Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Outrage at Crider's Manuscripts


Outrage at Blanco by Bill Crider.  Revenge in a western? Unthinkable! Ellie is after the men who murdered her husband and raped her in 1887 Blanco, TX.  Blanco? Is that a real place? I will check...yep, it's 50 miles North of San Antonio.

But, does the Blanco, TX public library have a copy? Let me see...Yep, they do. But they have the 1998 paperback from Dell. We have the brand new trade paperback with a fancy cover.


Manuscripts Don't Burn by [Iranians}. The Iranian tries to solve their problems by murdering journalists.  "Great idea," says the most sarcastic voice ever.

Lucy starring Scarlett Johansson.  Shoot-em up SciFi. I think. Let's look at the trailer.

From Time to Time starring Maggie Smith and a bunch of Harry Potter actors.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Three Albums

Singers and Musicians Before Inside a Studio That electronically Records Their Performances, Which Are Then Sent To A Factory to be Pressed Into a Plastic Disc

Master Works for Strings by Douglas Lilburn.  Orchestral musicians play orchestral tunes.  In 2006 I ordered a CD of Orchestral Works on a whim. That CD has barely checked out, but since I liked it I'm giving this one a chance. 

Title by Meghan Trainor. Singer sings about her bottom.

In the Lonely Hour by Sam Smith. Englishman sings songs of pop.

King Crider's Cowboys Are Cold In July


Cold In July starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson.  Man kills burglar and the dead man's scary dad wants revenge.  Adaptation of a Joe R. Lansdale story and Lansdale says the movie is good.

Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. Let's see what Max Allan Collins says: [A] terrific Spillane-style THE EQUALIZER...The film even begins with a scene that re-works the opening of MY GUN IS QUICK. Washington is terrific as the self-contained, haunted hero, and a final action sequence in a Menard’s-type big-box store is blackly funny and satisfying as hell.

The Drop starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini. Crime flick in Boston. What's Patti Abbot think: It’s hard to think how this film could be any better although it moves slowly. But that’s Bob. And Bob is the heart of the film. Highly recommended.

Archer: the complete season three and the complete season four starring Duchess and a cast of crazies.  You know the drill.  Archer is a jerk and causes trouble.  You watch the whole thing and laugh a lot.


Texas Vigilante by Bill Crider.  Sequel to Outrage at Blanco which is still in processing.  Ellie revenged her murdered husband in 1880s Texas and now runs a ranch.  Escaped convicts descend on her ranch to go after one of Ellie's ranch hands.  [I was going to write "one of Ellie's hands".  That could be neat, maybe they just want revenge on a couple fingers. They have nothing against Ellie as a whole, but those fingers have it coming!]

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. Book with an apple on the cover.

Cane and Abe by James Grippando. This cover is similar to another novel.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

DVD: Python Archer Among the Tombstones


Pride starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine.  Gay protestors in 1984 London lend support to a Welsh village with striking miners.

Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. fraternal twins suicidal. A comedy.

If I Stay starring Chloe Grace Moretz.  Girl in a coma has to decide whether to live or not when the rest of her family has been killed.One of those teen girl movies about "the love of her life."

Prime Cut starring Gene Hackman and Lee Marvin.  '70s spectacular with mob enforcer traveling to Kansas City to collect a debt from a local mobster.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes starring Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman.  I cannot keep all these Apes and Spiderman movies straight.  Post viral apocalypse U.S. in 2026 and survivors find a community of intelligent apes.

A Walk Among the Tombstones starring Liam Neeson.  Movie version of the dark, but great, Lawrence Block novel.Recovering alcoholic PI helps find who murdered a drug dealer's wife.

Guardians of the Galaxy starring Vin Diesel. Aliens fight.

Ragnarok starring Archeologist "along with his kids and a colleague, begin an expedition to uncover the secret of the day of doom."

Monty Python Live (Mostly) : One Down Five to Go starring Monty Python.  Live stage production from 2014.

Banshee: the complete second season starring Frankie Faison.  Season 1 is coming.  Ex-con fakes an identity and becomes Sheriff in small Amish community.

Justified: the complete fifth season starring Timothy Olyphant, Walton Coggins, others.  More Kentucky crooks and gunfights. A fun show and I never finished watching this season.

Boyhood starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette. Twelve year production following a boy's growing up.

Archer: the complete season five starring [many voice actors].  Super secret agent drinks too much, is a jerk, spends time in South America.

Boardwalk Empire: the complete fourth season starring Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Wright. Wright has played Felix Leiter in the past few Bond flicks.  New Jersey crime and punishment.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cold, Cold Chimney Sweeper


Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King. Paperback mystery with lots of purple on the cover.  Chelsea McGuckin did the cover, she lives in New York, give her a call, chat about graphics.

By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens.  Romance novel. Lots of snow on the cover.  Cover by Doreen Minuto. Minuto lives in the New York area as well.

The Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley.  A Flavia de Luce novel. Joe Montgomery did the cover design for this one.  Dig it, I looked Montgomery up and discovered the Book Cover Design website.

West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan. F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood. "Designed by Spring Hoteling" I thought Spring Hoteling was a business name, but it must mean this lady. Looks like she does comics, too.

Saint Odd by Dean Koontz. Latest novel in the series. Koontz's author photo has a weird out-of-focus and light effects.  Who did this cover? Why, Scott Biel, of course.

Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag.  You can tell Hoag is Big Time Author because she has a full author photo on the back cover.  I do not know if Richard Hasselberger is a Big Time Designer, but he did the cover. I cannot find any good info on the guy, he is an Art Director at Penguin.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simson.  Man with regimented life adjusts to marriage.  Evan Gaffney adjusted the cover.  Hey, Gaffney did some covers for Thomas Ditsch.

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar.  Parmar "divides her time between Hawaii and London" May as well write, "Parmar divides her time between expensive real estate and super-expensive real estate."

Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill.  Hill wrote The Woman in Black, I have not read the story, seen the play or watched the film.  Book design is by Bathcat Ltd. which is Courtney Andujar.

Secret Wisdom of Earth by Christopher Scotton.  Anne Twomey did this one. Twomey is a Director at Large for the Type Director's Club.

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Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz.

Saint Odd by Dean Koontz.

Insatiable Appetite by Stuart Woods.

Friday, January 16, 2015

16 1/4" of Audio Books

Audio Books on CD


1 7/8" On Combat: the psychology and physiology of deadly conflict in war and peace by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.  16 CDs at 18.5 hours.  Further discussion on the physical and psychological impact of death and killing.

1" The Splendid Things We Planned by Blake Bailey. 7 CDs at 8 hours.  Memoir of family and alcohol in Oklahoma.

1" Save the Date by Jen Doll. 7 CDs at 9 hours.Woman writes about attending weddings.

1" Total Recovery by Dr. Gary Kaplan, D.O.  7 CDs at 8.5 hours.  Chronic pain and treating it.

1" Oh My God by Louis C.K. 1 CD at 1.15 hours. Comedy album from HBO special.

1 1/8" When Corruption Was King: how I helped the mob rule Chicago,then brought the Outfit down by Robert Cooley and Hillel Levin.  9 CDs at 11 hours.  Cooley fixed court cases with bribes in the '70s and '80s.

1 1/8" War on the Waters: the Union and Confederate Navies, 1861-1865 by James M. PcPherson.  Gustie grad McPherson tells you about naval operations during the war.


1" Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones.  8 CDs at 10 hours. African-American musician recruited to lead a jazz orchestra in 1938 Shanghai.  He goes from dirt poor to rich and famous.

1" Murder in Pigalle by Cara Black. 8 CDs at 9.5 hours.  Pregnant Parisian P.I. pursues purloined person in Pigalle.

1 3/16" The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison. 9 CDs at 11 hours.  Wife of church Bishop believes a parishioner's missing wife was killed by the parishioner.

1 3/16" The Brewer of Preston by Andrea Camilleri.  6 CDs at 6.5 hours.  In 1870 the residents of Vigata, Sicily are not happy about the new national Italian government. They resist the new government prefect by sabotaging his opera production.

1 3/16" By Winter's Light by Stephanie Laurens. 7 CDs at 8 hours.  Romance set in 1837.

1 3/16" Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks. 8 CDs at 9 hours. Romance with vampires.

Musical Interlude

This came up on shuffle.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Insatiable Girls In Paradise


Girls: the complete third season. I have not seen this show. I spoke to someone who said that if her daughter was living like this the mom would rather not know. That made me want to see the program.

Anti-Bullying Project by Jefferson County Wisconsin Connections.  It is the goal of the students that these videos will create an awareness of the serious epidemic of bullying and have an impact on their peers - both the individuals being targeted and the bully.


Body Snatchers Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini. Another historical mystery set in San Francisco with body snatchers stealing the corpses of a Chinese gangster and society millionaire.  I've read several comments Pronzini's novel The Crimes of Jordan Wise is great.

The Empty Throne by Bernard Cornwell.  Another novel with death, destruction, intrigue, love, swords, adventure and Vikings in Britain. I enjoy Cornwell's stories but have not read one in a while.

Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves.  Grieving homicide detective takes job in Maine and hopes to find her missing niece.

Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz.  Okay, is Krentz her real name? I thought Amanda Quick was her real name. Oh well, this book is about something to do with something.

Insatiable Appetite by Stuart Woods.  Every three months.


The Healthy Coconut Flour Cookbook by Erika Kerwien.  The front cover uses three different fonts.  Page 69 says, "1/4 teaspoon salt."

Quilt As-You-Go Made Modern by Jera Brandvig.  Page 89 says, "Square up your blocks." This has an author photo. I cannot tell is Brandvig took the photo outside or if the photographer used a backdrop.

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Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet.

Farewell to Cedar Key by Terri Dulong.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

More Music, More Music, More Music

Studio Recordings Are Transferred Into a Physical Medium

Take Me When You Go by Betty Who. Girl singer sings songs with a peppy beat.

Reclassified by Iggy Azalea. Australian sings songs on an album I should have bought a while ago.

No Fixed Address by Nickelback.  Canadians sing songs that many people will then complain about.

1989 by Taylor Swift. Swift singer sings songs and gets more good press by being the anti-jerk. I was mentioning to my wife that if I were invited to a Taylor Swift Pizza Party I would attend but would be incredibly out-of-place. I wonder if she had beer. Or, would I have to bring a party gift of beer?

Mean Love by Sinkane.  Young guy sings songs that NPR enjoys. I heard this tune on BBC 6 Music and like it. Did Sinkane attend Swift's pizza party? Sinkane strikes me as a pepperoni pizza person.

Live at Wembley Arena by ABBA. Swedish singers sing songs of Swedish life and love. Recommended by Bill Crider. Lutefisk pizza?

My Favourite Fantasy by Damien Rice. Irish singer sings songs that are popular in Lake Mills.

I'm Skipping the Large Print

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I looked at the shelf full of new large print and sighed. I am not dealing with that today.


Die Again by Tess Gerritsen.  Yeah, I thought Gerritsen was a doctor, and that's what the book bio says.  I did not know Gerritsen has a white scarf, but that's what the author photo shows.


Assassination Option by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV.  A Clandestine Operations Novel. Spies in post-war Europe.

The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison. I like the cover. Mette Ivie? That sounds like English names, lets's check...Nope! She lives in Utah. I'll just pretend she moved here from Suffolk, or Midlands, or some other English placename.  The novel is about a woman who goes against her family and church when she suspects a parishioner of murdering his missing wife. Here is the dude who did the cover, James Iacobelli.

Hush by Karen Robards. When you're Big Time Author Karen Robards you can title your novel with whatever generic word you like.  Which does not explain her small author photo on the back of the book. You'd think the publisher would throw a color photo across the entire back cover. 


How to Write A Winning Scholarship Essay by Gen and Kelly Tanabe.  I'm not sure if the Tanabes are spouses, siblings, cousins, or what. The author photo is so tiny that I cannot even tell if they are close in age. Page 164 says, "You are not the center of the universe." Well, it is obvious the Tanabes never read this blog.