Saturday, July 16, 2011

What to Read 43: Author events for November, 2011

What to Read 43: Author Events for November, 2011

November 5th, 10 AM to 3PM: Crime novel writing workshop with Anthony Neil Smith. $25 per person, lunch included.
November 12th, 1 PM to 3 PM: Larry Watson.
November 19th, 6 PM to 7:30 PM: Susanna Daniel.
November 26th, 1 PM to 3 PM: Margot Peters.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sheriff Rhodes, Like a Tick Buried in the Skin: Dismembered Australians

Audiobooks on CD

Of All Sad Words by Bill Crider. 6 CDs at 6.5 hours. I was online the other day, like every day, and saw that Recorded Books has audio versions of a few Dan Rhodes novels. I ordered a couple. The narrator previously won an Audie Award.

Murder in Four Parts by Bill Crider. 6 CDs at 6.75. Sheriff Rhodes is now everywhere in this library. You cannot escape him. Crider's high living retirement has been supported by the people of Lake Mills and rural residents of Jefferson County. I hope he thinks of us as he is chauffeured across Southern France in his newly purchased Bentley.


Beneath Hill 60 starring [people you never heard of]. Australian infantry are tasked to fight in the military mines in the Western Front.

SHAPE: Power Burn Express. Exercise with long, elastic bands.

Large Print

Threading the Needle by Marie Bostwick.

Fallen by Karen Slaughter.

Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin.

Wrecker by Summer Wood. Nice cover.

Friendship Bread by Darien Gee.

Moonlight Cove by Sherryl Woods.

Creed's Honor by Linda Lael Miller. Another cowboy romance.

Spider Web by Earlene Fowler.

Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith. I thought Smith was dead. Nope, I just looked him up and he is not very old. Smith has a fascinating autobio on his web page.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

One if by Paper, Two if by CD


Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner. The perspective on the photoshopped cover image looks skewed. There was some lady in WI who recently won a writing contest run by Weiner.


Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich. 5 CDs at 6.366 hours. I don't care about this series but you can listen all you like.

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares. 8 CDs at 10 hours. I looked at the back and saw the words "Rhode Island". How is Rhode Island even a state? That place is so small they must have more Senators than Representatives. Does everyone take a turn in the state house? If I fall asleep in Rhode Island and snore will I wake people in Massachusetts? If Rhode Island was a little farther north we could just give it to Canada. Rhode Island is so insignificant that the spellcheck keeps asking to correct Rhode.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Comics for Cooking Canadian Crime and Kill the Irishman


Kill the Irishman starring Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Ray Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio. 1976 gang war in Cleveland includes 36 bombs. Local crook splits from the mafia to build his own organization.

USS Wisconsin: the last battleship by Wisconsin Public Television. You can either A: watch this and talk about the great PBS show you saw. Or, B: Watch this and complain about PBS.

Sentimental Reflections: America's heritage in story, scenery and song. These were on sale so I bought six to try them out. The company produces four seasonally themed discs a year. These include stories on Utah's sand dunes, Door County, Mackinac Island, Pony Express, Drive-In theaters, and different areas around the United States.


Scandalous by Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears. A new album recommended by Anthony Neil Smith. Smith will be here from 10 AM to 3 PM on Nov. 5th to share his knowledge for a novel writing workshop. Sharing his knowledge? Heck the class is 4 hours and 45 minutes too long! Ha! Get it? I made a joke.

Seriously, Smith does this teaching stuff for a living and it will be worth your $25 (lunch included) to attend. For the first 15 minutes anyway! Ha! I did it again! Ha!


Mobs, Mayhem, and Murder: tales from the St. Louis Police beat by Tim O'Neil. True crime readers are loyal to the genre. I figured to try this out. "I've shot men in my time, but I never shot one that didn't deserve it." Charley Birger, leader of the Birger Gang, to the Post Dispatch two hours before his execution April 19, 1928. Bouchercon - a conference for fans and writers of mysteries and crime fiction - is in St. Louis this September.

Vegetarian Cooking by Emma Summer. Big book with lots of color photos.

Homestyle in a Hurry by Vicki [No Last Name] JoAnn [No Last Name]. Cookbook with one of those lousy spiral bindings.

Forager's Harvest: a guide to identifying, harvesting, and preparing edible wild plants by Samuel Thayer. Two DVDs on things to eat.

Canada by Lonely Planet travel guides. I really enjoyed my honeymoon trip to Montreal a few years ago. I could say how many years ago if I could remember how long we have been married.

Rough Guide to Italy. You know who just went to Italy? Famed crime writer Anthony Neil Smith. $25 buys you access on November 5th.

Top 10 England's Lake District by Eyewitness travel guides. #1 pub in Ullswater is Traveller's Rest.

Lonely Planet Los Angeles, San Diego and Southern California. San Diego sure is nice. Nice and expensive. You know what is nice and inexpensive? Our November 5th writing workshop with Anthony Neil Smith.

Reading to Your Baby by Alison LR Davies. No, you don't need read these 94 pages to read to your kid. This has tips for people unused to kids or looking for info on child development.

Creating Dairyland by Edward Janus. How Wisconsin became a dairy state.

Gotham Central: Book Four: Corrigan by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker. Cops in GOtham have to face off against crooks and "the city's biggest vigilante: Batman."

Thor of Godstorm by Kurt Busiek and Steve Rude. I bought this because I like Busiek's stories.

Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty. I bought this because of the new movie. Lots of bright colors.