Thursday, September 03, 2015

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

A Bunch of Novels and More Unrelated Commentary.


Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick. I read a book called the Bird Sisters. It was okay, but not for me.

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart. I approve of the title and cover illustration. The illustration looks sharp.  Stewart lives in Eureka, CA and took her author photo while leaning on a iron fence.

Hollow Man by Mark Pryor. Pryor's name is above the title, I guess that means his name is well known.  Psychopath living in Austin, TX gets talked into robbing a van filled with cash.

A The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante. A Post-It Note on the cover says, "This was on the cover of the NYT Book Review this week." Huh, I missed that issue.

Purity by Jonathan Franzen. I like this cover too. White background with blue text on top of a small, blurred, black-and-white image of a young woman.

Solomon Curse by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake. Your quarterly Cussler installment. Not much else to say.

Undercover by Danielle Steel. Your biannual Steel installment.

White Ghost by James R. Benn. SWEET! I didn't know this one came in, I like this guy's novels. They are very entertaining and he always sticks his characters in a little known battle or episode during WWII.

House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure. Architect writes a novel about an architect in 1886 New York who has to plan a burglary for a street gang.

The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore. You think Moore ever goes by "Triple M"? Wealthy family in the Bay Area is "achingly real and delightfully screwball". Moore's author photo is a studio shot. Author photos seem to be split in half between studio setting and "Let's take the camera to the park."

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz.Lagercrantz has taken over the Lisbeth Salander series. I never got around to reading any of those books. I never saw the movies either. Lagercrantz is a Swede and in his author photo he is not wearing a neck tie.


A Beginner's Guide to Paradise: 9 steps to giving up everything so you can: move to a Pacific island, wear a loincloth, read a hundred books, build a bungalow, diaper a baby monkey, and maybe, just maybe, fall in love by Alex Sheshunoff. The screwy subtitle annoys me.


Mad Max Fury Road starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. I avoided all news about the film's plot and characters so that the story will be a complete surprise when I see it.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

One Single, Lonely Hardcover Novel


Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica.  Kubica lives outside Chicago. the cover says her last book, The Good Girl, was a bestseller. Woman impulsively brings home a homeless teen and the girl's infant. Family are not happy and the teen starts to do weird stuff. Or something. The dust cover says, "as clues into Willow's past begin to surface , Heidi is forced to decide how far she's willing to go to help a stranger."
Kubica wore a kind of dark turquoise cardigan sweater for her author photo. At least I think it's a sweater, it might be a jacket. Fake Library Stats always makes cardigan jokes. And cat jokes. And drinking jokes. There is not a lot of variety on Fake Library Stats.