Saturday, January 29, 2011

I Just Used an Entire 50 Lb. Bag of Salt on Our Sidewalk Ice


A thin and slick layer of ice covered the pavement this morning. I used an entire 50 lb. bag on all our walkways. (That's 22.68 kilos, Dunedin.)


Death Race 2 starring SEAN BEAN. This looks like B-movie heaven. Convicts have to "drive - or die." There are other actors in this but SEAN BEAN is in it so who cares about the other dudes?

Julia starring Tilda Swinton. Alcoholic Julia lives in a booze haze and takes a try at crime. A try that escalates beyond control. Swinton was in Young Adam with Ewan McGregor in which both actors have full frontal nudity. Boy, I'll tell you, it was a shock seeing Obi-Wan Kenobi's penis.

Social Network starring Jesse Eisenberg. I still have not seen this flick.

Winter's Bone starring [actors] It is a great book and the movie is supposed to be stellar. Here it is in the original Swedish.


Outsourced by Dave Zeltersman. Laid off software engineers have plan to rob a bank. The Russian mafia gets involved. Roger Smith really likes Zeltersman's work and that is a high endorsement.

Divine Misfortune by A. Lee Martinez. Another humorous fantasy novel by Martinez. Teri and Phil go online to find a personal God to help their career advancement. They find Luka "raccoon god of prosperity". Luka just wants a cut of the cash and a place to crash.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What to Read 42: Damn Near Dead 2

Damn Near Dead 2: an anthology of geezer noir edited by Bill Crider. About 30 crime stories featuring elderly protagonists.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Crazy for Kingsbury, Zoe Sharp, Death in Old Wisconsin, Read A Western


Take One, Take Two, Take Three and Take Four by Karen Kingsbury. The four novels of Kingsbury's Above the Line series. Plot descriptions at Kingsbury's website.

The Owl Hunt by Richard S Wheeler. A Barnaby Skye western by Wheeler. Half-indian teacher on the Shoshone reservation is caught between the tribe and the Indian Bureau when a local Shoshone sees an eclipse as a sign the whites are leaving and the Bureau fears insurrection.

Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. Ka-chunk! Ka-thunk! goes the crank handle.

Fourth Day by Zoe Sharp. Charlie Fox is an English female bodyguard/trouble shooter now working in the U.S. Sharp has several books in the Fox series but only recently has been getting published in the States. Kind of a female Jack Reacher with tough-gal action.

A Decadent Way to Die by G.A. McKevett. One of those mystery books with cooking and recipes.

Right Hand Magic by Nancy A. Collins. Back cover says: Like most Manhattanites, aspiring artist Tate can't resist a good rental deal - even if it's in the city's strangest neighborhood, Golgotham. For centuries werewolves, Valkyries, centaurs, and countless other creatures have crowded these streets, where no cab will venture. Golgotham's most prominent citizens, though, are the Kymerans, a race of witches who provide humans with the charms they desire and curses they fear.

Ex-Boyfriend's Handbook by Matt Dunn. Edward's girlfriend, Jane, leaves him after ten years, "if he's going to be Jane's Mr. Right, he needs to turn himself around...But is a change in appearance what Jane really there more to the dating game than meets the eye?"

Old World Murder by Kathleen Ernst. Last Friday some librarian-type said this is a fun book. Chloe is the new collections curator at Old World Wisconsin. An old lady asks Chloe to find a bowl donated years before but the old lady is killed in a suspicious car wreck before Chloe can respond. Chloe finds "that someone is desperately trying to cover up all traces of the bowl's existence - by any means necessary."

A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez. This title sounds tailored to fit the book group crowd but it had a decent review. American expatriate in Kabul opens a coffee shop and meets neat people among the Afghanis and the foreign workers in the area.

Red Garden by Alice Hoffman. Roses, tulips, bell peppers, hot peppers, pomegranates, apples, cherries, raspberries, cranberries, mangoes, radishes, red lettuce, potatoes.