Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Books and Morrissey

The Magic of Computers Will Translate This Digital Code Into Magnificent Sound Waves

Low in High School by Morrissey. English singer sings in English about spending the day in bed.


The Library At The Edge of the World by Felicity HayesMcCoy. Make up your jokes about lost books. This is about a book mobile lady on the West Coast of Ireland. Seems like I recently read about or watched a film about a city in Western Ireland. Let me think... Oh, yeah, it was the Jack Taylor movies. They are set in Galway which is on the west side of the country.

Whispering Room by Dean Koontz.  I've read some of Koontz's books but not lately. Koontz really likes dogs.

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. Some sort of Lonely Hearts Meet and Make Friends novel.

Past Perfect by Danielle Steel. I always want to stick an 'E' on the end of Steel.

The People Vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson. The tag on the cover says "Alex Cross goes on trial for murder."

Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Some romance. I think.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Singer Sings Into A Microphone and Those Sounds Are Recorded By A Computer and Then Encoded Into A Plastic Disc That You Borrow From the Library

Reputation by Taylor Swift. Big Name Singer sings songs of something or other.


Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron and John Goodman. Super spy does super stuff. Or something. I'm not sure.

Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron and John Goodman. Same as before except this time in BluRay high defintion.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Fiction with Blathering Comments


Ghosts of Christmas Past by Rhys Bowen. Rhys is pronounced rees right? I cannot add in the proper pronunciation markers. Dang, I thought Rhys was a male name. Or, is it kinda like Chris or Pat?

End Game by David Baldacci. Another one of those novels by Baldacci about hired killers.  Baldacci started a foundation to promote literacy, that's pretty groovy.

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich. The popular bounty hunter returns. At least I think she is still a bounty hunter. Maybe she became a radio host. Let's check... yep, still a bounty hunter.

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich. I don't think I have ever read an Erdrich novel. Let me check her pub list... Nope, not yet, I'll get to it later. Plague of Doves has a great cover though.

American Drifter by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray. Graham has a new author photo, that's cool. I wonder how this collaboration worked. Max Allan Collins has written before about his collaborations and I think learning about about those working relationships is interesting.

Artemis by Andy Weir. The Martian was a massive, massive hit as Weir's first novel. I hope he does well with this story.  Crime novel set on a lunar colony.

Count to Ten by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Popular Movie and BIG WORDS


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring [CGI stuff with some actors]. Popular featuring a music soundtrack of 1970s pop songs. Major error in not including The Kinks.

Large Print

Reacher is Reachs Wisconsin


Midnight Line by Lee Child. Reacher sees a West Point class ring in pawn shop in a "small town." I call BS on that. There are not many pawn shops in WI let alone small town WI.


In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury. Looks like some sort of romance. The cover sasy "The Baxter Family" so this must be part of a series. Hey, let's critique Kingsbury's author photo... it's a nice one. Kingsbury is wearing blue and a real photographer took the photo, it's not a cropped family snapshot like on some books. Well done.

The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith. Latest novel in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.  Now let's critique Smith's photo... Same photo as usual. Smith is outside and wearing a hat. The image is kinda grainy though. I wonder if that is a problem with the printing or the image quality.


State of Craft Beer by Matthew Janzen and Chris Walker. Wisconsin Wisconsinites write about Wisconsin beer and Wisconsin breweries by driving Wisconsin and visiting Wisconsin people in Wisconsin. Except Lake Mills, according to the index anyway. The book has lots and lots of pretty photographs and the entire book was produced in Wisconsin.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Here Are Some Books


Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle. Another one of those single older-person-meets-someone-new-(or old friend)-at-hometown.

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly. Another Bosch novel.

Crazy Like A Fox by Rita Mae Brown. Another one of those novels with a nice drawing on the cover.

A Christmas Return by Anne Perry. Another Christmas novel featuring Perry's Pitt characters.

Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison. The cover image says, "Trains. Train Tunnel. People running on top of the train."

Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. What is the deal with Alafair Burke? Does she teach full time? Because she publishes on a regular schedule and that has to take a good amount of time. If she is teaching law full-time and publishing that is very impressive.


What Unites Us: reflections on patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner. Essays on being a citizen and American.


Thursday, November 02, 2017

DVD and a Novel and Photos


Murder Games by James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated and Howard Rougham. Yeah, I make fun of Patterson, but he has been generous to libraries and independent book stores.


Dressed To Kill starring Angie Dickinson, Michael Caine, Nancy Allen. Criterion Collection edition of the 1980 thriller. I thought this would circ'.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Library is Very Busy: Photo Edition

New Books

No Dogs Allowed in the Library

Pigs are OK.

A lady came by the front desk and gave these to us.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Gischler Rejected Capone


Hellbound by Victor Gischler, et al. This is not a new book. We added this to the collection two years ago. But, since I had to fix the classification number the book was sitting on the processing cart I am adding it into this post. Gischler does good work and the I enjoyed the artwork in this when I read the book a couple years ago.


Al Capone: his life, legacy and legend by Deirdre Bair.  I find this interesting. I don't know about you.

Joe R. Lansdale Returns!


Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-suckers by Joe R. Lansdale. You surely recall the story about Elvis's last battle against evil featured in Bubba Ho-tep. Here Lansdale gives the story about how Elvis joined the fight against evil as "part of a secret government organization designed to protect civilians."


After the Fire by Henning Mankell. I read a Mankell book once.

The Girl Who Takes An Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz. Lagercrantz writes another novel featuring Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander character. I never read any of those Girl Who novels. I was going to watch one of the films and never got around to that either. Hey, I've been busy.

Wolf Season by Helen Benedict. I like the title. Three people who experienced war in Afghanistan or Iraw survive a hurricane that "devastates a small town in upstate New York." Hurricane? Did they mean tornado? Because that seems like a long way for a hurricane to travel.

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham. Meh.

Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer. Remember when Archer went to prison for lying in court?

Quick and Dirty by Stuart Woods. Is that the title or a description of all of Woods novels?

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Mohsin is a very difficult name for me to type. According to his bio he has written very popular novels. According to the dust cover this book as about, "teetering... civil war... embark... cloistered... explodes... checkpoints... doors that whisk... escalates... old lives... future... intimate... courage."

Death Overdue by Allison Brook. a cozy mystery featuring a librarian character. OF course there is a cat on the cover. Of course.


Verax: the true history of whistleblowers, drone warfare, and mass surveillance by Pratap Chatterjee and Khalil. Told in graphic novel format. How government surveillance has led to inaccurate intelligence guiding actions.


The Library has an Instagram account. Posting images on Instagram is much easier than posting the same photos on Blogger. Here are a few I just saved to the desktop.

Rock Lake at mid-day last Saturday, October 27, 2017. I was walking my dog.

Rainy afternoon from last week.

Apology letter from a young girl. Used by the parent as a a teaching moment. I thanked the girl for her consideration and told her to keep reading.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

3 Books + 1CD = Acoustic Weather Game of Wisconsin

The Power of Computers Will Transform This Digital Language Into Sound Waves 

Acoustic Rarities by Richard Thompson. English singer sings songs and performs fancy guitar playing.


Indian Mounds of Wisconsin, 2nd Edition by Robert A. Birmingham and Amy L Rosebrough. "Updated throughout, incorporating exciting new research and satellite imagery."

Fiction With Photo Critiques

Mind Game by Iris Johansen. This has Johansen's usual author photo. Johansen has written A LOT of novels. We have 88 copies of her work, in multiple formats, in Lake Mills.

Strange Weather: four short novels by Joe Hill. Hill looks very beardy in his photo. He looks like he'd have a full beard after growing it for a week or less. His brother and father recently published a collaboration but I cannot recall if they had author photos or not. I won't check either. I'll probably read this book by "Hill", I enjoyed two of his other novels.