. A life of privilege as a beer heiress outside Detroit. As Detroit collapsed so did the family's business and fortune.

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry. 5CDs at 6 hours. Woman discovers her sister's murdered corpse. Woman does not trust the cops and starts to poke around.

Disappearance at Devil's Rock by Paul Tremblay. 11CDs at 12.5 hours. 13-year-old boy disappears in a state forest and his mother, understandably, freaks out.

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Local Color

Scout Dunk Tank at Town and Country Days at the end of June.

I need to fix the staff kitchen sink.

We are hosting a John Muir exhibit of eight panels produced by Wisconsin Historical Society.

Summer Reading Program game day.