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.