Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tall English Guy and Lemony Snicket's Assistant/Spokesman


Run by Andrew Grant.  Thriller with computer expert fired and harassed and figuring out why. I spoke on camera with Grant's wife Tasha Alexander (we have her books, too) at Murder and Mayhem in Muskego. That interview was part of the Great Video Debacle of 2011 where both of my cameras either screwed up or I was unable to transfer the data to my computer. Stupid computers.

Sweetland by Michael Crummey. I like the cover. Crummey is a Newfie.  (I'll hold the jokes.) The book sounds good. A rural holdout on a island off Newfoundland is being pressured to leave so everyone on the island can get a government payment to vacate the island.

We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler. Lemony Snicket's spokesman writes another novel. Something about pirates in modern San Francisco bay. Maybe they'll attack that Google barge. Unknown status of orphans in the plot.

Uncle Janice by Matt Burgess.  This one sounds good. Whoever wrote the copy on the dustcover sold me on the book. 24-year-old NYPD Officer is one month from finishing an 18-month narcotics undercover assignment that would earn her an automatic promotion.

Twelve Days by Alex Berenson. This guy's books do well. Wait a minute. Maybe Alex is a woman's name. Let me check...nope, it's a dude.

A Pleasure and A Calling by Phil Hogan. I'm not sure about the cover. I kinda like the photo but kinda don't like it.

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby.  1964 English beauty contest winner wants to be a commedianne, not a model. I think commedianne should be spelled with two M's so I'm keeping it that way. Plus an extra D, commeddianne. And four E's commeediannee.

The Light Keeper's Legacy by Kathleen Ernst. Ernst writes American Girl novels and spoke here in 2013. The room was packed!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I'm Kinda Busy, Just A List

Musical Data on Digital Disc

Black Messiah by D'Angelo and the Vanguard. Famed soul singer sings soulfully.

Crosby, Stills and Nash by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Singers sing songs on their first album.

Legend: the best of Bob Marley and the Wailers by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Jamaican singers sing with Jamaican accents.

Foreign Affairs by Tom Waites. Old album by singer gargling gravel.

The Ultimate Collection by Freddie King. Guitarist plucks guitar strings. Dig the 1970s hair.

Rarities: 1971-2003 by The Rolling Stones.  English guys sing under distributed songs.


Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Bill Paxton. Creepy guy films crime scenes to sell to TV stations and Bill Paxton makes the movie interesting.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Large Print. With Commentary!

Large Print

Life is Sweet by Elizabeth Bass.  "Three years ago, Becca Hudson threw a dart at a map, hit Leesburg, Virginia and deiced it was the perfect place to start over."  So, if her dart hit five inches to the right she would have bought a boat and anchored in the Atlantic?

Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag.  My cold cold heart pumps the black blood of evil.

Rose Gold by Walter Mosley.  Easy Rawlins has to rescue a Patty Hearst-like kidnap victim. I believe the Patty Hearst brainwashing theory.

Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb. Obsessing what? Decay? Putrifaction?

Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner. I've been watching the U.S. TV version of The Killing. There is a scene where the dead girl's family is casket shopping and the funeral director mentions a burial vault. What's the point of a vault anyway? Groundwater worries? Grave robbing?

As Close as Sisters by Colleen Faulkner.  I have it on good authority* that Colleen Faulkner is sometimes called "Coll". (* my imagination.)

The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron. I'll skip that tour.

The Betrayed by Heather Graham. Something my dog thinks every day she does not get a walk.

Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Like when you ask a horse how old it is and it stomps it's foot.

A Map of Betrayal by Ha Jin.  Otherwise known as "A Map of Political Actions"

The Look of Love by Sarah Jio. Something my dog gives when she does go on a walk.

Rizzoli & Isles Die Again by Tess Gerritsen. Because when the television show is doing well you have to tie-in the two titles.

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins. That could mean anything. I've had really boring and tedious dreams.


Artisan Bread: 100 years of techniques and tips by Keith Cohen. I like bread.