Saturday, September 04, 2010

Six New DVDs


Date Night starring Steve Carell and Tina Faye. Married couple encounter humorous predicaments when out on the town. With gratuitous pistol illustration on the front cover and gratuitous use of Mila Kunis on the back cover.

The Runaways starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Biopic of the rock band. Supposed to be a good picture.

The Dollyrots are signed to Joan Jett's record label,Blackheart Records. We have their new CD but it is not on the shelf yet. They were scheduled to play in Milwaukee on September 7th but the show is listed as cancelled on the venue's website. Here is an old song.

Bounty Hunter starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. Bounty hunter gets job to go after his bail-skipping ex-wife. Gratuitous photoshopping of Aniston's waistline on front cover, gratuitous shotgun posing on back cover.

The Ghost Writer starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. Writer assists former political leader in writing his memoirs. Bill Crider mentioned this one but I do not recall if he liked the flick. Ever see that Brosnan movie where he is a Russian spy order to do a terrorist attack?

Last Song starring Miley Cyrus and Greg Kinnear. Teen romance? Teen tragedy? Father and daughter reconnect at seashore? Hard to tell from the front cover which is surprisingly free of gratuitous Miley Cyrus images.

Prophet starring [French people]. Teenager goes to prison and falls into league with a Corsican gang. Teenager forced to do several dangerous jobs all while keep his own plans secret. Supposed to be a great crime picture. Crider status unknown.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Three AudioBooks on CD

AudioBooks on CD

Picasso Flop by Vince Van Patten and Robert J. Randisi. 5 CDs at 6.5 hours. Professional poker player Jimmy goes to prison and his wealthy cellmate strikes a deal to pay Jimmy to teach poker to the cell-mate's kid. Jimmy gets out of prison and things are working great with his acolyte when a competing player is murdered and the acolyte is under suspicion.

Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison. 15 CDs at 19 hours. Books with vampire/witch/bounty hunter/sex/werewolf/fairy characters still check out well. The audiobooks check out well, too. This should check-out well. Do you think this will check-out well? Why will this check-out well? Check-out well, check-out well, check-out well, check-out well.

Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. 11 CDs at 13 hours. Quebec's Chief Inspector Gamache returns to Three Pines, Quebec to investigate another murder. I read the first book in this series and then never got back to the sequels.

My Trip to Quebec by Gerard the Reminiscing. I went to Quebec on my honeymoon. I brought my wife along. I really enjoyed Montreal. The Botanical Gardens was really, really impressive. We had dinner at a nice place, ate smoked meat, had coffee, took the subway, visited Mount Royal Park. After the trip I would tell people, only half-jokingly, that we were going to move there. I used to go online looking at real estate ads and job openings, reading novels, and watching movies.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

True Stories - Maybe, You'll Have to Verify That Yourself


Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler. I thought we had this. We did not. I ordered it. It arrived. It has a handful of photographs.

Women Food and God by Geneen Roth. This was on the bestseller list.

Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. "Qanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history."

Writing Reviews for Readers' Advisory by Brad Hooper. Hooper works for Booklist. Or maybe Library Journal.

Angelina by Andrew Morton. Unauthorized biography of Angelina Jolie.

Make Believe Stories


Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie. Lady takes care of ex-husband's delinquent cousins.

Empire by Steven Saylor (no relation). Another historical Rome novel by Saylor (no relation). Saylor (no relation) always does a great job mixing characters, historical setting, and the particular aspects of Roman culture. (no relation).

Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs. Doctor picks over the bones of the dead.

Bearers of the Black Staff by Terry Brooks. Let me guess: guy with black staff hits whacks forces of evil across the head.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Franzen is supposed to be a living literary god. I have not yet read any of his books but I did enjoy the brouhaha over the NYT and Jodi Picoult.

Nemesis by Lindsey Davis. This lady's mysteries are supposed to be really good too. Also similar to Saylor's (no relation) with an ancient setting.

Lost Empire by Clive Cussler and Grant Blackwood. Boat sinks. Times passes. People find boat.

Large Print

Veil of Night by Linda Howard. On the cover: Girl wrapped in gauze and backlit. Reminds me of that awful movie with Orson Welles and Pia Zadora.

Tough Customer by Sandra Brown. Same cover as hardcover edition.

Monday, August 30, 2010

New Stuff? Yes. But, not yet.

Musical Interlude

I'm listening to 6 Music while recording results of our user survey. This song played and I liked it.