Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Arthurian Musical Interlude


The Raven's Warrior by Vincent Pratchett.  Celt is wounded, captured, sold to slavers and sent to the Middle East.  Bought by a witch "a new root of Arhurian legend takes hold."  Pratchett's author photo is closely cropped and really, really tiny.  The photo measures 1" by 13/16".

Musical Interlude One

People in the '70s danced funny.

Musical Interlude Two

Neil Finn has a new album.  Our copy is not yet processed into a fancy-schmancy locking case.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

According to Twitter and Facebook Laura Lippman Is A Big Deal


After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman.  I follow a few writers on Twitter and Facebook and several of them have praised Lippman and were excited to get this novel.  Lippman has not updated her author photo in a while.

Cold Storage Alaska by John Straley.Straley's photo looks like a cropped snapshot.  Straley was the writer Laureate of Alaska in 2006.  Page 99 says, "Bob Gleason, using a walker, pushed his way up to Miles and jutted out a wobbly hand."  I have not heard the following video clip but it was posted 47 minutes ago and I'm embedding the sucker!

My Name is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner.  Your name is "resolute"?  What are you, a boat?  "A woman struggling to find herself during the tumultuous years preceding the American Revolution."

North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo.  The cover photo tells me, "Woman stands on old dock watching the fishing ships come in as she pines for her missing fisherman husband."  The inside cover says, "Fisherwoman is on boat that sinks, cares for boat captain's child and starts to wonder if sinking was an accident."


Elysium starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster.  Matt Damon pretends to live in the future.  Jodie Foster pretends to live in the future. They both pretend to live in the future.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Joe R. Lansdale? Again? Yes, Again.


The Ape Man's Brother by Joe R. Lansdal.  Tarzan and his ape brother are living a happy jungle life.  An expedition convinces them to go to New York where they have a great time until Tarzan does something embarassing in public.


The Internship starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Two older guys lose their jobs and get internships at Google.

Riddick starring Vin Diesel.  Unpleasant antihero is unpleasant.

The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer.  Unpleasant men are not antiheroes.  They are murderers who not only escaped justice but are still feted.

Grieving the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Paracelte Press.  Dealing with despair.

Touring on Two Wheels with Dennis Gage.  Motorcycle tours in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Quebec and elsewhere.

Audiobooks on CD

Half the Blood of Brooklyn by Charlie Huston.  8.5 hours on 7 CDs.  Noir vampire if a NYC kinda-P.I. for other vampires.  Fun stuff.  No sparkling.

Stand-In Groom by Suzanne Brockmann.  6.75 hours on 6 CDs.  "But the rules of the erotic game they were playing were dangerously shifting with every touch, every glance."

Time Enough for Love by Suzanne Brockmann.   5.9 hours on 5 CDs. 

The Mission, The Men, and Me: lessons from a former Delta Force commander by Pete Blaber.  I liked that show The Unit.


Cook on a Shoestring by Sophie Wright.  Not to be confused to Sophie Littelfield who writes novels.  Wright was a cooking wunderkind in the UK.