Thursday, December 26, 2013

Lansdale, The Dead Man, and Me

Musicians Play Music That is Recorded by Computer, the Music is Electronically Processed and Then Inscribed With Digital Designs Onto a Thin Metal Disc Sandwiched Between Plastic Layers

Restless by Kasey Lansdale.  Singers sings songs of country.  "Another Lansdale?" you say.  "Yeah," I say.  "Why not? We've got all of His Ownself's recent books.  We even have a movie his son did."  Here is Lansdale in Italy.  Lansdales, apparently, are big in Italy.


The Dead Man: volume 6: Colder Than Hell: Evil to Burn: Streets of Blood by Lee Goldberg, William Rabkin, Anthony Neil Smith, Lisa Klink, and Barry Napier.  Latest print editions of the e-book originals.  Klink wrote an earlier Dead Man novella, Slaves to Evil.  I read that hoping it would stink and I could write Klink goes clunk.  But, the story was good, so I didn't.  Smith has a story in here that I've put off reading because I think the e-book stuff is a hassle.

Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon.  This is actually a kid's book.  But I already incorporated the book title into into the blog post title and I don't want to change anything.  Girl thinks a gator-man killed someone.

Wait a minute... Lansdale? Dead Man? Gator-man? This is like some weird Bill Crider sneak attack.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Two Musics, Two Nonfics

Melodies and Voices Purposefully Blended Together and Then Recorded

Wildewoman by Lucius.  Two girl singers sing songs of pop.  I think they might be hipsters.  They live in Brooklyn.  I cannot recall how I came to order this.  When looking them up I found a brief radio interview.

I Will Be Me by Dave Davies.  Guitarist plays songs and sings lyrics. I presume this song is about how he razored his amp to change the sound.


Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: what everyone needs to know by P.W. Singer and Allan Friedman.  "Provide[s] the kind of wasy-to-read yet deeply informative resource book that has been missing on this crucial issue of 21st century life."

Hydrofracking: what everyone needs to know by Alex Prud'homme.  My cousin started a drilling services company and does a lot of work with hydrofracturing operations.  He was mentioning how the method is only worthwhile because oil and gas prices are high.  He said that about 1.5 years ago though, maybe extraction costs are down.

Musical Interlude Extra

I got to thinking about The Kinks.

One Davies sister moved to Australia.  They missed her.

I had thought David Watts was  joke about a guy dating another sister.  I just read a different story that was a pal of the band.  Heck if I know the truth, the sources are murky.

Last one.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Music Old and New

Voices and Sounds Created for Harmony, Recorded on Computers, Transferred into a Thin Data Disc Sandwiched into Plastic

Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Soundtrack with Coldplay, National, etc.  Song singers not mood music.

Frozen: Soundtrack by Kristen Bell, other cast members.  Singers sing songs from flick and mood music included.

The Velvet Underground and Nico by The Velvet Underground.  Weird people sing songs from long ago (1967) and far away (New York).

Shangri-La by Jake Bugg.  English singer sings songs, plays guitar, gets famous.

Prism by Katy Perry.  Singer sings songs of pop and pretends to roar.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Horror and Religion


Now You See Me starring [big names].  Magicians steal stuff and give it away.

The Family starring [more big names].  Mafia family moves to France and causes trouble.

Nothing Left to Fear starring Anne Heche and Clancy Brown.Family moves to small town Stull, Kansas and horror happens.  Did they really film this in Kansas?  I doubt it, let me check.  Nope, according to credits on IMDB they filmed in Louisiana.

Doctor Who, Series seven: Part Two starring [English].  Part One must be around here somewhere.

Fast and Furious 6 starring [same guys as before].  I watched the one set in Brazil and it was fun driving and smashing and crashing and tough-guy-talk.

One Direction This is Us starring [English kids].  Boy group gets filmed doing boy group things.

Our Town starring Paul Newman. others.  Stage production of the play.

Persuasion starring [English].  1995 BBC Films dramatization of the Jane Austin novel.  I never read the book.  I've never seen any of the movies.  I do like the Tim Finn song with the same title.  Good luck finding a YouTube clip with good audio.


Marijuana Legalization: what everyone needs to know by Jonathan P. Caulkins, et al.  "Provides readers with a non-partisan primer covering everything from the risks and benefits of using marijuana to the current laws, to the open scientific questions."

Understanding the Book of Mormon: a reader's guide by Grant Hardy.  Page 324 says, " Let me try to clarify what I am claiming here and elsewhere in the chapter."

What everyone needs to know about Islam: answers to frequently asked questions, from one of America's leading experts by John L. Esposito.  Page 36 says, "Muslims celebrate two great Islamic holidays."

Audiobook on CD

Cross my Heart by James Patterson.  9.5 hours on 8 CDs.  Something about a policeman and murderers.  This says Patterson lives in Florida. 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Erotic Eric's End


At World's End starring [Limeys]. Guys go on pub crawl.  Meet aliens.

Hangover, Part III starring [same people as last time].  Man, I never thought the first one was all that great.  Except for Heather Graham.

Dead in Tombstone starring Danny Trejo, Anthony Michael Hall, Mickey Rourke.  B-movie schlock that people like Bill Crider and Joe Bob Briggs live for.

We're the Millers starring [famous gal from Friends].  Guy has smuggle drugs in from Mexico.  Guy hires people to be his fake family.


Behind the Plaid: an erotic novel by Eliza Knight.  I scanned through for the good parts but did not find them.

Eric of Aztalan by Ralph Milne Farley.  Five facsimile reprints from pulp magazines of the '30s. The Milney pen-name was by Roger Sherman Hoar.  The title story is from the January, 1939 issue of Golden Fleece.  Someone in town saw this, bought it, and gave it to the library.

Audiobooks on CD

A Mist of Prophecies by Steven Saylor.  9.5 hours on 8 CDs.  Saylor (no relation) continues his series about ancient Rome.

Murder as a Second Marriage by Joan Hess. 10 hours on 8 CDs.  Woman is asked by her husband to help in murder investigation.

Double Image by David Morrell.  15.75 hours on 13 CDs.  Photographer...memories... mystery... starlet... collide... eerily... life... killer..hell...identities...revenge...courage...gun.

Audiobooks on CD with Made-up Plots

Castles by Julie Garwood.  12.33 hours on 11 CDs.  Alesandra knew that...hasty marriage...could protect her from...a wildfire.

Nightmare Range by Martin Limon.  13 hours on 11 CDs. Young...detective...assigned behavior...crime.

Twilight Zone: radio dramas: volume 16 by [various].  4 hours on 3 CDs.  Experience... dramatized...celebrities.

Tenth Witness by Leonard Rosen.  9 hours on 8 CDs. a ship...developed by...Interpol.

Thorne by Lisa Jackson.  6.1666 hours on 5 CDs.  Family ending?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Happy Marriage Divorce


Stop Fighting Over the Kids: resolving day-to-day custody conflict in divorce situations by Mike Mastracci.  I rarely buy books from email solicitations.  I bought this after reading positive reviews.

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett.  "[Marriage as metaphor] Patchett has devoted her life to the people and ideals she loves the most."  Author photo has her in bookstore digging through boxes.

The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: a child, an elder, and the light from an ancient sky by Kent Nerburn.   Did I order this?  I have no idea what this is. 

A Reader's Book of Days: true tales from the lives and works of writers for every day of the year by Tom Nissley.  I ordered this, too?  No idea about this either.  Let me look... Snoopy wrote to Miss Helen Sweetstory on April 9, 1971.  In 2008, Will Heinrich said about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, "To call the dialogue wooden would be an insult to longbows and violins.  An yet, I had no trouble finishing the book - on the contrary, I raced through it, even while I disliked it, and myself for reading it."

Death of Santini: the story of a father and his son by pat Conroy.  If you read the book or saw the movie you know Conroy's fahter was a jerk-and-a-half.  Conroy's dad did not mind the result, he traveled with Conroy to book signings and was happy to sign autographs.  Here is something I just learned from the book, Pat Conroy has had some awful haircuts over the past 40 years.

Kaplan GED: 2014.  Brand spanking new study guide. 

Large Print

Command Authority by Tom Clancy.

Dust by Patricia Cornwell.

Innocence by Dean Koontz.

Literary Fiction Sex Demon


The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.  McBride is wearing a hat for his author photo.  His bio says he graduated from Oberlin.  My brother toured there on a college trip and I went along.  I did not like the place.

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang.  Bestselling South Korean short novel about a chicken who leaves the farm to lay an egg in the forest. 

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford.  "Nice cover design" says Gerard.  "I live in Montana." says Mr. Ford's bio.

Brown Dog by Jim Harrison.  Not to be confused with Black Dog.

Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips. Phillips's bio says she has won a lot of awards.  Novel about a journalist in 1931 who works to help convict a murdering con man.

Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione.  Half-breed demon...assassin...earn freedom...on last kill...earthbound angel...handsome adversary...eternal chastity...passion...duty and desire.

The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette van Heugten.  Lady comes home to find her mother murdered, her daughter missing, and a dead man clutching a Luger pistol.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon.  Futuristic fantasy.  We own a lot of books with "bone" in the title.
Rag and Bone
Goliath Bone
Charlie Bone
Bone Bed
Winter's Bone
Rust and Bone
Give the Dog a Bone
Bone Vault

Jewelweed by David Rhodes.Wisconsin guy writes novel set in Wisconsin where it was this cold at 10:15 AM this morning.

3 Fahrenheit at 10:15 AM, 16 December 2013

Last Telegram by Liz Trenow.   Something about World War Two.

Death of the Black Haired Girl by Robert Stone.  Gerard says, "Married college professor ends affair with student."  Stone says, "Don't pull my beard."

Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson.  Gerard says, "Single mom falls for a guy who helps her during a robbery."  Joshilyn says, "No, s-h-i-l-y-n."

Margot by Jillian Cantor.  1959 and Anne Frank's older sister, Margot, survived Bergen-Belsen and lives unknown in Philadelphia.  Cantor's online bio says she loves coffee.  Good.

Death Comes to the Village by Catherine Lloyd.  Some sort of cozy mystery with a survivor of the Battle of Waterloo returning to his village in England.

Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson.  "Explores the way good people talk themselves into doing seemingly unthinkable things."  Thomson wrote his dissertation on Raymond Chandler and then writes literary fiction?  C'mon, man.

The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly.  Bootleggers in Mississippi.

The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy: 2013 edition edited by Rick Horton.  These are popular.

Heritage of Darkness by Kathleen Ernst.  Ernst did two programs at our library this past Spring.  The American Girl themed program (Ernst writes those books, too) drew a massive crowd.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Musical Ice Skating Rink Interlude

Ice Skating

The Parks Department has been spraying the winter ice skating rink in Commons Park, across from the library.  Here are some photos I was able to grab this week on the fly with my phone camera.

Outdoor skating rink getting installed

Outdoor skating rink getting installed

Outdoor skating rink, Commons Park. December, 2013

After the first layer or two of water

Outdoor skating rink getting installed

Spraying last night after the library closed

Outdoor skating rink getting installed

Last Night's Temperature as I walked home at 9 PM.

The evening of 11 Dec 2013, shortly after the library closed.

Musical Interlude

I was checking if Teddy Thompson had a new album coming any time soon.  I found this instead.

More Macaroni, Marcia?


Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani.  If you don't want to listen to the audiobook I listed yesterday you can read this instead.  Author photo kinds looks lie a Google street view shot.  Trigiani is posing on a outdoor stairway with an intersection behind her.  A guy in a suit is in the crosswalk.

Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III.  How do you pronounce this guy's name?  If you think that one is tough read the Acknowledgments, Kourosh Zomorodian.

Killer Ambition by Marcia Clark.  Former prosecutor is putting out good crime novels.  She was at Murder and Mayhem in Muskego last month.  I was not.  I was at the Cub Scout pancake breakfast for half the day.

Photo is from Jen's Book Blog.

White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.  The cover only says "Preston & Child".  The dual author photo says, Just For Men.  You know how I decide when to get my hair cut?  When the gray hairs get too long they curl and stick out.

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat.  Dang another one I have no idea how to pronounce.  Danticat's hair is braided.  The photo was taken by Jonathan Demme.

Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich.  Second copy ordered by mistake.  That's okay.  People will read it.


Stitches: a handbook on meaning, hope and repair by Anne Lamott.  Book cover says Lamott lives in Northern California.  Author photo says Lamott lives on a commune.

Musical Interlude

BBC 6 Music is playing an older Adam Ant tune.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wolverine Cowboy Hunters


Wolverine starring Australian, Japanese, Dutch.  Wolverine is told a former Japanese soldier can help him out.  Things happen, including a long, boring fight on top of a train.

Large Print

Merry Christmas, Cowboy by Janet Dailey.  A romance.  The phrase "happy endings" is used on the back cover.

No Escape by Mary Burton.  Another serial killer novel.

Is This Tomorrow by Carline Leavitt.  Sounds like someones needs to set their watch.

Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon.  Korean moves to Brazil after the war.

Ready to Die by Lisa Jackson.  Killer on the loose in Montana.  Maybe a maniacal, murderous Montana moose?

Fallen Women by Sandra Dallas.  And they can't get up.

Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs.  I hope their power did not go out.  Our gas furnace has an electric start.

Songs of Christmas by Katherine Spencer.  "But must she choose between her music and losing Gabriel forever?"  Will I care?

Storm Front by John Sandford.  Many murderous men in Minnesota.

Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye.  Tragedy in Duluth.  Or something.  Booklist liked it, gave a starred review.

AudioBook on CD

Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani.  10 hours on 8 CDs.  According to the internet Adriana Trigiani has curly hair and was born in Virginia.


Secrets of a Runaway Bride by Valerie Bowman.  According to the internet UFOs are flying out of the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico.

Extra Copy

Sycamore Row by John Grisham.  According to the internet President Truman kept an alien visit a secret.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Photo Version with Musical Accompaniment





Musical Interlude

Heard just now on BBC 6 Music with Marc Riley.  Teen Canteen.  Singing girl-group pop with their Scottish accents.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Dr. Who Hooper Hall


Doctor Who: the essential guide by Justin Richards.  Page 67 has a gal in a skimpy outfit.  Page 123 has Cheetah People


Going Dark by James W. Hall.  Thorn finds out his newly discovered adult son has joined an eco-terrorist group.  Thorne has to join to the group to save his son.

Prince of Risk by Christopher Reich.  Legal thriller?  Financial thriller?

Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly.  I have really enjoyed this series about Los Angeles defesne attoreny Mickey Haller.

Hostage by Kay Hooper.  Hooper's author photo is in black and white.  She is striking a pensive pose.


Breaking Bad: Final Season starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.  I've never seen any of these.  I'll get around to season one some day.

In the Fog starring [Russians].  1942 and Russian rail worker is accused by partisans of collusion with the Germans.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Movie and a Song


Clear History starring Jon Hamm, Larry David, Bill Hader.  Guy has big vote with boss and quits company and all his shares.  Company makes billions of dollars.


iTunes was playing and this tune came up.  I heard if off the library's copy of Putumayo Presents: Latin Lounge.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Coffe, Conway, Peanuts, Dekker, Musical Interlude

Coffee and Peanuts

Coffee and peanuts

Audiobooks on CD

Outlaw by Ted Dekker.  11 hours on 9 CDs.  "Full of harrowing twists, sweeping violence, and wild love."

What's So Funny?: my hilarious life by Time Conway with Jane Scovell.  8.75 hours on 8 CDs.  Like the print edition but without the photo section.

Musical Interlude

The eternal question.

Monday, December 02, 2013


AudioBooks on CD

Mad About the Boy by by Helen Fielding.  11.5 hours on 10 CDs.  The reader has acted in three James Bond films.

Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith.  8 hours on 7 CDs.  Russian policeman Arkady Renko has more trouble and heartbreak. The reader's head shot looks to be from a webcam.

Good Boy by Theresa Schwegel.  12 hours on 10 CDs.  Schwegel cop novel.  I still have not read any of Schwegel's books but her Chicago set novels are supposed to be pretty good.  She won an Edgar Award and received this personalized trophy.

Dust by Patricia Cornwell.  14 hours on 12 CDs.  I was chatting to someone last week about Cornwell.  I said I had not read any of her books - I may have read or listened to one years ago - and that all I recall about Cornwell is that she was involved in a marriage scandal.  The wife had an affair with Cornwell.  When the husband found out about the affair he used that as an excuse to go nutso and he kidnapped his wife, he then kidnapped a minister.  Law and Order riffed on the story for an episode.

Let the Dead Sleep by Heather Graham.  9.8 hours on 8 CDs.  Part of a series.

The Outpost: an untold story of American valor by Jake Tapper.  22.5 hours on 18 CDs.  Untold?  Are you kidding, this had been told lots of times because one soldier was award the Medal of Honor for his actions there.  I'm not saying you shouldn't listen to the book, but it's not untold.

Sycamore Row by John Grisham.  20.5 hours on 16 CDs.  Ugliest cover ever.

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich.  6 hours on 5 CDs.  This cover is also awful.

Deadly Heat by Richard Castle.  11.5 hours on 9 CDs.  My left ear hurts.  Those headphones must have been on way too loud.

Accused by Lisa Scottoline.  11 hours on 9 CDs.  Scottoline leads a secret life staring at a computer screen in her home.  Wait,  that's a not a secret.  That's every author.

Melissa Explains it All: tale from my abnormally normal life by Melissa Joan Hart.  7 hours on 6 CDs.  Good cover.

The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the epic Age of Flight by Winston Groom.  17.5 hours on 14 CDs.


Mad Men: season 6 starring [people].  Hair, clothes, cocktails.


A Passion to Teach: fifty-eight years of humorous, weird, and engaging tales by Richard W. Knowles.  Page 138 says, "Research can be son much fun, or so exasperating, so exciting, or so dull, so productive, or wasting of time.  Most importantly, research activity offers one a chance to be truly creative."

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Almost Done: Last of the New Pile


Tremble: erotic tales of the mystical and sinister by Tobsha Learner.  Erotic fiction.  Page 177 says, "She woke to find her husband [...redacted...] already creating a whirlwind of [...redacted...] trembling."

Others of My Kind by James Sallis.  Girl is kidnapped at eight-years-old and kept captive for two years.  As an adult she is asked to help a girl who survived similar circumstances.  Sallis wrote the crime novels Drive and Driven.  Driven was a great look at Phoenix with the dust, the brown colors, the spread out spaces and high walls separating all the homes.

The Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, 2013 edited by Paula Guran.  We have the 2011 edition and that sucker keeps going out.  That and Lansdale has a story in this one, too.

Large Print

Loss of Innocence by Richard North Patterson.  Picture of a lighthouse on the cover. 

Non Fiction

Van Meter Visitor: a true and mysterious encounter with the unknown by Chad Lewis, Noah Voss, and Kevin Lee Nelson.  "For several nights in 1903, the small town of van Meter, IA was terrorized by a giant bat-like creature that emerged from an old abandoned mine."

The Need to Say "No": the importance of setting boundaries in love, life, and your world by Jill Brooke.  Page 95 says, "Here is how you can take the bull by the horns."

Garfield's Sunday Finest: 35 years of my best Sunday funnies by Jim Davis.  My kids have been waiting for this one.  They love Garfield.  A lot.  The read the comics out loud to one another and cackle with laughter.

State of Wisconsin Blue Book, 2013-2014.  No one will read it.  But, it's here anyway.

Audio Book on CD

Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and success in modern America by Steven Watts.  17 hours on 14 CDs.  "The story of Carnegie's personal journey and how it gave rise to the movement of self-help and personal reinvention."

Dang, Even More New Books


Total War Rome: destroy Carthage by David Gibbins.  Fancy cover for a video game tie-in novel.  Gibbins has  Ph.D.  and taught archeology and history so I assume this will be an accurate and realistic historical novel.  Except for all that video game stuff.  Ka-Boom!

Death of a Nightingale by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis.  Authors of Boy in the SuitcaseBoy's large print copy checked out 15 times.  Danish authors.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl.  I listened to the audio version of this novel.  It was fantastic.  A journalist investigates the suicide of a famous and reclusive film director's daughter.


Hidden Warbirds: the epic stories of finding, recovering & rebuilding WWII's lost aircraft by Nicholas A. Veronico. Lots and lots of neat color photos.  Wrecks recovered from jungle and ice and many restored to flying condition.

Large Print

Large Print

James Patterson Word Production Industries


Cross my Heart by James Patterson.  Well, that's weird.  Patterson wrote this one by himself.  Another entry in the Alex Cross series. Patterson has a new photo on the back cover. 

Fringe: the burning man by Christa Faust.  Based on characters from the Fringe TV show.  I never saw the show but read the first novel because Faust wrote it.  Olivia Dunham's turn for a prequel novel.  No author photo of Faust but there are photos of actors from the series.

Venom Business by Michael Crichton.  From 1966 to 1972 Crichton wrote eight books under the pen John Lange name, all while still in medical school.  Before Crichton died in 2008 he was working with Charles Ardai at Hard Case Crime to bring those novels back into print.  Here is this one.

Odds On by Michael Crichton.  Here is the other one.

The Lost Stars: the perilous shield by Jack Campbell.  Military SF.  We have another book in the series still awaiting processing.  Campbell's author photo says his real name is John G. Henry.

Doc Savage: the Miracle Menace by Kenneth Robeson.  Bill Crider told me to buy it. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lansdale's Secret Erotica Funnel Cake


Bleeding Shadows by Joe R. Lansdale.  Anotehr collection of horror suspense by Lansdale.  Printed by Subterranean Press which uses really heavy paper.

Fatal Funnel Cake by Livia J. Washburn.  Bill Crider liked it.  28 people liked the other one we one, that's how many times it circ'ed.

The Naughty Corner by Jasmine Haynes. Erotica novel with a bondage/discipline bent.

Secret Lives of Married Women by Elissa Wald.  Two reasons to check this one out: 1) printed by Hard Case Crime, 2) plugged by Megan Abbott. 

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.  Collins was the narrator of the novel Drood.  I found out that Collins's Moonstone was one of the first, and most successful, detective novels.  I bought a new edition.

Non Fiction

In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon with William Patrick.  One of the co-founders of Jimmy Choo shoes writes a memoir.  Shoes?

I bought these on clearance a year or so ago.  I thought, "Hey, they've got zippers!  I'll never have to tie my shoes again."  Not so, the zipper just make them easier to slip on and off.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

NonFic: Money and Travel


The $1,000 Challenge by Brian J. O'Connor.  Trying to cut living expenses by $1,00 a month "without sacrificing anything truly important?...O'Connor tackles the frustrations and fears of controlling your own financial fate."

13 Things Rich People Won't Tell You by Jennifer Merritt with Roe D'Angelo.  Numerous tips to save money or cut costs.

Fordor's Walt Disney World, 2014 edited by Arabella Bowen.  Victor Gischler says, "Book, I don't need no stinking book.  I'm there all the time."

Fodor's Las Vegas, 2014 edited by Amanda D'Acierno.  Greard Saylor says,"I've been there three times but never had any money to spend on the fancy stuff."

Fodor's Florida, 2014 edited by Amanda D'Acierno. Gerard Saylor says, "I've never been to Florida.  The closest I've been is Myrtle Beach, SC.

Walt Disney World with Kids, 2014 by Kim Wright Wiley and Leigh C.W. Jenkins.

Band of Angels: the forgotten world of early Christian women by Kate Cooper.  Inspiring history... vivid picture... lived almost invisibly... painstaking... influential... understanding... rapid.... unlike... sharing... more.  EDIT: Cooper sent me an email with a link to interviews

Floating City: a rogue sociologist lost and found in New York's underground economy by Sudhir Venkatesh.  More of the economy of crime by Venkatesh.

Creamy and Crunchy: an informal history of peanut butter, the all-American food by Jon Krampner.  In 1914 twenty-one brands of Peanut Butter were sold in Kansas.

Wilson by A. Scott Berg.  Woodrow Wilson spent six months in Europe after the War.  The White House Rose Garden was planted by his wife. 

Six Paperbacks, Elvis Mythology, Photos


One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean.  Romance with a "scoundrel". MacLean sounds like a pen name to me.  The author bio says MacLean "loves to hear from readers" so you should ask her if her name is real.

Lucky Stiff by Annelise Ryan.  Huh.  This is set in Wisconsin?  Must be why I bought it.  That and people like cozy mysteries in paperback.  The author bio says Ryan is a pen name.  I remember her now.  She is an emergency medicine RN.  Maybe up in Wausau.  I knew someone in college named Analisa.  I think she teaches up at UW- Stevens Point or Eau Claire

Words With Fiends by Ali Brandon.  Another cozy mystery.  I like the title.  Ali Brandon is also a pen name.  Her real name is Diane A.S. Stuckert.

Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay.  Cozy mystery with a librarian.  Ugh.  McKinlay lives in Scottsdale.  Not sure of pseudonym status.  Her website does not say if she still works as a librarian or where.  There is a nice gun shop in Scottsdale, Bear Arms.

Shadow Catcher by James R. Hannibal.  Military spy thriller with dudes looking to recover a B2 that crashed and sank in the Persian Gulf.  Hannibal sounds fake but looks to be real. 

The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard.  Another Wisconsin setting. Woman returns to here small town and the disappearance of her best friend comes up again.  I think the cover looks a lot like a Crider cover.


Seven Deadlies by Gigi Levangie.  This had a great review.  A teenager in Beverly Hills is hired as a babysitter for other teenagers.

A Serpent's Tooth by Craig Johnson.  Because everyone loves Johnson's Walt Longmire series.

Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield.  A kind of horror novel.  I think.  Setterfield livesin Oxford.  My parents visited Oxford a few years ago.  It seems like my dad was meeting someone at one of the universities but I do not recall for certain.

Murder on the Orient Express by Sandra Balzo.  Balzo's coffee mysteries check out real well here, over 80 times. 

Fame Thief by Timothy Hallinan.  Someone returned one of Hallinan's books and said she really enjoyed the novel.  I think I bought the first one because Crider told me to.

Lights in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian.  Is this supposed to be "important literary work"?  The author's name is uncommon and he lives in Vermont.  The plot sounds pretty neat. I should see if there is an audio version.


Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology by Arthur Cotterell and Rachel Storm.  A topic that always checks out and many of our titles are aging.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gluten Free Brain Injury


Gluten-Free Bread: more than 100 artisan loaves for a healthier life by Ellen Brown.  I'm still not sure what a gluten is but some people consider it very important so I bought a couple glutenous books.

Coping With Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury by Diana Roberts Stoler, Ed.D. and Barbara Albers Hill.  I know a 3rd grader who was playing at recess when he and another kid collided.  3rd Grader kid was knocked unconscious and was vomiting after his injury.  His parents had to watch him closely for a couple days.

Unintimidated by Scott Walker with Marc Thiessen.  Oh, do we want that argument again?  Both sides will be letting the insults fly.

What's So Funny? by Tim Conwaywith Jane Scovel.  Why did I buy this?  Because Conway is a freaking genius.  Harvey Korman was also a freaking geniusand is also in here.

50 Fantastic Things to Do With Babies by Sally and Phil Featherstone.  #51: get them to nap.

Little Sweets and Bakes: easy-to-make cupcakes, cake pops, whoopie pies, macarons, and decorated cookies by Daniela Klein.  Make all the whoopie pies you want but I won't eat them, they are gross.


A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry.  Christmas murder, you mean.

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich.  Page 141 says, "My father looked over at Gordon."

The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom.  Why would heaven place a phone call? Couldn't heaven send a note on the back of a silver unicorn sliding down a golden rainbow?  A phone call seems banal.  If you do not answer will heaven leave a message? What is the call back number?

Tatiana by Martin Cruz Smith.  I thought Smith died.  I was confusing him with Stuart M. Kaminsky who also did a Russian detective series.  I really enjoy these Arkady Renko novels but I might be a couple behind.

Dust by Patricia Cornwell.  I don't care.

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve.  Woman awakens in WWI field hospital with memory loss.

King and Maxwell by David Baldacci.  Private detectives detect dangerous doings.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Winners Filling Good Amazement


Winners by Danielle Steel.  Does Steel write these or not?  Some authors crank'em out.  Some hire ghosts. 

Good Boy by Theresa Schwegel.  I still have not read any of Schwegel's novels.  I've been taking a while to get around to it seeing as how her first novel Officer Down came out eight years ago and this is her fifth cop novel.

Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan.  Supposed to be good.  I won't read it anyway.

All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie "All Novels Should be Sentence-Length" Length. 

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Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George.

Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury.

Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith.

Accused by Lisa Scottoline.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Finally! New Stuff! And Coffee!


I have brewed the strongest coffee in existence. Don't be fooled by the color. I put a spoon in the mug and the spoon stuck straight up and down...until the acids burned the metal away.

Strongest Coffee Ever


Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer Fleming.  The dustcover says: On a frigid January night...a raging fire...needs...a scolding.

Accused by Lisa Scottolin.  The dustcover says: Mary...has just been...beekeeping...and...seen underdog.

Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith.  The dustcover says: Precious Ramotswe...has...a...Minor the office.

No Man's Nightingale by Ruth Rendell.  The dustcover says: A female vicar...has...a...murky...eye.

Audiobook on CD

Abominable by Dan Simmons.  24 CDs at 29.5 hours.  Climbers paid to climb Mount Everest in 1925 to find a missing man.  They are followed by something.

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Dark Witch by Nora Roberts.

Mirage by Clive Cussler.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Shattered Golden List

AudioBooks on CD

October List by Jeffery Deaver.  7 hours on 6 CDs.  I am reading a short story by Deaver in Best American Noir of the Century.  The book is pretty good overall but is 752 pages.  I took a break from it over the weekend and read a 200 page novel.

Golden Eyes by Maya Banks.  4 hours on 4 CDs.  Some sort of romance-thriller-shapeshifter novel.

Behind the Shattered Glass by Tasha Alexander.  10.5 hours at 8 CDs.  Murder!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Two Foreign Flicks


This is the End starring [same pack of guys as always].  Some zombie or alien invasion leaves a bunch of actors stuck in a house.

The Heat starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy.  Cop buddy comedy.  You know the drill.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

23 Feet and 10 Inches of Joe Sacco


The Great War:July 1, 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme by Joe Sacco.  Joe Sacco is an illustrator and comic-journalist (like a photo-journalist but requiring more lead time) who has covered conflicts and news stories around the world.  His latest book is an historical look at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.  Sacco did one illustration - 23' 10" long - folded into a book.

There are no descriptions within the illustration, Sacco tells the story from one continuous panel to the next from initial battle planning, to the massive week-long bombardment, to the disastrous first day of fighting.  A separate booklet has a brief history of the Battle and a smaller, annotated version of the full illustration.

Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme

Joe Sacco's The Great War: July 1, 1916: the first day of the Battle of the Somme

AudioBooks on CD

1356 by Bernard Cornwell.  12 hours on 10 CDs.  Cornwell's latest novel about English killing French and French killing English.

Silencing Eve by Iris Johansen.  12.6666666 hours on 11 CDs.  Johansen's latest novel about novel about character Eve Duncan.

One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.  17 hours on 14 CDs.  Bryson latest book about things that happened many years ago, with jokes.

Police by Jo Nesbo.  17 hours on 14 CDs.  Nesbo's latest novel about a Norwegian policeman.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Gagnon, Gischler, Grisham


The Shadow: Volume Two: Revolution by Victor Gischler and Aaron Campbell.  Gischler writes another comic.  Gischler adds in things like "Ka-Klik" and "Whump".

Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon.  Gagnon writes a YA thriller. Gagnon adds in things like, "She decided to ignore the warning and went back to her laptop."  Gagnon has a raccoon problem.

Sycamore Row by John Grisham.  Grisham writes another lawyer book.  Grisham writes things like, "Anotehr women sobbed loudly in response."

The Litter of the Law by Rita Mae Brown.  Brown writes another mystery novel with a cat.  Gerard refuses to write the cat as co-author.

We Are Water by Wally Lamb.  Lamb writes another family drama.  Lamb writes things like, "To rescue the mood I tell her that on of the late night hosts - Jimmy Kimmel, I think it was - referred to Ahmadinejad at Scruffy McWindbreaker."

Spirit of Steamboat by Craig Johnson.  Johnson writes a Christmas story with his Walt Longmire character.  Johnson writes things like, "The blonde, ignoring the sarcasm, looked at Lucian."

The Abominable by Dan Simmons.  Simmons writes another scary historical novel.  These words appear in this order, " just...when Professor Hall...rubbed his forehead...outside...Nepal."

Guests on Earth by Lee Smith.  13-year-old girl goes to mental hospital in 1936.  Smith writes things like, "I left it there."

Cross and Burn by Val McDermid.  Scotswoman writes of more killing and psychology.  Page 44 says, "Full bear, neatly trimmed."

Outlaw by Ted Dekker.  Dekker writes another spiritual fiction novel.  Dekker writes, "You bled?"

The Creeps by John Connolly.  Connolly writes a "clever and quirky follow-up."  Connolly toured Australia and you missed it.

Ask Not by Max Allan Collins.  Collins writes another period mystery.  Collins writes these words in this order, "She laughed...holding up a palm...and...drowning...the exotic dancer."

Donald Driver, German Zombie Attorney


Driven by Donald Driver with Peter Golenbock.  Growing up poor in Houston.  Playing for the Packers.


Mad Men: Season 5 starring That One Dude, That Other Dude With Grey Hair, That Redheaded Lady With Bosoms.  Advertising people drink too much and dress nicely.

World War Z starring Brad Pitt, CGI Zombies, CGI Explosions, CGI Helicopters.  German zombies almost take over the world.

AudioBooks on CD

David and Goliath: underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants by Malcolm Gladwell.  6 CDs at 7 hours.  Why do underdogs win?  Or something like that.  I'm too distracted by the author's crazy hair.

The Black Book by Ian Rankin.  9 CDs at 10 hours.  John Rebus digs deadly dirt in cold case of arson.

Identical by Scott Turow.  11 CDs at 12 hours.  "Tangle of deception" with politics and murder.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Three Flicks: Spartan Pain Company


Pain and Gain starring Tony Shalhoub and Blond Actress In Slinky Outfit.  Personal trainers go into crime.  Trouble ensues.

The Company You Keep starring Robert Redford, Stanley Tucci's Bald Head.  Former domestic terrorist is unveiled.  Or something.

Go Tell The Spartans starring Burt Lancaster, the Beast Master.  I read a very positive review of this overlooked war flick from 1978.  The DVD was only $5.18 so I bought it.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

God Is Not Doing hard Time With Doctor Sleep

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Doing Hard Time with Stuart Woods.  How much do you think his ghost writers make?

Final Cut by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison.  English cop heads to New York when his colleague guarding the crown jewels is murdered.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.  Sequel to The Shining.

Silencing Eve by Iris Johansen.  One of those knife-in-boot novels.

Audio Books on CD

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber.  5 CDs at 5.5 hours  Because people like Macomber novels.

Longest Night by Nicholas Sparks.  11 CDs at 13 hours.  Yet another freaking romance from Sparks.

Gone by James Patterson Literary Industries, Amalgamated and Michael Ledwidge.  7 CDs at 8 hours.  Mexican crime lord kills people.  Hero is one of the crime lord's targets.

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes.  3 CDs at 3 hours.  I read one of his books, Sense of an Ending.  It was decent.

The Double by George Pelecanos.  6 CDs at 7.5 hours.  More Pelecanos crime in D.C.

God is Not Mad at You: you can experience real love, acceptance & guilt-free living by Joyce Meyer.  7 CDs at 7.5 hours.  "Joyce will help those who haven't truly received God's love because they are afraid of His anger and disapproval."

Freakin' Cheatin'


Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget by Clinton Kelly.  TV guy writes another book.  P. 225 says, "IS this a good outfit for a hooker?"

Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the greatest sports conspiracy ever by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell.

Design for Living: Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine: a biography by Margot Peters.  Our other copy went missing.  This was donated a couple days ago so we're adding it in.

Kate: the future Queen by Katie Nicholl.  Page 141 says, "Camilla, meanwhile, took it upon herself to advise Kate on royal etiquette." 


Bridget Jones: mad about the boy by Helen Fielding.  Book about stuff.

Identical by Scott Turow.  "Tangle of deception".

What Doesn't Kill Her by Max Allan Collins. Iowan writes another book.

Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice.  Something about werewolves.

Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor by Patrick Taylor.  Popular series according to the dustcover. 

Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George.  719 pages.  Page Page 43 says, "She was shopping for him as well."


Iron Man 3 starring CGI Explosions, CGI Flying, CGI, Crashing, CGI Laboratories, Robert Downey, Jr.  Iron Man flies around, makes wisecracks, fights bad guys.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Does not Live in Wisconsin

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The Why of Things by Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop.  Born in New York City (according to the internet).  She attended Harvard and UC-Irvine.  That seems like a step down in status, ask her about it at


A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.  Ozeki grew up in Connecticut.  Judging from the biography on her web page and the IMDB Ozeki also worked under the name Lounsbury:

Friday, October 11, 2013

Large Print Maserati

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New Large Print, 11 October 2013

Car Window

Maswerati emblem on the safety glass.

James Bond Plus the Usual Nonsense


Gutbliss: a 10-day plan to ban bloat, flush toxins, and dump your digestive baggage by Robynne Chutkan, M.D.  What an awful title.  What subtitle, "dump your digestive baggage."

Best American Comics: 2013 edited by Jeff Smith.  Smith writes and draws the Bone series which is extremely popular with elementary school kids.


Mr. Lynch's Holiday by Catherine O'Flynn.  Irish widower visits his son in Spain.

Solo by William Boyd.  In 1969 James Bond is tasked with settling a civil war in a West African country.

Styxx by Sherilyn Kenyon.  836 page fantasy novel.

The Double by George Pelecanos.  Spero Lucas, a lawyer's investigator in D.C., is asked by a woman to recover a painting.  Lucas has to confront a deadly hoodlum to get the painting.

Rasputin's Shadow by Raymond Khoury.  Thriller.

Usual Stuff

Storm Front by John Sandford.

Doing Hard Time by Stuart Woods.

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Complex Thicket Deadline

Audio Books on CD

Dexter's Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay.  12 CDs at 14.5 hours.  Miami murder.

Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz.  8 CDs at 9.6833 hours.  Odd Thomas has to prevent a triple murder.

Dead Before Dying by Deon Meyer.  9 CDs at 10.75 hours.  Deon Meyer writes some great stuff.

Dead at Daybreak by Deon Meyer.  10 CDs at 11.75 hours.  Deon Meyer writes so much great stuff I bought two of his older books.

Never Go Back by Lee Child. 11 CDs at 13.5 hours.  Jack Reacher finds trouble and kills people.

The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell.  4 CDs at 5 hours.  This is short.  Only 5 hours?  BUt Woodrell wrote it so it must be five hours of greatness.

Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale.  9 CDs at 10.5 hours.  The latest and greatest by Lansdale.  Turn-of-the-century East TX and young Jack Parker needs to rescue his kidnapped sister from bandits.

Complex 90 by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins.  6 CDs at 7 hours.  Mike Hammer travels with a politician to Moscow and Hammer is arrested, escapes and gets into a gunfight.  Hammer sent back to the U.S. and the real trouble begins.

Deadline by Sandra Brown.  11 CDs at 12.5 hours.  Journalist does something.

I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty.  8 CDs at 9.5 hours.  Northern Ireland crime.

First Grade Class Visits

First Graders

Lake Mills Elementary's first grade classes visited the library, Bank of Lake Mills, Sentry Foods, and the Post Office for career day.

1st Grade career Day visits, 10 October 2013

1st Grade career Day visits, 10 October 2013

1st Grade career Day visits, 10 October 2013

1st Grade career Day visits, 10 October 2013

1st Grade Classroom Visits for Career Day

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Concussions Wasted Espresso Rites


Concussions and Our Kids: America's leading expert on how to protect young athletes and keep sports safe by Robert Cantu, M.D. and Mark Hyman.  cantu works at Boston University's Center for the Treatment of Traumatic Encephalopathy which was featured in Frontline's League of Denial program.


W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton.  14 CDs at 17 hours.  Kinsey Milhone is asked to identify a John Doe body.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.  10 CDs at 12 hours.  Iceland.  The publisher did a video.

New Espresso Machine

I bought this for $2 at an estate sale this past weekend.  I'll try it out later this afternoon.  

New Espresso Maker

Friday, October 04, 2013

More? I Missed Some?


World War Z starring Brad Pitt and CGI Danger.  Zombies take over.

The Firm: Hi-Def Sculpt with Annie Lee.

Star Trek: Into Darkness starring [Scowling Actors].    Science Fiction.

Big Cats: revealing the leopard: Siberian Tiger quest by PBS Nature.  Cats slink around, pounce, and eat raw meat.

Homeland: the complete second season starring Claire Danes, Damian Lewis and Mandy Patinkin.


Ghost Gone Wild by Carolyn Hart.  I don't like the cover.

Loss of Innocence by Richard North Patterson.  I don't like this cover either.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.  This cover is okay, but just ok.

The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini.  This cover has the feel of a lot of those Amish romances because of the color and composition.

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Finding Colin Firth by Mia March.  Huh?  That's easy.

Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do by Michael Brandman.  Lame cover.


Miller's Antiques Handbook and Price Guide 2014-2015 by Judith Miller. 

More, More, More.


Eating For Two: the complete guide to nutrition during pregnancy and beyond by Annabel Karmel.  Page 140 says,"Put the bulger the cold water...serve"

AudioBooks on CD

The Night Is Watching by Heather Graham.  8 CDs at 9.6333 hours.  FBI investigates paranormal "stuff"  The actress named Heather Graham is from the Milwaukee area.

Killing Jesus: a history by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.  5 CDs at 6 hours.

Second Watch by J.A. Jance.  9 CDs at 10.75 hours.  Murder!

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I'm not typing everything in, so here.

Large Print Stack

Thursday, October 03, 2013



Attack Force Z starring Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, John Waters.  What a great WWII movie.  Australian commandos land on a Japanese controlled island to pull out a defecting Japanese official.

Girls: the complete second season starring Lena Dunham, Albanian Lady.  Twenty-somethings in the big city.  Saturday Night Live made a parody.

Australia: animals Down Under by PBS Nature.  240 minutes of Koalas, Kangaroos, Pelicans and animals escaping a bushfire.

Musical Notes and Voices Are Recorded With Computers and The Sounds Digitally Restructured For Processing and Playback From Flat Plastic Discs

Night Visions by Imagine Dragons.  They have had a popular pop song.  I don't like the song and won't find a video clip.

Magna Carta, Holy Grail by Jay-Z.  This guy is famous.  You probably don't need a audio clip for him either.

AudioBooks on CD

This Time is Different: eight centuries of financial folly by Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff.  8 CDs at 9 hours.  "Presents a comprehensive look at the varieties of financial crises, and guies us through eight astonishing centuries of government defaults, banking panics, and inflationary spikes - from medieval currency debasements to today's subprime catastrophe."

Tales From the Dugout: the greatest true baseball stories ever told by Mike Shannon.  5 CDs at 5.5 hours.  I don't follow baseball.

And Then She Fell by Stephanie Laurens.  9 CDs at 10.5 hours.  According to the cover she also fell into a light blue dress.

Famous and the Dead by T. Jefferson Parker. 12 CDs at 13.9 hours.  The last Charlie Hood novel.  I thought we had this already.

Ultimate Goliath Summer


One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.  More research and writing.  Author Duane Swierczynski wrote, "#nowreading Bill Bryson's amazing ONE SUMMER. Pretty much every paragraph is jammed with surprising or eyebrow raising details."  Swierczynski also wrote "Had to bite my tongue when nice older lady complained to me about the proliferation of social media. 'All this twittering and twatting...'"

David and Goliath: underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants by Malcom Gladwell.

A House in the Sky by Amanda Linhout and Sara Corbett.  Linhout was captured in Somalia and held captive for 460 days.

Ultimate Harely-Davidson: new edition by Hugo Wilson.  Wilson has been writing motorcycle books for Dorling Kindersley for years.  These are always fun.


Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.  Same author photo of Patterson where the camera shutter snapped at 12:52.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Hey, I've Met Nine of These People


Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel.  Daniel came out here a year or two ago for a book talk.  Unfortunately the weather was lousy and another event was going on downtown so the only audience was one dude, a Friend of the Library, and myself.  More family drama set in Florida.  Try it out.

Kwik Krimes edited by Otto Penzler.  "Contributions by more than 80 authors."  Short crime stories of "no more than one thousand words."  I have spoken to:
1.  Bill Crider.  Very briefly because I had nothing of interest to say and did not want to fanboy-gush at him.
2.  Tasha Alexander.  Very nice lady who's husband just received permanent U.S. residency.  Her novels do well here.
3.  Raymond Benson.  Who I probably bored the heck out of.
4.  Reed Farrell Coleman.  I am very certain I said "hello" at some point.
5.  Christa Faust. She asked if there was creamer for the coffee and I said, "No."  Again, I had nothing of interest to provide.
6.  Chris Grabenstein.  I spoke to him quite a bit.  Grabenstein is personable and has experience as a performer, including as a stand-up comic, so he has the skill to keep a conversation going.
7.  Parnell Hall.   I spoke to him on an escalator and asked if he was filming another video.
8.  Sean Doolittle.  I've seen him around at a couple events but I had nothing to say.
9.  Patti  Abbott.  I read her blog and have sent some emails.

Three Can Keep A Secret by Archer Mayor.  I used to read all these New Hampshire based novels featuring policeman Joe Gunther.  I got off track when I read one that I thought was lame.

October List by Jeffrey Deaver.  He was at Murder and Mayhem in Muskego and I asked him, "Are you up next?"

Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson.  Fantasy fiction fun.

Catch and Release by Lawrence Block.  Short stories by the expert writer. 

Deadline by Sandra Brown.  Brown has an honorary Doctorate from TCU.  I went to the Aggie football game there in 1993.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King.  Page 357 says, " The man in the chinos and t-shirt fired his weird pistol at Dan."

The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot.  Page 319 says, "She nods."

Silencing Eve by Iris Johansen.  page 239 says, "Silence."

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Big Book Back-Up

Big Book Back-Up

New Stuff Backing Up


Taste of Home: Recipes Across America by Catherine Cassidy, Editor-in-Chief.  The copyright is by Reiman Media Group which is in Greendale, WI.  I don't know where Greendale is.  Somewhere in Milwaukee I suppose.  Page 291 sayd, "Gooseberry Meringue Pie...In another saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch."

Women's Health Big Book of Yofa by Kathryn Budig.  I ordered this after someone received a copy from another library.  I did not order this because of models in tight yoga outfits.  Page 278 says, "You are unique, talented and blessed."

New Midwestern Table by Amy Thielen.   "200 Heartland Recipes"  Page 128 says, "The eelpout, a silly-looking-fish, is a fitting mascot for these shenanigans."

Si-Cology: tales and wisdom from Duck Dynasty's favorite uncle by Si Robertson with Mark Schlabach.  My wife watches that show sometimes.  Si is the one who carries around a gallon container of iced tea wherever he goes.

Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno.  Biography of the famous and famously reclusive author.  Except, Salinger was not all that reclusive.  He was active in his own town, he just never gave interviews.

Ava Gardner: the secret conversations by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner.  Ava interviewed with Evans and was so candid and forthcoming she canceled publication until after her death.  Page 166 says, "It was always a mistake to tell Peter Lawford anything. I liked him but he was a terrible gossip."

Who-ology: Doctor Who: the official miscellany by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright.  Page 181 says, "Five full-body models were made plus a large T-Rex head for close-ups and a pterodactyl hand puppet, and these were contracted out to a model-making company."

Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.  Page 54 says, "Their two powerful armies, consisting of more than three dozen legions and two hundred thousand men combined, face each other across this flat Balkan plain."

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Color Sundays, Volume One, "Call of the Wild" by Floud Gottfredson.  Page 135 says, " Hmmmm!  Nice-lookin's apples, those!"

Birnbaum's Disneyland Resort, 2014 edited by Jill Safro.  Page 98 says, "Check out the virtual Disneyworld Experience to view author Victor Gischler drinking beer at the Rose & Crown in Florida."  [Page 98 does not really say that.]

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Paint the Town on Saturday, September 28th.

Paint the Town

The Main Street program's annual Paint the Town is this Saturday evening from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  The library is participating and showing off our new interior renovation.  If you are attending please come by.  The party at the American Legion won't start until 7:30 PM anyway.

That is why I have been cleaning any marks off the new carpet and will touch up the dings in the new paint.

Cleaning the carpet, September, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Parental Advisory CDs

Music Is Electronically Recorded and The Stored Within An Out Of Date Plastic Format

Why did it take a while to get these popular CDs?  Please, don't ask.

Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke.  There are about 50 parody videos of the Blurred Lines video.

Welcome to the Heist by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.  Embedded video has cursing.  I approve of the silliness.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How Could I Not Order That?


Murder of a Stacked Librarian by Denise Swanson.  Skye had noticed that although the temporary librarian had the hourglass figure of a Playboy Bunny, her outlook on life was more like Margaret Thatcher's than one of Hugh Hefner's average cottontails.

Final Cut by Catherine Coulter.  Another Coulter.  Another blah cover. Coulter has a real nice author photo.  They should have put that on the front.

Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.  Same dreamy cover style as usual.

Something Borrowed, Something Dead by M.C. Beaton.  A very yellow cover.  My eyes hurt now.

Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb. Same style cover as all the other Robb books by Nora Roberts.  Keep that brand moving.

Deadly Heat by Richard Castle.  Ghosted by Tom Straw.  If you like this Straw book and what non-Castle books you're out of luck.  He mostly writes for television.

AudioBook on CD

That's That by Colin Broderick.  7 CDs at 9 hours.  Born in Northern Ireland in 1968 Broderick grew up in a the weirdly schismed world of the Troubles.  Not allowed to speak to the neighbor kids on teh other side of the fence.  Not allowed to walk in one neighborhood or you'd disappear.  "Why?" he asks his mom.  His mom says, "That's that."  Narrator Gerard Doyle looks like this.  Library Director Gerard Saylor looks like this.

Monday, September 16, 2013


Book One

Coming Clean by Sue Margolis.  Married couple separate. 

Book Two

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill.  Our first copy went missing.  I have no clue where it went but suspect theft.

Book Three

Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis.  Amish anguish.  Again.  Someone goes to live with them or something.

Book Four

Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis.  "Wait a minute?" you say.  "Isn't this the same as the previous book?"  No.  This is a paperback and the automated check for duplicates when I make orders does not give a result when the titles are different formats.

Book Five

Mayan Secrets by Clive Cussler.  Another Cussler novel.  Another cover with exploding vehicles and massive clouds of flames. Ka-Bloooeeyeyeyeye!

Friday, September 13, 2013

What to Read 51: Bill Crider's "Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen"

What to Read 51: Bill Crider's Murder of a Beauty Shop Queen.

With Aggie jokes!

Wasted Elements Watch


Hunting the Elements by NOVA.  Where do Nature's building blocks, called the elements, come from?


W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton.  Milhone is called to the morgue for a John Doe who had her name and number in his pocket.

Second Watch by J.A. Jance.  Mystery novel.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Large Print Never Ends

The Pile Just Keeps Growing

The Rosary by Florence Barclay.

Wednesday Daughters by Meg Waite Clayton.

Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson.

Touch of Sage by Marcia Lynn McClure.

A Little Love Story by Roland Merullo.

Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe.

Tell Me by Lisa Jackson.

Large Print Nonfiction

Dear Mrs. Kennedy: the world shares its grief: letters, November, 1963 by Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis.

You're Old, I'm Old...Get Used To It: 20 reasons why growing old is great by Virginia Ironside.

Larry, Lee, Lansdale,


The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale.  You know how I knew Lansdale had a new book coming out?  He wouldn't stop posting about it on Facebook.  When does that guy have time to write?  He's as bad as Bill Crider.

The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell.  Everyone's favortie Missouri crime author writes a fictionalized account of a 1929 explosion in a dance hall and Megan Abbott does a literary swoon.

A Blind Goddess by James R. Benn.  Benn writes another WWII mystery and the Library Director want to read it.

Homeland: Carrie's Run by Andrew Kaplan.  Kaplan is hired to pen a tie-in novel and fans of the show run to take it off the shelf (hopefully).

Happy in Hell by Tad Williams.  Williams writes a fantasy novel about an angel going to Hell to visit his demon girlfriend then Williams rushes back inside to sunscreen his shaved head.

Let Him Go by Larry Watson.  Watson delivers another plains novel with grandparents trying to take their dead son's boy.  Literary fiction fans fuss for fabulous fable.

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood.  Canadian writes a novel whose dustcover precis makes no sense.  Library Director is reminded of full frontal nudes by Obi Wan Kenobi in Young Adam.

The Good Wife by Jane Porter.  A baseball player's wife worries,the novelist Porter thanks her husband, Ty, and the book goes back to processing because the spine label is incorrect.

Never Go Back by Lee Child.  Jack Reacher punches people and has sex.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Filming a TV Show in the Magazine Room

TV Show

Committee Films came to town last week to film an episode of America Unearthed for History Channel.  On Friday afternoon they used the library's reading room to film an interview between the show's host and a guest.  On Thursday they used mini-submarines to explore Rock Lake.  I did not get photos of the submarines.

Host is in the blue shirt.
Filming for Discovery Channel

Filming for Discovery Channel

Commercial for the television program.

America Unearthed from Splice Here on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Morgan Freeman Double Feature

Television Programs That Are Sold On DVD and Make Lots of Money For Snotty Network Executives

Single-Handed: Set 2 starring [Irish].

Walking Dead: the complete third season starring Andrew Lincoln, David Morrisey.  I never finished watching the second season.

Motion Pictures Made for Millions and Millions of Dollars

Oblivion starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, and Olga Kurylenko.  I was watching Quantum of Solace last night, Kurylenko is in that.

Mud starring Matthew McConaughey and some kid actors.  Guy is hiding out on island in the Mississippi.

Olympus Has Fallen starring Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Gerard Butler.  Boy, this sure looks like a terrible movie.  Hey, Angela Bassett is in this, she does good work.  Still looks terrible.

42: the Jackie Robinson story starring Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni's muscles.  Biopic of the ball player.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Fern Michaels. Again.


Blindsided by Fern Michaels.  Vigilante group Sisterhood goes after judges who are getting kickbacks for sending juveniles to prison.

Blind Justice by Anne Perry.  Victorian crime.

Whole Enchilada by Diana Mott Davidson.  Nice cover.

Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs.  Criminal conspiracy and family turmoil.  My family still has not visited Montreal again.  Maybe I should take a week in the summer, stick the kids in the car, and drive over.  If my wife doesn't go we could camp in a tent.  Maybe drive North, across the U.P., go into Canada then head East.