Saturday, August 17, 2013

77.5 Hours of Talk, Talk, Talk

Audiobooks on CD

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  11 CDs at 13 hours.  Man, I'm thinking all the time and still don't have a barn-sized garage filled with cars and motorcycles and guns.

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks.  9 CDs at 10.5 hours.  Another Sparks novel to woo the women.  Marine in Iraq finds photo of girl and has lucky streak. 

Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz.  15 CDs at 19 hours.  "Extraordinary journey of the heart that challenges everything she ever thought she believed." 

Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber.  8 CDs at 9 hours.  Is Macomber a fast writer or are these novels being ghosted?  Macomber has a TV show on the Hallmark Channel.

Last Kiss Goodbye by Karen Robards.  11CDs at 13.5 hours.  Robards should change her name to Robot.  That is easier to type and she could talk in a robot voice whenever she wanted.  I AM A ROBOT - GIVE ME COFFEE - KILL ALL HUMANS.

The Venus Throw by Steven Saylor.  10 CDs at 12.5 hours.  I think this was on sale with Blackstone Audio.  Saylor (no relation) writes good novels and the audio circulate well.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Finally Catalogued


All The Young Warriors by Anthony Neil Smith.  I wonder if people won't read this book because our adhesive mylar cover has a bunch of air bubbles stuck underneath it.  It looks bad and feels weird.  Good book though.  Minnesota policeman is intent on going to Somalia and finding the two young men responsible for his girlfriend's murder  in MN.

Baddest Ass by Anthony Neil Smith.  This one has a bunch of trapped air bubbles as well.  I may try that thing where I take a pocket knife, poke the holes, and try to squeeze out the air.

Air bubbles inside adhesive paperback cover

Well, at least I can now read this in paper.  I was going to mess with the Kindle version and never got to it.

Adventures of Wynn and Edmund: book one of the "The Curse of the Amethyst Ring" by Kayleigh R. Wimpee.  I don't know what the heck the deal is with this one.  Did I order this?  Was it a donation?  It appeared out of nowhere.  Romance-fantasy novel that looks to play around with and turn around standard fairy tale ideas of princes and damsels.
The author (according to bio note) should have graduated high school that past Spring in Coldspring, TX.  Great, now I have to go look up Coldspring and figure out where it is...okay it's in east TX, just East of College Station.

Dead Man: volume 4 edited by Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin.

Lee Goldberg is my coffee coaster.
Stories by Joel Goldman, Lisa Klink, and Phoef Sutton.  The Dead Man travels the U.S. fighting evil with his axe.  I want to read the Klink story just so I can say "Klink goes klunk". The series has it's own theme song.

Buffalo Ridge by Forrest Peterson.  Again?  What the heck is it with books I have no memory of ordering?  This is a MN publisher so maybe the guy is from WI.  Young family in southwest MN struggling with farming, local drug scourge and "ordinary people trying to survive."

The Name of the Game is Death and One Endless Hour by Dan J. Marlowe.  Reprint from Stark House Press of hardboiled crime novels from 1962 and 1969.  Stark House published the most recent novel by the always brilliant Charlie Stella.

Inferno by Dan Brown.  I ordered a second copy.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Large Print Snitch Breakers

Large Print

Light of the World by James Lee Burke.

Hotshot by Julie Burke.

Hunting Eve by Iris Johansen.


Snitch starring Dwayne Johnson, Dwayne Johnson's Muscles, Barry Pepper, Barry Pepper's Scowl.  Father's son is facing long jail term for drug offense.  Father proposes to inform on Mexican drug cartel.  Car chases and shootouts ensue.

Spring Breakers starring James Franco, One Ugly Shirt, and Bikinis on Starlets.  Four young women rob a restaurant for vacation money.  Four young women are bailed out by sleazy criminal.

Dukes of Hazard: sixth season starring Catherine Bach and Catherine Bach's Skimpy Costumes.  Catherine Bach continues to suffer tight outfits and stupid plots.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Beast Witness Unsure Under Reptile Riding Mistress


Moffie by Andre Carl van Der Merwe.  Fictionalized memoir of a gay South African drafted into the army during the bush wars in the 1980s.  He does not have a good time.  I think I ran across this book when reading about South African author Roger Smith.  This is supposed to be very well done.

Under a Texas Sky by Dorothy Garlock.  Romance with young actress trying find out cause of trouble that is effecting her movie shoot.

Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani.  Book about a teen girl in a 1930 summer camp.  Book has had lots of press attention.

Undead and Unsure by Mary Janice Davidson.  Latest in the series about some zombie woman, or something.

The Beast by Faye Kellerman.  Latest in the series about my dead dog.  Oh, wait.  This is actually the latest in the Decker/Lazarus cop series.

Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis.  You know Patterson is a big deal when is photo is on the front of the cover.  Sexual intrigue and murder in Washington, D.C.

The Last Witness by W.E.B.Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV.  The last witness?  No more forever?

Non Fiction

What Reptile? a buyer's guide for reptiles and amphibians by Chris Mattison.  Another opportunity to mention my vacation.  Tanganyika Wildlife Park, a staff member was strolling with a bearded dragon (page 108 in the book).

Lemurs are Not Lizards

Monday, August 12, 2013

Large Print Coffee

Large Print

Large Print and Coffee

Bill Crider vs. J.K. Rowling

Sheriff Dan Rhodes Prevails

Compound Murder by Bill Crider.  You annual summertime infusion of Rhodes-ness.  The Sheriff investigates the murder of an English instructor at the community college.  The Sheriff eats baloney.  The Sheriff drinks Dr. Pepper.  The Sheriff politely tolerates nitwits and nincompoops.

J.K. Runs Second Place

Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith.  I remember reading the review of this earlier in teh year.  I put the item on the Maybe-I'll-Order-This list but did not do so until the author's real identity was released.  It didn;t take long for a new dust cover to go on and have Rowling's name on it.

Other Fiction

Rose Harbor in Bloom by Debbie Macomber.  Macomber's author photo is on the back cover but only covers about 50% of the area.

Last Kiss Goodbye by Karen Robards.  Robards has blond hair and a purple shirt in her author photo.

Death Angel by Linda Fairstein.  Looks like Fairstein took her author photo at about 5:30 (cannot see her watch clearly).

The Highway by C.J. Box.  Box is posing with his Labrador dog.  My in-laws have two Labs.  One has a big, huge head.

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik.  Fantasy novel with dragons.  Novik has curly red hair.  Naturally curly red hair?

Hotshot by Julie Collins.  One of those FBI books. Collins's photo also only covers about 50% of the back cover.  She is posed on a wooden chair and is weary a shiny shirt.

Possession by Kat Richardson. Fantasy private eye novel. Richardson has been to Murder and Mayhem in Muskego before.  Her author photo is small and her eyes are looking up to her right.  She's probably being attacked by Lorikeets.

I Was On Vacation

Now I Am Back


Strike Back: Season Two starring (Guy With No Body Fat) and (American Guy).  Shooting!  Spies!  Commandos!  Shouting!  Dramatic Pauses!  Terrorists!  World Travel!  Sex Scenes!  Explosions!  Car Chases!  Intrigue!  Back Stabbing!

UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen.  we have a couple other UFC DVDs that still check-out okay so I figured to order another.  I watched the undercard of a UFC bout on cable television a week or two ago.  The cable broadcast was mentioning the upcoming pay-per-view broadcast and so I looked to see how much it cost.  A lot.  The PPV cost a lot of money.  No wonder people go to bars to watch this stuff.

Audio Book on Shiny Thin Discs

Finding Freedom: the untold story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave by Ruby West Jackson and Walter T. McDonald.  4.25 hours on 4 CDs.  Runaway slave broken out of jail by Wisconsin abolitionists in 1854.  This reminds me of Solomon Northup.  Which reminds me of the upcoming film version.  Which reminds me of Chwitel Ejiofor.  Which reminds me of Red Belt and how convincing Ejiofor was in that role.