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The Phantom Menace

Brooks, Terry
Stars Wars, Episode 1. Just like the movie with a little more background.

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12/1999

Digital Fortress

Brown, Dan
Susan works for the NSA who sends her fiancee to retrieve a crypto "key".

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3/2005

The Da Vinci Code

Brown, Dan
I guess there is a reason books are best sellers. Two weeps.

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9/2003

Code talker

Bruchac, Joseph
Ned recounts his experiences as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II to his grandchildren. Very good.

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3/2007

The Longest Cave

Brucker, Roger W. and Richard A. Watson
Tells how the connections between various caves in the Mammoth cave area of Kentucky were discovered. Lots of maps, photos, and drawings. Almost too much detail. A holo-map of the area would have been useful! Interesting that Wil Crowther's (Colossal Cave game fame) wife was on the final connection team.

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8/2003

A Short History Of Nearly Everything

Bryson, Bill
A history of the science we know about planet Earth. A lot of detail, but interesting, and interesting anecdotes in the Bryson manner.

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1/2004

A Walk In The Woods

Bryson, Bill
The author and his friend Steve Katz head out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Humerous and interesting.

QUOTE:

Her name was Donna, and they were on their way to some desperate sounding community--Turkey Balls Falls or Coon Slick or somplace--another fity miles up the road, but they were pleased to drop us in Hiawassee, if they didn't kill us all first.

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12/1999

At Home

Bryson, Bill
Mr. Bryson tells us rather little about his home, which he is ostensibly reporting on, but a great deal about everything else. A very interesting book which caused me to spend many hours looking stuff up.

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4/2011

I'm A Stranger Here Myself

Bryson, Bill
Comments on life in the U.S. after being away for 20 years

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12/1999

In A Sunburned Country

Bryson, Bill
Bill travels Australia. Very good and interesting.

QUOTE:

While Allan went off to the sundeck to see if there were any women with large breasts to look at, I settled down with my notes.

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10/2000

Mother Tongue

Bryson, Bill
Subtitle "English & How It Got That Way". I particulary like the chapter on swearing. Very interesting, but lots of information, spiced with humour.

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12/1999

Neither Here Nor There

Bryson, Bill
Bill travels Europe complaining about litter and recalling a former journey with the incredible Stephen Katz. Very humorous!

QUOTE:

The photograph on the box was of a delectably attractive brunette in a transparent negligee. Either this was cruelly misleading or they had made more progress with vinyl in recent years then I had realized.

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1/2000

Shakespeare : The World As Stage

Bryson, Bill
If it's Bryson, it's interesting. And it is. Now I know even more (or even less?) since I read Chute's book.

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12/2010

The Life And Times Of TheThunderbolt Kid

Bryson, Bill
Old Guy Bryson recounts his life as a youth. Hey, wait, he is the same age as me!

I can't believe he has never met anyone who remember the George Burns and Gracie Allen television show (pg. 178). I believe I forced MY kids to watch it, I loved it so much!

Words I Had To Look Up:

...world's only atomic toilets (pg. 20) -- Actually, it utilized an ultraviolet sterilizer. Seems like a good idea to me!

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8/2011

You Only Die Twice

Buchanan, Edna
Reporter Britt Montero gets the story on a fresh corpse that washes up on the beach in Florida, of a woman who died ten years before.

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7/2001

Pearl S. Buck's Book Of Christmas

Buck, Pearl
I count 39 stories in 507 pages that Pearl Buck selected as her favorite Christmas stories. A Christmas Carol is there, as is The Little Match Girl, The Gift Of The Magi,and How Christmas Came To Simpson's Bar.

Words I Had To Look Up:

negus (pg. 151, A Christmas Carol In Prose) -- A beverage of wine, hot water, lemon juice, sugar, and nutmeg.
hansel (pg. 267, The conciliator Of Christendom) -- A first installment : earnest money
palliation (pg. 261, Christmas Eve On Lonesome) -- To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
Cantat vacuus (pg. 304, Shakespeare's Christmas) -- Probably refers to the saying vacuus cantat coram latrone viator. The traveller with an empty purse sings in the presence of the highwayman.
Urbem quam dicunt Romam (pg. 306, Shakespeare's Christmas) -- The city which they call Rome.
precisian (pg. 309, Shakespeare's Christmas) -- One who is strict and precise in adherence to established rules, forms, or standards, especially with regard to religious observance or moral behavior.
nipcheese (pg. 310, Shakespeare's Christmas) -- A person of cheese-paring habits; a skinflint; a niggardly person.
Cecidit, cecidit Babylon illa magna! (pg. 311, Shakespeare's Christmas) -- Fallen, fallen, is Babylon, that great city.

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12/2010

Boomsday

Buckley, Christopher
Cass, a blogger and spin-doctor, ex-army, starts a revolt of Gen-Wers against the resource-hogging Baby Boomers. I laughed out loud several times, so it must be funny!

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11/2009

Little Green Men

Buckley, Christopher
Oliver Banion is kidnapped, TWICE, by UFOs. UFOs from a secret, VERY secret, U.S. government organization. Very clever and humorous, although I AM irked by his footnotes. By the end I decided the footnotes were part of the sly humour. There were a lot of words I should have looked up, but I don't have any Post-Its!

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7/2011

Supreme Courtship

Buckley, Christopher
A TV courtroom judge is appointed to the United States Supreme Court. A FEMALE TV courtroom judge. A female TEXAN TV courtroom judge! The hanging/suicide episode was the funniest thing I've read in a long time!

Words I Had To Look Up:

paradigmatically (pg. 3) -- An outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype.
auto-da-fé (pg. 4) -- Burning at the stake, in popular imagination.
logorrheic (pg. 46) -- Of, pertaining to, or exhibiting logorrhea, the excessive flow of words.
benisons (pg. 67) -- A blessing; a benediction.
internecine (pg. 79) -- Of or relating to struggle within a nation, organization, or group.
8th Admendment (pg. 100) -- The right to be free from excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment.
certiorari (pg. 113) -- An original writ or action whereby a cause is removed from an inferior to a superior court for review.
maisonette (pg. 180) -- a self-contained apartment (usually on two floors) in a larger house and with its own entrance from the outside. A townhouse?
quondam odium (pg. 184) -- Previous dislike?
infra dignitatem (pg. 245) -- Below ones dignity.
Stare Decisis (pg. 207) -- Let the decision stand. Funny name for an Italian restaurant!
dolor (pg. 211) -- Sorrow; grief.
anodyne (pg. 276) -- Not likely to offend or arouse tensions
dolorous (pg. 221) -- Marked by or exhibiting sorrow, grief, or pain.

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8/2010

Quote:

Industry is the enemy of melancholy. (pg. 223) Attributed to William F. Buckley Jr.

LIbrary Quote:

Didn't they teach you this in Boy Scouts? Or were you getting your merit badge in library science or some wimpy thing? (pg. 192) Pepper to the Chief Justice, on making him a better hangman's knot.

A salty piece of land

Buffett, Jimmy
Tully Mars has adventures in the Caribbean involving an ancient lady, a sailing ship, a lighthouse, and two wacko chicks, among others. Pretty good stuff.

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8/2005
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[Babbit - Barker] [Barnard - Barnard] [Barnard - Barr] [Barr - Bauer] [Baum - Beaton] [Beaton - Beaton] [Beaton - Belushi] [Belzer - Block] [Block - Blunt] [Bodeen - Bova] [Bova - Brooks] [Brooks - Buffett] [Bujold - Bujold] [Bunting - Buzzell] 

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