Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What to Read 52: FATALE by Jean-Patrick Manchette

What to Read 52

Fatale by Jean-Patrick Manchette. Reprint of the 1977 French crime novel. I first heard about this novel through the Unshelved comic strip's regular Friday recommendation. Only 91 pages. A French woman travels from town to town finding work as an assassin.

Last Post of the Year. Maybe.

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The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan. filled with dog hair.

Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline. You think Scottoline ever thought about changing her name by dropping the "o"? Scottline sounds kinda exciting, doesn't it? "Looks like trouble, Bob. We better call the Scottline." or "The dam's burst! We'll all drown unless Scottline gets here in time!"

Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke.  You know who likes Alafair Burke's novels? J.D. Rhoades.  I suppose James Lee Burke likes her books too. Except he is Alafair's father so you could presume some bias.

Christmas in Cowboy Country by Janet Dailey. Did you know James Lee Burke taught at Wichita State for a while? I once applied for a job at WSU.

The One: book three in the Selection series by Keira Cass. The WSU job was in cataloging. I dodged a bullet there, let me tell you. Being a librarian is being the a punchline to jokes about wussies, wimps and milquetoasts. Being a cataloger is the punchline to librarian jokes about weirdos.

Thomas Kinkade's Cape Light All Is Bright by Katherine Spencer. What a lame corporate title.

Commons Park Ice Skating Rink.

It is almost ready.

Two Movies and an Attack of the Hives


The Amazing Spider-man 2 starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone.  I'm a little late on ordering this one. I cannot keep all these superhero movies straight anyway. I think this one has a pig in it.

Where We Are by One Direction. Live concert from San Siro Stadium. San Siro? Where the heck is that? I'll check...oh, it's in Milan, Italy. I figured South America somewhere.

Musical Interlude

The Hives were touring in South America.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Music, music, music. Book, book.

Music is recorded in a studio and electronically transmitted to a factory that manufactures thin plastic discs on which the digital music is physically embedded.

Four by One Direction.  Five English guys sing songs so skirts swoon. (I admit that is some poor alliteration.)

Now That's What I Call Music 52! by [various and sundry].  Singers sing and rapper rap. I'll go home and take a nap.

The Big Revival by Kenny Chesney. Singer continues to pretend to sing country western music.


The Submission by Amy Waldman. Dang this donation is from 2011. I thought it was newer.


Fishing for Buffalo: a guide to the pursuit and cuisine of Carp, Suckers, Eelpout, Gar, and other rough fish by Rob Buffler and Tom Dickson.  Eelpout? What the heck is an eelpout?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Eight Amazing Shipwrecked Sisters Take Captive Dog


In Herriot's Shadow by Bill Stork, DVM. Lake Mills veterinarian writes neat stories about work. 

Eight Amazing Engineering Stories: using the elements to create extraordinary technologies by Bill Hammack, et al.  I ran across Hammack on YouTube and ordered the book. His videos are neat-o. But, without burrito.  Or, mosquito.  I like to eat Fritos. I would shoot Greedo.

Good Dog: true stories of love, loss and loyalty edited by David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden and Gun.  My dog smells but she hates bathing and it's a real hassle to wash that dog in the winter. Includes stories by C.J. Chivers and Ace Atkins, I read books by those dudes.


Red Moon by Benjamin Percy. I read this book, too. It made the 2014 notable list from the Wisconsin Library Association.

Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms. I thought we had a copy of this. This also made the notable list. I read it.

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Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer. Go swimming?

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde. No, get your own ride.

Destiny's Captive by Beverly Jenkins. Destiny as fate, or Destiny as a woman who is a kidnapper?

Deadline by John Sandford. Deadline like this?

Full Force and Effect by Mark Greaney. Very effy title.

The Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren. Smell like smoke.

A Quilt Like Christmas by Sandra Dallas. Would be a bad gift for a child.

The Missing Place by Sophie Littlefield. Well, where did you see it last?

Tyrants: an intimate history


The Maze Runner starring [teenagers]. Something about being lost in a killer maze.

The Roosevelts: an intimate history by Ken Burns.  14 hours of Roosevelts. Roosevelts, Roosevelts, Roosevelts. This is full of Roosevelts.


My Favorite Tyrants by Joanne Diaz.  Won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. I don't know what the Brittingham is and I will research the prize. Back of the book says, "Diaz tries to understand what makes tyranny so compelling, even seductive.  These dynamic, funny, often poignant poems investigate the nature of tyranny in all of its forms - political, cultural, familial, and erotic." I tried touch typing that last section and had to back up and make multiple corrections. 

Diaz works at Illinois Wesleyan. I remember visiting there as a high school Junior. The admissions counselor mentioned how they have an early admission program and I thought, "Hey, cool." So I brought the application home, put it in the typewriter, got halfway through, got bored, and quit. Remind me later and I'll tell the story about Wartburg College. People always look at me weird when I tell that one.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Stack of DVDs


Railway Man starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. Former British soldier was a POW under the Japanese. Englishman plans to murder the Japanese man responsible for the Englishman's treatment.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: the complete season 7 starring [actors]. Awful people doing awful things.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: the complete season 8 starring [actors]. Seriously, these people can be despicable and horribly selfish.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: the complete season 9 starring [actors]. Try it out, it's a funny program.

Raise Some Bell: the ultimate kettlebell workout by Amy Dixon. It seems like kettlebells are supposed to be the next big thing for exercise. But, the exercise regime's popularity never quite took off like yoga did.

Blended by Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. These flicks make money, I guess that's why they keep making them.

House of Cards: second season starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright. Political intrigue.

Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.  Post-apocalyptic Australia without the Lord Humungus.

True Blood: the complete sixth season starring [hunky actors]. I have not watched this show. There are a bunch of shows I have not watched.

Bunch Of Novels By A Bunch of People


Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz. Moriarty and Holmes are dead on Reichenbach Falls and the London underworld has a job vacancy. Two men try to catch the leading candidate for Moriarty's job. I think one of my kids read some of Horowitz's Alex Rider books.

Tagged For Death by Sherry Harris. This is a paperback, has a cat on the cover, and is a Garage Sale Mystery so you can safely bet this is a cozy mystery.

Hope to Die by James Patterson. Huh, no co-author. That is unusual.

Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy.  Tademy? What is the etymology of that name, the only time I've seen it is on Tademy's novels.  Speaking of which, the audiobook of Red River checks out a lot. Tademy's author photo is too small.

Hello from the Gillespies by Monica McInerney. McInernery also has a small photo and since this is a paperback the photo is black-and-white. McInerney lives in Ireland.

For the Dead by Timothy Hallinan.  Travel writer living in Bangkok has more dangerous adventures. I recall listening to Hallinan's first Junior Bender novel while rowboating across the lake to where the Boy Scouts were building rafts. Going there wasn't so bad but the return trip was kinda miserable after being in the sun all afternoon and rowing back against the wind.

Hallinan's Afterword mentions his 2011 trip to Bouchercon in St. Louis. I went to that conference. I've written about it before but let me give a recap: I went to a party on Friday and that resulted in a complete wash-out on Saturday.

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.  "When a man slaps another couple's child at a neighborhood barbecue, the event sends unforeseeable shock waves through the lives of all who are witness to it."

The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood.  Marwood won an Edgar Award. That's a big deal.

Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline. I'm not sure how you pronounce her name. Is the second part line or lean-ee?

The Day of Atonement by David Liss. Man returns to Portugal to avenge his parents punishment by an Inquisitor.

Mr. Penumbr'as 24-houor Bookstore by Robin Sloan.  "Rendered with irresistible brio" Brio? I had to look that one up: vigor and vivacity.

First Impressions by Charlie Lovett. Mystery of something about a modern bookshop employee who discovers Jane Austen may have stolen the story for Pride and Prejudice.

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Girl grows up in 1915 Boston to immigrant parents.  Dang, Diamant has a small author photo, too. She's only written four other novels. I say only because Red Tent is always going out, I see Diamant's name so often I figured she has more published novels.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Poetry, Pines, Plate Spoon


The Fall: series 1 starring Gillian Anderson. Police detective looks for serial killer in Belfast.

Still Life: a Three Pines mystery starring [Canadians]. Based off one of Louise Penny's novels. Those books do well here.

Justified: complete fifth season starring Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins. Good, I did not get to see the last few episodes on TV. Goggins was in the latest Machete movie.

Guardians of the Museum starring [English]. Some BBC production, not one of those Ben Stiller movies.

Captain America: Winter Soldier starring [a bunch of people]. Another super hero movie off a comic book.


The Plated Spoon and Other Tales of Sherlock Holmes edited by Loren D. Estleman. Estleman takes a break from westerns and edits a book. Estleman wrote 1978's Sherlock Holmes v. Dracula. I should hunt that one down, Fort Atkinson, Hartford and Mayville have copies.

Being Mortal: medicine and what matters in the end by Atul Gawande.  Gawande writes some excellent books.

Snowboarding: skills, training, techniques by Dan Wakeham and Sophie Everard. Would I have to wear those horribly ugly clothes?


The Dead Eat Everything by Michael Mlekoday.  How do you pronounce that name?  This won a poetry prize.  Mlekoday went to K-State.  I used to go down to Manhattan and eat at the Rock-A-Belly Deli. I don't recall if the food was good but it was a nice place and I'd order a big beer.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Throat Hair with Snotflower Erotica


The Sexy Librarian's Big Book of Erotica edited by Rose Caraway. How can I not order something with a title like that?

Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk.  I've never read one of his books. This has young female lawyer trying to stop a megabillionaire from starting a sex toy empire with devices that drive women to lock themselves away for hours.

Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin.  Isn't Ha Jin is big deal in the book world? Kinda like Bill Crider, but with stories about China instead of Texas?  China is 3,332,347 square miles larger than Texas.

Broadchurch by Erin Kelly. I know a woman named Erin.  She knows another woman named Erin and the first Erin says she and the second Erin are very much alike. I don't know anything about this third Erin, the author. The book is based off a TV character.

Reborn: a Dead Man adventure by Kate Danley, Lisa Klink, and Phoef Sutton. If you're reading this one hoping to go on your blog and write "Klink goes klunk" prepare yourself for disappointment. Klink does some fine writing work. I don't know about the other two. Sutton sounds familiar...oh, he did another Dead Man entry. I like this series.

Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet.  Some sort of novel about something to do with mermaid sightings in the Caribbean.

Love Song by Elizabeth Lowell. Re-pub of a paperback that was called Love Song For A Raven. Ravens are big birds, their wingspans can go as far as 46.4 inches.

Sometimes the Wolf by Urban Waite. Urban Waite? That sounds like an English name.  Well, this dude lives in Seattle. But, Waite's acknowledgments list a fella named Nat Sobel who was also thanked by author Neville Stuart in a book I just read. Stuart is Irish, so I'm gonna say "close enough" and that Waite is Scottish.


Debt to the Bone-Eating Snotflower by Sarah Lindsay.  What a title! I think Lindsay won some award for this one.  Oops. I was just trying to find out what award this won and found out Lindsay went to St. Olaf. That may be a deal breaker. Go Gusties!


Big Book of Hair Metal: the illustrated oral history of heavy metal's debauched decade by Martin Popoff. Page 126 says, "I was more into the Stones, actually."

TABE Power Practice by Learning Express. Test prep for whatever the TABE is.

100 Card Games For All the Family by Jeremy Harwood.  100 new opportunities for everyone to fight and cheat.

The Essential Guide to Life After Bereavement by Judy Carole Kauffmann and Mary Jordan.

People I Want to Punch In the Throat: competitive crafters, drop-off despots, and other suburban scourges by Jen Mann. Woman gets upset with people. Woman complains on blog. Woman gets book deal.

The Ore Knob Mine Murders by Rose M. Haynes.  OUtlaw motorcycle gang moves to rural North Carolina. Outlaw motorcycle gang has business trouble. Outlaw motorcycle gang tries to solve business trouble by pushing people down a mine shaft.

Pay Any Price: greed, power, and endless war by James Risen.  Investigative reporting into government excess and screw-ups by a Pulitzer Prize winner. Dang, no photos.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Another Largre Print Bonanza


Murder in the Afternoon by Frances Brody. The cove and subtitle, A Kate Shakleton Mystery, scream "cozy mystery". Wait a minute. Does a cozy mystery ever scream out loud? Seems like it would whisper. Or gossip.

Woman With A Gun by Phillip Margolin.  For the past few years book covers with a photograph of a beach and a woman model shot from behind were all the rage. But, this one is in black-and-white and the model, wearing a wedding dress, is holding a revolver behind her back. The revolver looks like a Ruger.

The Big Finish by James W. Hall.This cover has the camera positioned a few inches over a road tarmac, colored all in red, and a man's silhouette down road.

Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith. I'm not sure what you call this art style. Folk?

Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs. This cover is not my style.  The book doesn't look like my style either, but I am very intrigued when the dust cover says a character is getting her hair done at "Root 66". Root 66? That's fantastic.

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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.  Every time a cash register bell rings Picoult buys another yacht. Seriously though, does Picoult have a yacht. She should look into that. She lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Google maps says that is a two hour drive.

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell. 

Revival by Stephen King.

Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux. 

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Freshwater American Crafternoon


Quilting-On-The-Go: taking it further by Carolyn Forster.  Page 49 says, "Repeat with the second piece of backing fabric."

New American Knits by Amy Christoffers.  The "Nevelson Lace Pullover" uses sportweight yarn (#2 fine).

80 Ten-Minute Recipes by Jenni Fleetwood.  Page 42 says, " Liver is the perfect choice for a quick meal."

The Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing, 2nd edition by Mike Seymour.  Page 40 says, "Worn lines rank among the most common causes of losing both lure and fish during the fight."

Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon by Eliza Muldoon. Fun, little craft projects to do with children.  Not to be confused with the Kinks.

The Kinks

Monday, November 24, 2014

I am very busy, here is a quick list


Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand.

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Ruth's Journey by Donald McCaig.

Blue Labrynth by Preston and Child.

Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan.

Revival by Stephen King.

Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Bruke.

The Job by Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich.

The Escape by David Baldacci.

Final Silence by Stuart Neville.

Private India: City on Fire by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi.

Tradition of Deceit by Kathleen Ernst.

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell.

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Blood Magick by Nora Roberts.


Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook by Todd Downs.

Strategic Digital Marketing by Eric Greenberg and Alexander Kates.

Standard Deviations: flawed assumptions, tortured data, and other ways to lie with statistics by Gary Smith.

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Bill Paxton Movie Plus Some Novels


Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise, Bill Paxton, Emily Blunt. I'd like to see this flick. I've seen three or four Tom Cruise movies over the past couple weeks and that guy takes his shirt off more than Matthew McConaughy.  Cruise is always running, too. I finished watched Mission Impossible: III last night (I thought it was a fun, comic book movie, nothing to take too seriously) and Cruise was sprint around a warehouse, on a bridge, to a hospital, in a parking lot, and in Shanghai.


A New York Christmas by Anne Perry. A customer last week was telling me how she reads Christmas themed novels all year.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss. My wife really likes this dude's books. I think he lives up by Eau Claire. He's doing a signing at Madison Public Library and Room of One's Own on November 29th.

The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly. This Connolly is Irish. The other Connelly is from California.  This book is a thriller set in Maine.

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly. This Connelly is from California. The other Connolly is from Ireland. This book is not a thriller set in Maine.

Pegasus by Danielle Steel. Horse on the cover.

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice.Another vampire novel. I suppose vampire stories always sell. They don't don't seem to wear out their welcome like the zombie stories are. The slip cover says Rice lives in Palm Desert, CA. The temperature in Palm Desert is 57 right now. The temperature in Lake Mills is 21. Hah! I knew it was warmer out, my phone said 7 degrees just a bit ago.

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith. I'm not going to bother looking, I'll make up a plot. Handsome man running a small town cafe also has juggle multiple romantic relationships with married and unmarried women while keeping a look out for the reporter who plans to reveal the Handsome Man's his secret life as an international assassin.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Close Encounter Trench Warfare for Common Core Standards


Common Core Standards for Parents for Dummies by Jared Myracle, Ed.D. Read the book and fuel your arguments for the latest political issue.

Stitch, Craft and Create Quick Knits by [no author]. Read the book and find a Pretty Peg Bag (page 36) to argue about.

Damron Men's Travel Guide: 50th edition. 2014-15 gay men's travel guide [no author]. Read the book and argue over the ratings.

Damron Women's Travel Guide: 25th edition. 2014-15 gay women's travel guide [no author]. Read the book and argue over the exclusion of places you already visited.

Small Business Marketing in a Week by John Sealey. Read the book and sell more stuff.

Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind: suspicious deaths, mysterious murders, and bizarre disappearances in UFO history by Nick Redfern. Read the book and get paranoid.

Ultimate Beading Bible: a complete reference with step-by-step techniques edited by Marie Clayton. Read the book, make a three-strand braid with center beads (page 195) and wonder if that is the same Marie who attended your high school.

Gluten-Free Made Easy by Christi Silbaugh and Michele Vilseck. Read the book and join the latest food fad.

Help You Kids With Computer Coding: a unique step-by-step guide, from binary code to building games edited by Sam Priddy. Read the book and argue with yourself over kid screen time.

Trench: a history of trench warfare on the Western Front by Stephen Bull. Read the book, see the pictures, be glad you were not there, argue over inane topics like tunic markings.

Roll Out the Barrels by Gary J. Hess. Read the book and learn about coopering in Wisconsin.

The Mafia Files: case studies of the world's most evil mobsters by Al Cimino. Read the book and wonder what Michael Cimino is up to these days.

Google Nexus Tablet For Seniors by Studio Visual Steps. Read the book and wonder if that small Polaroid tablet on sale at ShopKo is worth buying at $100.

GunDigest 2015, 69th Edition edited by Jerry Lee. Read the book and play "Which one would I take? where you turn to a page and pick a gun you could have for free. Make it fun and add qualifiers like 500 rounds come with the gun, or Not allowed to sell it and get something else.

The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2015 by Gen and Kelly Tanabe. Read the book and wonder how much debt you'll own when you graduate.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dead Repo Man


Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron.  Repo man starts hearing a voice in his head. The voice is of a dead man asking Repo Man to find dead man's killer.

Us by David Nichols. This looks literary.  According to the dust jacket his last book sold 2 million copies. That is a lot.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie by Rita Mae Brown.  Another anthropomorphic fox on the cover.

The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory.  This was printed on some really nice paper. Royal intrigue in Tudor England.

The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes.  This is from 2005. Marilyn must have ordered this to fill a gap in the collection.

Havana Storm by Cussler Literary Services, Amalgamated and Dirk Cussler.  Another Cussler novel, another cover illustration with an exploding ship on the water.

The Dead Man: volume 7: Crucible of Fire: Dark Need: Rising Dead by Lee GOldberg and William Rabkin.  More stories about the ax carrying dude written by Mel Odom, Stant Litore and Stella Green.

Cattle Kate by Jana Bommersbach.  Cattle Kate was lynched in 1889 as a cattle Wyoming cattle rustler. The truth was that she and her husband were killed for their land.

A.D. 30 by Ted Dekker. Christian fiction.

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. I'm not sure what this is about. It seems to be science fiction with a married guy taking an interstellar trip.

The Murder at Brightwell by Ashley Weaver. Mystery novel.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mustafa and Adem Return With Literary Fiction


Once A Warrior by Anthony Neil Smith. This book was sitting so long in catalogig I forgot all about it. The first book with these characters, All the Young Warriors, was excellent. Former Minneapolis gang leaders Mustafa is asked to rescue a woman trapped in the sex slave trade. Mustafa's son, Adem, is looking to re-connect with the woman he left behind in Somalia during his pirate debacle in the first novel.

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein.  Author of The Art Racing in the Rain. I never read that book.

The High Divide by Lin Enger. Frontier woman's husband runs off in 1886 Minnesota. Her sons chase him. She has to to chase after the three of them.

Doll-baby by Laura Lane McNeal.  McNeal has blond hair and lives in New Orleans.  The novel has a girl dropped with her crazy grandmother in 1966 New Orleans.

Etta Mae's Worst Bad-Luck Day by Ann B. Ross.  Ross wore a green shirt for aher author photo. Ross has a PhD from University of North Carolina. I wonder her reaction was to the academic scandal involving the men's athletic programs where athletes were given "paper" classes and the athletes tutor's wrote their assignments.

Beat to a Pulp: Hardboiled 3 edited by David Cranmer and Elise Wright. Short fiction previously published online. This one took forever to get cataloged, too.

The Big Keep by Meilssa F. Olson. This also took forever to catalog. Olson is from Madison and plugged her book on Smith's (see above) blog. Female P.I. takes case to find teen boy's father. Danger ensues.

Friday, November 14, 2014

No Books, Plastic Only


Our computer system is off while we transition to our new trio library catalog. The planned outage lasts from Nov 14th through the 19th.  This means we can only check out materials. We cannot check in returns, place holds, search the catalog, register cards, etc.

Since we will not be able to reshelve our returns I have stockpiled a few new items to shelve during the outage. I'll post those here when I do. Not that anyone reads this except a couple local people and a Kiwi.


I started to promote the library's new 3D printer and plenty of people have been interested. Here are some photos of different builds that worked and failed.

Monday, November 10, 2014

4,563 Pages of Large Print

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413 pages of Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney.

646 pages of Close to Home by Lisa Jackson.

363 pages of The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe.

500 pages of Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers.

418 pages of The Forgiven by Marta Perry.

397 pages of Finally Home by Lois Greiman.

655 pages of Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd.

462 pages of Queen Bee Goes Home Again by Haywood Smith.

391 pages of The Dead Will Tell by Linda Castillo.

318 pages of Lucky Us by Amy Bloom.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Two Audiobooks and One Short Story Collection

Audiobooks on CD

Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber. 4 CDs at 5 hours. The back cover says, "heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home."

Trick Baby by Iceberg Slim.  8 CDs at 10 hours.  A crime novel classic. Young light-skinned black man in Chicago is taught pimping and confidence games by an older man.


Fire and Forget: short stories from the Long War edited by Roy Scranton and Matt Gallagher.  Stories set at home and abroad involving the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Musical Interlude

I heard this one on the radio a few months ago. By British Sea Power. That woman should be wearing a helmet.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Elements of Lansdale to Five


Black Hat Jack by Joe R. Lansdale.  Nat Love "writes down his version of certain events" of being an Indian fighter, soldier, and cowboy. Lansdale is in Chicago on November 3rd for a showing of Christmas With the Dead. If you cannot make it down there, I cannot, you can get the DVD from the library.


The Elements: the new guide to building blocks of our universe by Jack Challoner. Page 41 says about Titanium, "It is as strong as steel but about half as dense."

Zero to Five: 70 essential parenting tips based on science by Tracy Cutchlow.  Page 19 says, "One quick way to make sure you're left doing most of the work is to continually criticize your partner's help."

Monday, October 27, 2014

Seven Novels


Capture by Roger Smith.  Another crime novel set in Cape Town, South Africa. Smith writes some great books. His characters are rarely altruistic and always believable.

A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas.  Because a quilt for July 4th would be a weird gift. Unless you're in New Zealand or Australia. Dang, I just looked up the average temps in Dunedin, NZ and the mean high is only 70 Fahrenheit.  I should look closer at the latitude and compare with North America.

Leaving Time by Jodi "I Sell More Books Than the Bible" Picoult.  Do you really care what the book it about? You're going to take it home no matter what.  Picoult has curly hair.  I wonder if the curls are natural.

Gray Mountain by John Grisham. You'll just read this one as well.  Dunedin has the opposite latitude of Minneapoli at 45 degrees latitude.  Lake Mills is at 43.08.

Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella.  I see articles and print interviews with Kinsella but I never read those.  I just read a 87th Precinct novel by Ed McBain, Eight Black Horses. That novel is from 1985 and has recurring villain the Deaf Man.

Deadline by John Sandford. This is another one that people will read no matter what. Anthony Neil Smith was grousing about how good a writer Sandford is. Plenty of writers do that, giving false complaints as a way to publicly admire and praise another person's work. There must be a psychological term for that, it's not sarcasm. I have not read a Sandford book in a few years. I used to listen to the audiobooks.

Confessions: the Paris Mysteries by James Patterson Amalgamated Author Industries and Maxine Paetro. How do you pronounce Paetro?  The dustcover says Paetro "lives in New York State." That's a lot of territory, you'd think they'd narrow that down. There is a guy in town who has a summer place on an island in the St. Lawrence River. The East side of the river is NY and the West side of the river is Canada. I made a crack about cigarette smuggling. I thought the joke was pretty good, but I bet the people living there get those jokes all the time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stuart Woods Wood Pulp Processing Company


Paris Match by Stuart Woods.

Some Luck by Jane Smiley.  Iowa farm family of seven followed from 1920 to 1950.

Ghost Wanted by Carolyn Hart.  The ghost in a college library is a matchmaker for students.  What?

The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell.  I have read some very good reviews about Rendell's work. I still have not yet read one of her novels.


U2: the definitive biography by John Jobling.  When Bono visited Frank Sinatra's home he fell asleep and spilled his drink onto his crotch.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Three Large Prints, Three Films

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Shots Fired by C.J. Box. Ten short stories.

Goodnight June by Sara Jio.  Fictional tale of how Goodnight, Moon was written.

Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen. Serial killer.


Sons of Anarchy: Season 6 starring Turanga Leela, and Koulikov.  Criminals argue with one another. [I've never seen the show.]

Walking Dead: the complete fourth season starring Guy With A Hat, Guy With An Eye Patch, Guy With A Crossbow. I saw the first season and part of the second season. I enjoyed the show but I got off track.

X-Men: days of future past starring [many famous people]. How many X-Men movies are there now?  Must be close to ten, right? I stopped watching after the second or third. I did see the one where Wolverine goes to Japan. It was "Eh" quality.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Four Larges, Three Mediums


Paris Match by Stuart Woods. Another Woods books.  You will find a new one every quarter.

Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen. Nice cover.

Lost Key by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison.

Killing Patton: the strange death of Word War II's most audacious General by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard.


Undead and Unwary by Mary Janice Davidson.  Something about a female devil having trouble with her Antichrist sister as they manage Hell.

Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber.  Some guardian angel novel.

Lila by Marilynne Robinson.  Robinson won a Pulitzer Prize for the novel Gilead, this has the same setting.

Musical Interlude

I was here by myself when opening the library. I grabbed library CD R-575.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Large Print and Another Song

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The Hexed by Heather Graham.

2 A.M. at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino.

Mistress Memoirs by Jillian Hunter.

The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff.

Haunted by Kay Hooper.

Here and Again by Nicole R. Dickson.

Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard.

Musical Interlude

When I am the only staff member during opening I play loud music.  This tune is off library CD R-735.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Jamaican Assassination


A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James. Fictionalized version of a 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley.  The novel "delves deep into that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica's history and beyond."

That's It

No More. Here is a tune.

Musical Interlude

Monday, October 06, 2014

Six Books

Book One

Rooms by Lauren Oliver.  Hoarding hermit dies and family comes to his house for inheritance, the building's ghosts observe.

Book Two 

The Day the Streets Stood Still by JaQuavis Coleman.  I have not bought much "street lit" before because I figured "Will this book sit and gather dust in small town Wisconsin? Will local readers relate and read something about a black guy drug dealer in the city?". Yeah, because people in small town Wisconsin have so much in common with a 6'5" ex-Army officer who roams the U.S. solving mysteries and rescuing women in trouble, beats people up and kills others, and has sex with police women in every novel. If people read the Jack Reacher series why wouldn't they read this one?

Book Three

Lost Key by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison.  I'm not sure if this is a new author photo for Coulter. The photo feels very familiar but I am wondering if it is a different shot from the same photography session. Coulter's photo fills the back cover, Ellison's photo is a tiny one on the inside of the dust jacket. 

Book Four

Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen.  People here sure do like Johansen's books.  I have not read one. Right now I am skipping library books and working my way through all the books I own but have never read. I have 10-15 87th Precinct novels at home. What I should do is collect all those novels and read them in order. I won't.

Book Five

Burn by James Patterson Amalgamated Writing Industries and Michael Ledwidge. How do you pronounce Ledwidge?  Patterson used to have author photos where you could see his watch and tell what time the photo was taken. This book's author photo has his arms crossed and his left wrist is covered.

Book Six

Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs. I tried the first novel and it was not for me. I think Reichs was on a BBC radio channel last week. I remember hearing a blurb about her and I think it was a BBC channel.  Yep, she was on World Book Club. That's neat. Recihs author photo has her wearing a sweater. I wonder if that sweater is cotton, maybe it is silk. I suppose it could be rayon.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Pistols, Canadians, Lansdales, and Weirdness


Phantom of the Paradise starring Paul Williams, ['70s people]. Max Allan Collins likes this flick and wrote about it on his webpage. I figured, "What the heck" and ordered this new release. Directed by Brian DePalma.

Down to the Dirt starring [Canadians]. Adaptation of Joel Hynes's novel of a drunken layabout in Newfoundland who hides his poetry and finds a lady friend. (I couldn't find a decent trailer, but this came up when I searched.)

Training to Win by Ben Stoeger.  USPSA winning shooter from Eua Claire makes a DVD and poses with crossed arms on the back cover.  Tips and training techniques to improve your shooting and shave time off your shooting stages. There are two trailer for this one. The first is informative and second is fancy.

Christmas With the Dead starring [Texans] and Kasey Lansdale.  Adaptation of a Joe R. Lansdale story by Lansdale's son, Keith. A guy is out to have Christmas in June no matter how many zombies get in the way.

Bonus Musical Interlude

Joe R. Lansdale was plugging his daughter Kasey's new music video. We have the CD here at the library.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Godzilla is my Neighbor


Godzilla starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen.  Big animal destroys a city.

Neighbors starring Seth Rogen, Zach Efron, Rose Byrne. Neighbors quarrel.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Music, Talking, and Skeleton. With Musc!

Paperback Mystery

Skeleton Takes a Box by Leigh Perry.  I could not recall why I ordered this but found my notes that say, "Recommended by [Bill] Crider." Well, there you go.

Audiobook on CD

Off the Sidelines: raise your voice, change the world by Kirsten Gillibrand. 6.5 hours on 6 CDs.  Lame subtitle. Is this the autobio where she mentions the nitwits in Senate who commented to her on her weight and looks?  Let me check...yep, this is the book.

 Music That At One Time Was More Widely Available On Magnetic Tape Enclosed Inside a Small Plastic Case But Is Now Digitally Encoded Onto a Flat Disc

Brill Bruisers by The New Pornographers.  Canadians play music and sing songs.

Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin.  Englishmen play music and sing songs on remastered album.

Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin.  Englishmen play more music and sing more songs on remastered album.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Photos


I have not posted any photos in a while.

Masonry repairs on front of the library

The sandstone by the front doors has been crumbling over the past few years.  Jacob Arndt of Northwestern Masonry and Stone is cutting replacement stone.  The replacements come from the same area of Wisconsin as the originals and are a very close match. Arndt cuts the pieces to fit and then chisels in the decorative lines to match the old stone.  He will cut out the old stone and emplace the new pieces.

Kellerman Consortia and Simon Scarrow


Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman.  According to the author photo Jesse Kellerman looks more like his mom than dead.  A little difficult to tell since senior is facing the camera and junior is 1/4 profile.

The Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton.  Another Agatha Raisin novel. Her bio says she was born in Scotland.  I wonder if she was eligible to vote in the independence referendum.  Did they call the vote a referendum or just a "vote"? Scots are weird.

The Paying Guest by Sarah Waters.  This sounds like one I would read.  London in 1922.  The post-war economy is poor and a formerly wealthy woman and daughter are obliged to take in tenants. "A love story, a tension-filled crime story, and a beautifully atmospheric portrait of a fascinating time and place."

The Zealot by Simon Scarrow.  I have not read this series in a couple years.  Fun stuff with Roman Legionnaires Cato and Macro in various adventures from Germany to Britain to Italy and now Judea. Historically accurate with adventures adventuring by adventurers.  Adventurers are weird.

Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett. Another door stopper by Follett of the Big Welsh Hair. A bunch of characters in the 1960s are printed on some real nice, heavyweight paper. Paper is weird.

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The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake.  Cussler book covers are weird.

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb.

Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman.  Author estate titles are weird.


The Fault in our Stars starring [teen actors I never heard of] and Laura Dern.  Something about dying teenagers and love.  Chick movies are weird. When John Green spoke at an ALA luncheon a few months ago there was a security guy standing behind Green to fend away the gushing women librarians so Green could eat in peace. I'm serious.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chelsea Cain?


One Kick by Chelsea Cain.  I was intending to read a couple of her other books.  I have not gotten to them yet.. Crimespree magazine likes her. You think she gets this a lot?

Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough. Two sets of female twins from the same family grow up in turn of the century Australia.

Reckless Disregard by Robert Rotstein.  I read a really nice review for this novel but cannot remember where I read the review or what the book is about. A thriller set in Hollywood with an entertainment lawyer.  I think.

Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvik.  Comedy novel from someone in Minnesota with a Minnesota character moving to Los Angeles and trying to work as a comic.I think.

Don't Let Her go by Michelle Gagnon. This is a YA book, but ended up in my pile so I'm typing it in.  One of those teenagers-on-the-run-from-corporate/government-bad-guys novels. I think Gagnon was the one who posted something online a year or two ago about raccoon trouble. Better than Frog Trouble. Or Car Trouble

Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah. Hannah writes a new Hercule Poirot novel.  I've read mixed reviews, find out for yourself.

In the Morning I'll be Gone by Adrian McKinty. This just won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in Australia.  I was thinking Kelly was killed in that shootout. Nope, he was wounded, arrested, and hanged.

Back Channel by Stephen L. Carter.  Fictionalization of Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.  Marital trouble in 1686 Amsterdam.

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.  I never read Cloud Atlas.  Maybe I'll get around to it.  They used some heavy paper on this book.The dust jacket says the book is " with character".  Huh.  He wrote Black Swan Green, I ordered the audio version a few years after a nice review. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

I Haven't Read An Ian McEwan Book in Years


The Children Act by Ian McEwan.  I read a couple of his books in 1994-1995.  That was before he was a Big Deal.  I should read those Big Deal books, they must be pretty good.

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb.  Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates murder. Lietennant is difficulf for me to spell.

Perfidia by James Ellroy.  The 800 lbs. gorilla of crime fiction.  Imagine a 800 lbs. guerrilla. How dangerous would that guy be?

Blood on the Water by Anne Perry.  London Copper William Monk witnesses a boat explosion that kills 200 people. Monk gets to work.

Audiobooks on CD

Business Adventures: twelve classic tales of the World of Wall Street by John Brooks. 17 hours on 14 CDs.  Stories about the Edsel disaster (except for Sheriff Dan Rhodes), the rise of Xerox, scandals at GE and how "iconic companies was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety."

Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman. 9 hours on 7 CDs.  I do not know if Coleman worked from an existing manuscript or not.  I won't try to find out. Coleman writes good books and spends a lot of time in Milwaukee.

Dark Blood by Christine Feehan.  15 hours on 12 CDs.  Werewolf romance.

Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen. 11  hours on 9 CDs.  This was on sale.  I thought people might enjoy the story.

Road Dawgz by K'Wan.  10.5 hours on 9 CDs.  K'Wan sells a lot of books. But, I always figured they would not circulate here.  Phooey, I should buy a couple and find out for sure.  Kid grows up in tough situation, goes to jail, learns crime, aims for crime lord-dom.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Awesome Cat Secret Place


Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick.  Could I just give the book to my kids and let them go at it? Because I still need to reseal the driveway, add insulation to the attic, and figure out a cheap way to put in new windows.  Those old windows really have to go. I also need to get some quick mix concrete and fix the crumbled corners on the stairs by the back door.  The old railing base was set into the concrete and the ice cracked those corners away.

Complete Cat Care consultant Alison Logan.  Couldn't I give the book to my kids and let them go at it?  It's about time they help take care of those cat things. Rather than the way they just carry them around and get clawed.  Or, using the cats as excuse to come out of their bedrooms at night and not go to bed.

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All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner.  Couldn't I just give this book to my kids and let them make up smarmy, internet comments?

Above by Isla Morley.  What smarmy things would they say about the books?

Driving With the Top Down by Beth Harbison.  I'm not sure.

Safe Keeping by Barbara Taylor Sissel.  I have some theories.

Deserves to Die by Lisa Jackson.  "Fart, fart, fart."

Home Fires by Lois Greiman. That's one likely thing they would say.

Audiobooks on CD

Personal by Lee Child.  13 hours on 10 CDs.  "Get a bunch of TNT and then put it in the building and BOOM!"

The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe.  11.5 hours on 10 CDs. Or how about this one?

Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon.  17.5 hours on 14 CDs.  "Those people have a TV for sale on the curb.  We could get that for two dollars and take it home and I could have a TV in my room and if it doesn't work we could just throw it out anyway because it's only two dollars."

The Secret Place by Tana Fench.  20.5 hours on 16 CDs.  It is best my kids do not run the blog.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Crime and Ghosts


Haunted by Kay Hooper. One of those books with police officers who work with ghosts. Or something.

Act of War by Brad Thor.  One of those books with international intrigue and action. Or something.

Audiobook on CD

The Son by Jo Nesbo.  14CDs at 17.5 hours.  Some sort of Swedish death and dismemberment. Or something.

Friday, September 05, 2014

The Return of Billy Boyle


The Rest is Silence by James R. Benn.  Benn brings back Billy battling bad Bavarians.  I presume Benn once again takes a lesser known tale of World War Two and writes another great mystery novel around it. I really enjoy this series.

The Drop by Dennis Lehane.  Think of all the things the title could be describing.  A tennis serve that spins low.  A dropped pass in football.  Male infant with testicle that are late to descend.

Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon.  Think on that title.  It sounds like a Stranger Danger instruction.

Personal by Lee Child.  Jack Reacher beats people up and sleeps with good looking women.

Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman.  What's the deal with Kellerman? I could have sworn she had curly blonde hair.  Was she kidnapped by aliens and surgically altered?  Maybe I was kidnapped by aliens who altered my memories. Did I really get out of bed at 12AM the other day to let the dang dog out? Maybe not.

The River by Beverly Lewis.  More Amish romance and family drama.  

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A Change in Altitude by Cindy Meyers.  Heck, I do that every time I stand up.

The Sixteenth of June by Maya Lang.  I was married in June.  I think.  It might have been July.  Maybe it was July.  Damn aliens.

Last to Know by Elizabeth Adler.  Hey, that reminds me of a Neil Finn tune. Here ya go, Dunedin.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Two Quebec Novels and More


The Long Way Home by Louise Penny.  Another Inspector (retired) Gamache novel.  He is retired in Three Pines, Quebec and asked to look for a missing man.  He heads up the St. Lawrence.

The River Burns by Trevor Ferguson. Ferguson wrote a great crime series under the name John Farrow but gained fame writing literary novels under his own name.  This is about the burning of a narrow covered bridge in 1984 in Quebec.

More Fiction

Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet WEvanovich.  I bought another copy.

Eyes Only by Fern Michaels.  I bet the author photo is that same one with the dogs and Michaels on a couch.  Let me check...yep, same photo and three dogs.  The dogs are all looking off to the left.  The photographer must have had an assistant distracting the mutts. The bookshelves in the background are out of focus, I can only read a few of the spines.


Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction: build and master ninja weapons by John Austin.  Including Cereal Box Blowgun, Chopstick Rubber Band Gun, and Cereal Box Boomerang.

The Nazi Occult War: Hitler's compact with the forces of evil by Michael Fitzgerald.  Forces of evil?  Hitler was the force of evil.  This details a lot of the weirdness, pseudo-science, and outright baloney that was popular with the dirty, rotten, stinking, filthy, no-good nazis.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Fiction For You, Not For Me

Fiction That Is Not For Me 
(I'm working my way through books I've owned for years but never read)

Secret Place by Tana French.  French is Irish.  French writes popular mysteries with suspense.  At least I think she does, I have not yet read her previous novels.

Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland.  Lisette is a nice name.  I am not certain how to pronounce Vreeland. Vreeland lives in San Diego. A couple weeks ago someone was talking about how nice the San Diego's baseball stadium is.

Private Down Under by James Patterson Literary Industries, Amalgamated, and Michael White.  Patterson always gives his co-authors prominent credit but the publisher prints nothing about them.  Let me check the internet machine...Nope, nothing.

Nightmare in Burgundy by Jean-Pieree Alaux and Noel Balen. Both authors live in France.  Because they are French.

Her Last Whisper by Karen Robards.  Robards lives in Kentucky and writes lots of books. The dust jacket bio says she has written 43 books.

Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake.  Cussler lives in Arizona and owns really big wrist watches.  Blake "lives on the Pacific coast of Mexico."  Have the drug wars in Mexico cooled off?  Or, has the media burned out on writing about countless torture victims and executions?

Lock In by John Scalzi.  Scalzi lives in Ohio.  I have not read Redshirts.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Photo Updates

Updates and News

Four staff have recently left library employment.

Jim Braughler was the library's ILL/Cataloging Library Assistant for 8.5 years and did great work.


David Luehring was a Library Page for four years.  David was the fourth Luehring sibling in a row to work here.  He has graduated high school and left for school in Minnesota. (Davis is on the left.)


Emily Hoggatt and Caitlin Downey were both Library Pages.  Emily worked at the library for one year and Caitlin for three.  Both of Caitlin and Emily are attending school in Madison.

Emily and Caitlin.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More Sound, Not As Much Vision

Digital Information In Physical Form Is Impressed Onto A Thin Layer of Plastic For Playback

Now That's What I Call Country: Volume 7.  Pop singers sing pop songs sold as country songs.

Now That's What I Call Music: volume 51.  Pop singers sings pop songs sold to the top forty crowd.

(Weird Al is not on here but he parodies Fancy which is on here.)

Ultraviolence by Lana Del Ray.  Pop singer sings pop songs of cruelty and violence.


300: rise of an empire starring Eva Green.  All I know about this flick is that there are boats and a Bond Girl in the nude.  At least, that's what I read.

Nurse Jackie: season five starring Edie Falco.  All I know about this is what I read on the back cover.  Junkie nurse finishes rehab, gets divorced, dates a policeman.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Large Print, 9 CDs, and Some Dude

Large Print

Support and Defend by Mark Greaney.  Some sort of thriller with Tom Clancy characters.

Cut and Thrust by Stuart Woods.  Some sort of thriller with a lawyer.

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke. Some sort of crime novel with a lawman.

Fast Track by Julie Garwood.  Some sort of family drama and romance with a woman protagonist.

9 CDs

Herbie's Game by Timothy Hallinan.  11 hours on 9CDs. Professional burglar, Junior Bender, is once again pressed into investigating another crook's problems.  I am currently listening to the first book in this series.

Some Dude

Remember Me Like This by Anthony Johnston.  You can tell this is a literary novel because the cover has blurbs from John Irving, Tom Perrotta, and Andre Dubus III.  I read an Irving book once, A Son of the Circus.  That sucker was a doorstop.  I think that might be the book where I checked out two copies by mistake.  I returned one and still had an overdue notice.  I was ticked off. "I know I returned that book!"  Nope.  I returned the one book and totally forgot I had a second book - at the bottom of a book stack - at home. 

I'm not sure what this novel is about.  How about a picture of a dog instead?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Selected Non-Fiction Quotes


Loving Someone With An Addiction by Paraclete Press.  DVD, so I guess I cannot quote this one. 

Okay. I'll look for some quotes. 

Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet by Donald Hensrud, MD, Medical Editor.  "Split up the tasks to save time."

Weeknight Gluten Free: simple, healthy meals for every night of the week by Kristine Kidd.  "Season to taste."

500 Potato Recipes by Elizabeth Woodland.  "Today the potato is the staple food for two-thirds of the world's population and out third most important food crop."

Chic Home Interiors by Carles Broto.  A big book with lots of great photos.  "On the other hand it had no windows and received no natural light."

Not to be confused with Chic

Nothing Much to Say, Here are Ten Novels


Home Place by Carrie La Seur.  Successful woman returns to Montana after sister dies. Woman thinks sister's death may not have been accident.  Woman goes gooey for old boyfriend.

Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy.  Yes, I read his name was Van Booty.  I'm not sure what the plot is but the back cover says it is "gripping."  So are ticks.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. This book says nothing about the plot either.  There are just buzzwords: remarkable...haunted...unintended consequences...journey...mend...heartbreak for the ages.

Magician's Land by Lev Grossman.  I don't know anything about this series but I like all the covers.  The book is about magic and secret worlds.

The Reckoning by Rennie Arth.  Murder mystery set in 1947 England. Okay, I'm burning out this morning.

When the World Was Young by Elizabeth Gaffney. Something about post-WWII life of a teen girl.

Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin.  Something about a fortune hunter.

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown.  Something about a mean streak.

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom.  Something about lucky people.

Monday Monday by Elizabeth Crook.  Something about repetition.  Something about repetition.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Three Dudes and One Gal


Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger.  Krueger's novels are quite popular around here.  They are set up in Duluth.

No Safe House by Linwood Barclay.It seems like I met Barclay at the 2012 Bouchercon in St. Louis.  But, there was an open bar so I might be wrong.

Hounded by David Rosenfelt.  Defense attorney Andy Carpenter is asked by a policeman friend to take in an orphaned 8-year-old and a basset hound.  I'm not sure how old the basset is.

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little.  Fairly decent cover photo.  I don't like the title's typeface. I do like the typeface on the inside of the dust jacket.  Formerly famous woman is not out of prison hoping to find who killed her mother.  Formerly Famous woman was convicted for the crime.  Formerly Famous woman had drug issues and may be looking for herself. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Gischler? Again? Do We Really Need Every Gishler?

Yes.  We Do Need Every Gishler.

Kiss Me, Satan!: New Orleans is a werewolf town by Victor Gischler and Juan Ferreyra.  Werewolf mob boss puts a hit out on a witch.  Bounty hunters arrive.  Trouble ensues.


We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. This is bound with some heavy paper, man.  Thomas won the Graduate Essay Award at UC-Irvine.  I don't know what that means.  I was twice Wrestler of the Week in high school but I'm not putting it on my resume. 

Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen.  Oh, I read her other book The Bird Sisters for the WI Library Association literary awards committee.  Bird Sisters was okay but definitely not my bag.  This one is set in 1938 Minnesota.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Real Big Boat of Convict Koreans


Noah starring Russell Crowe, Hermione Granger, That Lady From Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  Guy builds a real big boat.

Silmido starring [Korean actors you never heard of]. in 1968 North Korean commandos attempted to kill the President of South Korea.  South Korea retaliated by creating Unit 684 which recruited convicts that would train to kill North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung.  When Unit 684's mission was cancelled the South Korean government decided to kill all Unit members.

Here is a trailer of Koreans speaking in German but subtitled in English.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mike Hammer Reads Large Print

AudioBooks on on CD

King of the Weeds by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins.  Hammer suspects an old man recently released from prison is coordinating the suspiciously frequent deaths of several cops.  Read by Stacy Keach.  Keach does a great job reading these Mike Hammer novels. 
I bought three Hammer used paperback novels when I was on vacation last week.

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Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand.  Family with newly dead patriarch goes to annual three month summer vacation in Nantucket.  Three months!?  I wish.

The Plover by Brian Doyle.  Something about a guy who decides to live at sea.  What's a "plover"?

Beekeeper's Ball by Susan Wiggs.  Some romance novel set in Northern California with cooking.

Talk by Michael Smerconish.  Right wing talk radio host has power to way a key Florida demographic and win-or-lose the Presidential election.

Mambo in Chinatown by Jean Kwok.  Young lady takes receptionist job at ballroom dance school.

Watermelon Days and Firefly Nights by Annette Smith.  Short stories that are supposed to be "heartwarming" and "charming" with "quirky and loveable characters."

Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout.  Veterinarian takes over his dead father's small town practice in Vermont with it's "eccentric residents."

Destiny's Embrace by Beverly Jenkins.  The cover is awful with weird photoshopping.

The Cursed by Heather Graham.  Woman can see ghosts.  Dead guy asks for help.  FBI paranormal investigators investigate things.

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter.   1974 Atalanta, cops are on the hunt for a killer and rookie Officer Kate Murphy wants to prove herself.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Crider Has Landed

Bill Crider

Half In Love With Artful Death by Bill Crider.  Sheriff Dan Rhodes battles murder and the antics of local nitwits.  Excellent stuff.

Lesser Lights

Top Secret by W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV.  Shoot'em up.

Love Letters by Debbie Macomber.  Love'em up.

Friendswood by Rene Steinke.  Texas'em up.

Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof.  Family drama'em up.

The Lost Island by Preston and Child. Treasure'em up.


Dogtripping: 25 rescues, 11 volunteers, and 3 RVs on our canine cross-country adventure by David Rosenfelt.  Woof'em up.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Monday is Media Day (Plus Two)

Compact Discs Are Primarily Used As A Delivery Method of Sound Recordings

The Voyager by Jenny Lewis.  Californian sings songs about colorful clothes.


Divergent starring [teenagers and adults pretending to be teenagers].  Something about aliens.  Vampires?  Post apocalyptic sceanrios?  I don't know.  Watch the trailer.

Israel: royal tour with Benjamin Netanyahu and Peter Greenberg.  Travel tour.

Super Skyscrapers by Frontline. The design and construction of four different buildings.

Audiobooks on CD

Torn Away by Jennifer Brown.  7 hours on 6 CDs.  Woman survives tornado and lives with relatives she barely knows.

The Collector by Jeffery Deaver.  13 hours on 12 CDs.  Murder.

The Fever by Megan Abbott.  9.5 hours on 8 CDs.  More greatness from Abbott.  I need to check and see if the book is here... Nope, it is out.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Godzilla Hotels Companion by Duane Swierczynski


Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia by Vin . T Sparano.  I ran across some photos of the park system in the Province of Quebec.  This is more hunting and fishing than camping.  Page 137 says, "Verify that the correct powder bushing and shot bar are installed in the press."

Weeknight Fresh and Fast: simple, healthy meals for every night of the week by Kristine Kidd.  People like cookbooks.  Page 173 says, "being organized does not mean being rigid."

Godzilla: history's greatest monster by Duane Swierczynski.  Godzilla breathes fire and steps on things. Comic book novel.  Swierczynski has written some good novels.

Unusual Hotels of the World by Steve Dobson.  Page 183 says, "All the lakeside apartments are staggered so that they have an unobstructed view of the lake - from just about everywhere in the room - even the bath!"

The Western Front Companion: the complete guide to how armies fought for four devastating years, 1914-1918 by Mark Adkin.  This is very cool.

Big Book of Vegetarian Recipes by Rachel Rappaport.  Page 495 says, "For an Italian variation, add basil and Italian parsley."

Warman's Depression Glass, 6th Edition by Ellen T. Schroy.  I'm going to put this in the regular stacks.  I think it will be looked for there.

1914: voices from the battlefields by Matthew Richardson.  Content from letters, diaries, and memoirs.  Page 209 says, "6.20am precisely began the firing of our artillery."

Nixon Tapes edited and annotated by Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter.  Of the 3,700 hours of tapes only a smattering were unheard.  Many our newly transcribed for this book.  I heard one of these guys on either C-SPAN or a radio show and this sounds very interesting.

Here are a bunch of DVDs


A Young Doctor's Notebook starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe.  "Insanely dark, and brilliantly hilarious four-part comedy noir."  Clip will not embed.

Grand Budapest Hotel starring [bunch of famous people].  Max Allan Collins liked this one, in April he wrote, "the best movie I've seen this year."  But, this is August so maybe he has a new favorite.

Joe starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan.  Kid ends up staying with an ex-con played by Cage.  A Cage movie without Crazy Cage-ness.

Bad Words starring Jason Bateman.  40-year-old finds loophole to enter spelling contest.  The guy is a jerk.

Cook's Country, Season Six.  People cook food.

Poisoner's Handbook: killer chemistry produced by American Experience. Based off the book by a WI author.

Heaven is For Real starring Greg Kinnear.  Also based off a book but the author is not from WI.

I was gone. I have returned.


650' underground at the Strataca Salt Museum in Hutchinson, KS.

Llama at Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, KS.

Caught that child on the left before he hid from the camera.

I let Boy #1 use the camera.

Toad on a turtle at Scout Camp outside Rice Lake, WI.

Compact Discs are the thin plastic discs used to store sound for replay using a fancy laser system

Mandatory Fun
by Weird Al Yankovic.  Polka man plays parody.

Meteorites by Echo and the Bunnymen.  Quote-worthy Ian sings songs of cultish rock.

Counterfeit Blues by Corb Lund.  Canadian sings songs of Copenhagen.

Remedy by Old Crow Medicine Show.  Modern musicians sing songs of throw back country.

Fuego by Phish.  Modern hippies play music. You'll have to find your own music clip.

Hypnotic Eye by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Audiobooks on CD

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan.  17 hours on 14 CDs.  Loving Frank was popular.  This has a woman leaving her husband, landing in France, and meeting Robert Louis Stevenson.

HRC: state secrets and the rebirth of Hillary Clinton by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes.  16 hours on 13 CDs.  "HRC portrays a seasoned operator who negotiates political and diplomatic worlds with equal savvy."

Sons of Wichita: how the Koch brothers became America's most powerful and private dynasty by Daniel Schulman.  12.5 hours on 10 CDs.  I did not go to Wichita this year.  I did not want to spend an hour or more driving down there.  My wife and I went to Salina instead.

Thankful: Return to Sugar Creek, Book Two by Shelley Shepard Gray.  6.75 hours on 6 CDs.  Amish romance.

In the Morning I'll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty.  10 hours on 9 CDs.  1984 cop in Northern Ireland has to solve an "locked-room mystery" of a dead woman to get the dead woman's mother to tell him where a IRA bomber is hiding out.

Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner.  12.5 hours on 10 CDs.  A nightclub shootout ended in disastrous fire.  Two survivors are sure a surviving gunman is after the survivors.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NonFic: Sex, Sassoon, Bikes, Gischler Clowns


The New Naked: the ultimate sex education for grown-ups by Harry Fisch, MD with Karen Moline. No pictures.  Page 243 says, "That's way above average, especially with seven kids"

Poisonous and Psychoactive Plants by Jim Meuninck.  Page 71 says, "This is a dangerous hallucinogen abused by unaware teenagers."

Working Class Foodie Cookbook: real food, for real people, real cheap by Rebecca Lando.  Page 1 says, "One morning, I stepped out of the apartment and saw that Union Square Park had become a tent city."

 Clown Fatale by Victor Gischler.  "Its big-top chaos as four down-on-thei-luck, sexy clowns get caught up in the deadly world of organized crime!"

Healthy Cooker: second edition by Judith Finlayson.  Page 17 says, "Do not reheat food in the slow cooker."

Art and Architecture of Insects by David M. Phillips. Lots of great photos.  Page 62 says, "The sharp-pointed, pincer-like jaws of this larval neuropteran are designed to pierce the cuticle of small insects and mites and hold them firmly."

Roadside Road Bike Maintenance Manual by Guy Andrews.  Lots of color photos.  Page 52 says, "On Shimano and SRAM levers, you'll be able to see the white plastic cable-carrier."

Roadside Mountain Bike Maintenance Manual by Mike Davis and Guy Andrews.  Page 25 says, "They need to have grease on them and be evenly tightened."

Mastering Online Genealogy: 3rd edition by W. Daniel Quillen.  "Once there, go to the same hit."

Overcoming High Blood Pressure: the complete complementary health program by Dr. Sarah Brewer.  Page 72 says, "The same is true of yams."

Siegfried Sasson: soldier, poet, lover, friend: a life in one volume by Jean Moorcroft Wilson.  Page 157 says, "Just as he had been determined to win steeplechases before the War, he now wanted a medal to prove himself the equal of his contemporaries."

WIndows 8.1 Bible: the comprehensive tutorial resource by Wiley.  Page 861 says, "Homegroups are a feature introduced in Windows 7 and carried over to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 that simplify setting up a home network and sharing resrouces on the network."

The White House: its historic furnishings and first families by Betty C. Monkman.  Page 111 says, "Mary Todd Lincold selectred this "quite costly and exceedingly beautiful" rosewood table for a White House guest room in 1861."

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Neat-O Book-O


Remains of Innocence by J.A. Jance.  Joanna Brady mystery-o.

A Perfect Life by Danielle Steel.  Does Steel write these anymore?  I wonder if she can cranks'em out or if she hires ghost writers.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  Author of The Husband's Secret writes another novel.  Author of The Husband's Secret has a tiny author photo.  Author of The Husband's Secretlives in Australian with Australians.

West Fork by Tom McKay.  I have no idea what this is.  Marilyn must have selected it.  Let's take a look...Guy takes teaching job in rural town and town grows up.

Fatale by Jean-Patrick Manchette.  Reprint of a French crime novel.  Recommended by Bill Crider and Unshelved.

Fast Track by Julie Garwood.  Flyleaf says Garwood "lives near Kansas City."  Which side?  Kansas or Missouri? 

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand.  Page 225 says, "This was the address Riley had given her, but it was nothing."