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Geekville / Crisis on Earth X (CW)
« on: November 29, 2017, 01:04:44 PM »
I'm on hour two

Too much RSVP bull, especially from the legends. If you're time travelling from the 12th century you really don't need to worry about beng late

Why does Earth X have a Kara?
Why would Zoom have come back and possessed Wells again?
I always liked Alex but enough with that whining already.

Geekville / Punisher (Netflix)
« on: November 19, 2017, 02:58:11 PM »
Anyone watching? It's pretty good

No Claire Temple yet, but Karen Paige is in a couple of episodes

Geekville / Supergirl Season 3 - CW
« on: October 10, 2017, 06:52:55 PM »
Please kill cat grant. And cut the damn political commentary

She can't breathe underwater? What kind of shit is that?

Otherwise, the premier wasn't bad

General Discussion / Public Apology
« on: August 05, 2017, 01:16:05 AM »
This is something I've been thinking of for some time, and tonight I decided I needed to say something about Xavier Storm.

Back in the day we got along, I'd even say we were what passed on the internet for friends. I once gave him a credit on an earlier iteration of the site that said "He's smarter than you think he is" - and he was touched

Then a certain Brit joined the site and something started bugging me. I felt he changed. He actually pointed out to me once that his best friend (who I have never had anything but affection for) never noticed it so how could it be true.

In retrospect, maybe I was blaming him for someone else's actions. Maybe I was aggravated about something else and blamed it on him. Regardless, whether I liked him or not, whether he changed or not, the fact is I treated him badly. I hate to admit it, but in this instance, I was the douchebag

Let me be clear, I don't expect forgiveness, or that we'll be buddies again, or even that he'll unblock me on facebook. But when you realize you've been an ass the best thing is to own up to it and apologize (And no I'm not doing any fucking steps. In fact I've had a few shots )

I don't even know if Stan still posts on here. Maybe it will make him feel good to read this, so if someone could point him to it,  I would appreciate it.

That's all.

Wrestling & MMA / progressive liberal
« on: June 28, 2017, 10:42:20 PM »

General Discussion / Can I ask you a favor?
« on: May 15, 2017, 06:12:46 PM »
My niece is trying to win a $10K scholarship - and she's going to my alma mater. Would you go to this link and vote for her essay? It's  good one and she's a good kid. Thanks if you do

Geekville / GOTG2
« on: May 06, 2017, 05:26:21 PM »
How is there not a thread on this yet? Fucking Awesome.  We need to make TaserFace the new insult

5 after credit scenes, 2 of which point to new movies, I think

Spoiler  :
Adam Warlock was one, who were the Stallone crew [/spoilers]

Slugfest Of Doom / Danny Rand vs. Bruce Leroy
« on: April 23, 2017, 12:27:54 PM »
Sure Danny can light up his fist, but Bruce posses the power of the Glow!

Wrestling & MMA / Lucha Underground - Netflix
« on: March 25, 2017, 06:32:08 PM »
Anyone ever see this? I thought it was going to be a drama about Lucha Libre, but it looks like an actual promotion

Watching the first episode, konan just showed up, not a good sign

General Discussion / Pornhub Cares
« on: March 15, 2017, 02:47:09 PM »
This is hilarious

Not an Onion headline. Just some good old fashioned kindness from a web company that has provided millions with temporary happiness and stimulation for years.
The popular adult entertainment website Pornhub sent out a fleet of snowplows in New Jersey and Boston during the winter storm that recently crept its way through the northeast.
Pornhub Vice President Corey Price told BostonMagazine.comThe Pornhub team understands that by this time of year, most cities have run up their budget in snow removal, and we thought we’d lend a hand in getting our fans plowed.” [/size]What a class act this guy is. Salt of the earth. Pornhub must make crazy money in ads. While far less will admit to it, millions upon millions use or have used Pornhub’s vast array of “services” before. And I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb here by assuming Pornhub web traffic skyrockets during bad weather. Good on them to turn some of that money around and use it for a simple but good cause.
[/size]This is far from the first time Pornhub has used their money in a charitable fashion. They actually have an entire program called Pornhub Cares that is dedicated to raising money for causes ranging from domestic violence, cancer awareness, and even funding a $25k scholarship.[/size]

Read More: Pornhub 'plowed' NJ streets after recent snowstorm

General Discussion / Books - 2016
« on: December 31, 2016, 08:06:44 PM »
Comments, questions and your lists encouraged

1.The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked Room Mysteries  – Otto Penzler ed. –Big book indeed, with many well-known and a few unknown writers.  Most of the stories are decades old, a few passing the century mark, and while a few were hard to get through for the most part very fun to read.
2.Celtic Myths and Legends - Charles Squire – A closer recounting of the myths than the last book I read. Interesting but I can’t wrap my head around the names.
3.The Price of Silence – William D. Cohan – Subtitle: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, The power of the elite and the corruption of our great universities. Very interesting book about a rush to judgement over a false claim of rape. For me to side with a sports team is something. It explores the larger issues in society as well.
4.Unfaithful Music Disappearing Ink – Elvis Costello – An autobiography. He jumps back and forth in time but tells many interesting stories, so much I didn’t know.  Lots of songs to listen too. He even had a TV show I put on Netflix.
5.Robert B Parker’s Kickback – Ace Atkins – Good writing, and it’s good spending time with Spenser and Hawk. But this is a story that’s been told by any number of TV shows. I wonder if Parker would have told it.
6.Sturgeon is Alive and well – Theodore Sturgeon. - I was looking for a particular story he wrote, it’s not in here. The first third was a novella that was hard to get through and not very good. The rest were worth getting to though. The last, called “Suicide” was quite excellent.
7.The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini – Ruth Brandon – A biography of the escape artist, delving into his escapes, his methods, and his psychology. Very well written and interesting.
8.Girl With a Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier – A historical novel inspired by the Vermeer painting. Excellent book, I was swept up by page 3 and almost missed my train stop I was so engrossed.
9.Mama’s Boy – Richard T Pienciak – The true story of a serial killer and his mother. Takes place in Queens, the Bronx, and north Jersey, places I’m familiar with. Late 80’s & early 90’s, he killed a girlfriend, a mother in law and a wife. Interesting and frustrating story.
10.Conspiracy in Death – JD Robb – Mom gave me the paperback so I reread this. Excellent even on a re-read.
11.The Crossing – Michael Connelly – Harry is retired and his brother the defense attorney asks his help to free an innocent man, shaking his core beliefs.
12.Once a Crooked Man – David McCallum – Ducky wrote a book. Very fun read of an actor who stumbles onto a murder plot and gets involved in international intrigue. Not predictable, I’d read a sequel. 
13.The Lady and the Unicorn – Tracy Chevalier – Once again she takes a classic work of art and creates a story about its origins. Not as good as Pearl Earring but still quite enjoyable. In this case a selection of tapestries.
14.Robert B Parker’s Blackjack – Robert Knott – The latest Virgil Cole. A fugitive novel. Good book, introduces Virgil’s half-brother.
15.Promises in Death – JD Robb – Another re-read. Morris’s girl friend is dead and Eve has to find the killer.
16.Cut Me In – Ed McBain – Out of print since before I was born, I’ve missed the maestro. A book agent is killed and his partner wants to know why. Set in the 40’s – what a different world. Includes a bonus novelette about a PI who’s lost his license.
17.Brotherhood in Death – JD Robb – Mr. Mira’s cousin goes missing and he asks for Eve’s help. Turns into a big case stretching back decades. Always fun reading these on the train with tears in my eyes.
18.Tricky Twenty Two – Janet Evanovich – A couple of murders tie into an assault on a college campus, and a terroristic threat. Pretty surprising ending as well.
19.What was She Thinking? (Notes on a Scandal) – Zoe Heller – The story of an affair between a school teacher and a student, as told by her best friend. Interesting personality study, of both women. Especially considering how often this occurs.
20.Hands off My Gun, Defeating the Plot to Disarm America – Dana Loesch – Wonderful destruction of all the ridiculous arguments that guns are the problem.
21.The Golem of Hollywood – Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman – A Jewish ex-homicide detective is pulled off traffic detail to investigate a murder that ties into a 450 year old legend. Very interesting book.
22.The Illusionists – Rosie Thomas – Set in late 19th century England, tells the story of 2 street magicians who find each other and start to build a better future, and the people they bring into their circle. Their triumphs and tragedies.
23.Nightmare in Shining Armor – Tamar Myers – Part of a series of mysteries called Den of Antiquity, based on the main character’s antique shop. It’s almost a genre of its own, the woman who stumbles across a murder, and investigates to clear herself, while one bad thing after another goes wrong, until she stumbles over the truth. Not a bad example, but not enough to make me run out and read more.
24.The golem remembered, 1909-1980 : variations of a Jewish legend - Arnold L. Goldsmith. - An Analysis of various literary retellings of the Golem legend in the 20th century. Includes a recap of the legend, and a little history of Rabbi Loew, the historical figure the most common version of the legend was foisted upon.
25.You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) – Felicia Day – The internet proclaimed “Queen of the nerds” tells her story. Growing up hone schooled, to bit part acting to creating her own web series & channel. Very interesting story, with a trip into the dark side of the web.
26.The Golem of Paris – Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman – Sequel to #21. Good continuation. He tracks down a killer who hurt his mom, and deepens his relationship with the golem.
27.Xo Orpheus Fifty New Myths – edited by Kate Bernheimer – Stories inspired by myths of various cultures – mostly Greek. A mixed bag, some pretty good, some dismal.
28.The Information – James Gleick – Very interesting book talking about the history of information. Language, libraries, mathematics, and technology are all covered. The way we communicate, how information is measured. Everything from quantum mechanics to DNA.  Well written and easy to understand.
29.The Frankenstein Legend – Donald F Glut – An analysis and basially a recap of all the various retellings of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Although since it was written in 73 it misses some good ones – notably Rocky Horror.
30.Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman – A skewed look at the history of good & evil, the coming of the AntiChrist and Armageddon. With a happy ending. 
31.Darkness – Karen Robards – Thriller set on an Aleutian island. An ornithologist rescues a CIA operative from a down aircraft. Murder, mayhem, and romance ensue.
32.A Nation in Torment – Edward Robb Ellis – A history of the Depression, 1929-39. I was recommended a book of his on NY; the library didn’t have it so I took this out. Very good book. His political leaning is clear, as is his admiration for FDR, but it also seems fairly balanced. A lot of stuff here I never heard of before. I knew it was a bad time but not details. Covers major players, events, and organizations.
33.End of Watch – Stephen King – End of the trilogy begun in Mr. Mercedes. How many times do you have to kill a bad guy? Good book, he uses to make a point about suicide, but that is far better than his usual political interruptions.  Satisfying ending to the saga.
34.15th Affair – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro – A multiple murder at a hotel leads to a spy ring, double agents and Lyndsey finds out her husband has been lying to her.
35.Kingfish The Reign of Huey P. Long – Richard D. White Jr – Fascinating biography of the man who became the de facto dictator of Louisiana during the depression. And looking at the current political climate it appears to be his personality vs. his ideas, both of which are bad for America.
36.The Beer Bible – Jeff Alworth – Decided I wanted to learn more about various types of beer. It’s quite a complicated subject. I may need to buy a copy. Probably not a good idea to do this while trying to lose weight.
37.Americana The Kinks, The Riff, The Road: The Story – Ray Davies – This autobiography is authorized, unlike the last. He recounts the rise and fall of the Kinks as seen through their tours of America, and some of his life after the band, and getting shot while living in New Orleans.
38.Robert B Parker’s  Slow Burn – Ace Atkins – A firefighter friend of Spenser’s asks him to look into a series of arsons.  He reflects a lot on his aging in this one, makes me wonder if he plans on wrapping up the series at some point.
39.A Man Called Dave – Dave Pelzer – The third of a trilogy about a boy horribly abused by his mother, this details his adulthood and the beginning of his career as a motivational speaker. It was ok.
40.Morrigan’s Cross – Nora Roberts – Mom gave me this trilogy about a Sorcerer from the 12th century who travels to our time to form a band of warriors, including his twin – a vampire – to battle the queen of the Vamps.
41.St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves – Karen Russell – A selection of short stories, a little off center, but interesting. Almost seems like they were the middle of larger stories. A few were interconnected as well.
42.Dance of the Gods – Nora Roberts – Part two. The team travels to another realm to prepare for the war to come. And of course another couple find each other.
43.Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm – A translation of the original tales – some of these I hadn’t read. Not your Disney stories.
44.Dirty Dishes A Restaurateur’s Story of Passion, Pain, And Pasta – Pino Luongo – I actually found this book walking through the streets of LIC, but it was interesting. I never heard of the guy but he ran some I guess famous restaurants in the 80’s. Entertaining look at the business. At the close of the book he had one left, which sadly, is now closed.
45.Night Shift – Charlaine Harris – The 3rd installment of her new series about Midnight, TX and I think I’m liking it better than the Sookie books. In this one people are coming to the town to commit suicide, and finding out why tells the story.
46.Disappearance at Devil’s Rock – Paul Tremblay – When it started there were some vague similarities to Stranger Things, but it goes in a completely different direction. But still a missing kid, and his Mom and Sister search for him. Almost supernatural but you’re never really sure.
47.Dracula’s Brood – Edited by Richard Dalby – Vampire stories written by friends and contemporaries of Bram Stoker. He said he picked stories that had rarely been anthologized which was probably true in 1987 but I’d read about half of them before.
48.Vlad the Impaler the man who was Dracula – Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon – Put this on my list at the library not realizing it was a graphic novel. Still interesting though, and if accurate his best friend and brother in law was named Stefan.
49.Valley of Silence – Nora Roberts – Finish of the trilogy above. Satisfying, if slightly predictable ending.
50.The History of the Renaissance World – Susan Wise Bauer – Covers the period from 1100 to 1453, when Constantinople finally fell. Lot of wars, betrayal, and conflict. Interesting book though. I’m going to read more of hers.
51.Curious Minds – Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton – A Knight and Moon novel, apparently the start of a new series. She’s becoming the new Patterson. It has the feel of Evanovich, a man and woman team, each slightly off center. It was fun.
52.The Pursuit – Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg – One of her other series. Nick and Kate have to stop the spread of Smallpox and blow things up.  It would be interesting to see them run into one of the other teams.
53.The Rise & Fall of ECW – Thom Loverro – Interesting little book about the history of the promotion. Published by WWE so there is that slant, but still entertaining.
54.The Well Educated Mind – Susan Wise Bauer- Not what I expected. I thought it would just be a list of books in various subjects, but while it contains that, it’s more a primer in how to read. Honestly makes reading into too much like work for me. The bibliographies are interesting though.
55.The Mangle Street Murders – M.R.C. Kasasian – Set in Victorian England a young woman loses her parents and becomes the ward of her Godfather, a “personal detective”. A brilliant but unlikeable man, it has echoes of Holmes and Watson with a more modern flavor. Conan Doyle makes a cameo at the end. I believe it’s the first in a series
56.The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman – By complete coincidence this is also the first of a series, and is partly set in an alternate Victorian England and has a “Great Detective” character, albeit a more likeable one. That is where the comparison ends because this is set in a mystical library that sends agents out to collect certain books from various alternate worlds. It was pretty enjoyable, and includes Fae and dragons.
57.Vulnerable – Mary Burton – a forensic tech adopted by a cop family opens an old murder case, and has to decide if the victim really is one.
58.The History of the Ancient World – Susan Wise Bauer – The beginning of her series, and more evidence that the history of earth is war and conquest. And highlights the way we’ve mixed races since the beginning of history.
59.Born to Run – Christopher McDougall – “A hidden tribe, super athletes and the greatest race the world has never seen”  Fascinating book on ultramarathoners including a tribe in Mexico and a theory that long distance running is what we evolved for.
60.The Wrong Side of Goodbye – Michael Connelly – Bosch is retired and volunteering at a small department doing cold cases. He gets hired to search for a billionaire’s heir, and gets his half-brother involved. Kept me guessing, I did not see the end coming as it did.
61.Robert B Parker’s The Devil Wins – Reed Farrel Coleman – Jesse Stone is also digging into a cold case when the bodies of 2 girls who disappeared years ago resurface, next to a fresh corpse. The dead girl was his deputy’s best friend. He’s carrying on the character well
62.Robert B Parker’s Debt to Pay – Reed Farrel Coleman – Another Stone novel. Jesse’s ex is getting married and an old adversary is targeting her. Kind of a shocking ending
63.Murder of a Bookstore Babe – Denise Swanson – series book about a school therapist who keeps stumbling over bodies and solving murders. This one obviously occurs in a bookstore. It was pretty good. Sort of Evanovitch like. Speaking of which
64.Turbo Twenty Three – Janet Evanovich – Stephanie finds a frozen chocolate covered body in the back of an ice cream truck. Hilarity ensues. Not really but it was an enjoyable book.

General Discussion / second cousin day
« on: September 25, 2016, 03:32:17 AM »
OK I tried this twice I don;t know why it isn't posting. I'm asking you to help me get a fake holiday viral, just like all the other stupid ones out there

so please share this meme or make your own and let's see if we can make it a real thing. I'm counting on you

Wrestling & MMA / Foley
« on: July 26, 2016, 06:10:33 PM »
What the fuck is that thing on his face?

Wrestling & MMA / The Resurrection of Jake the Snake
« on: June 04, 2016, 04:30:30 PM »
If you haven't watched it, do so. ASAP

Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, playstation, whatever

Geekville / Sense 8 (Netflix)
« on: April 27, 2016, 09:30:25 PM »
Anyone watching this? My kid turned me on to it. Starts slow but it is interesting. He says he didn't love the last episode, but I haven't gotten that far

General Discussion / Playstation has TV shows now?
« on: March 16, 2016, 07:47:45 PM »
I can't keep up

General Discussion / Books We read, 2015 edition
« on: December 31, 2015, 10:11:26 AM »
Ask questions, editorialize, add your list

1.   Phoenix – Greg Isles – Before the Berlin Wall fell, the story of an attempt to destroy Israel and give birth to the 4th Reich.   Involves prisoner 7 at Spandau, Rudolph Hess.
2.   Coco Chanel, an Intimate Life – Lisa Chaney – Very interesting biography.  She basically invented the way women dress in the 20th century, including the little black dress and even people wearing black on a regular basis. Also the #1 perfume in the world.
3.   Robert B Parker’s Cheap Shot – Ace Atkins – Continuing the series. It’s still very good, but missing something. A football player hires Spenser to find out who’s tailing him, and then his son is kidnapped. And Hawk is back.
4.   The Burning Room – Michael Connelly – Bosch has a new partner and is looking into a politically charged murder case. Good book, I like the new character and the development, but I wasn’t thrilled with the small cliff hanger at the end. Poor guy can’t catch a break.
5.   Dressed to Slay – Harper Allen – Pop corn book, about a trio of sisters one of whom is a “daughter of Lilith” – basically a vampire slayer – and how they found out and are trained by a Russian Grandfather they thought was dead. Paperbacks are handy, mostly read this in the bathroom
6.   Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant – Anne Tyler – Decades spanning novel of a dysfunctional family, a single mom and her three kids. Pretty good. The middle son owns the restaurant in question.
7.   Revival – Stephen King – Not as good as the last one, but still pretty good. Five decade story of a boy and his minister who find themselves entwined together over the years.
8.   Robert B Parker’s The Bridge – Robert Knott – An Appaloosa novel. Someone blows up a bridge. And a carnival comes to town. These facts may or may not be related.
9.   The Medusa Project – Cindy Dees – A top secret program to create a female team in J-Soc gets a green light, and performs exemplarily. 
10.   Tough Jews, Fathers, Sons and Gangster Dreams – Rich Cohen – A look at early century Jewish gangsters, mainly from Brooklyn. Including Murder Inc. and the creation of the commission that rules over the 5 families, since the Jewish and Italian mobsters were so closely intertwined. He includes personal reminiscences of looking for examples of tough Jews, and how after the holocaust Israel filled that need. 
11.   Hidden Order – Brad Thor – Involves a CIA operative informed of a terror plot, and a private military contractor investigating a death at the FED and how the two cases come together.
12.   The Monopolists – Mary Pilon – “Obsession, Fury, And the scandal behind the world’s favorite board game”. A history of the real invention of Monopoly as well as a law suit by the producer of Anti-Monopoly.
13.   Hush – Karen Robards – A case involving hidden money and the family of a Madoff type criminal who get involved with the CIA
14.   The Day the World Came to Town 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland – Jim Defede – When the skies shut down dozens of planes were diverted to this large airport in this small town. This is the amazing story of how the people there and in surrounding towns took them in and cared for them.
15.   Obsession in Death – JD Robb – Taking place only days after the last one, at New Year’s, a person starts killing people for Eve – and she has to track them down and stop the perp. Another great one.
16.   Flash Rebirth – Geoff Johns – Graphic novel, a compilation of a comic series where they brought back the real Flash, Barry Allen
17.   Die Again – Tess Gerritsen – A new Rizzoli & Isles, a series of killings leads to a serial killer and leads back to a mass murder in Africa. I still like the TV show better, but this was good.
18.   Indemnity Only – Sara Paretsky – A reissue of the VI Warshawski novel. I think I read one once before. Set in Chicago she’s a former lawyer working as a PI and a missing daughter of a union organizer turns into aa murder investigation.
19.   Power Broker Robert  Moses and the Fall of New York  - Robert A Caro – Moses was a genius – the original Bob the Builder, the Man who got things done. But his single mindedness, auto based philosophy and his classist, racist attitude did much harm to the city, inspiring decades long debt and the long term destruction of the mass transit system in and around the city.
20.    Robert B Parker’s Blind Spot – Reed Farrel Coleman – The latest Jesse Stone. I’m not sure it’s as close to the original as the Spenser ones. But still good. Explores Jesse’s time as a minor league player and brings some of those characters. He also encounters a hit man who figures to be the story of the next book.
21.   The Vulgar Tongue: Green’s History of Slang – Jonathon Green – A scholarly look at a not scholarly topic. Traces the collection and study of slang – also cant and jargon – through the last few centuries. Very interesting.
22.   World Gone By – Dennis Lehane – 1940’s Florida, Ybor city is run by Boston Gangsters. Joe Coughlin, consigliere, former boss just wants to run things and care for his son. Likeable character who is totally ruthless. Good story, if not exactly a happy ending.
23.   The Burglar who counted the Spoons – Lawrence Block – Bernie is back. And while working a score, this time the cops come to him for help. Great story with some fun history lessons thrown in as a bonus.
24.   The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot – An amazing story of the first time human cells were grown in a petri dish and didn’t die. And the story of the woman who’s cells were taken without her knowledge. Her family didn’t find out for nearly 20 years that her cells were used around the world to cure diseases and make some people rich.
25.   The Pied Piper – Ridley Pearson – Someone is kidnapping babies across the west coast, and now they’re in Seattle. A local cop has to deal with the FBI and personal issues to stop him.
26.   Deadly Heat – Richard Castle – Catching up on the Heat novels. Lots of little tidbits for viewers of Castle. Nikki is tracking a serial killer and the person who ordered her Mom’s murder. I thought the show gave hints and there were some similarities to cases from there. But I thought I guessed part of it and I was wrong.
27.   Wild Storm – Richard Castle – A Derrick Storm novel. Someone is using
a laser to shoot planes out of the sky and DS needs to stop them. Over the top thriller, but fun. A few tidbits for Castle watchers in this series as well.
28.   Raging Heat – Richard Castle – Takes place during Castle, and starts with one of the most unusual deaths from the show (although Bones and the Mentalist also did it) and makes it more spectacular. Excellent story and the acknowledgment gives nod to the season 6 finale.
29.   Day Shift – Charlaine Harris – The second in her new series, reveals quite a bit about the inhabitants of Midnight, and has guest appearances by a couple of Sookie’s friends. Were Leopards, Angels, a Vampire, a witch, a psychic and a thief. Interesting group of people.
30.   Patton The Man behind the Legend, 1885-1945 – Martin Blumenson – Biography of the public and private life of one of, if not the greatest general in American history. Very interesting.
31.   The Other Side of the Moon – Sheridan Morley – A biography of David Niven. Classy dude, interesting life. He was a soldier, actor, writer, dad.
32.   Finders Keepers – Steven King – He goes back to some of the characters of Mr. Mercedes and adds another family that was affected by the events in that book. Good book.
33.   Dead Ice – Laurell K Hamilton – Anita and Jean Claude are planning a wedding while she helps the FBI with a zombie problem. She’s putting more and more of the relationship stuff and less cop story. At least this one dialed back the sex some, but pages of exposition can become less interesting.
34.   I Slept with Joey Ramone – Mickey Leigh with Legs McNeil – Mickey was his brother. This is a family memoir, telling of the life of Jeff Hyman and how he became Joey Ramone. The founding of the band and how it affected both of their lives and their family.
35.   The Burglar Who Thought He was Bogart – Lawrence Block – An older Bernie book, which I read a long time ago. This one involves a plan to resurrect a theoretical Balkan prison.
36.   Death’s Excellent Vacation – edited by Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner – A compilation of stories of paranormal vacations. They were all at least pretty good, some funny, some serious. A new Sookie and some new authors to check out.
37.   The Burglar in the Rye – Lawrence Block – A Bernie book I haven’t read before, and it concerns an author who wants to remain private, and a lot of double dealing. It’s Block, so it’s excellent
38.   Light My Fire – Katie MacAlister – The 3rd Aisling Gray, Drake faces a challenge and everyone is out to get Aisling.
39.   Commando – Johnny Ramone – I figured since I read the bio of Joey which didn’t paint Johnny in a very good light I’d read his. He practically admits to being an asshole but with a certain likeability.  He doesn’t really contradict much of the facts in the other book.
40.   Please Kill Me, The Uncensored oral history of Punk – Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain – A history of the genre told through the words of the people who made it and lived it. Some great stories, tragic, funny, touching.
41.   Halfway to the Grave- Jeaniene Frost – Found this in book 36. Cat is a half vampire with an origin like Blade. She’s been killing vamps on a random basis when she runs into a Master Vampire bounty hunter. Some similar elements to the Blake series but a very different tone.
42.   No Rest for the Dead – Edited by Andrew F Gulli & Lamia J Gulli – A mystery novel written by 26 authors. The introduction guaranteed we wouldn’t guess the ending, I did guess part of it after enough clues. Very cohesive even with the various writing styles.
43.   I sing the body electric – Ray Bradbury – I’ve never enjoyed his work as much as the big 3 of SF. It was pretty good, but nothing spectacular. Ends with an epic poem I couldn’t get through.
44.   Scream for Me – Karen Rose – I’m behind on Rose. A GBI agent from a previous book investigates a copycat serial killer and falls for the sister of the original victim.
45.   One Foot in the Grave – Jeaniene Frost – The second Night Huntress novel, 4 years later Cat is leading a band of Vampire hunters and reunites with her mentor and lover, Bones. I’m liking the series.
46.   Holy Smokes – Katie MacAlister – Aisling and Drake plan a wedding in the midst of a war.
47.   At Grave’s End – Jeaniene Frost – Cat and Bones prepare for war. And get married.
48.   This Never Happened – E.W. Summers – Intense first novel of an extremely dysfunctional family. It begins when the narrator’s sister kills her abusive husband.
49.   Wicked Charms – Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton – Lizzy & Diesel still looking for the magic stones, this time one that involves a pirate treasure. And they find a new level to their relationship.
50.   The Bite – Michael Crow – Series book about a Baltimore cop named Luther Ewing, involved in a meth case and teaming with a sketchy DEA agent.
51.   Destined for an Early Grave – Jeaniene Frost - The Night Huntress makes the leap to funn undead, and fights a husband she didn’t know she had.
52.   This Side of the Grave - Jeaniene Frost – Cat and Bones attempt to stave off a war with the Ghouls.
53.   The First Drop of Crimson – Jeaniene Frost – A spin off novel from the Cat and Bones books. Cat’s friend Denise runs into an issue with a demon and gets Bone’s friend Spade to help.
54.   Eternal Kiss of Darkness – Jeaniene Frost – Another spin off, Mencheres stars in this one.
55.   Academy Street – Mary Costello – Begins in Island and then moves to the apartment building across the street from where I grew up. Well told and slightly tragic story of a young woman who moves from Ireland to NY and has a child.
56.   14th Deadly Sin – James Patterson & Maxine Paetro - The Woman’s Murder Club investigates murders and robberies seemingly committed by cops. Meanwhile, Cindy goes on a book tour. She mentions a couple of book stores – actual ones, which I thought was pretty cool.
57.   Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee – Well it wasn’t as good as her first book, but what is? It doesn’t destroy its legacy like some reviewers claimed. Despite being written half a century ago, it still has some relevance. I’m not sure if that is a tribute to her writing or a commentary on the sad state of society today.
58.   One Grave at a Time – Jeaniene Frost – How do you kill a ghost? That’s Cat’s newest problem, stopping a 500 year old inquisitor from continuing to torture and kill women on Halloween.
59.   100 Crooked Little Crime Stories – selected by Robert Weinberg, Stefan Dziemanowicz & Martin Greenberg – Over a centuries worth, some good ones. Fun read
60.   Devoted in Death – JD Robb – Her version of Bonnie & Clyde. Two crazy lovers cut a swath up from the south through the northeast aiming at NYC. Eve teams up with a southern deputy to track them down.
61.   Mary Poppins She Wrote, The life of P.L. Travers – Valerie Lawson – After watching Saving Mr. Banks I wanted to learn the truth. The movie was complete BS. Interesting life, now I have to read her book.
62.   Cheating death, Stealing Life – Eddie Guerrero with Michael Krugman. – Sad that he died so soon after writing a story of redemption. I stopped watching wrestling when he died. It’s a hell of a story.
63.   The Girl with the Deep Blue Eyes – Lawrence Block – He is always great. This is part of the Hard Case crime series, a retired NY cop becomes a part time PI in Florida and falls for a woman the local cops have him going undercover to catch trying to hire a hitman. Keeps you guessing till the end.
64.   Tangled Ropes – Billy Graham with Keith Elliot Greenberg – The Superstar tells his story, seems to be brutally honest, even to his own screw ups. Although it was published by WWE so….  Well told story of the guy who arguably changed the face of pro wrestling. 
65.   Brody The Triumph and Tragedy of Wrestling’s Rebel – Larry Matysik and Barbara Goodish – Written by one of his best friends and his wife, this is a look at one of the biggest names in independent wrestling. Odd that one of the few wrestlers who lived smart, saved and had no substance abuse was still killed by the business, murdered in PR. I never saw him but this was a very touching story.
66.   Kiss Me While I Sleep – Linda Howard – A freelance CIA assassin takes on a personal case, and another agent is sent to stop her. Of course it doesn’t go that way.
67.    Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers- If I read her biography I should read her book. Different from the movie, but very entertaining.
68.    X – Sue Grafton – Guess she couldn’t come up with an “is for”. But excellent book with three different storylines. One of which eve has a happy ending. Only two letters left, I’m curious as to what happens next.
69.   Mushroom: The true story of the A-Bomb kid – John Aristotle Phillips and David Michaelis – Found this in Mom’s basement. Happened in the early 70’s and was quite a sensation apparently. I don’t remember it. He designed an atomic bomb as a project at Princeton.
70.    The Aeronaut’s Windlass – Jim Butcher – Part of a new series called the Cinder Spires.  A steampunk world with magic and talking cats. Quite fun.
71.   The Great Beanie Baby Bubble – Zac Bissonnette – Subtitled “Mass delusion and the Dark Side of Cute”. Looks into how people got so crazy thinking they were going to make a fortune off a $5 toy. I admit we were a little swept up in it. And we still have them.
72.   The Scam – Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg – A new Kate and Fox story. They take on a Las Vegas money launderer and a Hawaiian Yakuza thug. And make a step forward.
73.   Driving Heat – Richard Castle – Heat makes captain, which isn’t as easy as you’d think. And a wedding. As usual plenty of fun touches.
74.    Sweets a History of Candy – Tim Richardson – He claims to be the world’s only sweets historian, and he goes back pretty far, naming India as the origin of man-made sweets. Lots of fascinating info, could have used pictures considering the subject manner.
75.   Bazaar of Bad Dreams – Stephen King - Long book of short stories. He includes some biographical background before each which is always fun. It’s a good batch and he keeps the political BS to a minimum.
76.   Black Orchids & The Silent Speaker – Rex Stout – Two Nero Wolfe novels with introductions by 2 other great writers, Lawrence Block and Walter Mosley. I passed by the alleged location of his townhouse yesterday. Hadn’t read these yet but the last one was the basis for the episode of the TV show.
77.   Playing with Fire – Tess Gerritsen – I didn’t realize this wasn’t an R&I book until after the first chapter. It’s a stand-alone about a violinist who finds some sheet music in a Rome antique shop. Something bad happens the first time she plays it. Horror elements and a look at the holocaust. Easily the best book of hers I’ve read.
78.   Archie Meets Nero Wolfe – Robert Goldsborough – How a 19 year old Archie Goodwin arrives in NYC and makes the acquaintance of the great Nero Wolfe. He does a good job with the characters, using hints dropped in the canon books.
79.   The Celtic Myths, a guide to the ancient gods and legends – Miranda Aldhouse-Green – Talking about the myths rather than actually reading them. Not what I was looking for but still pretty interesting.
80.   The Last Time I saw Her – Karen Robards – Just when I thought she was carrying the ghost story too far she apparently has wrapped it up. A bit of a dues ex machina to do it, but a happy ending anyway.
81.   A Family Affair – Rex Stout – One of the later books, written  after Watergate. Someone they know is murdered and Wolfe investigates for free. Sad ending of this one.
82.   The Caves of Steel – Isaac Asimov – Thought I’d go back and reread one. I kind of remembered the ending, but not the details. Sill excellent. Good one to end the year.

General Discussion / Spam?
« on: December 28, 2015, 02:32:01 PM »
So I just got an e-mail at work, subject line hello robert from br4mbe @

BR4MBE is my yahoo screen name. As far as I know there is no link between those to addresses.
The body reads sup robert and includes a link to a specific page of  something called confidential investigations .com
Googling the domain it seems to belong to a PI in Oregon

It's probably nothing but I have to admit I'm a little freaked out by it. Am I over reacting?
Also, no one who knows me calls me Robert

General Discussion / Supergirl (CBS)
« on: October 26, 2015, 08:55:46 PM »
OK, it's still on but initial thoughts

Are all the DC shows going to start with "My name is...... " ?

She had no costume so why did she need to rip off her jacket besides the visual effect ?

Still annoys me making Jimmy black but whatever

Is there a reason they can't say Superman?

Wrestling & MMA / Brody
« on: October 15, 2015, 09:07:57 PM »
As most of you know, I started watching wrestling as an adult. It was only a few years before Brody was murdered, and being in NY with no cable I only knew the WWF with the occasional WCW show, so I never saw him. I read about him in the Apter mags, that was it.

I mentioned elsewhere how I went on a Wikipedia run hopping from wrestler to wrestler, and put a few books on my library queue. One was a bio of Brody by his widow and his friend Larry Matysik Sam Munchik's protégé from St. Louis.

I highly recommend it. Sad but hopeful book. He was quite a guy. Maybe one of the smartest wrestlers business wise. Sad a guy with no substance problem was cut down like that. Most of you probably know him better, but read this if you get a chance

General Discussion / Second Cousin Day
« on: September 30, 2015, 09:06:24 AM »
So you know all those silly days we see on line? I want to start one and spread it around, see if it can catch on. This was the silliest one I could come up with (tequila helped)

There is a public meme on my facebook and twitter you can copy or share, or better yet, make your own so it's not just the same one going around.

I know I didn't give it much time but we can do it! GO

Wrestling & MMA / The Brain
« on: September 25, 2015, 11:51:06 AM »
I'm watching a Jake Roberts DVD, and they showed an episode where Jake went after Bobby with the snake, Heenan did a vault over the top rope head first, almost vertical, with a perfect two point landing on his feet. He was in his 40s at the time, I think that's pretty impressive

Geekville / twitter question
« on: September 24, 2015, 09:18:17 PM »
Is on of you Battlestar Galatea?

Geekville / Sherlock (BBC)
« on: September 11, 2015, 07:53:36 PM »
Never had any interest in this. The idea of present day Holmes left me cold. But I decided, give it a shot
Halfway through the first episode. It's fucking great

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