Friday, November 20, 2015

A Lansdale, A Collins, A Gorman, and Four NonFic

Joe R. Lansdale

Fender Lizards by Joe R. Lansdale. The Sage of East Texas writes another YA novel. Except this is shelved in regular fiction. Oh well, let's see how it runs in regular fic.


A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin illustrations by Gary  Gianni. Something to do with swords and horses and stuff. Gianni used to illustrate the Prince Valiant weeklies. I read Valiant.

Fate of the Union by Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens. Collins and Clemens - or - Collins/Clemens - or - CC write a second novel featuring ex-Secret Service Agent Joe Reeder investigating murder and political conspiracy. The first book, Supreme Justice, was good and is over in the Fiction section. To my left. No, my left. Go down, turn right at the break in the shelves, and it will be in the first aisle.

On Monday the Library Board was looking at sample chairs to replace the chairs in Library Hall. The saleslady said the chairs were made by HON in Muscatine, Iowa. I said, "That's where Max Allan Collins lives." She said, "Okay."

Elimination by Ed Gorman.  Gorman also lives in Iowa. I read a previous novel featuring political consultant Dev Conrad. That book was enjoyable. If you read this one tell me if you like it. If you don't like it you can email Gorman and tell him all the reasons why. I hear that authors love those kinds of emails.

The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans. Evans lives in Utah. I wonder how much time he has spent in Iowa. Most of my Iowa time has been drive time.


Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and mystery in the Cream City's first century by Matthew W. Prigge. I've spent a some overnights in Iowa with relatives but that was over 30 years ago in Marshalltown.

Navigating the Alzheimer's Journey: a compass for caregiving by Carol Bowlby Sifton. I had an overnight recruiting trip to Wartburg College in 1988 or 1989. I was there for a scholarship competition.

A Settler's Year: pioneer life through the seasons by Kathleen Ernst. Set in Old World Wisconsin. I've been to Old World Wisconsin when my older son's fourth grade class took a trip there.

The Givenness of Things: essays by Marilynne Robinson. Old World Wisconsin is not in Iowa.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Quarterly Cussler


The Guilty by David Baldacci. Baldacci had his author photo taken outside and he is not wearing a tie.

A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan.  Egan should call herself "The Double E".

The Whites by Richard Price writing as Harry Brandt. I think this book came out a while ago. Price's author photo is black and white.

Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich. Evanovich cranks'em out. Does she just work all day every day, or is she so good at things that she barely has to revise?

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Literary adaptation of the radio show.

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. Another thriller from J.K. Rowling. I listened to the first book in the series and it was fun. The book was also super long.

Pharaoh's Secret by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. Wow, this cover is not filled with explosions and fireballs like most Cussler novel covers.

A Death in the Family by Michael Stanley. Murder in Botswana by two guys who write together under one name.

All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. Both these authors are Big Deal Writers so I suppose this should be pretty good. I sure hope so because I do not appreciate the cover.

Naughtier Than Nice by Eric Jerome Dickey. Don't Dickey novels always end up on the bestseller list? This is Christmas themed.

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The Oregon Trail: a new American journey by Rinker Buck. Buck and his brother traveled by wagon from Missouri to Oregon.