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Tea With The Black Dragon

MacAvoy, R. A.
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Free Fall In Crimson

MacDonald, John D.
Travis McGee EVENTUALLY ends up at a movie shoot and jumps out of a low-flying hot-air balloon.


Maybe you got so you were enjoying the ennui."
"The what?"
"Ennui, you illiterate. That is the restless need for some kind of action without having the outlet for any action at all. It is like weltschmerz." (pg. 6)

Words I Had To Look Up:

the little white Prelude 3 System massager. (pg. 141) -- Well! That was interesting to research!



Sarah Plain and Tall

MacLachlan, Patricia
A short (50 page) charming story of two motherless children becoming acquainted with the woman who answered their father's ad for a wife. I got a totally incorrect impression of the story from The Simpson's short snark of it.



When Eight Bells Told

Maclean, Alistair
British secret agent Calvert solves the mystery of the disappearing ships. Good 60s secret agent stuff.



Prince Ombra

Macleish, Roderick
Scored this volume in a pile of books from the school office. Read it MANY years ago, read it again to see if it was as fabulous as I remembered. It is!!



Something in the water

Macleod, Charlotte
Professor Shandy travels to Maine to check out some lupines, finds murder. An exquisitely charming mystery with lovely verbal bandinage. One tear at the end.

Words I Had To Look Up::

QUODAM -- Belonging to some prior time. (pg. 1)
PANICLES -- A branched cluster of flowers in which the branches are racemes. (pg. 2)
KIND OF A TAKING -- Agitation; excitement; distress of mind. (pg. 16)
DIVERS -- Various; several; sundry. (pg. 21)
MATUTINAL -- Of, relating to, or occurring in the morning; early. (pg. 30)
WELKIN -- 1. The vault of heaven; the sky. 2. The upper air. (pg. 30)
MONEY CAT -- An Asian Leopard cat, because its spots look like Chinese coins. (pg. 40)
SILVICULTURE -- The care and cultivation of forest trees; forestry. (pg. 41)
PANTHER WOMEN -- A Wodehouse reference. (pg. 67)
FRIED CLAM TACOS -- Available at Dos Locos in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (pg. 68)
DOYENNE -- A woman who is the eldest or senior member of a group. (pg. 68)
PERSIFLAGE -- 1. Light good-natured talk; banter. 2. Light or frivolous manner of discussing a subject. (pg. 83)
MAGNILOQUENT -- Lofty and extravagant in speech; grandiloquent. (pg. 97)
OBSEQUIES -- A funeral rite or ceremony. Often used in the plural. (pg. 104)
CONTUMACIOUS -- Obstinately disobedient or rebellious; insubordinate. (pg. 109)
PREPRANDIAL -- Before a meal, especially dinner: (pg. 110)
WITHAL -- 1. In addition; besides. .... Archaic With. Used after its object at the end of a sentence or clause.(pg. 136)
BESOM -- 1. A bundle of twigs attached to a handle and used as a broom. (pg. 154)
MAKE OLD BONES -- To reach a great age. (pg. 205)



The Balloon Man

Macleod, Charlotte
Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn host a wedding and a hot-air balloon drops in!



The Grub And Stakers House A Haunt

Macleod, Charlotte
A ghost come and tells of a treasure to find.



Learning the world

Macleod, Ken
A generation starship gets to its destination, finds its already inhabited. Interesting story. One would have thought 10,000 years in the future a replacement for the f word would have been found, though.



A Comedy Of Heirs

MacPherson, Rett
Torie O'Shea investigates a murder concealed by her family.



A Veiled Antiquity

MacPherson, Rett
Torie O'Shea deals with old documents, family trees, and a French connection.



Wheels Of Change

Macy, Sue
How Women Rode The Bicycle To Freedom. A history of women on bicycles, with many great images.



Heft on wheels

Magnuson, Mike
Fat professor guy loses weight, stops drinking, quits smoking, becomes local hot bicycle rider. Mostly a pretty good book, might read it again.



After Alice

Maguire, Gregory
Friend Ada goes down the rabbit hole after Alice. Hard to read, but interesting anyway. Spent a LOT of time looking up words!

Quote: Oh well. Marmalade has to make its way in life, like the rest of us, she thought. -- pg. 24



Confessions of an ugly stepsister

Maguire, Gregory
Retake on the Cinderella tale. Surprise twist at end, at least I was surprised. A slow-moving story, but interesting.




Maguire, Gregory
Confusing story of Winifred Rudge who stops off in London at her cousin's place, run into...ghosts, maybe? It is all cleared up, finally, in a pretty good story. But it was a rough go, for me, for quite a while.

Quote:: claim any truck with ghosts. -- pg. 245 - I thought I was the only person who used that word!



What The Dickens

Maguire, Gregory
An orphan tooth fairy finds his way the world, while three children and their cousin wait out a MOBY storm for news of their parents.

Is it a sign of a good book when you want to read more? Or is it better to have a satisfying conclusion?



Wicked: The Life and Times Of The Wicked Witch Of The West

Maguire, Gregory
Interesting take on Oz. Sexual situations.



The Best Time Travel Stories Of All Time

Malzberg, Barry N.
Fourteen stories selected by Barry Malzberg. Some really good stuff here, except I really didn't care for the Philip K. Dick story.



The Pyramid: The First Wallander Cases

Mankell, Henning
Five stories of the Swedish policeman Kurt Wallander. Pretty good stuff!


20 books displayed
[MacAvoy - Mankell] [Mankell - Martine] [Martine - Matas] [Matthews - McCall Smith] [McCall Smith - McCrumb] [McCullers - Meluch] [Meluch - Moffett] [Monninger - Moon] [Moore - Muir] [Muir - Mysterious Press]