Wednesday, July 09, 2008

What to Read 5

What to Read 5.

Filmed in the basement storage room. With bad lighting and mumbling audio.

The Far Country by Nevil Shute.
The Cold Spot by Tom Piccirilli.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Crime Fiction and The Bible


Wounded and the Slain by David Goodis. Another paperback from Hard Case Crime. A reprint from 1955. "Their marriage on teh rocks, James and Cora Bevan flew to Jamaica for a last chance at patching things up. But in the slulms of Kingston James found himself fighting for his life - while Cora found her own path to destruction, in the arms of another man."

Empty Ever After by Reed Farrel Coleman. Coleman has been awarded the Shamus, Barry, and Anthony awards for his novels. Coleman wrote the very good Hose Monkey under the pen name Tony Spinosa.

Demon of Dakar by Kjell Eriksson. Scandinavian noir and crime is quite rage these days. Swedish copper Ann Lindell and her assistants follow the clues from a trail of bodies back to the Dakar restaurant. Neither the restaurant owner and kitchen staff are above suspicion.

Yellow Medicine by Anthony Neil Smith. Fired from his Deputy job in Mississippi for "rule-bending and bribe-taking" Billy Lafitte lands on the tundra of rural Minnesota. Booze and girls occupy his spare time when a local band's girl bassist asks him to help out her boyfriend.
I've read several positive comments about this novel. The author is from Minnesota. I know some of you may take offense at that, but give him a try anyway. Besides, take pity on the guy, he works at Southwest MN State Univ. - he may as well be in Iowa.

Large Print

Dawn's Light by Terri Blackstock. Something about something.


Frommer's National Parks of the American West. Parks.

KJV Large Print Wide Margin Bible. Our last Large Print novel was a paperback and falling apart.

Miller's 20th Century Glass and Collector's Encyclopedia of Depression Glass. Donations made in memory of Frances Pirwitz by the Lake Mills Women's Club

Bruce Campbell! Futurama! Football!


Burn Notice: Season One starring BRUCE CAMPBELL and [important people]. Michael Westen (not played by Campbell) was fired and blacklisted from the spy community. He doubles as a private dick in Miami while trying to find out why.
The DVD case has him holding an older style Smith with the goofily squared trigger guard. But, the gun looks oddly photoshopped. Why is is that movie posters and DVD covers always have to add a gun to the cover? Gun equals action? If so why not have the actor pose with 0ne instead of clipping one in afterwards?

Giants: Road to XLII. Whoa...five discs worth football from last season. Games from Week 17 versus the Patriots, Wild Card Playoff versus the Buccaneers, Divisional Playoff versus the Cowboys, NFC Championship versus the Packers, Super Bowl XLII versus the Patriots.

Laurel and Hardy Collection starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Two discs with shorts and two feature films.

Beast with a Billion Backs starring Bender. "You'll gargle with fear!" The second feature length Futurama. Extras include David Cross eating popcorn, deleted scenes, storyboard, a brief history of Deathball.

Sheriff featuring Sheriff Ronald E. Hewitt of Brunswick County, North Carolina. Sheriff Hewitt works a "backwoods county" with crimes of murder, robbery, and lawn ornament theft. "At once brutal, bizarre, and funny, Sheriff employs the techniques of cinema verite: no interviews, no msic, no voice-overs. The result is an unexpected, intimate portrait of a complex man trying to do good in a bad world."

Vantage Point starring Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, others. The President is shot in Spain. Told from the vantage point (get it? vantage point?) of eight different characters.
Again, the cover has dudes - Quaid and Fox - and posing with pistols - Sigs. I remember reading that the Secret Service issues .357 Sig caliber. I'm not sure if that is correct though.