Friday, March 23, 2012

Music, Spies, Muppets, and Cliffs


A Lonely Place to Die starring [people you never heard of]. Climbers discover a 8-year-old girl hidden on mountain top. They help girl and are followed by kidnappers and the mercenaries the girl's mob father sent to get her. This line is on the cover, "Alison, the group leader, convices her crew to rescue her." Free tip: if you have to convince your pals to rescue a "terrified, dehydrated" girl you need different friends.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, John Hurt. A retired spy is brought back by the British service to hunt down a mole.

The Muppets starring Jason Segel and Amy Adams. Muppets make mirth mocking monied madman.

Hugo starring [kid actors]. I'm not sure what this is about. I never read the book.

Adventures of Tintin starring CGI Characters. Young journalist lives adventurously.

Music on Plastic Disc With a Shiny Side

Chickenfoot III by Chickenfoot. What's a nice way to this...? Rock-star rejects reform? Mature men madly make music?

84.85 Hours of Audio Excitement

Audiobooks on CD

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson. 7 CDs at 8.5 hours. Young orphan discovers his guardian killed the orphan's father. Orphan joins the fellowship of the Black Arrow for vengeance during the War of the Roses.

At Last Comes Love by Mary Balogh. 9 CDs at 11 hours. These romance novels always have pretty models on the cover. Am I supposed to believe that gals who look like that are having trouble finding dudes?

Deadly Game by Christine Feehan. 11 CDs at 13.25 hours. Another one of those ghosts and vampires and werewolves and witches kind of books.

A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison. 13 CDs at 17 hours. The cover model on this one is leaning over and showing cleavage so you can assume it is not one of those Amish romances. Some scary guy in the background is veiled in fog.

The Lady Most Likely... by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Connie Brockway. 7 CDs at 8.6 hours. "A novel in three parts." Looks like each author tells the story from a different character. The model on this cover has her back to the reader and is wearing some fancy 1890s dress.

The Mormon People: the making of an American faith by Matthew Bowman. 9 CDs at 11.5 hours. I was going to write that this is probably not that exciting but considering that everyone was trying to kill the Mormons until they hit Utah this has some great potential.

Raylan by Elmore Leonard. 5 CDs at 6.5 hours. Guess who is behind on episodes of Justified? That is correct, I am behind on episodes of Justified. Every time I watch that show I think I should by another Glock.

Stop Acting Rich: ...and start living like a real millionaire by Thomas J. Stanley. 7 CDs at 8.5 hours. His advice? Don't spend any money. But, how will I buy a new Glock? How about a used one?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bunch of Movies


Melancholia starring Kirsten Dunst. Justine's wedding is difficult for her to enjoy when Earth is about to end. Approved by famed novelist Tom Piccirilli.

Young Adult starring Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt. YA writer returns to 20 year high school homecoming but has still not adjusted to adulthood. Remember when every Charlize Theron movie included her in at least one nude scene? You could depend on it, "Oh, a Charlize Theron movie. We can see her topless again."

3=1: the films of Jan Sharp. Three documentaries by filmmaker Jan Sharp. "All my life I've been making documentaries that were intrusive, where I've seduced people into revealing themselves for the good of others."

Moneyball starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman. You know about this one already. Here.

A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas starring John Cho and Kal Penn. Neil Patrick Harris is insane.

J. Edgar starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts. Naomi Watts? I didn't know she is in this, I may watch it now.

Celtic Thunder: Voyage starring [singing Irish guys]. Irish guys sings songs to swoon skirts.

Elite Squad: the enemy within starring [Brazilians]. Rio de Janeiro's Special Police Operations Battallion is more infantry than police.When the unit's leader starts to stop the vicious gangs he he inadvertently opens a path for corrupt cops.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Make Believe


Fall From Grace by Richard North Patterson. Son founds out recently dead father had many secrets. Son starts to hide evidence that a family may have murdered the dad.

Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockman. Judging by the cover a guy and spend time exercising at night in New York. The flyleaf has some former commando hired as a test subject in a telekinesis lab.

Another Piece of Heart my Jane Green. (I've never given much of a dang about Janis Joplin or her music. So there.) 37-year-old gal marries guy with kids. One kid hates the new wife.

Stay Close by Harlan Coben. "Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away."

Phantom by Ted Bell. Some sort of sailboat.

Force of Nature by C.J. Box. Some guy wants to silence someone else regarding something from 12 years previous.


Some Assembly Required: a journal of my son's first son by Anne Lamott with Sam Lamott.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Glock Married Jesus in the Wild


Glock: the story of America's gun by Paul M. Barrett. the fascinating story of a guy who decided to compete for an Austrian Army contract and won. The revolution in arms design, marketing, and intense business competition. I had a Glock 22 but .40 ammo was too darn expensive compared to 9mm. I saw an ad some used model 21 pistols but .45 ammo is even more expensive than .40.

Marriage Rules: a manual for the married and the coupled up by Harriet Lerner, Ph.D. 106 rules including: Avoid Cutoffs, Apologize, Be Experimental, so on, so forth.

Simply Jesus: a new vision of who He was, what He did, and why He matters by N.T. Wright. No photos.

Wild: from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. One of those books where someone loses or job or marriage and decides to make a long trip. You go hiking for months and cannot take one measly little photo to put in your book?

Monthly Allottment of Large Print

Large Print Fiction

Fear Index by Robert Harris. Physicist figures financial fix for falutin' figurers.

My Wicked Little Lies by Victoria Alexander. Romance.

Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb. Book.

Jaguar by T. Jefferson Parker. I just read some praise about Parker's Hood series.