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The Women

Hannah, Kristin
Coronado girl Frankie joins the U.S. Army as a nurse and goes to Vietnam. Pretty graphic war stuff. I didn't care for the romance stuff. Much tears in the last quarter of so of the story.

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7/2024

The Reading List

Adams, Sara Nisha
People keep finding a list of books, so they read them and come out of their safe zones to live better lives. It's very nice, I wish I could remember all (or any) of the wonderful thoughts the people have. But I can't.

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7/2024

Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide

Holmes, Rupert
Entertaining writing, but I didn't care about the characters at all.

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"Speed limit?" I yelled. "Hell, I don't even know which side of the road to drive on!"

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...the Strid. -- Hey, I've read about that place!

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...smuggle a narrow-gauge dock line... -- I'm picturing a model railroad in his pants.

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"Oink," he said, this being the biggest and last miscalculation of his life.

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7/2024

Monstrous Affections

Link, editor, Kelly
Gavin J. Grant, co-editor.

Moriabe's Children / Paolo Bacigalupi --
Old souls / Cassandra Clare --
Ten rules for being an intergalactic smuggler (the successful kind) / Holly Black --
Quick hill / M.T. Anderson --
The diabolist / Nathan Ballingrud --
This whole demoning thing / Patrick Ness --
Wings in the morning / Sarah Rees Brennan --
Left foot, right / Nalo Hopkinson --
The Mercurials / G. Carl Purcell --
Kitty Capulet and the invention of underwater photography / Dylan Horrocks --
Son of abyss / Nik Houser --
A small wild magic / Kathleen Jennings --
The new boyfriend / Kelly Link --
The woods hide in plain sight / Joshua Lewis --
Mothers, lock up your daughters because they are terrifying / Alice Sola Kim

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It was Mom's idea for dad and me to build the blood altar in the garage.

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We had 2-60 air-conditioning, which means you rolled down two windows and went sixty miles per hour.

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7/2024

The Kingdom On The Waves

Anderson, M. T.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation #2.
More astonishing adventures of slave during the Revolutionary War, this time mostly in the South.

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We, his auditors, were enthralled -- swept away in awe.
"Bono," said Dr. Trefusis, "will you be my bride?"

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7/2024

The Pox Party

Anderson, M. T.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation #1. A story of the Revolutionary War from the point of view of a slave, mostly. Pretty good, I'm reading #2 right now!

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"A Note on The Type" after story was very interesting, and funny, too!

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7/2024

Mildred Pierce

Cain, James M.
Mildred starts a restaurant after getting divorced from her philandering husband. Noir. No one is murdered.

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"The gams, the gams! Your face ain't news!"

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Salad, for some reason, is served first in California.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Untrammeled bosom.

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7/2024

Venomous Lumpsucker

Beauman, Ned
Great title! Kind of a philosophical story of ecological disaster in the not-all-that-far away future. Some pretty funny lines, many things I had to look up. I DID figure out where the Hermit Kingdom was before the author revealed it, but it took WAY too long for me to do so.

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"It's Marisa Tomei in My Cousin Vinny," she told him.

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"Did you know the Finnish national dance is the tango?" -- Why no, I did not. Very interesting!

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..." Swallows and Amazons but even muddier. -- I think I may have read that book a million years ago!

Words I Had To Look Up:

frot -- Well. The things one learns through reading.

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6/2024

The Storied Life Of A. J. Fikry

Zevin, Gabrielle
Another book I love by Ms. Zevin! A book store owner who lives on an island finds a young child his bookstore.

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Pregnant, she is like a very pretty Gollum.

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The most annoying thing about it is that once a person gives a shit about one thing, he finds he has to start giving a shit about everything.

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Showing up is what counts, A.J.

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Two of his least favorite things (postmortem narrators and young-adult novels) in one book. -- Oh, that was funny!!

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A place ain't a place without a bookstore, Izzie.

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6/2024

Baltimore Blues

Lippman, Laura
Tess Monaghan, #1. Tess gets a job helping out the lawyer who is defending her fellow rowing buddy of murder.

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And a plate of Hydroxes. -- The BEST!

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And for filing photos of Mickey Mouse under "Rodents, famous".

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... a "brite", ... -- Spelled "Bright" in a journalism dictionary I looked at.

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I have a photographic memory of sorts. After I read something twenty or thirty times, I remember it.

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6/2024

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