Wednesday, January 17, 2018

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Bruce Campbell! On DVD!


Ash Vs. Evil Dead starring Bruce Campbell. Second season of the sensational show. We also have season one.

DVD and BluRay

American Assassin starring Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton. Bang. Bang-bang. Pow! [Explosion!] Slashing-knifing. Boom! Bang!

Detroit starring FN-2187. FN-2187 pretends to be a Detroit Police Officer before and during the riots.

Logan Lucky starring Kylo Ren and James Bond. Kylo Ren and his brother recruit James Bond to help them rob a NASCAR race.

Valerian starring Dane DeHaan amd Cara Delevingne. Actors with names that are difficult for me to spell make faces in front of a green screen and pretend to see monsters.

Dunkirk starring [English]. English people organize an emergency evacuation of France. After centuries of fighting in France you'd think the English would have had it figured out by 1939.

Hitman's Bodyguard starring Mace Windu and a Canadian. Canadian has to escort a murderer for hire to court.

IT starring A clown lives a misunderstood life.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Four Books


Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell. I've not read a Cornwell book in a while. A novel about William Shakespeare's brother, Richard. I bet there are sword fights.

Take by Christopher Reich. Doesn't Reich do corporate and financial intrigue novels?  According to the dust cover he lives in Encinitas. I wonder how his house faired in the recent fires.

City of Endless Night by Preston and Child. Cover image is tinged blue. The author photo is the two dudes posing in black shirts against a black background.

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin. No idea what this is. I'll look... Woman leaves for 1914 Los Angeles, becomes successful screenwriter, makes pals with Marion Pickford, both have love affair troubles.

Thursday, January 11, 2018



Operator Down by Brad Thor. Fiction with shootouts!

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Fiction with love triangle!

Obama Inheritance: fifteen stories of conspiracy noir edited by Gary Phillips. Fiction that includes a story by Anthony Neil Smith!

The English Wife by Lauren Willig. Fiction by woman who writes lots of novels!

It by Stephen King. Fiction to replace our worn out copy of Fiction!

Noise, Flashing Lights, Printed Words

A Musical Experience is Presented For Your Ears Through the Skill of Musicians and the Magic of Electrons

Twin Peaks: Music from the limited event series. Musicians play a variety of songs to enhance your cinematic experience of a TV show.


Preacher: season two starring Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun. I watched season one of this show and it was pretty good.

The Dark Tower starring Idris ELba and Matthew McConaughey. Gunman hunts the devil. I think.

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Freshly Dropped On the Floor


I personally attest that all but two of these nonfiction items were professionally dropped on the floor by a Professional Librarian professionally trained in book dropping.

Hail to the Chin: further confessions of a B Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell. Mr. Campbell tells tales of treachery and terror in low-budget movie making.

Sisters First: stories from our wild and wonderful life by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush. Former Bushes tell tales of treachery and terror in the White House.

The Odyssey of Echo Company: the 1968 Tet Offensive and the epic battle to survive the Vietnam War by Doug Stanton. Mr. Stanton tells tales of treachery and terror in Vietnam.

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Mr. Coates tells of treachery and terror in modern politics.

Montaigne in Barn Boots: an amateur ambles through philosophy by Michael Perry. Mr. Perry tells tales of treachery and terror with chickens.

A World Ablaze: the rise of Martin Luther and the birth of the reformation by Craig Harline. Mr. Harline tells tales of treachery and terror in medieval Germany.

What the Qur'an Meant and Why it Matters by Garry Wills. Mr. Wills tells tales of treachery and terror in the aftermath of winning a Pulitzer.

How the Right Lost it's Mind by Charles J. Sykes. Mr. Sykes tells tales of treachery and terror in the Milwaukee radio market.

The Man From the Train: the solving of a century-old serial killer mystery by Bill James. Mr. James tells tales of treachery and terror about when he gets mistaken for the Bill James that writes mysteries.

We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union. Ms. Union tells tales of treachery and terror about how some libraries classify this book with the short stories section of NonFic.

Nomadland: surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. Ms. Bruder tells tales of treachery and terror as homeless retirees go from temp job to temp job.

Smitten Kitchen Every Day: triumphant and unfussy new favorites by Deb Perelman. Ms. Perelman tells tales of treachery and terror of having to explain she is not related to Ron Perlman.

The Make-Ahead Kitchen by Annalise Thomas. Ms. Thomas tells tales of treachery and terror when dealing about raw chicken meat.

Life In A Northern Town: cooking, eating and other adventures along the Lake Superior by Mary Dougherty. Ms. Dougherty tells tales of treachery and terror about trying to navigate summertime traffic in Bayfield, WI.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Books and Photos. Photos and Books.


Robicheaux by James Lee Burke. Another mystery novel featuring Dave Robicheaux in Lousiana. Does Burke's daughter teach full-time? Because she publishes regularly and that's a full-time job already.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. I wonder if this is a pen name. The author bio never uses a gender pronoun and the bio is skimpy. I guess I could go to the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram links. But, I don't want to.

Promise Not To Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz. Is Krentz the one posing with her small dogs for her author photo? Let's check... Nope. Krentz is Amanda Quick. I'm not sure which name is her real name. Or, if both names are pen names. There is another woman who uses a few pen names. I can picture her face but cannot remember her name. She writes romances, romantic mysteries, and sets one series in a futuristic Dallas. I think.

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Crumbling concrete care requires competent and quick repair. These are the front stairs. Good thing they were already slated for replacement.

A fitting bookmark. A piece of cardboard from a box of .22LR that I found in a book on gun care.

Someone left this in the library.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

New Year, New Books, New Photos


Green by Sam Graham-Felsen.  Is Sam a male of female? I don't know, let's check... it's a dude. Only white kid in middle school ends up being friends with a black kid. White kid slowly learns about his advantages. My write-up makes the novel sound hokey and preachy.  The dust cover write-up makes the novel sound interesting.

Death at Nuremberg by WEB Griffin and William E Butterworth, IV.  Cover photo has a guy with a shadowed face pointing a P-38 at the camera. To be fair it might be one of those P1 pistols, the post-war version of the P-38.

Unbound by Stuart Woods. Someone checked out a Woods book a week or two ago and mentioned how each novel is paint by numbers simple.

The Wanted by Robert Crais. Crais puts out some darn fine novels. I am behind on reading the books. This story has both Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict. I have no idea what this is about. Probably one of those "Look inside the world of the rich through the eyes of a long term servant."  You know, I first typed term as tern. That could be a neat book; life with the Carnegie's through the eyes of a tern.



The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce.  Cover has someone, presumably a woman, in a green coat. Dust cover says, "1988... run-down suburb... adrift... shop... Ilse... music... wounds... behind... incapable... that... in... their... to... fiction."


Elevator work

Staff retirement


Monday, December 18, 2017

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Fiction Done By Touch Typing - oops, I looked down

The War Bride's Scrapbook by Caroline Preston. Graphic novel by bride who marries Army engineer. Told in scrapbook form. That's why the book is called "Scrapbook". Of course, it's not really a scrapbook, this is a printed book.


Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: the royal marriages that shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury. Victoria tried to match up her 30 grandchildren for royal dynasty. Her grandchildren did not always agree.

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The touch typing is going okay. I've had to backspace less than 15 times.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Romance, Murder, Mystery, Amish, and Christmas Fiction


A Place At Our Table by Amy Clipston. Amish farmer who works as a firefighter is in a romance novel.

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan. Something about an art mystery and rich people.

A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase. A paperback romance and the library barcode is right on top of the author's first name.

The Plot is Murder by V.M. Burns. A mystery with poodles - according to the cover.

Year One by Nora Roberts. There is a crow with swept back wings on the cover. That image and the font makes this look like a fantasy novel. Let me check... Yep. Some sort of worldwide plague and "magick" replacing science.

The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans. Some sort of Christmas themed romance.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Been A While, Huh?


Promise me, Dad: a year of hope, hardship and purpose by Joe Biden. A year of Joe Biden's Vice Presidency as his son was dying with a brain tumor.


Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini. Another historical novel by the lady from Madison. Lord Byron's only legitimate child is a math genius and works with Charles Babbage.

Hidensee by Gregory Maguire. The font for the main title is very difficult to read on the cover. I suppose that does not much matter for a big name author like Maguire.

Mrs. Osmond by John Banville.  A sequel to Henry James's Portrait of a Lady.

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. Chakraborty is easier to spell then I first thought. You just end "borty" on the end of "chakra". Chakraborty is on the Twitter. Let's randomly find a "tweet". Here is one from November 28th: "My nerves and the lab are not doing well together."

Beau Death by Peter Lovesey. Lovesey is difficult to spell. I want to omit that second "e". I like the cover.

In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende. You know who is a big name writer? Allende.


The wooden rails are preparation for the outdoor skating rink in Commons Park.

We order extra book copies for the schools. This is 100+ Harry Potter books for the middle school.

Adventures in collection weeding.

Veterans Memorial in Commons Park is well lit at night.

A temporary solution for the hazards of the steep asphalt section by the library's rear entry. The safety posts did not survive the high winds of December 5, 2017.