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So Far From The Bamboo Grove

Watkins, Yoko Kawashima
A Japanese girl and her family, living in Korea, escape back to Japan at the end of World War II.

I read this because it had been challenged on historical accuracy. I say, it's the recollections of an eight-year-old girl, novelized. More violence than I expected.

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4/2011

This Side Of Home

Watson, Renee
An African-American high school girl in Portland (Oregon) deals with various complications and changes in her life. Interesting story, made slightly more so because I am vaguely familiar with some of the locales mentioned. My overall impression of the books was, "smooth story", what ever that means!

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1/2016

Linnet

Watson, Sally
Linnet is quite the teen in 16th century London. Kidnapped by a master criminal, she helps foil a plot to overthrow the queen. Is there a sequel?

Words I Had To Look Up:

kynchin morts. A kinchin is a young child. Kinchin morts are young girls-- orphans, beggers. Kinchin coves are young boys.

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10/2009

Blindsight

Watts, Peter
Spaceship goes to some place to investigate source of messages to some place else where probably some probes came from that scared everyone on Earth. I got the impression Humans were all gonna die, at the end. Maybe I'm wrong.

Words I Had To Look Up:

sieverts (pg. 205) -- An SI unit for the dosage of ionizing radiation equal to 100 rems
crypsis (pg. 225) -- n ecology, crypsis is the ability of an organism to avoid observation or detection by other organisms.
diel cycle (pg. 280) -- Involving a 24-hour period that usually includes a day and the adjoining night

Quote::

"Well, according to game theory, you should never tell anyone when your birthday is."
"I don't follow"
"It's a lose-lose proposition. There's no winning strategy."
"What do you mean strategy? It's a birthday."

(pg. 83)

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5/2013

Daddy-Long-Legs

Webster, Jean
I judged the book by the movie, and with unreasonable teen-age male prejudices, at that. And, as usual, I was wrong. This charming story, told through letters, is about an orphan named Jerusha (Judy) who is given the opportunity to go to college. The book was published in 1912, I am assuming it takes place around then. Judy is a feisty, curious girl, so there are references to women's suffrage and socialism. You can see below I found a lot of things to look up! Although you can see the denouement, as Judy would put it, coming a mile away, it is still very sweet.

Words I Had To Look Up:

her peroration in midair (pg. 10) -- A flowery and highly rhetorical oration.
inimical ... to change (pg. 68) -- Being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence
drank every drop of Jamaica ginger they had in stock (pg. 107) -- An alcoholic extract of ginger used as a flavoring.
I'm not anybody's nursemaid or typewriter, or bookkeeper... (pg. 52) -- An archaic term for one who uses a typewriter; a typist.
probity (pg. 142) -- Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness.
reflected glory (pg. 72) -- Not one's own; received from another.

Quotes:

So in case a war breaks out between the United States and Japan, or the president is assassinated... -- (pg. 111) War with Japan? Wow, that's scary, this was published in 1912. President McKinley had been assasinated in 1901, though the next was President Kennedy in 1963.

>President Cuyler made speech this evening about the modern generation being flippant and superfical. He says we are losing the old ideals of earnest endeavor and true scholarship; and particularly is this falling off noticeable in our disrespectful attitude toward organized authority. -- (pg. 136) Remember, this book was published in 1912.

The only thing that keeps me from starting a collection [of toads] is the fact that no rule exists against it. -- (pg. 46)

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7/2009

Guy Time

Weeks, Sarah
Guy's parents are getting divorced, and he is having girl trouble.

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8/2002

Artemis

Weir, Andy
Artemis is a city on the moon, and consists of several bubbles. The main character is a woman I thought was a seventeen-year-old girl for most of the book. She nearly kills everyone, but (SPOILER) ends up saving everyone from her almost killing them. Not a complicated story, and maybe the writing could be a little more better, but it did the job and was fun to read. I may even give The Martian a try!

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12/2020

Project Hail Mary

Weir, Andy
Earth's sun is threatened by some space-creature that eats it, or something. Grace (last name) goes on a one-way trip to another star to see why it isn't threatened. Very good story, lots of science, but very readable. Great ending.

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6/2021

The Wheels Of Chance

Wells, H. G.
Took me a VERY long time to read this e-book, but I finally did! A young man goes on a cycling vacation, and meets a young lady who is cycling with an older companion who has unwelcome designs on her.

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1/2018

All Systems Red

Wells, Martha
Book the first, I guess, of The Murderbot Diaries. A short book, fun and action-packed. I liked it very much, and I am reading the rest of 'em!

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2/2020

Artificial Condition

Wells, Martha
Read this in about three hours! Book Two of The Murderbot Diaries. Murder travels to the place it all started.

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2/2020

Exit Strategy

Wells, Martha
Book four of the series. SecUnit has more adventures. Nice, fun, quick read!

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2/2020

Fugitive Telemetry

Wells, Martha
Muderbot get involved with the investigation of some dead guy. Very good!

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5/2021

Network Effect

Wells, Martha
A Murderbot novel, but I don't know which one of the series. Murderbot goes to some planet with a lost colony or two, battles with aliens/not aliens, and meets some like souls.

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6/2020

Rogue Protocol

Wells, Martha
Book Three of The Murderbot Diaries. Very fast-paced, enjoyed it immensely.

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2/2020

Stories Of The Raksura Volume 1

Wells, Martha
I enjoyed reading this very much. I REALLY appreciate the short sections so that I could rest! The story of Indigo and Cloud was perhaps my favorite. Little Stone was a crack-up!

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1/2021

Stories Of The Raksura Volume 2

Wells, Martha
These stories were just as good as volume 1! Jade and Moon finally have a clutch!

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2/2021

The Cloud Roads (The Books of the Raksura #1)

Wells, Martha
Flying beings, that's what we got here.

Quote:

Wherever they were going, he was certain he didn't want to get there. -- pg. 245

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10/2020

The Edge Of Worlds

Wells, Martha
The Raksura are on another expedition to checkout a Founder city.

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2/2021

The Harbors Of The Sun

Wells, Martha
Well, we got Fell. And the Half-Fell. And those dudes that want to kill everyone. It's a mess.

Quote:

"There is a question you should ask yourself." -- pg. 308

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2/2021
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