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Futuristic Violence And Fancy Suits

Pargin, Jason
Originally published under author's pseudonym, David Wong. Zoey Ashe #1. A bit in the future, Zoey lives in a trailer park and works at a small coffee shop. A LOT of violence happens, but works out OK except for all the folks who die/are injured.

Smoke Quote:

She shouldn't be in this bad of shape, she had quit smoking when she was fifteen.

Quote:

Zoey was disappointed that the van didn't explode into a fireball like in old action movies, but was one of the downsides of electric car technology.

Quote:

We want to sew doubt about why she's so confident. -- "sew"? How about sow?

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Without turning away from the wall, Armando said, "This man, is he still around?" -- WOAH, I said!

Quote:

...paint it, modify it, put real tactical sites on it... -- "sites"?? Maybe, "sights"?

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1/2024

Zoey Is Too Drunk For This Dystopia

Pargin, Jason
Zoey Ashe, #3. There's an election going on. Who is Zoey and her crew supporting? Plus, there are three women missing from a brothel. One that Zoey owns, of course.

Quote:

She looked down at the Doritos bag, the animated flaming-triangle logo dancing above a heap of dusted chips, as if looking to it for advice. Receiving none, she started running.

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... depending on the publication. -- Chapter 3, page 26.

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... depending on the publication. -- Chapter 3, page 28.

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... depending on the publication. -- Chapter 3, page 33.

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... depending on the publication. -- Chapter 3, page 59.

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... depending on the publication. -- Chapter 6, page 93.

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... depending on the publication. -- Chapter 6, page 94.

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... depending on the publication. -- Chapter 6, page 101.

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... depending on the publication. -- Chapter 9, page 165.

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The socks were her favorite, they were thick and cushioned and had little nubs on the bottom. -- Yes, I love hospital socks!

Quote:

"Aviv, we don't even know if we can tolerate each others company for longer than it takes to have sex and get dressed."

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2/2024

Zoey Punches The Future In The Dick

Pargin, Jason
Zoey Ashe, #2. Very funny, and violent. I think I could do with less of the cannibalism, but it IS funny. Sometimes.

Quote:

"...A bodyguard who hides and shoots from fifty yards away is probably being a bit too proactive in his duties."

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"Ah, it's a solid life rule that if Will Blackwater hands you a weapon, it either isn't loaded, or there is a much larger one pointed at your back."

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2/2024

Project Mulberry

Park, Linda Sue
Julia is not too enthused about her and Patrick's new project, breeding silkworms. It's too Korean.

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12/2009

Click

Park, Linda Sue, et. al.
One novel, ten authors,neat book jacket. Each chapter written by a different author, telling events in the lives of people who knew George "Gee" Keane, a photojournalist. I really enjoyed the story until the strange separate personality weirdness.

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9/2009

A Catskill Eagle

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer travels to Mill Valley, California, to assist Hawk and Susan.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Jocasta (pg. 235) -- Mother of Oedipus.

Quote:

She dog-eared the page to mark her place and smiled at me. (pg. 232) Caitiff!!! (Not the first word I thought of)

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7/2008

Back Story

Parker, Robert B.
A friend of Paul asks Spencer to look into who killed her mother during a bank robbery 28 years ago.

Quibble:

On page 9 the text refers to a "M1 carbine. Fully-automatic." DISCLAIMER: I am not a weapons expert! As far as I can find, the M1 is semi-automatic, and it is the M2 that is fully-automatic. And there is a big difference between semi and fully.

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8/2008

Bad Business

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer is hired for a little marital investigation, finds out he is not the only one on the job, plus there's some other sordid stuff going on.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Portman lobbies (pg.17) -- John Portman, an American architect, is known for his atrium hotel designs.
Atrium -- Glazed courtyard often extending through several floors at the entrance to a building.
Cantabrigian (pg. 142) -- A student or graduate of Cambridge University; or a native or resident of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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8/2008

Brimstone

Parker, Robert B.
First of the Westerns I have read. Seems very like the Boston books, don't ya think? Still, they are fun.

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7/2013

Chance

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser ends up in Vegas looking for a gangster's son-in-law. Meets that short guy there.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Postlapsarian (pg. 73)-- Of, relating to, or characteristic of the time or state after the fall of humankind described in the Bible.
Tripartile (pg. 231 --Divided into or composed of three parts

Quote:

Outside the bright desert air hinted faintly of carbon monoxide as we walked down the Strip. -- (pg. 293) I think it is odorless and colorless, but i know what he means!

Donut Quote:

I opend the box. Plain donuts. Perfect.

"Do you know how to eat a donut?" I said.

"I'll watch you on the first one," Susan said.

...I ate half a donut.

"Ugh," Susan said. "Is that how it's done?"

"Girls sometimes take smaller bites," I said. -- (pg. 181)

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8/2008

Chasing The Bear

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer tells Susan about his adventures growing up.

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12/2009

Cold Service

Parker, Robert B.
Hawk is almost killed while protecting a bookie. When he recovers, he and Spencer go after the Ukranian gangster responsible.

Quote:

My favorite quote is about the pumpkin pie Susan made, on page 41. To wit, in part, "Don't call her that thing," she said. "What if she hears you?"

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8/2008

Double Deauce

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer and Hawk investigate the murder of a kid and her kid in the 'hood.

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7/2008

Edenville Owls

Parker, Robert B.
Parker's first book for younger readers. But not TOO young! A lot less cussing and violence than his adult books. A bit of bad language and teen yearnings by 14-year-old Bobby, who tries to help out his new teacher who is being threatened by a strange man. I enjoyed it.

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5/2009

Hugger Mugger

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser travels to Georgia to investigate race horse shootings.

Donut Quote:

"Donuts put a nice foundation under your morning." -- pg. 51.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Club Man (pg. 136) -- Probably refers to the Clubman line of colognes and such. I never heard of it, I was more of a Russian Leather kind of guy, back in the day when I used the stuff.

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"Just so we're clear,", I said. "I'm not after your wife."... -- (pg. 31) I didn't understand the point of this exchange.

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8/2008

Hundred-Dollar Baby

Parker, Robert B.
April Kyle asks Spenser to deals with some guys trying to cut in on her house of ill repute.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Tsimmis (pg. 174) -- Probably Tzimmis, one meaning of which is a state of confusion.

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7/2008

Hush Money

Parker, Robert B.
Spenser helps out Hawk by investigating why a professor was denied tenure.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Defenestrated (pg. 65) -- Throwing of a person or thing out of a window.
Linguiça (pg. 104) -- Portuguese cured pork sausage.
Polemic (pg. 136) -- An aggressive attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another.
Formulaic Berbers (pg. 213) -- Don't know, maybe refers to something earlier in the story that I missed?

Quote:

"What she does," I said, "is she tries not to want me to do things I don't want to do." -- (pg. 123) Spenser on the successful male/female relationship.

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8/2008

Night Passage

Parker, Robert B.
For some reason I thought this was another Spencer story, but although it takes place in the same world (i.e., Gino and Vinnie are present), it introduces a new guy, Jesse Stone, who just got a new job as a small-town police chief after getting fired from the LAPD for being a drunk.

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7/2008

Now & Then

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer, who I mistakenly keep calling "Parker", starts out on a cheating spouse case, ends up in the middle of some sort of terrorist thing.

Quote:

"Or maybe it is Margaret that I mourn for" -- Related to a poem by G. M. Hopkins (pg. 50)

Words I Had To Look Up:

Bench strength (pg. 219) -- The quality of the players sitting on the bench.

Inextricable (pg. 169) -- Incapable of being disentangled or untied.

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7/2008

Painted Ladies

Parker, Robert B.
Spencer takes on the chore of bodyguard to an art professor who is to fetch the ransom for a painting to the picture-nappers. Said painting explodes, killing the art professor. Spencer returns his fee, and goes after the fiends.

Quote:

"Frees their minds," I said,"to romp with the mind of god." -- (pg. 154)-- Now I have to read The Great Gatsby!

Words I Had To Look Up:

cathexis (pg. 220) -- Concentration of emotional energy on an object or idea. One source suggests a "crush" as an example.

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12/2010
20 books displayed
[Palacio - Paretsky] [Pargin - Parker] [Parker - Parker] [Parker - Patterson] [Patterson - Pears] [Pears - Perry] [Perry - Platt] [Pohl - Poyer] [Poyer - Pratchett] [Pratchett - Pratchett] [Pratchett - Pronzini] [Pronzini - Pynchon] 

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