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.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Some Audiobooks, Some Novels, Some NF DVDs


Stop Bullying with Mike Hall.

Keeping the Fire Alive. I thought this might go out.


Magic by Danielle Steel. Romance in Paris with rich people doing rich people things. I've never been to Paris, but I've seen it on TV.

Someone Always Knows by Marcia Muller. A private eye novel.

Make Me Love You by Johanna Lindsey. Two feuding men are told to marry from each other's families to end the feud. Romance novel.

Audiobooks on CD

The Highland Countess by Marion Chesney.

Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt.  OSwalt moved to Los Angeles and watched A LOT of old films at the New Beverly Cinema.

Schooled by Lorelei James. James's romances with sex get checked out a lot.

Patriot Threat by Steve Berry. A thriller filling a gap in our collection.

A Bunch of Discs

A Collection of Plastic Platters Embedded with Digital Data That Is Converted to Sound By Magic Computer Boxes

We had three boxes of donations. I pulled the discs that I thought would go out.  Here is a selected list of tunes from the items shown.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Stand Up Comics and a Murder


Uncle John starring John Ashton. Psychological thriller of a missing man and a surprise suspect. Filmed near Lodi, Wisconsin.

Daniel Tosh, People Pleaser by Daniel Tosh. Stan up comic does stand up comedy.

Brian Regan Live from Radio City Music Hall by Brian Regan. Stand up comic tells jokes while standing up.


The Games: a Private novel by Mark Sullivan and James Patterson Amalgamated Literary Indisdustries. Security company guy works at the Olympics in Brazil.

Thursday, June 23, 2016



The Mandibles: a family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver. Family in the future lives through an economic collapse and depression.

We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore. 16-year-old girl is in the hospitable when teenage boy visits as volunteer.

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. Older daughter runs the house for her scientist father and uppity younger sister. Scientist father tries to convince her to marry his lab assistant to prevent the assistant's deportation.

The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. Goldberg has a new novel? Gee, I'd never have guessed from his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Musical Musics

Composers Compose, Singers Sing, Musicians Play, Engineers Record and Magic Computer Discs Deliver the Sound

A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead. Englishmen sing songs of being hip and being mistaken for Robert Carlyle.

Last Year Was Complicated by Nick Jonas. Amerinan singer sings songs of pop and keeping short hair. I was listening to this and enjoyed the songs.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Two Flicks


The Driftless Area starring Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel.Guy meets mysterious woman and things happen. I just read the 2006 novel this is based off and I enjoyed the book quite a bit.

When Calls the Heart starring Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, others. Some sort of romance-y thing with a Canadian Mountie and women with nice hair. Several films based off Janette Oke stories. Oke was hugely popular at the public library I worked at in KS 20 years ago. I'm not sure if Canadians were hugely popular. Or Mounties.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Movie, Some Books


The Young Messiah starring Sean Freaking Bean. Sean Freaking Bean is in this, so you'll watch it anyway.


Give Us the Ballot: the modern struggle for voting by Ari Berman. The Voting Rights Act and what followed.

1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs - the election that changed the country by James Chace. I guess the subtitle tells you enough about the topic.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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A Bunch of Discs and Larry Watson

Recorded Sounds Are Played Back Through Electronic Gagdets

Love You To The Death by Tegan and Sara. Canadian women sing songs of love.

Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande. American woman sings songs of love. And danger.

I Still Do by Eric Clapton. English guitarist sings songs.

Now That's What I Call Music 58 by [various], [Various] sing songs of [various].

Ash and Ice by The Kills. English duo sing my recent earworm.


When Calls the Heart: heart of a hero starring [actors]. I'm not sure what this is about. The cover says, "Canadian Mountie gets married and bearded man argues with bowler hat wearing man."


As Good As Gone by Larry Watson.

The Course of Love by Alain De Botton.