Friday, February 22, 2019

Mystery and Musical


A Case of Bier my Mary Daheim. How do you pronounce Daheim? Daheim lives in Seattle where this mystery series is set.


A Star Is Born starring [actors]. Something about an old guy singer and a new gal singer and there are guitars.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Things To Read, Two To Listen


Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James. Fantasy novel printed on fancy, heavy paper. With maps. Mercenary looks for a missing boy.

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan. Decent cover I suppose, but it looks more like a promo of a TV show or a movie. Woman's husband does scandalous things and goes on trial. Woman deals with things.

The Current by Tim Johnston. Crime in "small Minnesota town". The dust cover mentions Back Root River. I checked and can only find Root River in Minnesota.

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker.  According to a cover blurb this book "is stunning". Back cover blurbs say frighteningly powerful and profound and riveting. Page 216 says, "He calls 911 on the way."

Golden Child by Claire Adam. Is this a novelization of the Eddie Murphy movie?

Leading Men by Christopher Castellani. Something about famous people in the 1950s.


The First Conspiracy: the secret plot to kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch. Well of course it was secret. If you are plotting a murder it is foolish to tell everyone about it.

Musical Notes and Voices Enter Your Ears Through Electrical Magic That Was Cajoled From Plastic Discs

Love by Michael Buble. Canadian singer sings songs of romance.

Dumplin': original motion picture soundtrack by Dolly Parton. Tennesee singer sings and duets about adversity.

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Audiobooks on CD

Accessory to War: the unspoken alliance between astrophysics and the military by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang. 18.5 hours on 15 CDs.


Bohemian Rhapsody starring Rami Malek, Mike Myers. Biopic of the rock band Queen.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Where I Make Up Author Biographies


The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib. The daughter of diplomats, Yara spent her formative and teen years in Montreal, Canada. Since then she has developed a deep abiding love for smoked meats and and Poutine. She now lives in North Carolina where she runs a driving school, but she visits her Montreal friends whenever possible.

The Matchmaker's List by Sonya Lalli. Ms Lalli is a graduate of both St. Olaf College and the Colorado School of Mines. Ms Lalli spent several years as a mining consultant in South America. Currently residing in Fargo, North Dakota with her spouse and two children Ms. Lalli is a city engineer.

Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman. Ms Lipman has described her family as "itinerant hippie intellectuals". Her family traveled the United States before settling in Ohio where they began a police dog training academy. Ms. Lipman was inspired to become a veterinarian and reads at least 2 books a week.

The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin. Ms Conklin has been a voracious reader since first grade. She and her sisters would often write their own stories and produce their own backyard plays. After degrees in English and Master of Fine Arts Ms. Conklin now lives in Northwest Arkansas and bikes everywhere she can.

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde. Mr. Fforde lives ffor ffun and ffrivolity. Ffamous ffor his novels riffffing on children's ffables he ffinds relaxation in Ffinnish vacations and meals of Ffrench ffries, and ffloured Fflounder.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. Mr. Michaelides is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin and a practicing anesthesiologist in Los Angeles.

Remembrance by Mary Monroe. This is the 14th novel by Ms. Monroe. The ongoing Flint Hills series began from the tales her mother and aunts used to tell of growing up in Wamego, KS.

The Girl in the Glass Box by James Grippando. Bestselling author Mr. Grippando is most known for his novels but has also been practiced mime since his late 20s. Mr. Grippando studied under both Jacques Snicket and Ellington Feint in France before his writing career took off and he moved back to Pennsylvania. This is his first novel to combine his skill at both thriller writing and mime.

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Friday, February 08, 2019

Peppermint Rich Venom


Peppermint starring Jennifer Gardner. This title always reminds me of this song.

Crazy Rich Asians starring Constance Wu. Rich people do weird things.

Venom starring Tom Hardy. Monster lives inside human.  Things happen.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Mystery and Some Large Print


Death By Chocolate Malted Shake by Sarah Graves. How recipes are in here anyway? Let's check... Dang, just one?  I read a couple cozy mysteries by Sally Andrew and one book had about 10 recipes.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Two Things. Some Photos.

One Thing

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout. Immutable? Well, OK, you're the experts I guess. #11 is " The Law of Perspective: marketing effects take place over an extended period of time."

Second Thing

Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin. 26.5 hours on 21 CDs. Dragons and swords. I guess.

Photos Without Notation

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

-15 Outside, Here Are Made-Up Stories


Crazy Cupid Love by Amanda Heger. A paperback modern romance with some woman match maker who is a descendant of Eros.

Connections in Death by J.D. Robb. I'm the only staff here at the library. Everyone else stayed home since today's low temperature was -25.

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff. I am going to close the library at 6PM since I don't want to stay any later. I'm kinda tempted to stay until 9PM just to preen and gloat about it. But, that would be silly.

Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz. Hurwitz' author photo has him in a black t-shirt leaning against a chain link fence. His facial expression looks smarmy. But, I am in kind of a lousy and cantankerous mood.

Judgement by Joseph Finder. I should start spelling judgment with an E. Judgement. Both are acceptable forms.

The Wedding Guest buy Jonathan Kellerman. Kellerman has a new author photo. He is standing with a wooded background with what kinda looks like young bamboo in the background. He is smiling, wearing a suit jacket and no tie. There are also ferns.

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella. I was at Sunshine Brewing last week after the library closed at 9PM and a guy bought me a beer. I told him I owed him a beer. Sunshine has a "Buy a Friend a Beer" chalkboard to publicize when you buy a pal a beer. I bought my wife a beer. She is not my pal, she's my wife.

Come Find Me by Megan Miranda. This is actually a Young Adult (YA) novel but the YA sticker is missing so I took the book along with the rest.

The Age of Light by Whitney Sharer. Why does almost every novel set in Paris have to put the Eiffel Tower somewhere on the cover. Oh, that reminds me...

Electronic Things

The power of Electricity and Lasers Provides You With Sounds Using Digital Encoding Within Plastic Discs

Come Over When You're Sober, Part 2 by Lil' Peep. Dead rapper raps raps from beyond the grave about life and love.

Weird by Julianna Hatfield. Singers sings songs about solitude.

A Star is Born: Original Soundtrack. Singers sing songs of romantic drama.

Everythangs Corrupt by Ice Cube. Rapper raps raps about modern society.

Audiobooks on CD

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci. 11 hours on 9 CDs. FBI Special Agent recalls her sister's childhood kidnapping and disappearance while investigating a missing person in the Grand Canyon.


Barry: complete first season starring Bill Hader and Fonzie. Depressed hired killer falls in love with acting. Humor and murder ensue.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Actors Acting


Black Panther starring Michael B Jordan. I thought we had a copy of this. Maybe it was damaged or lost or stolen.

The Birthday Wish starring Jessy Schram and Luke MacFarlane. Some romance thing that will definitely circulate.

When Calls the Heart: Season Three starring Erin Krakow.  10 DVDs worth of romance on the Canadian frontier.

Summer of 84 starring Matt Leslie. I think this is a horror movie. I'm not sure. A library customer requested this.

BlackkKlansman starring John David Washington, Topher Grace and Kylo Ren. To police officers infiltrate the Klan.


On the Other Side of Chaos: understanding the addiction of a loved one by Ellen Van Vechten, JD, MSW, CADC. Advice and experience on working with addicted loved ones.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Unmarriageable Suspect


The Suspect by Fiona Barton. Didn't we just get a book by Barton? Let me check... No. maybe I weeded a book by someone named Barton. I'll check the paper list... Nope. Oh well. Let's describe author photos instead. Barton is seated with a poured concrete wall behind her. She has a purple sweater on. That purple is a very nice color. Hey, check that out, Barton was awarded Reporter of the Year by the British Press Awards. That must have been nice. Do you think the awardees got free drinks or did they get the cash bar?

Tear It Down by Nick Petrie. Fourth novel featuring war veteran Peter Ash. I read the first novel and enjoyed it but have not caught up with the others. Petrie spoke at the Bridges Library System dinner a couple years ago. He was very patient with me. I skipped the author photo, I already met the guy.

The Rule of Law by John Lescroart. I have no idea how to pronounce Lescroart. I follow a few authors on the Facebook box. Every once in a while I see Lescroart posts on comment threads. I don't ask him for a pronunciation guide. I skipped the author photo.

Unmarriageable: Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan by Soniah Kamal. Modern telling but set in Pakistan. This looks kinda neat actually, and I've no interest in Pride and Prejudice. Let's get back to author photo descriptions: this one is a good one. The photographer caught a real nice smile on Kamal, she looks like she was in a great mood that day.

Night of Camp David by Fletcher Knebel. re-print of a 1965 novel that reminded people of President Trump: "President... rants about his enemies, unfurling insane theories about all the people he says are conspiring against him... plans he has to make America a great world power once again." No author photo. If I could find an old photo I imagine it would be in black and white and Knebel would be posing with a pipe or wearing a turtleneck or looking like he is sucking a lemon.

Audiobooks on CD

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking. 5 hours on 4 CDs. What kind of questions? How about these: Why does the dog have to sniff around for several minutes before finding a spot, even when it is 5 degrees out? Why is coffee so delicious? Does anyone read this blog or am I just doing this for my own enjoyment?

Bird Box by Josh Mallerman. 9.5 hours on 8 CDs. Usually people read the book and then complain about the movie. Now you can see the movie and complain about the book. Did Malerman get invited to the set and stand around. Scott Phillips mentioned visiting the set of The Ice Harvest, hung around a bit and then went home. After he left the Director said, "Where's Phillips?" He was surprised Scott left because most authors hang around the film sets forever and get in the way. Phillips has written some damn good novels.