Monday, September 24, 2018



Ocean's 8 starring [many famous actresses]. A bunch of people plan to rob jewels at the Met Gala. I'm pretty certain I never heard of the Met Gala until I read news articles about the event a couple months ago. Here is a trailer or something. I was reading something by a guy who said the movie is fantastic.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Two regulars. Two... well not exactly irregulars, but not as frequent.


Dark Tide Rising by Anne Perry. More Victorian era mystery with the Monk family who deal with the ransom kidnapping of a wealthy woman and his betrayal by one of his own men.

Spy Master by Brad Thor. An international spy thriller and terrorists and secret plots.

Locksmith's Daughter by Karen Brooks. Disgraced woman is recruited by the Queen's spymaster for spying and code breaking and other things I am not sure about because I quit reading the description. I did like what I read though.

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Some one posted about a new release of Bob Dylan demos and early versions of songs for Blood on the Tracks. I do not know if this version is included but it is without the organ and you can hear Dylan's delivery.

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The Guilty Dead by P.J. Tracy. Minnesota murder mystery makes Minneapolis masses mourn. P.J. Tracy was the psueudonym for a mother-daughter writing team. P.J., the mother, passed away in 2016. Tracy, the daughter, still writes the series. Tracy went to St. Olaf but I promise not to make any jokes about Olies. After all, she surely would have attended Gustavus is she were able. Right? At least she did not go to Carleton.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Sally Field Book Looks Interesting


In Pieces by Sally Field. An autobio. I opened the book to look at photos and start reading in the middle. Field was writing about her time in 1973 which was post-Flying Nun and pre-stardom when she was waiting for a good role, taking classes, and earning money on a couple game shows.


French Exit by Patrick DeWitt. Comedic novel of the formerly rich and famous heading to Paris and going further downhill. I think. I did not pay too much attention to the plot description.

Let's Guess At the Plots

An Unwanted Guest by Shari LaPena. A strange young woman carrying a suitcase knocks on the door of the Smiths remote house during a super blizzard. The Smiths offer refuge and the young lady offers danger.

The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer. Klaus Linville makes his living brokering deals. Clients come to Klaus for anonymity and Klaus makes a good living. One day the police arrive and crush Klaus's confidences.

Juror #3 by James Patterson. Sara Pilko loves money and men. When a handsome stranger offers her cash for a mistrial who is she to say no?

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini. Ahmed's favorite time as a boy was sailing with his father on the Mediterranean. After a rough divorce he plans a sailing trip with his own sons from Southern Italy through the islands of Greece. But, he never planned on modern pirates.

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon. Kate's war time plant in Boston manufactures incendiary bombs. Each day of work has her inspecting the bomb cases and wondering when her father and brother will return from overseas.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Crawdads Sing Books


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Runaway girl grows up in the marsh of the North Carolina coast. A young man is killed and she is suspected.

Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay. The clues to a hit-and-run and a vehicular homicide are some library CDs. Small town Library Director gets involved.


Here is what small town Library Directors actually get involved in:
Fixing broken library windows.
Recycling junk mail.
Cutting up cardboard boxes for recycling.
Pulling weeds out front and along driveway.
Getting bitten by mosquitos at soccer and mountain bike practices.
Volunteering as literacy tutor at the school.
Tolerating the cats living in his home.
Billing customers for lost and damaged items.


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NonFiction: Politics, Endless War, Math


Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward. As of 9:25AM on Sep 13, 2018 this book has 205 holds. Page 151 says, "How many missiles," Xi asked."

Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: the case against the anti-Trump conspiracy by Jeanine Pirro.  More political talk. Page 256 says, On the local level, the stakes are just as high."

The Fighters: Americans in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq by C.J. Chivers. More than 2.7 million Americans have served in either country. Chivers follows the stories of six people. Page 164 says, "It was a two-aircraft reconnaissance mission to check out new ground."

Weird Math: a teenage genius & his teacher reveal the strange connections between math & everyday life by David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee. I dislike that subtitle, it just sounds silly and "clickbaity". Page 79 says, "In the 1950s, he was working on a mathematically simplified model of the weather."

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Victor Gischler Returns - All Things Gischler


No Good Deed by Victor Gischler. Average guy gets caught up in violence and intrigue.


An Act of Villainy by Ashley Weaver. I like this cover. Murder mystery set in the theater scene of '30s London. Weaver lives in Lousiana. I wonder if she has met Gischler? Weaver also works in tech services at a public library system but I will refrain from cataloger jokes. Hey, Weaver, here is the MARC record.

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When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubia. The cover has the R in Mary printed backwards. Mystery novel with an insomniac having delusions or halluciantions of something. Sounds like a good book. Gischler content unknown. Kubica lives in Chicago. I wonder if she visits WI.

The Distance Home by Paula Saunders. Two kids grow up in post-war South Dakota. This is supposed to be "tender, searing, and unforgettable." Gischler content unknown. 
I was speaking to a family friend who lives in SD. SD has about 870,000 people. The friend teaches at one of the state universities and a colleague got a call from the department head about a student who was complaining. SD is small enough that the student complained to the mom, the mom called the Governor's office, the Governor called the college President, the President called the department head, the department head called the professor. All of that plus, PLUS, the student was not even in that guy's class.

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris. Depression era journalist drives by a desolate farm and sees a sign advertising children for sale. I'm not sure what the rest of the book is about. The back cover plot description is very thin. Gischler content unknown.

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith. JK Rowling sure doesn't need any press to sell new books. But, maybe an editor could tell her to cut back a bit? This novel runs 647 freaking pages long. Gischler content unknown.


Fortnite: the ultimate unauthorized guide by Grant Turner. I hear this game is very popular. Gischler content unknown.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

One Lonely CD Waiting For You To Visit

Sounds Are Played by Instruments and Recorded by Computers. Those Computer Digitize the Sounds. The Computer Files are Used to EncodeThose Digital Instructions Onto the Thin Metal Section Embedded Within A Thin Plastic Disc.

Design for Living by Something to Do. Singers song vaguely ska'ish songs about mistakes. Including Mr. Klotz who teaches band at the middle school.

Friday, September 07, 2018

Jance. Koontz. More


The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone. Elizabeth Smith started as a codebreaker in World War One. She continued to do so through the next world war and into the Cold War.  Fagone lives in San Francisco and his author photo is black and white. His hair is shorter than mine. I really need a haircut.

Nolo's Essential Guide to Child Custody and Support by Emily Doskow. Doskow has written a ton of these Nolo guides. No author photo though.


The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz. Fourth book in the Jane Hawk series. I've not read a Koontz book in a while because he was laying the schmaltz on real thick. His current author photo does not include any dogs.

Field of Bones by J.A. Jance. I've written it before and I'll write it again. I heard Jance speak at a small library event at the Burton barr library in Phoenix. Afterwards they had Dove bars for every one. Not all participants had a bar and I cannot remember if I had a second one.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

These Books Are Made With Paper


Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson. The Longmire TV series is over so you may as well read the novels.

Dark Sentinel by Christine Feehan. Something about vampires and vampire hunters and "lifemates". Feehan's author photo is a lot fancieer than Craig Johnson's. Feehan says she only does "glamping" now. No more camping. I'm hoping to do a fall weekend backpack trip.

The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah. Hannah is writing Hercule Poirot novels.

Dead Renegade by Victoria Houston. Filling in the gaps in Houston's series set in Northern Wisconsin. This one smells weird. The book must have been in storage along time. I'll let it air out.

Solemn Graves by James R. Benn. I've always enjoyed this series. I just read the one from 2014, The Rest is Silence. Billy Boyle works under command of his distant relative General Eisenhower as a general trouble shooter and investigator.

John Woman by Walter Mosely. Mosely, AKA Super Big Time Novelist, writes a stand alone novel. Huh. The dust cover biography says Mosely lives in New York. Because of his Easy Rawlins series I always think of Mosely living in Los Angeles.


Chappaquiddick starring Clancy Brown. Clancy Brown? Coolness. Don't see that guy very much.

Ready Player One starring [actors]. Movie I have not seen based on a novel I have not read.

Find Your Own Trailer

Book Club staring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen. That is a big cast. Were there arguments over whose name appears first? I figure this will check out well. Oh, hey, Don Johnson is in this as well.

Tully starring Charlize Theron. Busy mom is giftedthe cost of a nanny to come in and help. Weird things happen.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Books Books Books


In His Father's Footsteps by Danielle Steel. Rich kid of poor immigrants wants to build his own fortune and does not like his wife.

Walking Shadows by Faye Kellerman. Does Kellerman do book tours? I suppose she can fly out to New York and do a couple interviews but I presume she is too big a deal have to promote her stuff in person.

Safe and Sound by Fern Michaels. Michaels wrote another novel.

The First Love by Beverly Lewis. Lewis wrote another Amish novel.


Desolation Mountain by William Kent Kruger. Kruger wrote another novel.

Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb. Robb wrote another novel.

The Breakers by Marcia Muller. Muller wrote another novel.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

And Some More


The Money Shot by Stuarts Woods Literary Industries, Amalgamated and Parnell Hall. Mystery man Teddy Fay is helping a movie studio that is being blackmailed. Or extorted. I did not read the dust cover that closely.

Abandoned by Allison Brennan. Wow. This is Brennan's 32nd novel.

The King Tides by James Swain. Former Navy SEAL helps out women being stalked. You what this reminds me of? This:


Infamous Mothers: women who've gone through the belly of hell... and brought something good back by Sagashus T. Levingston. Photographic portraits of women who've overcome really tough adversities with articles on each woman. Levingston is from Madison. The book is very nicely printed and bound; that makes sense because this is a coffee table book.

AudioBook on CD

Kian by Melody Anne. 7 CDs at 8 hours. Some kind of romance. This was one has a super rich surgeon and some daughter and blah blah blah.

The Other Side of the Sun by Madeline L'Engle. 11 CDs at 13 hours. Southern gothic published in 1970. I must have bought a reprint or sale item.

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Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding by Rhys Bowen. According to the dustcover Bowen lives in Northern California and Arizona. Bowen does not live in Illinois. Or Alberta. Or East Timor.

Good Luck With That by Kristin Higgins. Something about people conquering their fears. Higgins lives in Connecticut. I like to pronounce Connecticut as Con-Neck-Tick-Ut. Higgins does not live in Sao Paulo. Or Bologna. Or Arkansas.

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