Monday, June 27, 2016

Stand Up Comics and a Murder


Uncle John starring John Ashton. Psychological thriller of a missing man and a surprise suspect. Filmed near Lodi, Wisconsin.

Daniel Tosh, People Pleaser by Daniel Tosh. Stan up comic does stand up comedy.

Brian Regan Live from Radio City Music Hall by Brian Regan. Stand up comic tells jokes while standing up.


The Games: a Private novel by Mark Sullivan and James Patterson Amalgamated Literary Indisdustries. Security company guy works at the Olympics in Brazil.

Thursday, June 23, 2016



The Mandibles: a family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver. Family in the future lives through an economic collapse and depression.

We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore. 16-year-old girl is in the hospitable when teenage boy visits as volunteer.

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler. Older daughter runs the house for her scientist father and uppity younger sister. Scientist father tries to convince her to marry his lab assistant to prevent the assistant's deportation.

The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. Goldberg has a new novel? Gee, I'd never have guessed from his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Musical Musics

Composers Compose, Singers Sing, Musicians Play, Engineers Record and Magic Computer Discs Deliver the Sound

A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead. Englishmen sing songs of being hip and being mistaken for Robert Carlyle.

Last Year Was Complicated by Nick Jonas. Amerinan singer sings songs of pop and keeping short hair. I was listening to this and enjoyed the songs.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Two Flicks


The Driftless Area starring Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel.Guy meets mysterious woman and things happen. I just read the 2006 novel this is based off and I enjoyed the book quite a bit.

When Calls the Heart starring Erin Krakow, Lori Loughlin, others. Some sort of romance-y thing with a Canadian Mountie and women with nice hair. Several films based off Janette Oke stories. Oke was hugely popular at the public library I worked at in KS 20 years ago. I'm not sure if Canadians were hugely popular. Or Mounties.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A Movie, Some Books


The Young Messiah starring Sean Freaking Bean. Sean Freaking Bean is in this, so you'll watch it anyway.


Give Us the Ballot: the modern struggle for voting by Ari Berman. The Voting Rights Act and what followed.

1912: Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs - the election that changed the country by James Chace. I guess the subtitle tells you enough about the topic.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Large Print

Large Print

A Bunch of Discs and Larry Watson

Recorded Sounds Are Played Back Through Electronic Gagdets

Love You To The Death by Tegan and Sara. Canadian women sing songs of love.

Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande. American woman sings songs of love. And danger.

I Still Do by Eric Clapton. English guitarist sings songs.

Now That's What I Call Music 58 by [various], [Various] sing songs of [various].

Ash and Ice by The Kills. English duo sing my recent earworm.


When Calls the Heart: heart of a hero starring [actors]. I'm not sure what this is about. The cover says, "Canadian Mountie gets married and bearded man argues with bowler hat wearing man."


As Good As Gone by Larry Watson.

The Course of Love by Alain De Botton. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

More Charlie Stella


Tommy Red by Charlie Stella. Mob hit man gets into a snafu.  This novel is only 165 pages long. Since this is a Stella novel you can bet it's 165 pages of greatness.

The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones. Young woman flees Cleveland family trouble and works as commercial fisherman in Alaska.

The Long Cosmos by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Science fiction.

The Girls by Emma Cline. Young woman in Northern California is drawn to an exciting and free group of people. She doesn't realize she is getting involved with a cult.

Brighton by Michael Harvey.  Guy goes to hometown to help a friend who 27-years-ago took the blame for a crime.

Barkskins by Annie Proulx. Two indentured servants go to Canada and work as woodcutters and Proulx follows their descendants over 300 years.


American Law 101: an easy primer on the U.S. legal system by Jasper Kim. #1, have lots of money.

Bills, Quills, and Stills: an annotated, illustrated, and illuminated history of the Bill of Rights by Robert J. McWhirter.  Neat stuff.

Fairy Tale baking: more than 50 enchanting cakes, bakes, and decorations by Ramla Khna. Lots of pretty pictures.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Fiction, 8-14. With random passages!


The Fireman by Joe Hill. "The fire whistled and seethed."

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica. "I say that I like it."

A Hero of France by Alan Furst. "It was the jolly tune that did it."

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan. "I let out a sigh of relief."

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. "The farmers market was busy already."

Winterings by Peter Geye. "Harry's my friend, and if he's divorcing you, it's because you've failed him and made him miserable."

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. "Lily shakes her head and her ears flap and she licks her chops."

Fiction, 1-7. With author photo commentary!


Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham. Something in the "Krewe of Hunters" series. Graham has glamorous hair in her author photo.

Cavendon Luck by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Nice cover design.  Bradford's author photo is almost full body, that's kinda neat.

End of Watch by Stephen King. Trilogy sequel to Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. Black and white author photo. The photo is tiny, too.

Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi. 300 years a Ghanian history from life in Ghana to the people sold into slavery overseas. Another black and white photo. It looks like Gyasi is wearing a grey shirt. But is she? There is no colors in the photo to tell.

Dishonorable Intentions by Stuart Woods. Snake on the cover. Same author photo on the back.

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger. I like the title and the cover design. I have not yet read an Unger book. I have seen her photo. Looks like the photo was taken in late afternoon. I think she is wearing purple.

The Children by Ann Leary. Leary is wearing grey for her photo. The grey garment kinda looks like a rain coat. The photographer spells her first name "Cathrine". No, it's not a raincoat Leary has on, it's a duster. Another Leary photo is on White's webpage. According to that web page Leary does a lot of work in black and white and photos plenty of celebrities.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

NonFic and Mystery


The Highwayman by Craig Johnson. The cover says, "A Longmire story." This is 190 pages so maybe it is more of a novella.

Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon. That does not sound appetizing.  Two retired women visit Maine for a 5-day cooking course. Murder happens.


The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. The cover is fantastic. The Clark's nutcracker can hide as many as 30,000 seeds of dozens of square miles and still find them.

A Good Month for Murder: the inside story of a homicide squad by Del Quentin Wilber. I read a nice review. The author hung out with a murder squad in Prince George's County outside D.C. He focuses on February, 2013 with twelve homicides. No photos. No photos?!

Ordinarily Well: the case for antidepressants by Peter D. Kramer. This had a nice review as well. Author works at Brown Medical School. I cannot recall where Brown is located. New Jersey? Connecticut? Rhode Island? It's somewhere over there and I am too busy to look it up. (But, not too busy to ponder and type.)

Grunt: the curious science of humans at war by Mary Roach. Roach is popular. I've never read one of the books but they sound neat. A photo at the head of each chapter.

A Bunch of Movies, Some With Trailers


Peanuts Movie starring Charlie Brown. I've not seen this.

Jem and the Holograms starring Molly Ringwald. I've not seen this and I hope I never will.

Hyena Road starring Paul Gross. Canadian guy makes war movie about Afghanistan war.

Driftless Area starring Anton Yelchin. Guy goes to hometown for parents funeral, meets a woman, meets a criminal. Is this set in Wisconsin or not? "Driftless Area" can mean any place without glacial drift.

Man Up starring Simon Pegg. I don't know what this is about. The cover design says "Straight laced dude in London meets wacky woman."

Room starring Brie Larson. Man, this sure looks depressing.

The Vvitch starring [actors]. Hey, that's the way they spell the title on the cover. The title and font were not my idea.

Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters starring Lori Laughlin. I guarantee this flick will circ.

Triple 9 starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. The cover says, "Some sort of crime movie with case." Ejiofor is one heck of an actor.

The Program starring Ben Foster. The story of Lance Armstrong. Some guy who works at Trek said Armstrong would visit Waterloo and demand to see all the neat new stuff. The engineers would have a spare shelf of stuff for whenever Armstrong visited. Armstrong would make his demand and a guy would produce something and say, "Here is something brand new we've been working on."

Risen starring Joseph Fiennes. Something about Easter, I think.

Arrow: complete third season starring [actor with lots of muscles]. My wife watches this show and Flash. I cannot tell the two programs apart unless one of the heroes is on screen with his costume.

Hail, Caesar starring [big name actors]. Someone gets kidnapped? That's what the trailers implied.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Rotating Plastic Discs

Rotating Plastic Discs Produce Music and Singing

Fallen Angels by Bob Dylan.  Singer sings old songs in new album. Bill Crider posted to some dude's ranking of Dylan albums. I was okay with the dude's top three, he put this record at #29 of 37. I like this tune.

A Cure For Loneliness by Peter Wolf. Singer sings songs of rock. Wolf is 70 years old. That is five years younger than Dylan.

Rotating Plastic Discs Produce a Narrator's Voice.

The Other Side of Silence by Philip Kerr. Philip with one "l". I've heard one or two Kerr novels featuring character Bernard Gunther. I enjoyed the stories.

Rotating Plastic Discs Produce Sound and Images

Around the Corner with John McGivern: Lake Mills. The TV show that aired a few months ago and I still have not watched. Hey, Dunedin, it's available online, too, if you've got nothing else to do.