Thursday, June 09, 2016

Fiction, 8-14. With random passages!


The Fireman by Joe Hill. "The fire whistled and seethed."

Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica. "I say that I like it."

A Hero of France by Alan Furst. "It was the jolly tune that did it."

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan. "I let out a sigh of relief."

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley. "The farmers market was busy already."

Winterings by Peter Geye. "Harry's my friend, and if he's divorcing you, it's because you've failed him and made him miserable."

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley. "Lily shakes her head and her ears flap and she licks her chops."

Fiction, 1-7. With author photo commentary!


Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham. Something in the "Krewe of Hunters" series. Graham has glamorous hair in her author photo.

Cavendon Luck by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Nice cover design.  Bradford's author photo is almost full body, that's kinda neat.

End of Watch by Stephen King. Trilogy sequel to Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers. Black and white author photo. The photo is tiny, too.

Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi. 300 years a Ghanian history from life in Ghana to the people sold into slavery overseas. Another black and white photo. It looks like Gyasi is wearing a grey shirt. But is she? There is no colors in the photo to tell.

Dishonorable Intentions by Stuart Woods. Snake on the cover. Same author photo on the back.

Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger. I like the title and the cover design. I have not yet read an Unger book. I have seen her photo. Looks like the photo was taken in late afternoon. I think she is wearing purple.

The Children by Ann Leary. Leary is wearing grey for her photo. The grey garment kinda looks like a rain coat. The photographer spells her first name "Cathrine". No, it's not a raincoat Leary has on, it's a duster. Another Leary photo is on White's webpage. According to that web page Leary does a lot of work in black and white and photos plenty of celebrities.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

NonFic and Mystery


The Highwayman by Craig Johnson. The cover says, "A Longmire story." This is 190 pages so maybe it is more of a novella.

Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon. That does not sound appetizing.  Two retired women visit Maine for a 5-day cooking course. Murder happens.


The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman. The cover is fantastic. The Clark's nutcracker can hide as many as 30,000 seeds of dozens of square miles and still find them.

A Good Month for Murder: the inside story of a homicide squad by Del Quentin Wilber. I read a nice review. The author hung out with a murder squad in Prince George's County outside D.C. He focuses on February, 2013 with twelve homicides. No photos. No photos?!

Ordinarily Well: the case for antidepressants by Peter D. Kramer. This had a nice review as well. Author works at Brown Medical School. I cannot recall where Brown is located. New Jersey? Connecticut? Rhode Island? It's somewhere over there and I am too busy to look it up. (But, not too busy to ponder and type.)

Grunt: the curious science of humans at war by Mary Roach. Roach is popular. I've never read one of the books but they sound neat. A photo at the head of each chapter.

A Bunch of Movies, Some With Trailers


Peanuts Movie starring Charlie Brown. I've not seen this.

Jem and the Holograms starring Molly Ringwald. I've not seen this and I hope I never will.

Hyena Road starring Paul Gross. Canadian guy makes war movie about Afghanistan war.

Driftless Area starring Anton Yelchin. Guy goes to hometown for parents funeral, meets a woman, meets a criminal. Is this set in Wisconsin or not? "Driftless Area" can mean any place without glacial drift.

Man Up starring Simon Pegg. I don't know what this is about. The cover design says "Straight laced dude in London meets wacky woman."

Room starring Brie Larson. Man, this sure looks depressing.

The Vvitch starring [actors]. Hey, that's the way they spell the title on the cover. The title and font were not my idea.

Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters starring Lori Laughlin. I guarantee this flick will circ.

Triple 9 starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. The cover says, "Some sort of crime movie with case." Ejiofor is one heck of an actor.

The Program starring Ben Foster. The story of Lance Armstrong. Some guy who works at Trek said Armstrong would visit Waterloo and demand to see all the neat new stuff. The engineers would have a spare shelf of stuff for whenever Armstrong visited. Armstrong would make his demand and a guy would produce something and say, "Here is something brand new we've been working on."

Risen starring Joseph Fiennes. Something about Easter, I think.

Arrow: complete third season starring [actor with lots of muscles]. My wife watches this show and Flash. I cannot tell the two programs apart unless one of the heroes is on screen with his costume.

Hail, Caesar starring [big name actors]. Someone gets kidnapped? That's what the trailers implied.