Friday, May 16, 2014

Many Novels


Delicious! by Ruth Rendell.  Cover has a bicycle parked next to food store.

Back Lands by Michael McGarrity.  McGarrity spoke in Litchfield park, AZ when I worked there.

The Bees by Laline Paul.  Illustration of a bee covered hive on the cover.

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham.  Cover is lame.

Unlucky 13 by James patterson Amalgamated Writing Industries.  Black cat on cover.

Wolf by Mo Hayder.  I listened to a Hayder novel, Birdman.  I liked it.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  Aerial view o some European city on the cover.

Skin Collector by Jeffery Deaver.  Deaver is a good dude.  I read a short story by him that was excellent.

Fields of Prey by John Sandford.  Picture of cornfield at dusk on cover.

Death at the Door by Carolyn Hart.  Cat at a bookstore window.  Good reason not to shop there.

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris.  Distorted photo (illustration?) of a small town on cover.

American Romantic by Ward Just.   Guy with hat walking on a quay on the cover.

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A Family Affair by Fern Michaels.  Woman holding a flower on cover.

DVD With Made-up Plots


Dragon starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro.  A dragon dealer runs into trouble when caught selling inbred animals who are unable to breathe fire.

Free Ride starring Anna Paquin.  RomCom with straightlaced businessman giving hippie hitchhiker a ride to Puerto Rico in his floating car.

The Hunt starring Mads Mikkelsen.  Deer hunter gets lost in Northern Michigan and stumbles upon a fairyland of elves and trolls in battle.

Catching Fire starring Jennifer Lawrence.  In the future a private businessman starts a meteor catching business to compete with his ex-wife's meteor destroying business.

Philomena starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.  The cut throat world of competitive flower shows.

Nebraska starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte.  Football fans endlessly blather on until you remind them how they once said, "K-State will never, never, beat Nebraska."

The Suspect starring William Sadler.  FBI agents in 1955 follow an immigrant photographer with questionable friends.

Odd Thomas starring Stephen Sommers, Anton Yelchin.  Tall ship sailor in 1722 fights for his life after a ship wreck on a cannibal island.

Ender's Game starring Harrison Ford.  Iraqi soldiers in 2003 have to decide whether to keep fighting.

Purple Moon starring Alain Delon.  The employees of the Purple Moon nightclub only want to dance and party until a developer announces plans to tear down their building and put up a knitting supply store.

Wicked Blood starring Sean Bean.  Who cares? Sean Bean is in it.

Thor: the Dark World starring Chris Hemsworth.  Thor is banished into a deep cave with no flashlight.

Knights of Badassdom starring Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage.  Live Action Role Players inadvertently summon a blood-lusting succubus from the pits of Hell.  I did not make that one up.

Polisse starring [French].  The Parisian Forest Service spend their work days trimming trees and their night time dreams trimming hair.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Almost Big Time Author


An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay.  Gay lets a lot of attention from other writers but has not yet hit a wider audience.  Gay teaches - or used to teach, I don't know what she does - at Eastern Illinois University.  She wrote a blog post once about not having many leisure opportunities in Charleston and driving to Champaign to go to the movies.  I wrote a completely unhelpful comment that it could be worse, she could be living in Hoopeston, IL.

I'm not sure what this novel is about.  I'm typed out and won't check.

Okay, I checked anyway.  Plot: Daughter of very wealthy Haitian man is kidnapped in Port-au-Prince.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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XXX Shamus by Red Hammond (Anthony Neil Smith).  Author pulls finished novel out of dusty drawer and publishes it with a small press.  A guy who specializes in finding runaways gets in plenty of trouble and sex.  The back cover has an unsettling blurb by Victor Gischler.  The other back cover blurb by Allan Guthrie says, "the most transgressive PI novel ever written."  What the heck does that mean?  I do not know.  I guess I'll find out when I read the book.

Sword Sisters by Tara Cardinal and Alex Bledsoe.  Fantasy novel that, according to the cover illustration, has swords, a redhead, a brunette, and big scary spiders.  The back cover says something about a heroine.

The Blue Moon by Lorena McCourtney.  A Mysteries of Sparrow Island book.  These gentle read mysteries checkout a lot.

Nature's Bounty by Ellen Harris.  Another one.

Secrets in the Sand by Susan Plunkett and Krysteen Seelen.  And another one.

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Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman. 

You're Not Safe by Mary Burton.

The Reading Circle by Ashton Lee.

The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Beer, Rifles, Ireland, Guitars


The FN Fal Battle Rifle by Bob Cashner.  A history of the once ubiquitous rifle.  New ones are expensive.

Somme 1916: British infantryman versus German infantryman by Stephen Bull.  Versus?  The Somme was a blood bath.  The title should read British Infantryman Walking in the Open Versus Well Protected Machine Guns.  One out of six Limeys were killed on the first day.

US Flamethrower Tanks of World War II by Steven J. Zaloga.  Mostly in the Pacific campaign.  Details on designs and improvements.

Keeping Chickens: getting the best from your chickens by Jeremy Hobson.

Acoustic Guitar Course Book: expanded edition by John McCarthy.  Text.  Pictures.  DVD.

The American Mandolin Method by Brian Wicklund and Ben Winship.  Cover photo has two guys sitting a tin roof.  I presume that means they are "authentic".

Crocheted Baby Gifts by Amy Palmer.  Because babies appreciate all that hard work as they drool on the garment and then drop it out of the stroller.

Simple and Easy Recipes for the Slow Cooker by Catherine Atkinson.  I resent that.  What do you mean by calling a cook "slow'?  Oh, never mind.  I get it.

The Pocket Beer Guide: the essential handbook to the very best beers in the world by Stephen Beaumont and Jim Webb.  My wife always gets the variety beer cases Costco sells.  Those cases usually have four varieties.  No matter the brewery one of those beer varieties are awful.
Hey, Dunedin!  Emerson's Brewing in Dunedin is in here for their Pilsener, Bookbinder and London Porter.

Richard Emerson - Holy Ale from Tim Pierce - Director / DOP on Vimeo.

Great Britain and Ireland: the Michelin Guide, 2014 by The Michelin Man.  The Ardanaiseig costs £50 a night.

London's Serets: pubs and bars by Graeme Chesters.  Well, they're not a secret anymore.  "Gee, thanks so much Graeme," the locals sarcastically said.

Media Monday

Singing and Instruments Are Recorded Through Magical Computer Boxes and Inscribed on Thin Discs

Cole Swindell by Cole Swindell.  Song singer Swindell sings Swindell songs.

The Both by The Both.  Two singers sing song about Fonzie.

Most Messed Up by The Old 97s.  Texas song singers and instrument players sing songs about "Let's Get Drunk & Get It On."

Do to the Beast by Afghan Whigs.  Cincinnati singers sing songs for first time in 16 years.

Education, Education, and War by Kaiser Chiefs.  Limeys sing Brit-pop in English accents.


Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close starring Max von Sydow, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.  Kid's dad dies in 9/11.

The Wolf of Wall Street by Leonardo DiCaprio.  DiCaprio pretends to be another guy but his likely reenacting his own real-life parties.

Hunger Games starring [that girl whose name I cannot recall and won't bother looking up].  Extra copy because people like this movie.

Either Way starring [Icelanders].  Two guys working for the Icelandic Road Administration are painting traffic lines all summer.  This is a foreign flick.  Watch it and say to yourself, "I am very cultural."