Thursday, May 26, 2016

Therapy Dogs Last Saturday


Seven Super Slivers of Satisfying Stories


Smoke by Dan Vyleta.Cover illustration makes it look like a novel about smoggy London. I was reading the other day how the famous London fog was a result of air pollution. Once Britain began improving air quality the fog went away.

Unloaded: crime writers writing without guns edited by Eric Beetner. I read something about this online. Patti Abbott has a story in here, so I probably saw something from her. I just saw a type error in the book. I should email someone and bitterly complain. Author love when you do that. Authors also really like you to email them about gun-related errors.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. Brokenn wine glass on the cover. We have a lot of chipped plates at home. The set we bought is not durable. We're not inclined to replace the dishes because are children are still young.

The Sorcerer's Daughter: the defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks. Swords, daggers, women in wispy dresses. When I was in middle and high school I tore through Brooks's first novels. Lots of adventure and wizardy things.

Seven Days Dead by John Farrow. More great Canadian crime fiction from Farrow. Farrow also writes under his real name, Trevor Someorother. Let me look that up... Ferguson. Trevor Ferguson.  The library owns the DVD of Ferguson's novel The Timekeeper. It's a pretty decent flick, too bad this trailer is poor quality.

The Last Ranch by Michael McGarrity. Another modern Western by McGarrity. A post-WWII rancher is facing a land grab from the federal government.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Three Novels


The Second Life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton. Guy gets out of prison twenty years early through help of a crime lord. Now he has to do whatever the crime lord says.I read Hamilton's Lock Artist, it was good. Oh, hey! I just found out I read another book of Hamilton's A Cold Day in Paradise. I have a paperback copy of that sitting around at home.

Tall Tail by Rita Mae Brown. I refuse to list a cat as a co-author. 

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani. "After" party? Man, I never go to party parties. I exercise in the basement and then drink bar while wasting time online.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Stuff. Musical Interludes.


The Sympathizer by Viet Thang Nguyen. Pulitzer for fiction. Former Vietnamese Army guy is a spy in the United States. that reminds me of the band Animal Logic. The drummer was Stewart Copeland.

Beyond the Ice Limit by Preston and Child. Something about water? That's what the cover says. Song reminder? How about another Neil Finn tune?

Boar Island by Nevada Barr. Where is Boar Island? Let's see... supposedly near Acadia National Park in Maine. Hmm, any Maine songs come to mind? Nope. What about bulls?

Blood Flag by Steve Martini. Flag songs, flag songs, flag songs. Nothing there either.


Dehydrating at Home: getting the best from your dehydrator, from fruit leathers to meat jerkies by Michelle Keogh.  Lots of pretty pictures. Good thing too, because I cannot think of dehydrator songs.

Menopause Solution by Stephanie S. Faubio, MD. Well, Faubio is kinda close to Fabian.