Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Elements of Lansdale to Five

Fiction

Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale.  Nat Love "writes down his version of certain events" of being an Indian fighter, soldier, and cowboy. Lansdale is in Chicago on November 3rd for a showing of Christmas With the Dead. If you cannot make it down there, I cannot, you can get the DVD from the library.

NonFiction

The Elements: the new guide to building blocks of our universe by Jack Challoner. Page 41 says about Titanium, "It is as strong as steel but about half as dense."

Zero to Five: 70 essential parenting tips based on science by Tracy Cutchlow.  Page 19 says, "One quick way to make sure you're left doing most of the work is to continually criticize your partner's help."

Monday, October 27, 2014

Seven Novels

Fiction

Capture by Roger Smith.  Another crime novel set in Cape Town, South Africa. Smith writes some great books. His characters are rarely altruistic and always believable.

A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas.  Because a quilt for July 4th would be a weird gift. Unless you're in New Zealand or Australia. Dang, I just looked up the average temps in Dunedin, NZ and the mean high is only 70 Fahrenheit.  I should look closer at the latitude and compare with North America.

Leaving Time by Jodi "I Sell More Books Than the Bible" Picoult.  Do you really care what the book it about? You're going to take it home no matter what.  Picoult has curly hair.  I wonder if the curls are natural.

Gray Mountain by John Grisham. You'll just read this one as well.  Dunedin has the opposite latitude of Minneapoli at 45 degrees latitude.  Lake Mills is at 43.08.

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella.  I see articles and print interviews with Kinsella but I never read those.  I just read a 87th Precinct novel by Ed McBain, Eight Black Horses. That novel is from 1985 and has recurring villain the Deaf Man.

Deadline by John Sandford. This is another one that people will read no matter what. Anthony Neil Smith was grousing about how good a writer Sandford is. Plenty of writers do that, giving false complaints as a way to publicly admire and praise another person's work. There must be a psychological term for that, it's not sarcasm. I have not read a Sandford book in a few years. I used to listen to the audiobooks.

Confessions: the Paris Mysteries by James Patterson Amalgamated Author Industries and Maxine Paetro. How do you pronounce Paetro?  The dustcover says Paetro "lives in New York State." That's a lot of territory, you'd think they'd narrow that down. There is a guy in town who has a summer place on an island in the St. Lawrence River. The East side of the river is NY and the West side of the river is Canada. I made a crack about cigarette smuggling. I thought the joke was pretty good, but I bet the people living there get those jokes all the time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stuart Woods Wood Pulp Processing Company

Fiction

Paris Match by Stuart Woods.

Some Luck by Jane Smiley.  Iowa farm family of seven followed from 1920 to 1950.

Ghost Wanted by Carolyn Hart.  The ghost in a college library is a matchmaker for students.  What?

The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell.  I have read some very good reviews about Rendell's work. I still have not yet read one of her novels.

NonFiction

U2: the definitive biography by John Jobling.  When Bono visited Frank Sinatra's home he fell asleep and spilled his drink onto his crotch.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Three Large Prints, Three Films

Large Print

Shots Fired by C.J. Box. Ten short stories.

Goodnight June by Sara Jio.  Fictional tale of how Goodnight, Moon was written.

Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen. Serial killer.

DVD

Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 starring Turanga Leela, and Koulikov.  Criminals argue with one another. [I've never seen the show.]



Walking Dead: the complete fourth season starring Guy With A Hat, Guy With An Eye Patch, Guy With A Crossbow. I saw the first season and part of the second season. I enjoyed the show but I got off track.



X-Men: days of future past starring [many famous people]. How many X-Men movies are there now?  Must be close to ten, right? I stopped watching after the second or third. I did see the one where Wolverine goes to Japan. It was "Eh" quality.


Friday, October 17, 2014

Four Larges, Three Mediums

Large 

Paris Match by Stuart Woods. Another Woods books.  You will find a new one every quarter.

Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen. Nice cover.

Lost Key by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison.

Killing Patton: the strange death of Word War II's most audacious General by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.

Medium

Undead and Unwary by Mary Janice Davidson.  Something about a female devil having trouble with her Antichrist sister as they manage Hell.

Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber.  Some guardian angel novel.

Lila by Marilynne Robinson.  Robinson won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel Gilead, this has the same setting.

Musical Interlude

I was here by myself when opening the library. I grabbed library CD R-575.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Large Print and Another Song

Large Print

The Hexed by Heather Graham.

2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino.

Mistress Memoirs by Jillian Hunter.

The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff.

Haunted by Kay Hooper.

Here and Again by Nicole R. Dickson.

Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard.

Musical Interlude

When I am the only staff member during opening I play loud music.  This tune is off library CD R-735.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Jamaican Assassination

Fiction

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Fictionalized version of a 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley.  The novel "delves deep into that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica's history and beyond."

That's It

No More. Here is a tune.

Musical Interlude