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The Boy Who Followed Ripley

Highsmith, Patricia
Ripley meets an American lad who has run away from home and ended up in France. My second Ripley book, I rather found this one better than the first.

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12/2012

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Highsmith, Patricia
I could only find this book in a collection "Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s". It was so ungodly LONG that I'm entering as a separate entry! Since the collection contained four other NOVELS, one can assume the print was rather tiny. It was. I didn't much care for this book, and do not intend to read any others in the Ripliad. There were 340-odd pages of, did I mention it, TINY, print? I didn't feel any sympathy for any of the characters. About eight pages from the end, just before Ripley boards the Hellenes, he mentions THREE murders. I only remember two. I'm sure I just missed the point of the sentence. Hadas recommended this book. I don't hold it against her, though, it just didn't work for me.

Words I Had To Look Up:

celeri remoulade -- a type of salad. (op cit, pg. 175)

faute de mieux -- for lack of something better. (ibid, pg 202)

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6/2007

Hunting Badger

Hillerman, Tony
Chee and Leaphorn looks for three guys who robbed a casino.

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1/2001

Shape-shifter

Hillerman, Tony
Joe Leaphorn investigates a rug that was supposed to have been burned a few years ago. Good story. I WAS confused when the gift box of cherries made their appearance on page 199. I cannot find any reference to it before that, and I LOOKED!!

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2/2007

Sinister Pig

Hillerman, Tony
Bernie becomes a Customs agent. A satisfying story, but not overly complicated. Chee finally gets his stuff sorted out.

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12/2003

Skeleton Man

Hillerman, Tony
Jim Chee goes into the Grand Canyon to search for diamonds from an airliner mid-air collision back in 1956. Dup entry under last name of Tony.

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5/2005

The Fallen Man

Hillerman, Tony
Another good mystery set in the Navajo nation. I got a little confused though.

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7/1998

The First Eagle

Hillerman, Tony
Jim Chee investigates a policeman's death, Joe Leaphorn searches for a missing fleacatcher. Curiously these come across as "clean air", while the Lovejoy books seem so dark.

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2/1999

The Wailing Wind

Hillerman, Tony
Chee and a retired Leaphorn look for clues in a tragic story of a lost gold mine, murder, and a missing wife. Very good.

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12/2002

Lost Horizon

Hilton, James
The classic story of four people who end up in the remote valley in Tibet at the Shangri-La monastery. Non a lot of action, and I was depressed at the end. I wonder how the movie versions came out?

Words I Had To Look Up:

esplanade (pg. 17) -- A long stretch of open level ground (paved or grassy) for walking beside the seashore
quia impossibile est (pg. 19) -- From the Tertullian quote, which freely translates as "It is certain, because it is impossible."
cantonments (pg. 24) -- A temporary or semi-permanent military quarters.
laconic (pg. 34) -- Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.
leitmotif (pg. 45) -- A melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation. A dominant recurring theme.
inculcate (pg. 69) -- Teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions.
iniquitous (pg. 75) -- Characterized by iniquity; wicked.
convolvulus (pg. 91) -- Any of a genus (Convolvulus) of erect, trailing, or twining herbs and shrubs of the morning-glory family.
chiaroscuro (pg. 119) -- Pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color.
illimitably (pg. 177) -- Incapable of being limited or bounded, measureless.
altiplano (pg. 177) -- A high plateau or plain.

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3/2009

The Darkest Path

Hirsch, Jeff
Set in the near future, a boy escapes from a military/cult group that has taken over several states and is poised to defeat the government.

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12/2014

Daring Detectives

Hitchcock, Alfred, editor
Eleven stories of crime and intrigue. I enjoyed meeting The Saint, Hercule Poirot, and Ellery Queen again. CONTENTS: The Day the Children Vanished / Hugh Pentecost -- Through a Dead Man's Eye / Cornell Woolrich -- The Disappearance of Mrs. Davenheim / Agatha Christie -- Green Ice / Stuart Palmer -- The Grave Grass Quivers / MacKinlay Kanton -- The Case of the Irate Witness / Erle Stanley Gardner -- Adventure of the Grice-Paterson Curse / August Derleth -- The Headmaster / Michael Gilbert -- The Adventure of the Seven Black Cats / Ellery Queen -- The Wicked Cousin / Leslie Charteris -- The Footprint in the Sky / John Dickson Carr.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Dacoit -- A member of a robber band or gang in India or Myanmar (Burma).

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11/2007

Assassin's Apprentice

Hobb, Robin
Book I in the Farseer trilogy. Bastard son of a prince becomes an apprentice assassin, 'cause, what's a bastard to do? Good story, really felt the characters were real. Now I gotta find the second book!

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5/2016

Assassin's Fate

Hobb, Robin
Book three in the Fitz And The Fool trilogy. About four hundred pages in this books really starts moving along.

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"That does not happen," I told him gently. -- pg. 539

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10/2017

Assassin's Quest

Hobb, Robin
Book three of the Farseer trilogy. Pretty good, but nearly seven hundred pages long. What's next?

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11/2016

Fool's Assassin

Hobb, Robin
Fitz And The Fool trilogy #1. Guess I didn't read the books in between, this one takes place quite a few years after the Liveship Traders. Great characterizations!

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9/2017

Fool's Quest

Hobb, Robin
Book two in the Fitz And The Fool trilogy sub-series-thing.

Mad Ship

Hobb, Robin
The Liveship Traders book two. It's really weird that these books make me think about events in my own life. Scary, really. At least I don't have sea serpents, pirates, and dragons to worry about. Somewhere (I THOUGHT I had marked it!) around page 254 I had a epiphany as to who a character might be. We shall see...

Quote:

...the honesty of her body. -- Pg. 356 Someone explain it to me, I have no idea what that means.

Words I Had To Look Up:

susurrus -- a soft murmuring or rustling sound.

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11/2016

Royal Assassin

Hobb, Robin
Book #2 in the the Farseer Trilogy. Really good, hard to see tiny paperback words. Got #3 in hardback.

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11/2016

Ship Of Destiny

Hobb, Robin
Last book of the mini-series, now I gotta read the next two series, possibly of three books each. Sure hope the library has them!

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11/2016
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