Friday, June 08, 2012

Gillian Flynn Returns! So does Steven Saylor (no relation)


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  Flynn's third novel.  A wife disappears on the eve of her fifth wedding anniversary and her "golden-boy husband" is suspect.  Flynn's novels Sharp Objects was darn good.  FLynn's novel Dark Places was excellent.

Mortal by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee.  Some sort of fantasy novel.

The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor (no relation).  Another mystery novel featuring Gordianus the Finder.  Gordianus is not yet "the Finder" but just turned 18 and is on a tour of the seven wonders of the world.

Undead and Unstable by Mary Janice Davidson.  More of the same, I suppose.  If you already read the series you'll pick it up anyway.

Large Print

True Sisters by Sandra Dallas.

Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans.

Ties That Bind by Marie Bostwick. "A Cobbled Court Novel."

Thunder and Rain by Charles Martin.

Betrayal by Christina Dodd. "A Bella Terra Deception Novel."

No Longer a Gentleman by Mary Jo Putney.

Three Flicks


Memorial Day starring James Cromwell, Minnesotans.  13-year-old questions his grandfather about WWII.  13-year-old grows up to serve in Iraq.  With flashbacks including a FG42.

Chronicle starring [teenagers and adults acting as teenagers].  Teens develop super powers.

The Woman in Black starring Harry Potter.  Harry Potter is sent to a remote village to settle an estate.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Chicago Whiskey, German Terrorists and Rifles


Heartland Serial Killers: Belle Gunness, Johann Hoch, and murder for profit in the Gaslight Era Chicago by Richard C. Lindbergh.  "Johann Hock was a debonair bigamist and wife killer who boasted of having perfected a 'scientific technique' to romance and seduction. Belle Gunness was a nesting 'Black Widow' whose sprawling farm in Northwest Indiana was a fatal lure for lonely bachelors seeking the comforts of middle-age security by answering matrimonial advertisements placed by Gunness."

Whiskey Breakfast: my Swedish family, my American life by Richard C. Lindberg.  Growing up as first generation American kid in a stoic Swedish household.

Baader-Meinhof: the inside story of the R.A.F. by Stefan Aust.  The definitive history of the Red Army Faction from it's 1960's origins to the bombings, bank robberies, kidnappings, hijackings, prison escapes, and mass suicide.  I watched the movie version of this and it was quite good.

Classic American Combat Rifles edited by Terry Wieland.  I would not have purchased this if I knew it is just a collection of Gun Digest articles dating back as far as 1957.

[sic]: a memoir by Joshua Cody.  Composer from Wisconsin lives in New York and gets cancer.Bone marrow transplant and full radiation but, I'm told, the book is not a total downer of hospital beds, pain medication, and worried relatives.

Top 10 Chicago by Elaine Glusac, et al.  "You guide to the best of everything."  Page 46 says, "Better yet, why not stop into both!"

The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget edited by Honathan Bousfield, et al.  Visit all the places the Baader-Meinhof gang bombed.