Saturday, December 20, 2014

Eight Amazing Shipwrecked Sisters Take Captive Dog


In Herriot's Shadow by Bill Stork, DVM. Lake Mills veterinarian writes neat stories about work. 

Eight Amazing Engineering Stories: using the elements to create extraordinary technologies by Bill Hammack, et al.  I ran across Hammack on YouTube and ordered the book. His videos are neat-o. But, without burrito.  Or, mosquito.  I like to eat Fritos. I would shoot Greedo.

Good Dog: true stories of love, loss and loyalty edited by David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden and Gun.  My dog smells but she hates bathing and it's a real hassle to wash that dog in the winter. Includes stories by C.J. Chivers and Ace Atkins, I read books by those dudes.


Red Moon by Benjamin Percy. I read this book, too. It made the 2014 notable list from the Wisconsin Library Association.

Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms. I thought we had a copy of this. This also made the notable list. I read it.

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Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer. Go swimming?

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde. No, get your own ride.

Destiny's Captive by Beverly Jenkins. Destiny as fate, or Destiny as a woman who is a kidnapper?

Deadline by John Sandford. Deadline like this?

Full Force and Effect by Mark Greaney. Very effy title.

The Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren. Smell like smoke.

A Quilt Like Christmas by Sandra Dallas. Would be a bad gift for a child.

The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield. Well, where did you see it last?

Tyrants: an intimate history


The Maze Runner starring [teenagers]. Something about being lost in a killer maze.

The Roosevelts: an intimate history by Ken Burns.  14 hours of Roosevelts. Roosevelts, Roosevelts, Roosevelts. This is full of Roosevelts.


My Favorite Tyrants by Joanne Diaz.  Won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. I don't know what the Brittingham is and I will research the prize. Back of the book says, "Diaz tries to understand what makes tyranny so compelling, even seductive.  These dynamic, funny, often poignant poems investigate the nature of tyranny in all of its forms - political, cultural, familial, and erotic." I tried touch typing that last section and had to back up and make multiple corrections. 

Diaz works at Illinois Wesleyan. I remember visiting there as a high school Junior. The admissions counselor mentioned how they have an early admission program and I thought, "Hey, cool." So I brought the application home, put it in the typewriter, got halfway through, got bored, and quit. Remind me later and I'll tell the story about Wartburg College. People always look at me weird when I tell that one.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Stack of DVDs


Railway Man starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. Former British soldier was a POW under the Japanese. Englishman plans to murder the Japanese man responsible for the Englishman's treatment.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: the complete season 7 starring [actors]. Awful people doing awful things.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: the complete season 8 starring [actors]. Seriously, these people can be despicable and horribly selfish.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: the complete season 9 starring [actors]. Try it out, it's a funny program.

Raise Some Bell: the ultimate kettlebell workout by Amy Dixon. It seems like kettlebells are supposed to be the next big thing for exercise. But, the exercise regime's popularity never quite took off like yoga did.

Blended by Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. These flicks make money, I guess that's why they keep making them.

House of Cards: second season starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright. Political intrigue.

Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.  Post-apocalyptic Australia without the Lord Humungus.

True Blood: the complete sixth season starring [hunky actors]. I have not watched this show. There are a bunch of shows I have not watched.

Bunch Of Novels By A Bunch of People


Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz. Moriarty and Holmes are dead on Reichenbach Falls and the London underworld has a job vacancy. Two men try to catch the leading candidate for Moriarty's job. I think one of my kids read some of Horowitz's Alex Rider books.

Tagged For Death by Sherry Harris. This is a paperback, has a cat on the cover, and is a Garage Sale Mystery so you can safely bet this is a cozy mystery.

Hope to Die by James Patterson. Huh, no co-author. That is unusual.

Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy.  Tademy? What is the etymology of that name, the only time I've seen it is on Tademy's novels.  Speaking of which, the audiobook of Red River checks out a lot. Tademy's author photo is too small.

Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney. McInernery also has a small photo and since this is a paperback the photo is black-and-white. McInerney lives in Ireland.

For the Dead by Timothy Hallinan.  Travel writer living in Bangkok has more dangerous adventures. I recall listening to Hallinan's first Junior Bender novel while rowboating across the lake to where the Boy Scouts were building rafts. Going there wasn't so bad but the return trip was kinda miserable after being in the sun all afternoon and rowing back against the wind.

Hallinan's Afterword mentions his 2011 trip to Bouchercon in St. Louis. I went to that conference. I've written about it before but let me give a recap: I went to a party on Friday and that resulted in a complete wash-out on Saturday.

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.  "When a man slaps another couple's child at a neighborhood barbecue, the event sends unforeseeable shock waves through the lives of all who are witness to it."

The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood.  Marwood won an Edgar Award. That's a big deal.

Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline. I'm not sure how you pronounce her name. Is the second part line or lean-ee?

The Day of Atonement by David Liss. Man returns to Portugal to avenge his parents punishment by an Inquisitor.

Mr. Penumbr'as 24-houor Bookstore by Robin Sloan.  "Rendered with irresistible brio" Brio? I had to look that one up: vigor and vivacity.

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett. Mystery of something about a modern bookshop employee who discovers Jane Austen may have stolen the story for Pride and Prejudice.

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Girl grows up in 1915 Boston to immigrant parents.  Dang, Diamant has a small author photo, too. She's only written four other novels. I say only because Red Tent is always going out, I see Diamant's name so often I figured she has more published novels.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Poetry, Pines, Plate Spoon


The Fall: series 1 starring Gillian Anderson. Police detective looks for serial killer in Belfast.

Still Life: a Three Pines mystery starring [Canadians]. Based off one of Louise Penny's novels. Those books do well here.

Justified: complete fifth season starring Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins. Good, I did not get to see the last few episodes on TV. Goggins was in the latest Machete movie.

Guardians of the Museum starring [English]. Some BBC production, not one of those Ben Stiller movies.

Captain America: Winter Soldier starring [a bunch of people]. Another super hero movie off a comic book.


The Plated Spoon and Other Tales of Sherlock Holmes edited by Loren D. Estleman. Estleman takes a break from westerns and edits a book. Estleman wrote 1978's Sherlock Holmes v. Dracula. I should hunt that one down, Fort Atkinson, Hartford and Mayville have copies.

Being Mortal: medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande.  Gawande writes some excellent books.

Snowboarding: skills, training, techniques by Dan Wakeham and Sophie Everard. Would I have to wear those horribly ugly clothes?


The Dead Eat Everything by Michael Mlekoday.  How do you pronounce that name?  This won a poetry prize.  Mlekoday went to K-State.  I used to go down to Manhattan and eat at the Rock-A-Belly Deli. I don't recall if the food was good but it was a nice place and I'd order a big beer.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thraot Hiar with Snotflower Erotica


The Sexy Librarian's Big Book of Erotica edited by Rose Caraway. How can I not order something with a title like that?

Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk.  I've never read one of his books. This has young female lawyer trying to stop a megabillionaire from starting a sex toy empire with devices that drive women to lock themselves away for hours.

Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin.  Isn't Ha Jin is big deal in the book world? Kinda like Bill Crider, but with stories about China instead of Texas?  China is 3,332,347 square miles larger than Texas.

Broadchurch by Erin Kelly. I know a woman named Erin.  She knows another woman named Erin and the first Erin says she and the second Erin are very much alike. I don't know anything about this third Erin, the author. The book is based off a TV character.

Reborn: a Dead Man adventure by Kate Danley, Lisa Klink, and Phoef Sutton. If you're reading this one hoping to go on your blog and write "Klink goes klunk" prepare yourself for disappointment. Klink does some fine writing work. I don't know about the other two. Sutton sounds familiar...oh, he did another Dead Man entry. I like this series.

Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet.  Some sort of novel about something to do with mermaid sightings in the Caribbean.

Love Song by Elizabeth Lowell. Re-pub of a paperback that was called Love Song For A Raven. Ravens are big birds, their wingspans can go as far as 46.4 inches.

Sometimes the Wolf by Urban Waite. Urban Waite? That sounds like an English name.  Well, this dude lives in Seattle. But, Waite's acknowledgments list a fella named Nat Sobel who was also thanked by author Neville Stuart in a book I just read. Stuart is Irish, so I'm gonna say "close enough" and that Waite is Scottish.


Debt to the Bone-Eating Snotflower by Sarah Lindsay.  What a title! I think Lindsay won some award for this one.  Oops. I was just trying to find out what award this won and found out Lindsay went to St. Olaf. That may be a deal breaker. Go Gusties!


Big Book of Hair Metal: the illustrated oral history of heavy metal's debauched decade by Martin Popoff. Page 126 says, "I was more into the Stones, actually."

TABE Power Practice by Learning Express. Test prep for whatever the TABE is.

100 Card Games For All the Family by Jeremy Harwood.  100 new opportunities for everyone to fight and cheat.

The Essential Guide to Life After Bereavement by Judy Carole Kauffmann and Mary Jordan.

People I Want to Punch In the Throat: competitive crafters, drop-off despots, and other suburban scourges by Jen Mann. Woman gets upset with people. Woman complains on blog. Woman gets book deal.

The Ore Knob Mine Murders by Rose M. Haynes.  OUtlaw motorcycle gang moves to rural North Carolina. Outlaw motorcycle gang has business trouble. Outlaw motorcycle gang tries to solve business trouble by pushing people down a mine shaft.

Pay Any Price: greed, power, and endless war by James Risen.  Investigative reporting into government excess and screw-ups by a Pulitzer Prize winner. Dang, no photos.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Another Largre Print Bonanza


Murder in the Afternoon by Frances Brody. The cove and subtitle, A Kate Shakleton Mystery, scream "cozy mystery". Wait a minute. Does a cozy mystery ever scream out loud? Seems like it would whisper. Or gossip.

Woman With A Gun by Phillip Margolin.  For the past few years book covers with a photograph of a beach and a woman model shot from behind were all the rage. But, this one is in black-and-white and the model, wearing a wedding dress, is holding a revolver behind her back. The revolver looks like a Ruger.

The Big Finish by James W. Hall.This cover has the camera positioned a few inches over a road tarmac, colored all in red, and a man's silhouette down road.

Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith. I'm not sure what you call this art style. Folk?

Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs. This cover is not my style.  The book doesn't look like my style either, but I am very intrigued when the dust cover says a character is getting her hair done at "Root 66". Root 66? That's fantastic.

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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.  Every time a cash register bell rings Picoult buys another yacht. Seriously though, does Picoult have a yacht. She should look into that. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Google maps says that is a two hour drive.

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell. 

Revival by Stephen King.

Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux. 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Freshwater American Crafternoon


Quilting-On-The-Go: taking it further by Carolyn Forster.  Page 49 says, "Repeat with the second piece of backing fabric."

New American Knits by Amy Christoffers.  The "Nevelson Lace Pullover" uses sportweight yarn (#2 fine).

80 Ten-Minute Recipes by Jenni Fleetwood.  Page 42 says, " Liver is the perfect choice for a quick meal."

The Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing, 2nd edition by Mike Seymour.  Page 40 says, "Worn lines rank among the most common causes of losing both lure and fish during the fight."

Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon by Eliza Muldoon. Fun, little craft projects to do with children.  Not to be confused with the Kinks.

The Kinks

Monday, November 24, 2014

I am very busy, here is a quick list


Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand.

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Ruth's Journey by Donald McCaig.

Blue Labrynth by Preston and Child.

Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.

Revival by Stephen King.

Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Bruke.

The Job by Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich.

The Escape by David Baldacci.

Final Silence by Stuart Neville.

Private India: City on Fire by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi.

Tradition of Deceit by Kathleen Ernst.

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell.

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Blood Magick by Nora Roberts.


Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook by Todd Downs.

Strategic Digital Marketing by Eric Greenberg and Alexander Kates.

Standard Deviations: flawed assumptions, tortured data, and other ways to lie with statistics by Gary Smith.