Saturday, December 08, 2012

Backstory: The Devil Thumbs A Ride

It's time once again to, without benefit of reading the actual book, look at the backstory of a vintage book.  Today's victim is The Devil Thumbs A Ride by Robert C. Du Soe, published in 1938.  Please note that I am using the Complete And Unabridged version for this post. 

Very little information exists about Mr. Du Soe.  Goodreads gives us a little information about Mr. Du Soe's other worksJoe at Goodreads tells us that there may be more titles by this author and, shockingly, some of these books are children's books!

Knowing so little about the author, I'll just jump in here and give you the backstory.   This is a somewhat apocalyptic novel.  Our heros are caught in a devastating earthquake.  This is the story of their fight to survive when, thanks to the earthquake, society breaks down and all 7-11 stores are closed.

You may notice a red creature in the upper left corner.  Let's call him Frank.  Frank is a devilish fellow with a wicked sense of humor.  He has two superpowers: the ability to create earthquakes, and an uncanny knack for hosting hellagood weenie roasts.  From his complexion, I believe he is using both superpowers at the same time.

Our three lead characters are in the car.  From left to right, they are: Marge Sikes, Sally Livingood, and Hank Fairworthy.  Hank is the character most deeply affected by the earthquake as, without 7-11, he has no place to purchase cigarettes.  His slow descent into madness is horrific. 

Marge, is the scientist of the group.  With her background in home economics and chemistry, she is able to provide food, clothing, and excellent hallucinogenic drugs that help the three survive the cataclysm.

But it is Sally's struggle that is most gripping.  Sally was born with a longer than normal right shoulder.  Her daily struggle to use her right hand and maintain balance at the same time is moving.  Her inspiring courage in overcoming her disability motivates her companions when they are ready to give up. 

Of the police officer, little is known.  His terror upon seeing Frank unleash mayhem on the world shocked him into a heart attack and he dies quickly.  His body is run over by the oncoming car and he is so damaged that identification is impossible.

I'm sure this is an engrossing and exciting read.  Worldcat reveals at least 21 copies owned by libraries worldwide.  See if your library participates in the InterLibrary Loan program and have them find it for you.  I'm sure it will be worth everyone's time.


Saturday, November 03, 2012

The Protector (Taskforce, #1)The Protector by Marliss Melton
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I'm completely done with Marliss Melton. This book angered me so much that I actually deleted it from my Kindle so it wouldn't infect anything else.

The first time the hero and heroine are safely into their hiding place, the hero absolutely bullies her. Completely. And he does so in total ignorance of modern medicine. The heroine's problem is very real. Not only is this a total turn-off, it also indicates the author's ignorance.

So Mr. Hero us a bully. Gosh. What a swell guy. And immediately after that she finds him comforting and the sparks begin to fly?

If you're into S&M, go for it. I found the character so offensive and the author's use of a stereotype so foul that I have absolutely no desire to read anything else by her.

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Friday, September 07, 2012

...And We're Back...

I hope my reader didn't suffer greatly.  Since I've been gone a while, let me catch you up on what I've been doing.

I've decided to lose weight.  Fortunately there are lots of ways to do this.  My spot-reducing has mostly been limited to my left elbow, but I soon hope to also reduce my right ear lobe.

Anyone who has tried reducing their weight knows it can be stressful.  I've always found that a new hat cheers me right up.

I am even beginning to wonder if a Zumba class might be in my future.

One of the hidden costs of weight loss is the cost of new clothing.  I think I can live with that.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Editing Collapse

The Great Collapse: Survivors of the PulseThe Great Collapse: Survivors of the Pulse by Jeff W. Horton
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Oh dear. There were a lot of problems with this.

The first problem was on me. I didn't realize at first that I was reading what seems to be a piece of Christian fiction coming from a standpoint that I really don't care for. Once I figured that out, I could forgive the attitudes on Christianity and read for content.

The book is very repetitive. The wide-spread problems that would be caused by the event the book revolves around are repeated by every character. In detail. Over and over.

Other random things may be picky, but really detracted from the book. Some examples:
Who calls their wife Ms. (lastname)?

The timeline for society to fall apart at the seems is too optimistic. 2 weeks? Try 2 days.

It's DUCT tape, not duck tape

You wouldn't recognize your husband with 2 weeks of beard growth and dirty clothes? What are you, Odysseus' wife?

"Slunk one of her arms over his shoulder" Slunk? Slung - do you have an editor? Maybe that's the problem.

The one that really got me? The unbelievable one? The one that nearly destroys my faith in humanity? In one section, God is not capitalized. The whole chapter. WTF? This is Christian fiction! How the hell does this even happen, with or without an editor!?

Just can't recommend it.

Would I recommend this to a reader of Christian fiction? No

Would I recommend this to someone who liked One Second After? No

Would I recommend this to a man in a bear suit? No

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Really? This is the best you can write?

The Patriot ParadoxThe Patriot Paradox by William Esmont
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Ok characters in what could have been a fast-paced thriller but instead dragged on and on. Until the book suddenly stopped. Yeah, sure, go ahead and write a sequel. Good for you! But here's how you do it: wrap up the individual story first, leave hints about future situations, don't just stop.

Television does cliff-hangers. Books shouldn't.

Would I recommend this to a person who likes thrillers? No

Would I recommend this to a person who likes to read series? No

Would I recommend this to a man in a bear suit? No

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

La Vida Biblioteca

It's Summer Reading time at the 'ol Biblioteca.  At the old 'ol Biblioteca, I did not have much to do with the children's and teens reading programs.  At the new 'ol Biblioteca, I am Captain of the Summer Reading Ship.  This has been a summer of surprise!

Many years ago, before I was at the old 'ol Biblioteca, I worked in branch libraries and helped setup and run the summer reading programs there.  I was something of a lieutenant there.  And times were way different.  For prizes, we had rocks and sticks.  And our special programs consisted mainly of sitting around a campfire making shadow-puppets

Today's summer reading program is all about spiffy prizes and gaudy programs.  No more wax tablets for us!  I can now add Supply Clerk to my resume.  This is just one of a million things they forgot to teach us in library school.

The City's insane plan to make me a supervisor seems to be working.  I am, in fact, supervising.  And attending supervisor classes.  Next week I'm learning about Workplace Violence.  I hope it's not too hands-on.  Supervisors from all over the city attend these classes and some of those guys in the Water Department are awful big!

Meanwhile, in Texas

Teens And Summer Reading

OK, I hope this will be the last of my libraryland-related posts for a bit.  The fact is that I am insufferably pleased with myself at this time and must share.

I have made some memes to post in our teen area to promote our teen summer reading program.  I place them here so any colleague foolish enough to follow my lead can use them as well.

I created these at

So there.  Feel free to use or ignore.  If you're at my place of work, please be sure to give me abundant and frequent credit.  :-)

Sunday, June 03, 2012

App test

Let's see if the google blogger app works any better than the other piece of crap I tried

Meanwhile, in Android land

Monday, May 14, 2012

Teen Romance Novels

Finished another list for my friend Joann!

Draper, Sharon M.  Romiette and Julio
An African-American girl and a Latino boy fall in love after meeting on the Internet, but they are harrassed by a gang who objects to their interracial dating.

Benway, Robin.  The Extraordinary Secrets Of April, May, And June
When they recover supernatural powers from their childhoods in the aftermath of their parents' divorce, three sisters use their foretelling, invisibility, and mind-reading abilities to tackle school and family challenges

Castelucci, Cecil.  Boy Proof
Feeling alienated from everyone around her, Los Angeles high school senior and cinephile Victoria Denton hides behind the identity of a favorite movie character until an interesting new boy arrives at school and helps her realize that there is more to life than just the movies

Condie, Allyson Braithwaite.  Matched
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate--until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.

Sacher, Louis.  Cardturner
Alton Richards doesn't have much going for him the summer after his junior year of high school and his parents insist he drive his wealthy, elderly uncle to his bridge club and be his cardturner. Alton soon finds himself intrigued by his uncle, by the game of bridge, and by pretty and shy Toni Castaneda. As the summer goes on, he tries to figure out the meaning of his life.

Fitzpatrick, Becca.  Hush, Hush
High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts

Cohn, Rachel.  Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
High school student Nick O'Leary, member of a rock band, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart

 Smith, Jennifer.  The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight
Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London, but after a cinematic kiss they lose track of each other at the airport until fate brings them back together on a very momentous day

Norris, Elizabeth.  Unraveling
If Janelle Tenner wants to avenge her father's death and stop the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets--and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

Barnes, Jennifer.  Every Other Day
Every other day, sixteen-year-old high school student Kali transforms into an invincible demon hunter, but when she sees that a popular fellow-student is marked for death in the next twenty-four hours, unfortunately it is the wrong day for Kali

Edwards, Eve.  The Other Countess
In the court of Queen Elizabeth I in 1582, Eleanor Hutton, an alchemist's daughter, and William Lacey, the financially ruined Earl of Dorset, fall in love just as Will is supposed to be courting a rich and socially acceptable heiress.

Oliver, Lauren.  Delirium
Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love

Clare, Cassandra.  Clockwork Angel
When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother

Harrison, Cora.  I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend
In a series of journal entries, Jenny Cooper describes her stay with cousin Jane Austen in the 1790s, and her entrance into Jane's world of beautiful dresses, dances, secrets, gossip, and romance.

Griffin, Paul.  Stay With Me
Fifteen-year-olds Mack, a high school drop-out but a genius with dogs, and Cece, who hopes to use her intelligence to avoid a life like her mother's, meet and fall in love at the restaurant where they both work, but when Mack lands in prison he pushes Cece away and only a one-eared pit-bull can keep them together.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Like Hunger Games? I Recommend These!

And now a little departure from my usual snark.  You see, I suddenly realized I was a librarian.  I know tons of people are looking for Hunger Games Readalikes.  I have actually made a handout listing some great readalikes.  And then it hit me:  Why not post it here where my reader can use it????


To wit:

Maxfield Academy Series
By Robinson E. Wells
Divergent Trilogy
By Veronica Roth  (I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!)

Blood Red Road
Dustlands Series
By Moira Young

Mortal Engine
Hungry City Series
By Philip Reeve

Uglies Series
By Scott Westerfield

Ender’s Game
Ender Wiggin Series
By Orson Scott Card

Knife Of Never Letting Go
Chaos Walking Series
By Patrick Ness

Razorland Series
By Ann Aguirre

Maze Runner
Maze Runner Trilogy
By James Dashner  (going to try this one next)

Legend Series
By Marie Lu

City of Ember
Books Of Ember Series
By Jeanne DuPrau

Matched Trilogy
By Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Delirium Trilogy
By Lauren Oliver

Blending Time
Blending Time Trilogy
By Michael P. Kinch

Birthmarked Trilogy
By Caragh M. O’Brien

Libyrinth Trilogy
By Pearl North

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Fish Tales

One of the fish in at the 'ol biblioteca died.  Gruesomely.  The deceased was removed with all due respect and flushed.  The rest of the tank soldiered on. 

But new grief was to come.  Soon after the loss of our fish, the fish tank guy was proud to tell us that two of our fish were heavy with child.  Both the fish, our staff, and other library insiders rejoiced at the news!

Sadly, fish have no respect for the children of other fish.  In the dark of night, in a horrific act of cannibalism, the baby fish were devoured by other fish in the tank.  Why, we don't know.  The conspicuous lack of hoodies on the baby fish further confounded our quest to find out why this tragedy had happened.

In the meantime, we are keeping a close eye on the tank.  Has fish to fish bullying gone too far?  Is this a case of fishy racial profiling?  Are drugs involved?  We will not rest until the mystery is solved.

Meanwhile, In The Netherlands

Monday, March 12, 2012

Science Projects

Every year around this time of year there's a type of March Madness I'll bet you never knew anything about. Science Project Season at the 'ol biblioteca. What does this mean to you? Nothing. Unless you have a kid who needs to do a science project that he has known about for six weeks but is due tomorrow.

And there's the rub. There are an infinite number of kids and, apparently, an infinite need for science projects. Libraries, sadly, do not have an infinite number of books.

And a book is always required. Not some up-to-date article from one of our many electronic resources. Not an e-reference book. A book-book. Printed. With a binding. The kind we ran out of about four weeks ago.

This is where a librarian's quick thinking comes into play.  At this point, the kid's gonna fail anyway, so we might as well help him or her go out with a bang!  In other words, if you're gonna screw up, do it big.  

So, with a twinkle in my eye and a song in my heart, I quickly run to the back and paw through the book donations.  This is the best place to get out-dated, racist, and sexist books about just about any topic under the sun.  Especially, it seems, accounting.

Look for anything even remotely resembling a scientific topic.  Fall back on anthropology if you have to.  Just, for the love of peanut butter, grab something.

If you can find anything else even remotely related, grab it too.  I found the title to the left  to be a perfect fit.

And there you go!  Another kid well on his or her way to a life of janitorial service.

Meanwhile, At The Renaissance Fair

Monday, March 05, 2012

Where Was I?

I had pneumonia last week and darned if I remember much about the whole experience.  I'm told that's a good thing.  I do remember getting a shot of antibiotics in the butt.  You just can't blank that out.

But enough of my woes.  Let's see what's going on in the world, shall we?

I've had a bit of a mid-life crisis lately.  Mostly involving my body.  Yep, time to brush up on my nutritional skills.  And I figured a little exercise wouldn't hurt.  And I mean a little exercise.  Fibromyalgia makes exercise a bit of a challenge.

But I am not entirely downhearted.  Dancersize is a possibility in the far future.  Debbie Drake could be my salvation.  She is a ray of sunshine and optimism from beyond the grave.

And one-two-three-four cha-cha-cha.

wtf photos videos -  I'm Not Lovin' ThisMy latest experience at McDonalds has only strengthened my resolve to eat more nutritiously.

After being stared at by Ronald McDonald, I will never set foot in McDonalds again. 

Go through the drive-through, maybe.  That way I have a chance of running him down.

funny pictures - The Grand Poobas of the Brotherhood of the Noodle are ready to have the new pledges brought before them.

I had to make a brief trip to Iowa a few weeks ago.  This left my cat to her own devices. 

I suspect shenanigans were afoot.  From her current behavior, I can only assume the worst:  She has joined a kitty-cult.

I knew I shouldn't have left that catnip laying around

advice animals memes  - Crazy Cow, Kill Anyone
Still, it was nice to see Iowa at -1 degrees.  Nothing like home.

Meanwhile, at the 'ol Biblioteca

funny pictures history - Pushy Librarians

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bad Day At The Office?

Don't you just hate it when you drive up in the morning and see these guys at the door?

(Just trying sharing dropbox pics to the blog via Android.  Man, I can't believe I understand that sentence)

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Last Of Nora Roberts For a While

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro, #1)The Next Always by Nora Roberts

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Who are you and what have you done with Nora Roberts???

I'm glad Ms. Roberts has enjoyed setting up her very own bed and breakfast. From descriptions, I think it might be a place I'd like to go.

The Next Always celebrates the journey of creating a bed and breakfast. Too much. We get more information about building and decorating than we do about the characters. While growing emotions between the couple are there, there is none of La Nora's usual build up of characters. It feels like the characters are secondary to the B&B.

I forced myself to read the first 3rd of the book and just gave up.

Additionally, I don't mind if characters swear. It is a good way to further define the character. In this book, the swearing was jarring and distracting. The verbage is unlike any I've seen in previous books by La Nora. It was almost as if she was saying "hey, builders swear a lot, just hear them!" Hey, I've been around builders and contractors of various kinds. This kind of verbage is used. It has a context. In the book, context was explained but not shown. Jarring and distracting.

I so wanted to like this series but found myself caring so little about the characters that I gave up.

Thankfully, I borrowed the book from the library. Here's hoping La Nora does better in her next standalone or trilogy. I'm not investing time in this trilogy.

Would I recommend this to a reader of Contemporary Romance? No

Would I recommend this to a romance reader who dreams of setting up her own B&B? Yes

Would I recommend this to a man in a bear suit? No. He's a bear. Indoor housing would not be of interest to him.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012