Friday, November 01, 2013

Patricia Cornwell Read Alikes


Jefferson Bass

Benjamin Black

Edna Buchanan

Suzanne Chazin

Max Allan Collins

Beverly  Connor

Robin Cook

Colin Cotterill

Jeffrey Deaver

Time Downs

Aaron J. Elkins

Linda Fairstein

Ariana Franklin

Lisa Gardner

Tess Gerritsen

Elly Griffiths

Carl Hiaasen

Greg Iles

J.A. Jance

Iris Johansen

Reichs Kathy

Jonathan Kellerman

Lynda La Plante

Jeffry P. Lindsay

Peter May

Sharyn McCrumb

James Patterson

Ridley Pearson

John Sandford

Karin Slaughter

Catherine Coulter Read Alikes


Catherine Coulter’s books appeal to both readers of Suspense Fiction and readers of Romantic Suspense.

 

David Baldacci

Allison Brennan

Suzanne Brockmann

R.S. Caine

Linda Castillo

Lee Child

Mary Higgins Clark

Patricia Cornwell

Nelson DeMille

Julie Garwood

Cindy Gerard

Tess Gerritsen

Eileen Goudge

James Grippando

Tami Hoag

Lisa Jackson

Iris Johansen

Elizabeth Lowell

Fern Michaels

Carla Neggers

Karen Robards

Nora Roberts

James Rollins

 

 

James Patterson Read Alikes


If You Like James Patterson, Try These!
 
Alex Berenson

Lawrence Block

James Lee Burke

Stephen Cannell

Linda Castillo

Lee Child

Thomas H. Cook

Patricia Cornwell

Clive Cussler

Jeffrey Deaver

Nelson DeMille

Joy Fielding

Vince Flynn

Brian Freemantle

Lisa Gardner

Tess Gerritsen

James Grippando

Andrew Gross

Michael Harvey

Patricia Highsmith

Tami Hoag

Greg Iles

Jonathan Kellerman

Andrew Klavan

John Lescroart

Laura Lippman

Phillip Margolin

T. Jefferson Parker

Ridley Pearson

Thomas Perry

Christopher Reich

Kathy Reichs

James Rollins

John Sandford

Sheldon Siegel

Andrew Vachss

Minette Walters

Stuart Woods

Saturday, October 19, 2013

If You Like James Patterson

By popular request, I present to you this list of authors you might like if you like James Patterson.  Enjoy

Alex Berenson
Lawrence Block
James Lee Burke
Stephen Cannell
Linda Castillo
Lee Child
Thomas H. Cook
Patricia Cornwell
Clive Cussler
Jeffrey Deaver
Nelson DeMille
Joy Fielding
Vince Flynn
Brian Freemantle
Lisa Gardner
Tess Gerritsen
James Grippando
Andrew Gross
Michael Harvey
Patricia Highsmith
Tami Hoag
Greg Iles
Jonathan Kellerman
Andrew Klavan
John Lescroart
Laura Lippman
Phillip Margolin
T. Jefferson Parker
Ridley Pearson
Thomas Perry
Christopher Reich
Kathy Reichs
James Rollins
John Sandford
Sheldon Siegel
Andrew Vachss
Minette Walters
Stuart Woods


Saturday, June 15, 2013

If You Like Barbara Kingsolver Try These!


Getting back on track with some booklists.  Who knows?  Maybe I'll start snarking again!  Wheeee!

The Known World                          Jones, Edward P.
A slave rebellion causes the downfall of a plantation after the owner, a former slave, dies.

Year Of Wonders: A Novel Of The Plague         Brooks, Gwendolyn
Based on a true story of an English village that voluntarily quaranteens itself when plague stricks.

Where The Heart Is            Letts, Billie
After being dumped in a strange town by her boyfriend, 17 year old Novalee Nation gives birth to her baby in a Wal-Mart store and, after celebrity and a kidnapping, she learns who she really is.

The Omnivore's Dilemma    Pollan, Michael
The author looks at how what we eat and how we get it challenges human survival.

As I Lay Dying            Faulkner, William
After the death of Addie Bundren, her family honors journeys to take her to her preferred final resting place.

The Stone Diaries    Shields, Carol
A fictional story about one woman’s vivid life and death in the first half of the twentieth century.

Birdsong           Faulks, Sebastian
Before and after WWI and after losing the love of his life, Englishman Stephen Wraysford signs up for the French Army and learns about himself on the battlefield.

The Beet Queen     Erdrich, Louise
The life story Mary and her brother Karl, who must live with an aunt in North Dakota after their mother abandons them.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek           Dillard, Annie
A collection of essays about one year in the town of Tinker’s Creek in the Blue Ridge Valley in Virginia

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hoping against hope

So, Google is stopping Googlereader.  Slime dogs.  So Im trying feedly lets see about sharing to bloggerHere's Hoping There are Generators in the Apocalypse [feedly]

Friday, March 08, 2013

More YA Dystopia

DissidenceDissidence by Jamie Canosa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a fast-paced read. It fits fully into the YA genre as well as being dystopian. It is a coming of age story with the main character facing internal and external conflict as everything she has ever known turns out to be false.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Issues. I have issues

They say that when a television series runs out of good ideas, they do a clip show.  I haven't exactly run out of ideas.  My brain is just on hold for a while.  I guess.  Whatever.  So I've decided to do a blog clip show and revisit issues I have had in the past.

Fanny Packs.  Specifically men wearing fanny packs in front under a beer belly.  That awful moment when they reach down to unzip and you're not quite sure if you're going to see a library card or a whang.  I've discussed it in  07/2007, 8/2009 and 03/2010.  I must say that I seem to have made some progress in my campaign as I am seeing less of this.  And yet the horror continues.  I'm serious about this.

And, yes, I still think America dresses like slobs

And listen up, Lady Gaga, women wore meat outfits long before you did.  And even in the old days they were classier than yours.

Yes, I have many issues with dress.  Which is pretty hypocritical when I look at how I dress.  Did Dansko clogs really go out of style that long ago?

Stay tuned for more issues reexamined soon!







Meanwhile, in the 80s





Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Moving Music

I'm in a reflective mood today.  I've been thinking of music of all types that, for better or worse, move me when I hear them.  I've chosen three to share today.  Maybe I'll make this a recurring post as I wander through my personal musical landscape.  My landscape is very diverse.  While this post is what I like to think of as "serious music," I have a ton of others that move me, so I hope to make more lists later.  Only three for today, but they are mighty. 



Fanfare For The Common Man
OK, what American isn't moved by this one?  Seriously.  It affirms the individual.  It is the call for each of us to rise to the greatness we hold within.

Alleluia
Randall Thompson
Probably everyone who has ever sung this one is in love with it.  What moves me is the story behind it.

Thompson was commissioned to write this in July, 1940, just after the fall of France in WWII.  He had been asked to write a choral fanfare to open a music festival.  But world events made this no time for celebration.  To Thompson's mind, a more somber mood was appropriate.  So he wrote this sad alleluia.  We don't think of alleluia as being less than joyful.  And yet a sad alleluia is a valid interpretation of the word.  Thompson has said it is the alleluia in the spirit of the book of Job where it says "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord."

So bless the Lord in all your circumstances.

Something Like A Star
Third movement from Frostiana
Randall Thompson
Yes, I'm going with two Thompsons today.  So shoot me.  It's my blog.

I sang this piece in junior high.  We had a great music program.  Thank you Mr. Giles.  Now, as then, the final stanza reminds me to be centered, to stand by my convictions, and keep perspective.

"So when at times the crowd is swayed
To carry praise or blame too far
We may choose something like a star
To stay our minds on and be staid"

Meanwhile, in the Pacific

Saturday, January 26, 2013

The week in Booktending Land


Got my hair cut and some dental work done.  That was nice.








Did Storytime












Discovered that farts are really a superhero's most deadly weapon










As we have for the past few years, we continue to introduce customers to the internet.  So they can do vital things.  Like apply for unemployment, apply for jobs, and get tax forms.





Meanwhile, in California




Saturday, January 12, 2013

At The 'Ol Biblioteca

Well, it has been a full and rich day. Ya see, a big 'ol water main went wacko nearby.  No water.  No toilets.  Staff dashed to the nearest place with water to take care of business.  How those businesses had water and we didn't, I can not fathom.  Of course I had some iced coffee before arriving and became one of the desperate driving madly to Walmart to use their restrooms.

In other news, the brussel sprouts industry seems to be booming due to some spiffy new slang from the kids.


A lot of people have been in lately wanting information about terrorist cows.




School is back in session and the kids are trickling in to do their homework assignments use the public computers to play games




Lots of folks still learning how to apply for unemployment using the public computers.  I'm really ticked off at DES for making this policy.  Part of the reason some of these people are unemployed is because they have no computer skills.  This is something I am rabidly serious about.




MEANWHILE, IN PERU: