Friday, September 10, 2010

Musical Interlude

Musical Interlude

An older tune. I like the guitars. Don't let your irrational dislike of Canadians color your experience.

Autism Audio with the Spider Cobra

Audio Book on CD

The Winter of Frankie Machine by Don Winslow. 8 CDs at 9 hours. Bait shack owner Frank is a former surf-bum and respected man in San Diego. He's also a former paid killer for the West Coast mob. A current mob boss demands Frankie's services.

Sidetracked by Henning Mankell. 12 CDs at 14.5 hours. Swedish cop Wallender witnesses a self-immolation by a teenage girl then investigates the murder of a former minister of justice who may have been killed by a serial killer.

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Audio version of the popular YA novel.

Large Print

The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth. Remember that awful Stallone movie? No the other one. No, the one entitled Cobra. Yeah, that one.

Spider Bones by Kathy Reichs. I always wanted to enjoy and read these books ever since I first read they were partly set in Montreal (see my previous blather). I tried reading the first in the series, Deja Dead, but I read something that made me shut the book and never return.


Islands of Genius: the bountiful mind of the autistic, acquired, and sudden savant by Darold A. Treffert. There are a number of autistic kids in the Lake Mills area. Or, at least all the families that do have autistic kids use the library and check out books on the topic. This book covers the phenomena of savants and the different people it effects, including some autistics.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Vikings! Parker! Kostoff! Horses! Swings! Locksley!

Adult Fiction

Slayground by Richard Stark. Do I need to spell out my excitement over these reprints by The Univ. of Chicago press of the older Parker novels by Richard Stark. Parker, the consummate thief, is stuck in a "shuttered amusement park" after a heist goes wrong. A heist going wrong? In a Parker novel? Outrageous!

Late Rain by Lynn Kostoff. Local soft drink mogul is murdered by his son's wife. Alzheimer's patient witnesses the murder and a recent transplant to South Carolina investigates. This novel has two good things to recommend it. 1) The book was praised by Charlie Stella. 2) Tyrus Books published it.

White Raven by Robert Low. Viking ship crew, the Oathsworn, set out to rescue two members taken as hostages. I read the first book in the series, Whale Road, and and also ordered the second one. I ordered this when I saw the other two in order on the shelf. Order.

Large Print

Cure by Robin Cook. Medical mystery.

1022 Evergreen Place by Debbie Macomber. A swing is on the cover behind a picket fence.

Crossfire by Dick Francis. Something to do with horses.


I mentioned before that Little Steven likes Locksley and plays him frequently on the Underground Garage. I'm listening to a radio show excerpt from a Madison station and the guys from the band are a boring interview. But, they speak about playing with Ray Davies.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

One Audio Book, a Daniel Woodrell Reprint, Earthquakes


Tomato Red by Daniel Woodrell. Another down and out in the Ozarks novel by Woodrell.
I'm assuming Woodrell's books are getting reprinted because of the recent movie made off his novel.

This has a foreword by Megan Abbott. I only mention Abbott's foreword to see how long it takes for Abbott's mother to google her way over here.

EDIT: Took her 6 hours 57 minutes.

Audio Book on CD

Hard Candy by Andrew Vachss. 6 CDs at 7 hours 24 minutes. Private eye and tough guy Burke is after an evangelist who is mistreating runaways.


Hey, Dunedin Are you getting earthquake damage? I assume not since you are quite a ways south of Christchurch.