Friday, January 08, 2010

What to Read 34: Victor Gischler's "Vampire A Go-Go"

What to Read 34: Victor Gischler's Vampire A Go-Go.

Traditional French Cooking With Fronch Dressing. Fronch Fries. Fronch Bread.


Julie and Julia. Woman cooks recipes while Streep pretends to be a Child.

In the Loop with James Gandolfini and English People. British government spokesman says war is unforseeable and causes lots of trouble at home and the U.S.

The Burrowers starring Clancy Brown. Horror movie set in 1879 South Dakota. I don't remember why I ordered this. Maybe it was cheap.

Wrong Turn at Tahoe starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. Debt collector for the mob gets stuck in battle between mob and drug dealer.

Music on CD

Back Spacer by Pearl Jam. Seattle song singers.

Greatest Hits by The Foo Fighters. Drummer sings songs.

Now That's What I call Music: 31. Pop singers singing pop songs.


Faces of the Gone by Brad Parks. Reporter in Newark investigates a quadruple murder the police have written off.

My Dead Body by Charlie Huston. Huston's latest in the tale of Joe Pitt, noir vampire of NYC.

Fit to Be Tied by Robin Lee Hatcher. Idaho Cowgirl in 1916 falls in love with English aristocrat.

Dawn's Prelude by Tracie Peterson. Young widow with inheritance goes to Alaska and meets a Swede.

Sting of Justice by Cora Harrison. Mystery set in medieval Ireland that had a real good review. Woman investigates murder by bee sting.

Dracula the Un-Dead by Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt. "The sequel to the original classic." 25 years after Dracula with the son of Jonathan and Mina Harker finding out what happened.

The House of Mystery by DC Comics. Compilation of horror comics.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Japanese Schoolgirls, Werewolves, Mobsters, IEDs


An American Werewolf in London starring JENNY AGUTTER. American backpacker is bitten when visiting the English moors. Has trouble adjusting to his new werewolf life.
When I was a kid I thought the dream sequence with the machine gun shooting monsters and every scene with Agutter were way cool. I couldn't find a clip of either.

Blood: the last vampire starring [Japanese girls]. Schoolgirl has to fight vampires.

The Hurt Locker by Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly. Sergeant in Iraq disables IEDs.

Welcome to Staten Island starring Uma's Ex-Husband, Private Pyle, HeyThatOneGuy. Local mob boss on Staten Island crosses paths with expecting father and local businessman.


Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky. Several high school girls get pregnant. Local principal, and mom of one of the girls, gets blamed.

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.

Hastur Lord by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Deboarh J. Ross. Why do SciFi and Fantasy authors always use extra initials and names?

Large Print

Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz. Same cover as the regular print hardcover.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Lyle Lovett Plus Two Others and a Musical Interlude

Music CDs

Natural Forces by Lyle Lovett. Texan sings songs by Texan song writers.

Roadsinger by Yusuf. Cat Muslim sings songs about something. Review Link: The songs are low intensity, mostly hummable, and always rooted in the strumming or fingerpicking of an acoustic guitar even as strings, electric guitars, wispy percussion, and sometimes horns wind their way in without digging as deeply into the pop-conscious productions of An Other Cup.

Awake by Skillet. Rock singers sing songs about Christianity.

Musical Interlude

Texas is a common Lovett theme.

If only that line about free beer were true.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Nine Music CDs and an Audiobook

Music CDs

Mudvayne by Mudvayne. Metal band from Peoria scream songs.

Toussaint St. Jean: From the hut, to the projects, to the mansion by Wyclef Jean. Singer songs songs from album with a book title.

Buffet Hotel by Jimmy Buffet. Singer sings songs about parrots or Mexico or margaritas or crap like that.

Michael Jackson's This Is It by Michael Jackson. Singer sings greatest hits songs.

Sainthood by Tegan and Sara. Canadian girl singers sing songs.

Sex Therapy by Robin Thicke. Canadian guy singer sings songs.

Raditude by Weezer. Nerdy singer sings songs.

Battle Studies by John Mayer. Guitarist sings songs.

Hello Hurricane by Switchfoot. Singers sing rock'n'roll gospel music. Not the gospel of rock'n'roll.


U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton. Detective detects death dealer.