Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Photos


I have not posted any photos in a while.

Masonry repairs on front of the library

The sandstone by the front doors has been crumbling over the past few years.  Jacob Arndt of Northwestern Masonry and Stone is cutting replacement stone.  The replacements come from the same area of Wisconsin as the originals and are a very close match. Arndt cuts the pieces to fit and then chisels in the decorative lines to match the old stone.  He will cut out the old stone and emplace the new pieces.

Kellerman Consortia and Simon Scarrow


Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman.  According to the author photo Jesse Kellerman looks more like his mom than dead.  A little difficult to tell since senior is facing the camera and junior is 1/4 profile.

The Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton.  Another Agatha Raisin novel. Her bio says she was born in Scotland.  I wonder if she was eligible to vote in the independence referendum.  Did they call the vote a referendum or just a "vote"? Scots are weird.

The Paying Guest by Sarah Waters.  This sounds like one I would read.  London in 1922.  The post-war economy is poor and a formerly wealthy woman and daughter are obliged to take in tenants. "A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place."

The Zealot by Simon Scarrow.  I have not read this series in a couple years.  Fun stuff with Roman Legionnaires Cato and Macro in various adventures from Germany to Britain to Italy and now Judea. Historically accurate with adventures adventuring by adventurers.  Adventurers are weird.

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett. Another door stopper by Follett of the Big Welsh Hair. A bunch of characters in the 1960s are printed on some real nice, heavyweight paper. Paper is weird.

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The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake.  Cussler book covers are weird.

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb.

Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman.  Author estate titles are weird.


The Fault in our Stars starring [teen actors I never heard of] and Laura Dern.  Something about dying teenagers and love.  Chick movies are weird. When John Green spoke at an ALA luncheon a few months ago there was a security guy standing behind Green to fend away the gushing women librarians so Green could eat in peace. I'm serious.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chelsea Cain?


One Kick by Chelsea Cain.  I was intending to read a couple of her other books.  I have not gotten to them yet.. Crimespree magazine likes her. You think she gets this a lot?

Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough. Two sets of female twins from the same family grow up in turn of the century Australia.

Reckless Disregard by Robert Rotstein.  I read a really nice review for this novel but cannot remember where I read the review or what the book is about. A thriller set in Hollywood with an entertainment lawyer.  I think.

Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvik.  Comedy novel from someone in Minnesota with a Minnesota character moving to Los Angeles and trying to work as a comic.I think.

Don't Let Her go by Michelle Gagnon. This is a YA book, but ended up in my pile so I'm typing it in.  One of those teenagers-on-the-run-from-corporate/government-bad-guys novels. I think Gagnon was the one who posted something online a year or two ago about raccoon trouble. Better than Frog Trouble. Or Car Trouble

Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah. Hannah writes a new Hercule Poirot novel.  I've read mixed reviews, find out for yourself.

In the Morning I'll be Gone by Adrian McKinty. This just won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in Australia.  I was thinking Kelly was killed in that shootout. Nope, he was wounded, arrested, and hanged.

Back Channel by Stephen L. Carter.  Fictionalization of Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.  Marital trouble in 1686 Amsterdam.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.  I never read Cloud Atlas.  Maybe I'll get around to it.  They used some heavy paper on this book.The dust jacket says the book is " with character".  Huh.  He wrote Black Swan Green, I ordered the audio version a few years after a nice review. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

I Haven't Read An Ian McEwan Book in Years


The Children Act by Ian McEwan.  I read a couple of his books in 1994-1995.  That was before he was a Big Deal.  I should read those Big Deal books, they must be pretty good.

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb.  Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates murder. Lietennant is difficulf for me to spell.

Perfidia by James Ellroy.  The 800 lbs. gorilla of crime fiction.  Imagine a 800 lbs. guerrilla. How dangerous would that guy be?

Blood on the Water by Anne Perry.  London Copper William Monk witnesses a boat explosion that kills 200 people. Monk gets to work.

Audiobooks on CD

Business Adventures: twelve classic tales of the World of Wall Street by John Brooks. 17 hours on 14 CDs.  Stories about the Edsel disaster (except for Sheriff Dan Rhodes), the rise of Xerox, scandals at GE and how "iconic companies was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety."

Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman. 9 hours on 7 CDs.  I do not know if Coleman worked from an existing manuscript or not.  I won't try to find out. Coleman writes good books and spends a lot of time in Milwaukee.

Dark Blood by Christine Feehan.  15 hours on 12 CDs.  Werewolf romance.

Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen. 11  hours on 9 CDs.  This was on sale.  I thought people might enjoy the story.

Road Dawgz by K'Wan.  10.5 hours on 9 CDs.  K'Wan sells a lot of books. But, I always figured they would not circulate here.  Phooey, I should buy a couple and find out for sure.  Kid grows up in tough situation, goes to jail, learns crime, aims for crime lord-dom.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Awesome Cat Secret Place


Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick.  Could I just give the book to my kids and let them go at it? Because I still need to reseal the driveway, add insulation to the attic, and figure out a cheap way to put in new windows.  Those old windows really have to go. I also need to get some quick mix concrete and fix the crumbled corners on the stairs by the back door.  The old railing base was set into the concrete and the ice cracked those corners away.

Complete Cat Care consultant Alison Logan.  Couldn't I give the book to my kids and let them go at it?  It's about time they help take care of those cat things. Rather than the way they just carry them around and get clawed.  Or, using the cats as excuse to come out of their bedrooms at night and not go to bed.

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All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner.  Couldn't I just give this book to my kids and let them make up smarmy, internet comments?

Above by Isla Morley.  What smarmy things would they say about the books?

Driving With the Top Down by Beth Harbison.  I'm not sure.

Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel.  I have some theories.

Deserves to Die by Lisa Jackson.  "Fart, fart, fart."

Home Fires by Lois Greiman. That's one likely thing they would say.

Audiobooks on CD

Personal by Lee Child.  13 hours on 10 CDs.  "Get a bunch of TNT and then put it in the building and BOOM!"

The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe.  11.5 hours on 10 CDs. Or how about this one?

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon.  17.5 hours on 14 CDs.  "Those people have a TV for sale on the curb.  We could get that for two dollars and take it home and I could have a TV in my room and if it doesn't work we could just throw it out anyway because it's only two dollars."

The Secret Place by Tana Fench.  20.5 hours on 16 CDs.  It is best my kids do not run the blog.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Crime and Ghosts


Haunted by Kay Hooper. One of those books with police officers who work with ghosts. Or something.

Act of War by Brad Thor.  One of those books with international intrigue and action. Or something.

Audiobook on CD

The Son by Jo Nesbo.  14CDs at 17.5 hours.  Some sort of Swedish death and dismemberment. Or something.

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Return of Billy Boyle


The Rest is Silence by James R. Benn.  Benn brings back Billy battling bad Bavarians.  I presume Benn once again takes a lesser known tale of World War Two and writes another great mystery novel around it. I really enjoy this series.

The Drop by Dennis Lehane.  Think of all the things the title could be describing.  A tennis serve that spins low.  A dropped pass in football.  Male infant with testicle that are late to descend.

Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon.  Think on that title.  It sounds like a Stranger Danger instruction.

Personal by Lee Child.  Jack Reacher beats people up and sleeps with good looking women.

Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman.  What's the deal with Kellerman? I could have sworn she had curly blonde hair.  Was she kidnapped by aliens and surgically altered?  Maybe I was kidnapped by aliens who altered my memories. Did I really get out of bed at 12AM the other day to let the dang dog out? Maybe not.

The River by Beverly Lewis.  More Amish romance and family drama.  

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A Change in Altitude by Cindy Meyers.  Heck, I do that every time I stand up.

The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang.  I was married in June.  I think.  It might have been July.  Maybe it was July.  Damn aliens.

Last to Know by Elizabeth Adler.  Hey, that reminds me of a Neil Finn tune. Here ya go, Dunedin.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Two Quebec Novels and More


The Long Way Home by Louise Penny.  Another Inspector (retired) Gamache novel.  He is retired in Three Pines, Quebec and asked to look for a missing man.  He heads up the St. Lawrence.

The River Burns by Trevor Ferguson. Ferguson wrote a great crime series under the name John Farrow but gained fame writing literary novels under his own name.  This is about the burning of a narrow covered bridge in 1984 in Quebec.

More Fiction

Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet WEvanovich.  I bought another copy.

Eyes Only by Fern Michaels.  I bet the author photo is that same one with the dogs and Michaels on a couch.  Let me check...yep, same photo and three dogs.  The dogs are all looking off to the left.  The photographer must have had an assistant distracting the mutts. The bookshelves in the background are out of focus, I can only read a few of the spines.


Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: build and master ninja weapons by John Austin.  Including Cereal Box Blowgun, Chopstick Rubber Band Gun, and Cereal Box Boomerang.

The Nazi Occult War: Hitler's compact with the forces of evil by Michael Fitzgerald.  Forces of evil?  Hitler was the force of evil.  This details a lot of the weirdness, pseudo-science, and outright baloney that was popular with the dirty, rotten, stinking, filthy, no-good nazis.