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.

Large Print

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.