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The Shortwave Mystery

Dixon, Franklin W.
Stolen stuffed animals, ham radio (on 2 meters?), Chet's new hobby of taxidermy, and industrial sabotage. I first read this back in the 60s, but this edition seems to be different than the one I read. No "Help Hudson", no beating the Lynx with an walkie-talkie antenna!

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2/2010

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10/2018

Eastern Standard Tribe

Doctorow, Cory
An industrial saboteur ends up in the looney bin, but designs a better widget. Chapter 15 may be the shortest chapter I've ever seen!

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9/2009

Little Brother

Doctorow, Cory
It only took me 60 pages to get the meaning of the title! Very techy story of teen in San Francisco arrested by the Dept. of Homeland Security after a terrorist bombing of the bridge. Too YA for our middle school library!

Words I Had To Look Up:

pizza...cold and clabbered (pg. 339) -- Of milk or cream : having thickened or curdled.

Quote:

Take it from someone who's read the Wikipedia entry:..." -- (pg. 90)

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4/2009

Overclocked: Stories of the future present

Doctorow, Cory
Six pretty darn good stories. And to think I almost didn't check this book out!
I found the word "hoodies" disconcerting in the sort of Asimov sort of parody I,Robot, since Merriam-Webster says that word dates from 1992.

Words I Had To Look Up:

saisoneur (pg. 172) -- I got nothun'. "saison" is French for "season". Maybe it is someone who stays for a long time?

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8/2009

Somone Comes To Town, Somone Leaves Town

Doctorow, Cory
Fantasy meets the internet. A great book, but I got a little mixed-up sometimes in the non-sequentially told story. I teared up a bit when Alan's mother died. A lot of sadness, a bit of joy. I don't get the title, though.

Words I Had To Look Up:

counting out a float (pg. 136) -- The sum of money added to a cash register at the beginning of a shift for change-making purposes and subtracted at the end of the shift.
craquelure (pg. 293) -- A network of fine cracks that may appear in applied paint over time for various reasons.

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"Look, I'm not trying to be cruel here, but you're generation-blind. The Internet is a great, but it's not the last great thing we'll ever invent. My pops was a mainframe guy, he thought PCs were toys. You're a PC guy, so you think my phone is a toy." (pg. 275) Wow, he's talking about ME!

Library Quote:

To the librarian, this shelf-reading looked like your garden-variety screwing around, but what really made her nervous were Alan's excursions through the card catalogue, which required constant tending to replace the cards that errant patrons made unauthorized reorderings of. (pg. 71) Several other good library quotes on this page.

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8/2009

Last Bus To Wisdom

Doig, Ivan
In 1951 a boy travels from Montana to Wisconsin to spend the summer with his aunt while his grandmother mends from an operation. Very good!

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12/2016

The Whistling Season

Doig, Ivan
Not something I would have picked myself, this was recommended to me. Good story of life on a homestead farm in 1909 Montana.

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4/2016

Privateer

Doohan, James and S.M. Stirling
Book 2 of the Flight Engineer story.

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5/2000

Atomic Lobster

Dorsey, Tim
More weird goings-on in Florida. Drugs, sex, violence, and some pretty darn funny stuff in between.

Quote:

Serge reminded the librarian of something. She glanced over at a communal lunatic reading area where the regular cast of homeless talked to themselves, played invisible card games, started unzipping their pants...

The librarian jumped up. "Henry!"

"Whoops. Forgot."

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7/2008

Electric Barracuda

Dorsey, Tim
Serge several family surprises.

Words I Had To Look Up:

street platting (pg. 110) -- A plat is a map showing the street and layout of a town.
Everglades City (pg. 292) -- Segre tells the tale of the drugs raids in 1983. I thought he was confusing it with the Steinhatchee busts of 1973. I was wrong.
one thing that calms them [bees] down is smoke (pg. 335) -- But why? Wikipedia says it is not only because the bees engorge themselves with honey as a hive-defense mechanism (which I've heard of, from Kelly), but also because the smoke masks alarm pheromones that guard bees release. Smallwood store (pg. 293) -- A historic building in Chokoloskee, Florida.

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Coleman kept trying buttons. "What about the manual?"
"I always throw manuals out. Life's too short."
"...(Recalculating. Drive point-seven)..." --(pg. 77)

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8/2011

Hammerhead Ranch Motel

Dorsey, Tim
Wierd goings-on in Florida, in the style of Hiassen.

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12/2001

Nuclear Jellyfish

Dorsey, Tim
Amazing Serge and Coleman tale of diamond couriers, diamond thieves, and traveling salesmen. First fiction book that mentions "numbers stations", although I'm not sure that a 1941 Trans-Oceanic can transmit, even with a Latin bombshell with full, fiery lip, operating it. Whoa, the imagery!

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... Melvil Dewey of Dewey Decimal Sytem fame, who changed life as I know it, and not for the better. Can't tell you how many times I've been hot on the trail of a book, and the library's aisles run out before I get to the number and I go, 'What the fuck?'... (pg. 51)

Quote:

Serge on the 1909-SVDB Lincoln cent:

"I stared at that empty hole in my penny book every day after school until it represented all issues of emotional rejection. I despise that coin with every cell in my body." (pg. 173)

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8/2009

Shark Skin Suite

Dorsey, Tim
Serge decides to become a sort-of paralegal, and so he and Coleman assist Brook on a court case she is involved with.

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5/2018

The BIG Bamboo

Dorsey, Tim
Serge and Coleman go to Hollywood.

Words I Had To Look Up:

(pg. 50) -- A light open-necked cotton shirt, often with large pockets and pleats down the front, that is typically worn outside the pants.

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11/2011

Tiger Shrimp Tango

Dorsey, Tim
Serge and Coleman go through the self-check aisle at the grocery store, among other things.

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5/2018

Triggerfish Twist

Dorsey, Tim
A nice family moves to their new home on Triggerfish Lane in Florida. Serge, Coleman, and Sharon move in across the street. A very funny book with lots of great quotes. None of which are repeatable here.

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12/2010

The London Eye Mystery

Dowd, Siobhan
Ted and sister Kate try to figure out how their cousin Salim disappeared from the London Eye "Ferris" sort-of-wheel. EDIT--There was no Read date, don't know when I read it!

Words I Had To Look Up:


Oesophagus (pg. 2) -- British spelling of esophagus. Duh!
Shreddies (pg. 5) -- British breakfast cereal, from Post. Looks like Wheat Chex to me!
Lilo (pg. 42) -- An inflatable mattress.
Topological (pg. 45) -- A simplified map not necessarily related to geography. The famous London subway map is an example.
Topographical (pg. 45) -- Basically, has contour lines showing hills and such.
Dialled (pg. 258) -- Same as dialed, I guess.

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No date

Phineas L. MacGuire... Erupts!

Dowell, Frances O'Roark
Third grader Mac is allergic to purple, loves science, and is too old for dinosaurs.

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5/2009

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12/2009

Shooting The Moon

Dowell, Frances O'Roark
Jamie's brother enlists in the Army, to the objections of their officer father, as a medic and is sent to Vietnam. She volunteers at the base rec center and learns to develop and print the photographic film he sends home to her.

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12/2009

The Secret Language Of Girls

Dowell, Frances O'Roark
Sixth-grade Kate is learning about romance, and best friends, and ex-best friends. I really enjoyed this book!

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10/2013
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