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Marque And Reprisal

Moon, Elizabeth
Further adventures of Kylara Vatta. Her family and their business are attacked by persons unknown, she meets a fellow name Rafe, and gains a new understanding of Stella, and her aunt Gracie. A rotten pun on page 311. Be forewarned!

Words I Had To Look Up:

Inchoate (pg. 211) -- Not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
Relative Vee (pg. 63) -- Still I don't know what relative vee and delta vee are!

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9/2008

Oath Of Fealty

Moon, Elizabeth
Paladin's Legacy #1. I wasn't real motivated by the book in the beginning, but all of a sudden I was nearing the end and I'm think, "I really like this!" So there you are.

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6/2020

Oath Of Gold

Moon, Elizabeth
Book Three in the Deed of Paksennarrion series. Very good, some weeps at the end.

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5/2020

Sheepfarmer's Daughter

Moon, Elizabeth
(The Deed of Paksenarrion #1). I liked this very much, looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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3/2020

The Speed Of Dark

Moon, Elizabeth
In the near future, an autistic man has to decide whether to risk an experimental procedure. Very interesting.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Ameliorate (pg. 151) -- To make or become better; improve.

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"Once is accident, twice is coincidence, and third time is enemy action." (pg. 191)

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9/2008

Trading In Danger

Moon, Elizabeth
Kylara Vatta is kicked out of Space Academy and is sent by her family on a trading voyage. Good space opera, but the print is too small! I was noticing there was no cussing in the book, but near the end there was a B**** and a ***hole. Why?

Reminiscent of The President's Analyst, we learn do not mess with the Phone Company!

Words I Had To Look Up:

Ansible (pg. 93) -- An instantaneous communications device. First noted usage by LeGuin in 1966. http://www.jessesword.com/sf/view/16

Gorked (pg. 147) -- Medical slang for a terminal patient whose brain is nonfunctional.

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The old woman was still angry. Not scared a bit--well, the old were like that, if they weren't scared of everything. (pg. 180)

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"How well do you know that old code they used in the war?" -- (pg. 222) This is why we learn Morse code, folks!

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8/2008

Victory Conditions

Moon, Elizabeth
Ky Vatta, excuse me, ADMIRAL Ky Vatta, wins the war, and finally "goes to the drive-in", as it were...

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9/2008

Practical Demonkeeping

Moore, Christopher
Travis and his Demon come to Pine Cove--Travis to find a way to get rid of the Demon; the Demon to find a better master. Or mistress...

I wondered why there so much talk of the Polaroid back on the Nikon, but then I realized this was written in 1992, before digital SLRs.

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The small hours of the morning found them naked on the kitchen floor after Travis had played a rampaging Godzilla to Jennifer's unsuspecting Tokyo. -- (Pg. 149) Good stuff!

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8/2011

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6/2012

The Lust Lizard Of Melancholy Cove

Moore, Christopher
A huge prehistoric beast finds its way to, where else, Pine Cove. Did I mention a HUNGRY prehistoric beast?

Words I Had To Look Up::

coldcocked (pg.2) -- To knock unconscious, but from whence does it come? First noted use 1918.
Sneaky Pete (pg. 8) -- The ol' booze bottle in the paper bag ploy, but in the novel it is a smokeless pot pipe.
...especially from fornication with woman or man... (pg. 32) -- One of a number of interesting things in the Hippocratic Oath.
two-tops (pg. 116) -- Tables at a restaurant that seat two people.
Ubermensch (pg. 235) -- Literally, "Superman". The ideal superior man of the future who could rise above conventional Christian morality to create and impose his own values, originally described by Nietzsche in Thus Spake Zarathustra.

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...even brought in some paintball guns to try to gain the pupils' interest, but the latter only backfired into several incidents of drive-by abstract expressionism...(pg. 38) -- Love that sentence!

Smoke Quote::

Mavis moved behind the bar with a grim, if wobbly, determination, drinking coffee from a gargoyle-green mug while a Tarryton extra long dangled from her lips, dropping longs ashes down the front of her sweater like the smoking turds of tiny ghost poodles. -- (pg. 238) A good Smoke Quote is, uh, good to find!

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8/2011

You Suck : A Love Story

Moore, Christopher
This seems to be a sequel, a lot of back-story is recounted. Tommy is a new vampire in San Francisco, thanks to his hot girlfriend. It certainly is a change from Indiana, he says.

Words I Had To Look Up:

The Big Book Of Death (pg. 123) -- Described in the text as a how-to, but seems more of an encyclopedic on Amazon.
...smokin' one-handed H.O.R.S.E. player (pg. 218) -- A basketball game variation.

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They watched the coffee dripping out of the filter like they were distilling nitroglycerine (pg. 117)

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8/2011

The Last Days Of Night

Moore, Graham
A fictional historical novel about the War of the Currents with Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla as prominent characters, told from the point of view of Paul Cravath, a youngish lawyer. Very good!

Smoke Quote:

The physicians, more accustomed to gore, had lit cigarettes -- pg. 244

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10/2018

No Way

Morden, S. J.
Frank Kitteridge #2. A fun quick read that clears up everything from the first book.

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10/2023

One Way

Morden, S. J.
Lifers in prison are trained and sent to Mars to establish a base in advance of NASA astronauts arrival.

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10/2023

The Inquisitor's Apprentice

Moriarty, Chris
This alternate history (with magic!) that takes place in turn of the century New York was interesting, but I did not really connect with the characters. I am sure there will a sequel, at least, so I shall be waiting to see what develops.

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7/2014

The Chaperone

Moriarty, Laura
A woman travels from Whichita (Kansas) to New York city chaperoning a young woman (Louise Brooks) attending a dance class there. Nicely written, and interesting, mixing fiction with actual people.

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11/2017

Kedrigern chronicles: Vol. 1: The domesticated wizard

Morressy, John
Kedrigern meets Princess in this collection of two novels and several short stories. Read it again, just for fun!

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2/2006

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5/2009

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12/2011

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4/2012

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9/2021

The Kendrigern chronicles vol. II: Dudgeon & Dragons

Morressy, John
Two more novels and a bunch of short stories involving the wizard and Princess.

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3/2006

Words I Had To Look Up:

gleeman (pg. 323) -- an itinerant performer in the Middle Ages.
lavish in her panegyric (pg. 471) -- Formal or elaborate praise.
quondam sweet little child (pg. 566) -- At one time, formerly.

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Oaks tend to attract an odd crowd. (pg. 113) Don't they just!

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6/2009

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12/2010

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12/2011

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9/2017

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9/2021

The Squire's Tale

Morris, Gerald
Retelling of Gawain and Arthur from the point of view of Gawain's squire, Terence. My first impression was that there was a lot of chopping up of people for a middle school book.

Words I Had To Look Up:

carious teeth (pg. 58) -- Affected with cavities or decay.
Harridan (pg. 60) -- A woman regarded as scolding and vicious.
Fribble (pg. 60) -- A frivolous person.
recreant knight (pg. 66) unfaithful to duty or allegiance, cowardly.
vinaigrette (pg. 146) -- A small decorative bottle or container with a perforated top, used for holding an aromatic preparation such as smelling salts.
brangle (pg. 181) -- A wrangle; a squabble; a noisy contest or dispute.

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2/2009

Grounded

Morrison, Megan
The adventures of Rapunzel. I liked it. It took a good long while, but I liked it.

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1/2016

Quite honestly

Mortimer, John
Budding do-gooder Lucy tries to rehabilite Terry, who just got out of prison.

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8/2006
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