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The Fat Innkeeper

Russell, Alan
Hotelier Am Caulfield takes on murder and Japanese at the Hotel California. A very good story! Just as good in the second reading, too! Just as good in the third reading, too!!

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4/2001

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3/2006

Words I Had To Look Up:

truckle (pg. 284) -- Yield to out of weakness.
kusou (pg. 274) -- Kuso is a Japanese curse word. Mispelled?

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4/2009

The Forest Prime Evil

Russell, Alan
P.I. Stuart Winter finds out why a hero of the save-the-trees movement died. A good story.

TYPO:

'I was about to push by, which was what they wanted me to do, when a loud nose caused everyonein the place to jump.' pg. 20 I HATE those loud noses!!!

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4/2001

The Hotel Detective

Russell, Alan
Murder at the Hotel California in La Jolla. Funny and interesting.

QUOTE:

Sharon had been told that the reason women had difficulty estimating sizes was that they were always being told by men that six inches was a foot.

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4/2001

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4/2018

Caught Looking

Russell, Randy
Rooster Franklin goes to Kansas City to find a stolen baseball glove. Third book in series.

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3/2001

Doll Eyes

Russell, Randy
Rooster Franklin goes to Kansas City to restart romance with old lover. Fourth book in series. Rooster doesn't seem to remember he already knows Rick Meza from book three, at least...

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3/2001

Empire Falls

Russo, Richard
About Miles the greasy spoon owner in a small town he never got out of. Good story.

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12/2001

Everybody's Fool

Russo, Richard
Police Chief Raymer is still trying to come to terms with the death of his wife Becka some months before. Sully has some bad medical news. There's smelly yellow gunk coming out of the ground. Great story!

Quote:

"You probably just remind her of someone," one nurse speculated, to which Sully replied, "Yeah, but the person I remind her of is me."

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"narrative disruptions," -- I think I may be having those, too!

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"...And of course I'm armed. People do respect that, especially in a Negro male." -- The whole paragraph is even better!

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He'd worn briefs his whole life until he disrobed in front of Becka that first time and she'd reacted to them with startled revulsion. "Well," she said, "that's going to have to change."

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He didn't know much about cobras, but he was pretty sure they didn't have three eyes.

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7/2023

Nobody's Fool

Russo, Richard
Sully is getting older in Bath, Maine, and hasn't quite figured out where is life is going.

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"Just because I don't lock my front door doesn't make us friends. What're you doing here, anyhow?"

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"You're a man among men, Sully."
"Thanks," he said.
"It wasn't a compliment," she assured him.

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4/2023

Somebody's Fool

Russo, Richard
Five stars, I really enjoyed this book!

Quote:

Raymer wondered if maybe the time had come to walk away from such grizzly details. -- Grisly?

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...he himself had met such a grizzly end... -- Grisly?

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...so she wouldn't see the grizzly photo... -- Grisly?

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"Well, once you're shut of him, we can start a headlong romance of our own." He was enjoying himself now, she could tell. "Maybe try holding hands or something."

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9/2023

Straight Man

Russo, Richard
Funny story about a University professor.

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10/2000

The Risk Pool

Russo, Richard
Ned recounts the history of his relationship with his adventurous father in Mohawk, New York. Very good story, but took a long time to read.

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He was from the western half of Pennsylvania, "practically Ohio," and you couldn't grow up that close to Ohio with being Ohio. Ohio was that pervasive. Next to Iowa, she couldn't think of a worse influence. --page 309

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12/2006

Get That Nigger Off The Field!

Rust, Art
A history of African-Americans and other people of color who have played baseball over the last one hundred years.

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4/2012

Becoming Naomi Leon

Ryan, Pam Munoz
Naomi lives in trailer in a town very like Lemon Grove, with her grandmother and brother. Family conflicts, trip to Mexico, reunions. Good story.

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11/2006

Esperanza Rising

Ryan, Pam Munoz
Story of a young girl coming to America from Mexico back in the 30's. Loosely based on the author's grandmother's life. Very good story.

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4/2002

Missing May

Rylant, Cynthia
Summer recalls her aunt May who passed away. A nice story, it's the 1993 Newbery Medal awardee.

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5/2009

Berserker's Star

Saberhage, Fred
Harry Silver ferryies a woman and to men to the not-a-planet of Maracanda where things are not always what one would expect. LATER: Whats with the typos?

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7/2003

The Berserker Tales

Saberhagen, Fred
The Berserkers are robotic ships that are programmed to kill all living things.

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7/2002

Fuzzy Mud

Sachar, Louis
A cautionary tale of over-population and genetic engineering-gone-bad, aimed at younger children. Pretty good, I read it in only two hours!

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12/2015

The Cardturner

Sachar, Louis
I did not have high hopes for a teen book about bridge, but I trusted the author, read it, and liked it VERY much! The possibly overwhelming stuff about bridge is marked with a whale symbol so you can skip over it. An excellent idea! I almost want to try playing bridge, now. Almost!

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12/2010

There's A Boy In The Girl's Bathroom!

Sachar, Louis
I read this because a student said it was not like she expected, and it was really good. It IS really good. I weeped at the end.

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1/2011
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