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.

Large Print

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.