Friday, August 28, 2015

Some Literary Stuff and A Few Others


The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg. Swedish crime thriller. Lackberg lives in Stockholm. I guess that makes sense. Stockholm is in Sweden. Stockholm is also in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb. I'll bet this guy's last name usually gets misspelled with one "t". An autistic man living in a care home has trouble with new people. You think Lackberg ever gets lost driving in Stockholm?

Days of Awe by Lauren Fox. This book is about something. Does Lackberg even drive? That seems like the kind of city where people get around using public transit and walking.

The Fall of Princes by Robert Goolrick. 1980s Wall Street honcho wishes he still had the dough. Lackberg is a bestseller in Swededn, surely she has the dough to leave town and take summer vacations in the woods.

After the Storm by Linda Castillo. Looks like an Amish themed novel. If you're going out of the city for a week's lake vacation in central Sweden wouldn't you want a car? Heck, you'd need a car, right?

Armada by Ernest Cline. A novel with many pop culture references. I listened to a novel set in rural Sweden, The Farm. I liked the book.

Malice at the Palace by Rhys Bowen.  Famous mystery author writes another book. I also read, or listened to, the Stockhold Noir Trilogy by Jens Lapidus. Those were very good.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. European bestseller. Those Lapidus novels were filmed but I've only watched the first one so far.

Audiobooks on CD

X by Sue Grafton. 11 CDs at 13.5 hours. I started watching the second of the three Lapidus films, Hard To Kill, but have not gotten back to it yet. I've not been unable to sit and relax for I can read the subtitles.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Nature of Melody Blank, Murderer's Daughter


Point Blank by Fern Michaels. How long has Michaels been writing? OCLC seems to list 1975 as her first published year.

The Last Time I Saw Her by Karen Robards. The cover says,"Woman lost at sea." The dust jacket says, "Something about the ghost of a convicted killer and his identical twin?" What?!

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny.  This made me think of Do To the Beast by Afghan Whigs.

X by Sue Grafton.  I guess she couldn't figure out a good way to shoehorn Xerxes or Xylophone into the title.

Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark. Interior designer helping family whose father disappeared with five million dollars.

Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory.  When King Henry VIII says you're getting married, then you're getting married.

Audiobook on CD

The Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman. 14 hours on 11CDs.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

76 Hours of Made-Up Stories

Audiobooks on CD

Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs. 10 hours on 8CDs.  Temperance Brennan spends more time in a lab and catches more killers.

Armada by Ernest Cline. 12 hours by 10CDs. More nostalgia. I guess.

Mrs. Sinclair's Suitcase by Louise Walters. 10 hours on 8CDs. Read by two people. I suppose that is because the story is told by two people.

Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw.  7 hours on 6CDs. I always think of Kershaw Knives when I see that guy's name. I've never bought a Kershaw knife, they seem OK. I suppose it all depends on the model and the steel quality.

Lure of the Moonflower by Lauren Willig. 13.5 hours on 11CDs. I listened to Moonstone a few months ago. Yeah, that is a different story. This has romance and espionage in 1807 Portugal. 

Dexter is Dead by Jeff LIndsay. 12 hours on 10CDs. I have not read or heard any of these novels in a while. I should start up again, I always enjoyed the novels.

The Promise of Home by Amy Rubinate. 11.5 hours on 9CDs. Lives in small town Vermont intermingle, intercept and interlace.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Four Standbys and One New One.


Moonshadows by Julie Weston. The cover looks like a Western It is a Mystery. In the West.

Stone Mattress: nine wicked tales by Margaret Atwood. "Nine unforgettable tales that reveal the grotesque, delightfully wicked facets of humanity."

Murderer's Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman. Psychlogist with a traumatic past and a secret life.

I'm Going to Touchtype the Next Two Entries. 

With no corrections (except for italics).

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig. Novel about MOntana, I bet.  Biy sent from Montana to Manitowoc when grtandmother has surgery. He comes back and brings his great auncle along.

Friction by Sandra Brown. Cover has a guy with a lever action rigle sillhouted. Dustcover says, TX Ranger is tryuing to get child custor, courtroom is attacked, Ranger helps, things happen.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fiction N-Z


Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich. What's left after a political speech. Panowich's first novel.  Crime novel with family drama, set in North Georgia. Unlike Panowich himself who is set in East Georgia.

Alert by James Patterson Amalgamated Text Supplies and Michael Ledwidge. Intimidated... scare... on edge... responsibility... wreaking havoc... shocking murder... biggest threat of all.

Among the Ten Thousand by Julia Pierpont.  Pierpont lives in New York and has a blurb by Megan Abbott. That's pretty cool, I consider Abbott to be a Big Deal.  Teen and pre-teen kids get package of printed emails detailing their father's secret life.  I kinda wish I had a secret life.

Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash.  Short stories set in Appalachia. Let's get back on topic, let's talk about me. My family was at the Land's End warehouse sale over the weekend and I tried on a pseudo-trenchcoat.

Invasion of Privacy by Christopher Reich.  I told my kids I was a spy in East Berlin during the '80s.

Who Let the Dog Out? by David Rosenfelt. I told them I wore a was recruited as a teenager because the CIA needed people who would not arouse suspicion.

Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese. I was captured by the Stasi but was almost immediately traded for another spy held in West Germany.

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner. My cover was blown, of course, and I had to quit undercover work.

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward. I then told them I also worked in Paris as an undercover cop, pretending to be a drug buyer.

Lure of the Moonflower by Lauren Willig. I can't remember if I came up with a reason for why that job didn't work out.


West Side Story starring [You know who]. You know the story.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Fiction A-M


We Never Asked For Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. That is two long name to type. She should change her name to M. M is easy to type.

House of Echoes by Brenda Duffy. I was watching a mid '80's Airplane rip-off last night entitled Call Me Sarge. Julia Duffy was in the film.  Dang, Julia Duffy is 64-years-old. I guess Newhart was quite a while ago.

Devil's Bridge by Linda Fairstein. Fairstein has a lot of loyal readers. Not me, though, I have not yet read one. Fairstein has a nice author photo and the selected image was taken at 4:20PM according to Fairstein's wristwatch.

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth. The cover has a lot of purple.  Forsyth is Australian. Did you know they write everything upside down in Australia?

Evergreen Falls by Kimberly Freeman. Hey, another Australian book. Freeman lives in Brisbane.

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff. You know who isn't Australian? That's right, Lisa Graff. She lives by Philadelphia.

Fool Me Once by Steve Hockensmith with Lisa Falco. Hockensmith authors the excellent Holmes on the Range detective series. I don't know anything about Falco, let's see...nothing much online. Maybe she uses a pen name.

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman.  Hoffman? I cannot recall her famous titles. Let's check that...Fortune's Daughter did well, I think. So did Dovekeepers.

Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber.  I've seen a cover like this before. Handing lanterns with tea candles and photoshopped fireflies all over the place. What cover was that? Oh, it was the last Macomber, Last One Home.

Losing Me by Sue Margolis.  Novel about a woman about to turn 60.

Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon. I like the cover.  The cover has a gothic look, like an early '70s novel. McMahon lives in Vermont. I drove through Vermont once. Or, was that New Hampshire? Is there a difference?

Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell. This cover also has a 1970s throwback style but with lots of green. Mitchell's author photo is black and white.  She lives in Georgia. Her acknowledgements thank the University of West Georgia's English Department. Acknowledgements is very difficult for me to spell.

Be still, my beating heart, Crider has arrived

Sheriff Dan Rhodes

Between the Living and the Dead by Bill Crider.


Beautiful Paper Cutting: 30 creative projects for cards, gifts, decor, and jewelry by Lark Crafts (publisher name, not someone called 'Lark'). Page 75 says, "10. Close the box." Crider content unknown.

A History of Heists: bank robbery in America by Jerry Clark.  The influence on American culture, the thieves, and the investigators. Reminds me of two guys who robbed banks across the central plains and northwest in the 1990s or 2000s. One guy was caught, if I remember correctly, when he was in his suburban backyard testing a homemade silencer. Crider content unknown.

Browsings: a year of reading, collecting, and living with books by Michael Dirda.  50 essays about reading. Crider content unknown.

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(Crider content unknown.)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

One Flick


Insurgent starring Naomi Watts and [other people I never heard of]. Teen angst with guns.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mickey Spillane's Chocolate Freezer Pleaser


Chocolate starring [many actors and stuntmen]. Autistic teen girl grows up watching martials arts movies on TV and martial arts classes across the street and turns into karate savant.


The Legend of Caleb York by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins. Spillane wrote a western screenplay intended for John Wayne. That project did not work out but Collins has developed this novel from the original script. Dedicated to Bill Crider, that's kinda neat. I have about 50 minutes of listening left on the Mike Hammer novel Complex 90.


Taste of Home Freezer Pleasers Cookbook by Catherine Cassidy, editor in Chief.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Music and Marketing

Sounds are Made. Sounds are recorded. Sounds are translated into physical object. Your machine translates those physical marks into sound waves.

English Graffiti by The Vaccines.  English singers sing songs of love.

Still by Richard Thompson. Option 1) English singer sing songs. Option 2) English guitarist plays guitars.


The Passion Conversation: understanding, sparking, and sustaining word of mouth marketing by Robbin Phillips, et al. The importance of conversation and personal relationship to draw and keep customers.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eight Novels


Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. I was gone for three nights to Boy Scout camp up near Mountain, WI.

Badlands by C.J. Box. Hot weather and read a novel and napped more than anything else over the two full days I stayed.

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay. I did go for a decent walk on Tuesday through the camp and the surrounding forest.

Wishes For Christmas by Fern Michaels. Nicolet National Forest surrounds the camp and seemed to have plenty of trails, roads, and biking paths.

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans. One younger boy tripped and fall onto a sharp stick that pierced the back of his hand.

Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell. The Scout was crying and upset. An older Scout and I walked the injured kid to the health office.

The Forgotten by Heather Graham. The puncture wound was not so bad, but the health officer sent us to an urgent care location just in case stitches were needed.

Brush Back by Sara Paretsky. No stitches. The flap of skin was glued shut. We missed dinner time at camp so we stopped at the Burger King in Oconto Falls.

NonFiction - Dictator special


The Job: true tales from the life of a New York City Cop by Steve Osborne.  Page 165 says, "During our conversation he must have sense my disappointment at the fact he didn't receive any jail time."

The Double Life of Fidel Castro: my 17 years as personal bodyguard to El Lider Maximo by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez with Axel Gylden. Former bodyguard and fixer to Fidel Castro fell into disfavor, went to Cuban prison, escaped to Mexico and Florida and wrote a tell-all. Mistresses, drug dealing, guerrilla training, multiple mansions, torture, executions.

A Kim Jong-Il Production: the extraordinary true story of a kidnapped filmmaker, his star actress, and a young dictator's rise to power by Paul Fischer.  In 1978 future North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il ordered the kidnapping of a famous South Korean actress and director to force them to make films. Page 93 says, " Inside, Kim gave Choi a tour of the ostentatious villa: the en-suit bedrooms, the living room and library, the home cinema. There was a tacky crystal chandelier of two in every room and Japanese gadgets on every surface, giving the house a gauche, unrefined energy - 'a Las Vegas-meets-Vladivostok feeling,' as Choi described later."

Kale and Coffee: a renegade's guide to health happiness and longevity by Kevin Gianni. Writer travels the United States testing different diet and health advice. Page 152 says, "As we reach the salt farms, the land in front of us is dotted with carefully laid out rectangular patches of black trays filled with water."

Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook by JJ Virgin. This was on the Amazon bestseller list, so I bought it.

The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook by Loren Cordain, Ph.D. Someone asked that we have more paleo diet books.

ACT 2016: strategies, practice and review by Kaplan. Someone else complained we did not have enough ACT prep books.