Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New Books, Part One


Deep State by Chris Hauty. Thriller novel.

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer. Poland After the War novel.

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey. Science Fiction With Queer Librarian Spies novel.

A Crafter Quilts A Crime by Holly Quinn. Live Mannequin Murdered in Wintertime Wisconsin novel.

The Dark Corners of the Night by Meg Gardiner. Serial Killer in Los Angeles novel.

Blindside by James Patterson Amalgmated Literary Industries and James O. Born. COmputer Hacking Serial Killer Thriller novel.

Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders by Tessa Arlen. Murder During the War in Rural England novel.

Last Day by Luanne Rice. Sister Is Murdered and Famous Painting Stolen novel.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

NonFic Variety Pack


The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis. "Botched Presidential transition" of the Trump administration.

Birnbaum's Walt Disney World: the official vacation guide: 2020.  Page 211 says,  "Nature-themed gifts and apparel are the stock-in-trade at this sizable shop."

Master the GED test: 2020 from Peterson's. Practice tests online and print. Page 257 says, " You can generally trust your ear when it comes to detecting personal pronoun errors."

Ace of Aces: the Dick Bong story Mike O'Connor. Wisconsin native and Medal of Honor recipient Bong as a Army Air Force pilot from World War Two. Bong died during a test flight of a new jet plane. Page 102 says, "I then watched Major Rittmayer, my wingman, shoot down the other Oscar."

Thursday, January 16, 2020



The Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro. Guy becomes a murderer.


Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Motion Pictures

DVD and BluRay

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood starring [famous people]. Something about something in the 1970s. I think.

Downtown Abbey: the motion picture starring [actors]. Film version of a popular TV show. I finally watched the film version of Miami Vice a few months ago. It was OK. I recall reading that Edward James Olmos was asked to take a role in the film and his rejection response was done as a video of him silently staring into the camera. I never found verification of this.

Star Trek Discovery: season two starring [humans and aliens].  14 episodes from a TV show from a subscription channel.

The Orville: the complete second season starring [more people and aliens]. What is this anyway? A Star Trek ripoff with comedy? I'm not sure.

Monday, December 23, 2019

The Year Is Ending! Read now, before it is too late!


A Cruel Deception by Charles Todd. Post Great War mystery during the Paris negotiations.

Tell Me No Lies by Shelley Noble. "A Lady Dunbridge Mystery". The cover has illustrations of hot air balloons and people wearing hats.

Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. According to the cover illustration a woman with a cat dates a long haired guy in a leather jacket. According the to author photo Hibbert keeps her hair short.

Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones. Ex-police detective is asked to ask around Hispanic community to identify dead girl. Girl disappeared after an ICE round up and she was not the first.

Penny For Your Secrets by Anna Lee Huber. Another cover illustration with people wearing hats.

The Paris Orphan by Natasha Lester. No hats on these people. This is set post WWII so what's up with that? Lester lives in Perth, Australia, so if you're in town and see her around you'll have to demand an answer on the cover design by Faceout Studio.

The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester. Wait a minute... which one of these books was first?  A-Ha! It's this one! The author bio in this novel has more information than the other book. Same author photo though. Perth, by the way, was a fantastic city when I got to spend a semester of school there. That was 27 years ago though, so I don't know what the place is like now.

Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Demon by James Lovegrove. I suppose this is a mystery. Let's skip straight to the author photo... Nuts! There isn't one. Let's check online... it is black and white and small.

Girl: a novel by Edna O'Brien. Girl is kidnapped by Boko Haram. O'Brien lives in London. I've never been there but sure have seen a lot of photos.

Paperback Romance

Angel in a Devil's Arms by Julie Anne Long.  Guy returns from teh dead and romances a woman.

This Earl Is Mine by Kate Bateman. Heiress wants to marry a condemned man so she can be a widow and keep the money. 

Friday, December 20, 2019



Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand. Hand has won a lot of literary awards. But, has she won the Ice Cream Eating Championship at Knickerbocker Days in Lake Mills?

Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens. "Eskens lives ... in outstate Minnesota." Outstate? What the heck does that mean? Outside the Twin Cities? Outside any city over 40,000 people?

The House of Brides by Jane Cockram. This woman's last name is completely covered by library labels all over the outside of the book. Jane Cockram just sounds English but she is from Australia.

Suicide Woods by Benjamin Percy. I've read a couple of this guy's novels. He has some sort of Wisconsin connection because when I was on a literary awards committee for a few years I read one of his books. He used to teach at St. Olaf. Freaking Oles.

The Wicked Redhead by Beatriz Williams. Hands, Cockram and Williams have similar author photos. I think Williams's novels circ' pretty well here, let's check... yep, each one has checked out this year with the oldest one in June.

A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler. I want to stick a hyphen in there. Like this "Well-Behaved". Fowelr was "raised in the midwest" which means dang near anywhere depending on the who says it. Midwest can be Ohio to the Dakotas, and the Upper Peninsula to Southern Illinois. That's about 830,000 square miles (using Daft Logic area calculator).

Bomber's Moon by Archer Mayor. I have not read one of these Joe Gunther novels in years.

Twice In A Blue Moon by Christina Lauren.  This a pen name for a writing duo. No idea where they live.

Audiobook on CD

Anne Boleyn: 500 years of lies by Hayley Nolan. 690 minutes on 9 CDs. Something about a woman who was murdered.

Thursday, December 12, 2019


Through a Magical Companionship of Sound and Technology I Present These Plastic Wafers That Contain Digital Information That Will Be Electronically Converted Into Sound

The Nothing by Korn. Singers and Guitarists make sounds to the accompaniment of a percussionist.

Juliana Hatfield Sings the Police by Julianna Hatfield. Boston singer sings songs of English musicians and one American ex-pat.

The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. English guys from English songs on an album that is still circ'ing after 46 years.

Frozen II by [people]. Actors sing songs about a film musical.

Monday, December 09, 2019

53 Discs!

1 Disc

The Best of Pentatonix Christmas by Pentatonix. Vocal group sings songs of winter holidays.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark starring [actors]. Scary stuff.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark starring [actors]. The same thing but on Blu-Ray.

6 Discs

Rick and Morty: seasons one and two starring [voice actors]. Grampa Rick has to deal with his terrible failure of a son-in-law and annoying grandchildren.

7 Discs

Alice Isn't Dead by Joseph Fink. Unusual plot about woman seeing her presumed dead wife on news stories about tragedies and then takes a job as a trucker to track her down.

8 Discs

Tom Clancy Duty and Honor by Grant Blackwood. Jack Ryan, Jr. fights injustice or something.

The Second Sleep by Robert Harris. Priest in Middle Ages has to bury an old priest and questions his faith and heretics. Or something.

The House Next Door by James Patterson. The novellas in one package.

13 Discs

Full Throttle : stories by Joe Hill. Thirteen stories.

Dungeons, Dragons, Danielle

Dungeons and Dragons

Xanathar's Guide to Everything by lead designers Jeremy Crawford and Mike Mearls. Page 53 says, "Warlocks are finders and keepers of secrets."

Player's Handbook by Jeremy Crawford. Page 143 says, "A single copper piece buys a candle, a torch, or a piece of chalk."

Dungeon Master's Guide by Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins, James Wyatt. Page 243 says, "An important question in such a situation is who notices whom."

Volo's Guide to Monsters by Mike Mearls. Page 48 says, "Whether a deity is good, evil, or neutral is imamaterial."

Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mag Mage by Christopher Perkins. Page 223 says, " 1 square = 10 feet"Monster Manual by Christopher Perkins. Page 120 says, "However, they tolerate the presence of these creatures as living representatives of Loth's will, and a reminder of the fate that awaits all who fail the Spider Queen."

The Monsters Know What They're Doing: combat tactics for Dungeon Masters by Keith Ammann. Page 409 says, " If the total XP of the marilith's existing minions are equal to or greater than those of the marilith, the vrocks take pole position."


Mother and Son: the respect effect by Emerson Eggerichs, PhD. A patron was trying to get this book and I saw it had many holds. So I ordered a copy and that was back-ordered because of demand.


Spy by Danielle Steel. Steel seems to be a workaholic. She has many stories to tell.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Here. Read these things.


Under Occupation by Alan Furst. More spy and anti-spy adventure by Furst. You should read this.

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts. Third novel in the Chronicles of the One series. I do not know what this is about. You should read this.

Scarlet Fever by Rita Mae Brown. Another one of those Brown books with an anthropomorphic fox on the cover. You should read this.

Genesis by Robin Cook. Another medical thriller? A band biography? I don't know. You should read this.


Top 10 Orlando by DK Eyewitness. Page 76 says that "the prices may limit this place to special occasions" in reference to Victoria and Albert's. You should read this.

Let's Make Ramen: a comic book cookbook by Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan. Page 115 says, "Heat a wok or cast iron pan over high heat." You should read this.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Two For You


The Off-Islander by Peter Colt. 1982 PI in New England searches for a long missing man.

Non Fiction

Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs. Not sure what this is about but Burroughs is a big name.