Friday, March 11, 2016

The Krays, Boxing, and a Shoot'em Up


Legend starring Tom Hardy. hardy plays the Kray brother twins, London gang bosses of the 1960s. I watched the previous movie with the brothers from Spandeu Ballet.

Creed starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. Rocky trains Apollo Creed's son.

The Fall: Series 2 starring Gillian Anderson. Detective Superintendent looks for a serial killer.

Strike Back: final season starring Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton. Military and espionage shoot-em with tight costumes and sex scenes.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Bands of Bitter Grieving


Changed Forever: grieving the death of someone you love by Paraclete Press.

Audiobooks on CD

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson. 12 CDs at 14.5 hours. Fantasy novel.

The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag. 11 CDs at 14 hours. Crime in Minneapolis.

NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. 7 CDs at 8 hours. Crime in Manhattan.

Joe R. Lansdale? Again?


Hells Bounty by Joe R. Lansdale and John L. Lansdale. Huh, Lansdale and Lansdale signed this copy. A novel with a mix of horror and western, it'll be good with plenty of similes.


The Gangster by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. Your bi-monthly Cussler installment. Page 83 says, "Claypool rose to his feet."

The Invisible Hand by Benjamin Sobieck. Crime novel set in the North Dakota oil fields. "[Sobieck's] family runs a ranch in North Dakota." Anthony Neil Smith mentioned this one before because Smith wrote a ND oil fields crime novel as well. I've been to Fargo a couple times. I went to a wrestling tournament hosted by Concordia College for two years in a row. I may have written this before, but we stayed at a motel converted to a hotel. The hotel room doors used to face outside until hallways were built around the outside of the building. But, the hallways were not heated and layers of frozen condensation created ice sheets on the inside of the tall windows. The ice and frost on the inside of the building was dreary.

Gone Again by James Grippando. "A Jack Swytek Novel." Swyteck? Was that the name of a character on Miami Vice? Let me check... kinda, that character had a different spelling with Switek.

The Ancient Mistral by Jim Harrison. Literary guy publishes three novellas. Michael Talbott who played Switek is from Waverly, IA. Last week I was spoke to a guy from Waverly.


Evicted: poverty and profit in the American city by Matthew Desmond. It's hard to get ahead when you cannot keep a home. Focusing on eight Milwaukee families that can barely afford rent.

The Gratitude Diaries:how a year looking on the bright side can transform your life by Janice Kaplan. Ok, but the previously listed book makes me think that philosophy only gets you so far.

Change Your Brain Change Your Life by Daniel G. Amen, MD. "Conquering anxiety, depression, obsessiveness, lack of focus, anger and memory problems."

Our Christian Founding Fathers by William Beckman. Local author.