Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Sally Field Book Looks Interesting


In Pieces by Sally Field. An autobio. I opened the book to look at photos and start reading in the middle. Field was writing about her time in 1973 which was post-Flying Nun and pre-stardom when she was waiting for a good role, taking classes, and earning money on a couple game shows.


French Exit by Patrick DeWitt. Comedic novel of the formerly rich and famous heading to Paris and going further downhill. I think. I did not pay too much attention to the plot description.

Let's Guess At the Plots

An Unwanted Guest by Shari LaPena. A strange young woman carrying a suitcase knocks on the door of the Smiths remote house during a super blizzard. The Smiths offer refuge and the young lady offers danger.

The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer. Klaus Linville makes his living brokering deals. Clients come to Klaus for anonymity and Klaus makes a good living. One day the police arrive and crush Klaus's confidences.

Juror #3 by James Patterson. Sara Pilko loves money and men. When a handsome stranger offers her cash for a mistrial who is she to say no?

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini. Ahmed's favorite time as a boy was sailing with his father on the Mediterranean. After a rough divorce he plans a sailing trip with his own sons from Southern Italy through the islands of Greece. But, he never planned on modern pirates.

The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon. Kate's war time plant in Boston manufactures incendiary bombs. Each day of work has her inspecting the bomb cases and wondering when her father and brother will return from overseas.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Crawdads Sing Books


Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Runaway girl grows up in the marsh of the North Carolina coast. A young man is killed and she is suspected.

Hitting the Books by Jenn McKinlay. The clues to a hit-and-run and a vehicular homicide are some library CDs. Small town Library Director gets involved.


Here is what small town Library Directors actually get involved in:
Fixing broken library windows.
Recycling junk mail.
Cutting up cardboard boxes for recycling.
Pulling weeds out front and along driveway.
Getting bitten by mosquitos at soccer and mountain bike practices.
Volunteering as literacy tutor at the school.
Tolerating the cats living in his home.
Billing customers for lost and damaged items.


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NonFiction: Politics, Endless War, Math


Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward. As of 9:25AM on Sep 13, 2018 this book has 205 holds. Page 151 says, "How many missiles," Xi asked."

Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: the case against the anti-Trump conspiracy by Jeanine Pirro.  More political talk. Page 256 says, On the local level, the stakes are just as high."

The Fighters: Americans in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq by C.J. Chivers. More than 2.7 million Americans have served in either country. Chivers follows the stories of six people. Page 164 says, "It was a two-aircraft reconnaissance mission to check out new ground."

Weird Math: a teenage genius & his teacher reveal the strange connections between math & everyday life by David Darling and Agnijo Banerjee. I dislike that subtitle, it just sounds silly and "clickbaity". Page 79 says, "In the 1950s, he was working on a mathematically simplified model of the weather."

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Victor Gischler Returns - All Things Gischler


No Good Deed by Victor Gischler. Average guy gets caught up in violence and intrigue.


An Act of Villainy by Ashley Weaver. I like this cover. Murder mystery set in the theater scene of '30s London. Weaver lives in Lousiana. I wonder if she has met Gischler? Weaver also works in tech services at a public library system but I will refrain from cataloger jokes. Hey, Weaver, here is the MARC record.

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When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubia. The cover has the R in Mary printed backwards. Mystery novel with an insomniac having delusions or halluciantions of something. Sounds like a good book. Gischler content unknown. Kubica lives in Chicago. I wonder if she visits WI.

The Distance Home by Paula Saunders. Two kids grow up in post-war South Dakota. This is supposed to be "tender, searing, and unforgettable." Gischler content unknown. 
I was speaking to a family friend who lives in SD. SD has about 870,000 people. The friend teaches at one of the state universities and a colleague got a call from the department head about a student who was complaining. SD is small enough that the student complained to the mom, the mom called the Governor's office, the Governor called the college President, the President called the department head, the department head called the professor. All of that plus, PLUS, the student was not even in that guy's class.

Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris. Depression era journalist drives by a desolate farm and sees a sign advertising children for sale. I'm not sure what the rest of the book is about. The back cover plot description is very thin. Gischler content unknown.

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith. JK Rowling sure doesn't need any press to sell new books. But, maybe an editor could tell her to cut back a bit? This novel runs 647 freaking pages long. Gischler content unknown.


Fortnite: the ultimate unauthorized guide by Grant Turner. I hear this game is very popular. Gischler content unknown.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

One Lonely CD Waiting For You To Visit

Sounds Are Played by Instruments and Recorded by Computers. Those Computer Digitize the Sounds. The Computer Files are Used to EncodeThose Digital Instructions Onto the Thin Metal Section Embedded Within A Thin Plastic Disc.

Design for Living by Something to Do. Singers song vaguely ska'ish songs about mistakes. Including Mr. Klotz who teaches band at the middle school.