Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lesbians, Swords, Inspiration, YA SciFi, Little Steven


L Word: the complete third season starring Pam Grier. Revisit the tightly-knit circle of freinds in Los Angeles' lesbian community as they struggle to make sense of a world filled with love, children, tattoos, families, weddings, funerals, the 'c-word', and sometimes even men.
The first and second season of L-Word check out pretty well so I figure I'll end up getting all the seasons.

Little Steven's Underground Garage

Episode 399: Thanksgiving '09. I'm listening to last Saturday's show. Songs with "bird" are being featured, including Morris Day and The Beatles. You'll likely need to log in first to listen.


Eldest by Christopher Paolini. 20 CDs at 23 hours, 27 minutes. Maybe this is a replacement.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Not sure where this came from, I thought we had it already.

Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. How do you steal lightning? Listen and let me know. No, don't let me know. I don't really care.

Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan. Oh. This is that series with Gods and demigods and other mythological stuff thrown into the present day with teenaged characters.

Feed by M.T. Anderson. I read this for the high school's book club. The next book club meeting is discussing something like Pride and Prejudice so I won't be there unless I read the zombie version.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dead author, Wisconsin author, Pickling


Deadly Deals by Fern Michaels. I misread this title at Deadly Seals. Now that would be a novel. Maybe the seals could fight crocodiles.

First Lord's Fury by Jim Butcher. Part of a series. The guy on the cover is a Roman-legionnaire-looking-dude with a flaming sword.

Breathless by Dean Koontz. Koontz writes another novel with a dog in it. The dog silhouette on the cover looks like an Irish Wolfhound. The flyleaf says I am right.

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton. A tale of violence in 1665 in the Caribbean that, according to the flyleaf, was finished before Crichton keeled over.

Hollywood Moon by Joseph Wambaugh. I use to to read all of Wambaugh's Southern California cop novels. Then Wambaugh started to focus on non-fiction and I just never got back into his novels.


Against Medical Advice: one family's struggle with an agonizing medical mystery by James Patterson and Hal Friedman.

Imperial Cruise: a secret history of empire and war by James Bradley. Story of the ambassadorial cruise by Secretary of War William Howard Taft in 1905. The secret agreements of which helped start the trouble that led to World War Two.

Here's the Deal: don't touch me by Howie Mandel. I have never thought he was that funny.

Surviving a Layoff: a week-be-week guide to getting your life back together by Lita Epstein, MBA.

The Joy of Pickling: 250 flavor-packed recipes for vegetables and more from the garden or market, revised edition by Linda Ziedrich. Books on food preservation checkout pretty well here.

Knock'Em Dead Resumes, 8th edition by Martin Yate, C.P.C.

Advanced Home Wiring, 2nd edition by [corporate author]. Don't kill yourself.

Barbie, the First 50 Years:1959 through 1989 and beyond: identification and value guide, 3rd Edition by Stefanie Deutsch and Bettina Dorfmann. I flipped through this and saw the Barbie Ferrari. I'm not sure if I ever heard that John Hiatt song or not.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Cranberry Bread (for Me), Sarah Palin (for You)

Cranberry Bread

Carolyn made cranberry bread.


I made coffee.

Music CDs

I Told You I Was Freaky by Flight of the Conchords. Kiwis sings songs. I watched part of an episode of their show. It was boring. Stephanie the Library Assistant said she likes the show.

Southern Voice by Tim McGraw. Guy in hat and white t-shirt sings songs.

Kiss and Tell by Selena Gomez. Disney Channel "tweener" sings songs.

Ghost Written Fiction

The Wrecker by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Cussler is admirable in giving the other guy credit.

I, Alex Cross by James Patterson. Patterson is also good about giving ghost writers credit. But, no one else is listed on the cover or the LOC cataloging info so I suppose he did this one himself.

Ghost Written NonFiction

Going Rogue: an American life by Sarah Palin. What's the deal with her former son-in-law to-be? That guy's behavior has been sleazy. I thought about being "snarky" and listing this under Ghost Written Fiction. Hey, it is a political memoir after all.

AudioBooks on CD

Last Song by Nichols Sparks. 11 CDs at 12 hours. Yuch.

A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve. 8 CDs at 9 hours. My first reaction is "Yuch." Hhowever, the novel is set in Africa and Mount Kenya so my second reaction is, "Eh."

Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. 14 Cds at 17.5 hours. I tell my kids, "If you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all." I should follow my own advice.

Musical Interlude

More people should try out Teddy Thompson. We have three of his CDs.

The like the full band version better but could not embed it.