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.