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Snuff

Pratchett, Terry
Vimes goes on a little vacation to his wife's country home.

Words I Had To Look Up:

mutton avec no talking (pg. 93) -- It's french, means "with". Should have known this from the song lyric Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)? from that Labelle song.
stack of wood licker wicker hurdles (pg. 50) -- On a Terry Prachett forum there is some discussion of this. Possibly a printer's error, in the Transworld edition the phrase is "wood like".

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1/2013

Sourcery

Pratchett, Terry
Apparently the Libby version of this book doesn't have the footnotes! That's the best part of Pratchett's books! EDIT: I found them after the About The Author!!

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8/2023

The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents

Pratchett, Terry
A talking cat and some talking rats (and a stupid boy) work a con.

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3/2005

The Color Of Magic

Pratchett, Terry
The first book in the Discworld series. We learn about Rincewind, Twoflower, and the luggage.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Obloquy (pg. 23) -- The condition of one that is discredited.
Dovecote (pg. 103) -- A small compartmented raised house or box for domestic pigeons.

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10/2008

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1/2013

The Fifth Element

Pratchett, Terry
Vimes goes to Uberwald to represent Ankh-Morpork at a coronation.

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12/2004

The Last Continent

Pratchett, Terry
The wizard Rincewind ends up in a place very like Australia.

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1/2005

The Long Earth

Pratchett, Terry
Co-author Stephen Baxter. There are zillions of parallel Earths, and all you need is an easily made electronic device to get to them. Some people don't even need that. But some people can't do it at all, and some of them resent the ones who can. My favorite character is the cat.

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7/2013

The Science Of Discworld

Pratchett, Terry
With Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen. The Science Of Discworld #1. I may have read this before, but not sure... The wizards at the Unseen University build a round world in an experiment. With commentary by real scientists.

Quote:

The little lizard-like creatures that had hatched from the eggs in the mound slithered and slid down the bank into the water, bright-eyed and hopeful. The first few were instantly snapped up by a large male lying in wait among the weeds.
'However, the mothers still have something to learn about postnatal care,' said Ridcully.

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'...Lots of dullness, punctuated by short periods of death.'
'Ook?' said the Librarian.

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5/2023

The Truth

Pratchett, Terry
A fellow starts up what turns out to be the first newspaper in Ankn-Morpork.

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1/2005

The Wee Free Men

Pratchett, Terry
A young girl, Tiffany Aching, rescues her country from the Elf Queen or Faerie Queen, I not sure which.

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3/2005

Thief Of Time

Pratchett, Terry
A clockmaker builds a clock that stops time, I think.

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1/2005

Thud!

Pratchett, Terry
The dwarves and the trolls are apparently going to re-enact a horrific battle right in Ankh-Morpork. Not good for Vimes and the watch.

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12/2005

Unseen Academicals

Pratchett, Terry
Unseen University is manipulated into fielding a team to compete in the "football" league.

Words I Had To Look Up:

benison (pg. 58) -- A spoken blessing.
a shonky shop (pg. 74) -- A poor or dubious quality.
the university's bledlows (pg. 73) -- The author is credited with definition it as a proctor.
pounces (pg. 268) -- from Word of the Day "600 years ago only the rear facing claw was a talon while one or all of the front facing claws were instead pounces." Good to know!

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"Beauty can be considered to be neutral, sir. It is not the same as nice or good." --Nutt (pg. 194)

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10/2010

Wintersmith

Pratchett, Terry
The elemental spirit of winter gets a crush on Tiffany. Very good, kept reading parts out loud.

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1/2007

Witches Abroad

Pratchett, Terry
Three witches head off to foreign lands to foil a fairy godmother's plans. Have I read this before? I surely do not remember it!

Quote:

The witches flew along a maze of twisty little canyons, all alike.

Quote:

"Here you go, mister," she said.
THANK YOU.
"Nice costume you got there. Them bones are painted on really good."

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"It's not staying in the same place that's the problem," said Nanny, "it's not letting your mind wander." -- ePage 634

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8/2023

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: a Centennial Celebration

Preiss, Editor, Byron
CONTENTS:
The Perfect Crime by Max Allan Collins
The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin M. Schutz
Gun Music by Loren D. Estleman
Saving Grace by Joyce Harrington
Malibu Tag Team by Jonathan Valin
Sad-Eyed Blonde by Dick Lochte
The Empty Sleeve by W. R. Philbrick
Dealer's Choice by Sara Paretsky
Red Rock by Julie Smith
The Deepest South by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Consultation in the Dark by Francis M. Nevins, Jr.
In the Jungle of Cities by Roger L. Simon
Star Bright by John Lutz
Stardust Kill by Simon Brett
Locker 246 by Robert J. Randisi
Bitter Lemons by Stuart M. Kaminsky
The Man Who Knew Dick Bong by Robert Crais
Essence D'Orient by Edward D. Hoch
In the Line of Duty by Jeremiah Healy
The Alibi by Ed Gorman
The Devil's Playground by James Grady
Asia by Eric Van Lustbader
Mice by Robert Campbell
The Pencil by Raymond Chandler
Sixty-Four Squares by J. Madison Davis
Summer in Idle Valley by Roger L. Simon

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1/2024

The Magic Thief

Prineas, Sarah
Conn becomes the apprentice of the cranky wizard Nevery. He figures out that someone is stealing the magic of the town. Even though there is a map and appendices, this story never really came together for me.

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12/2009

Bleeders

Pronzini, Bill
A fake blackmail goes wrong. I think this is an expansion of one of those short stories I read. One of the best of the series I've read, so far.

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6/2010

Boobytrap

Pronzini, Bill
I was hoping this was going to be girls, but instead, it is about a guy who is building bombs to blowup everyone who ever crossed him. Nameless goes fishing in the mountains. Of course, the bomb-guy is there.

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7/2010

Crazybone

Pronzini, Bill
Nameless tries to give a woman her deserved insurance payment, but she refuses the $50,000. What is up with that?

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6/2010
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