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Berserker's Star

Saberhage, Fred
Harry Silver ferryies a woman and to men to the not-a-planet of Maracanda where things are not always what one would expect. LATER: Whats with the typos?

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7/2003

The Berserker Tales

Saberhagen, Fred
The Berserkers are robotic ships that are programmed to kill all living things.

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7/2002

Fuzzy Mud

Sachar, Louis
A cautionary tale of over-population and genetic engineering-gone-bad, aimed at younger children. Pretty good, I read it in only two hours!

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12/2015

The Cardturner

Sachar, Louis
I did not have high hopes for a teen book about bridge, but I trusted the author, read it, and liked it VERY much! The possibly overwhelming stuff about bridge is marked with a whale symbol so you can skip over it. An excellent idea! I almost want to try playing bridge, now. Almost!

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12/2010

There's A Boy In The Girl's Bathroom!

Sachar, Louis
I read this because a student said it was not like she expected, and it was really good. It IS really good. I weeped at the end.

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1/2011

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat And Other Clinical Tales

Sacks, Oliver
Very interesting tales of the patients of a neuro-something-or-other. Can't say I read EVERY word, but enjoyed it. Amazing stories.

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1/2004

Contact

Sagan, Carl
Good story. Good movie.

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1/2002

True notebooks

Salzman, Mark
Author goes to juvenile detention facility for mostly murderers, teaches a writing class. Non-fiction. I liked the talking-parts, but not the student writing parts. It's just me, I guess.

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11/2005

The Case Of The Missing Books

Sansom, Ian
A Mobile Library Mystery. I wasn't much interested in this book, except for the library stuff, but as things proceeded to an end I found myself pleased with the ending. Rather witty in parts. I shall have to find the next book.

Quote:

Sometimes it felt good to be a librarian.

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9/2007

Miles From Nowhere

Savage, Barbara
One of my favorite books, I actually PURCHASED after reading twice from the library so I could share it with others. Barbara and her husband bicycle around the world. Read--several times and more to come.

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No date

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5/2006

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10/2016

The Moon Bridge

Savin, Marcia
Ruthie makes a new friend at school. They become best friends, then Mitzi and her family are sent away because it's World War II and they are Japanese-American. A really good story, I liked it very much.

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10/2014

Roller Skates

Sawyer, Ruth
Lucinda is a ten-year-old living in "orphanage" with her aunts while her parents are in Italy for a year because of her mother's health issues. Lucinda is quite outgoing, and reminded me much of Anne Shirley. She loves to meet people, and is totally unconscious of "class". I thought this would be a "nice" story, but there were two deaths that came as quite a shock. Awarded the Newbery in 1937.

Words I Had To Look Up:

story of Diamond (pg. 21) -- the quote in the book is from At The Back Of The North Wind, by George MacDonald, a children's book published in 1871.
Anton Seidl (pg. 92) -- Hugarian-born conductor who became conductor of the New York Philharmonic in 1891. He died in 1898.
Robert Ingersoll (pg. 92) -- Lucinda notes that Aunt Emily said he didn't believe in God. Lucinda wonders "a great deal" why, but never finds out. A very interesting Wikipedia article I perused said he was a great orator and spoke on many topics, including agnosticism.
guimp (pg. 142) -- A narrow flat braid used for trimming. Also spelled gimp.
Cornelius Nepos (pg. 131) -- A Roman biographer.
gertrude (pg. 178) -- A type of clothing for infants. More information is online in The Care Of The Baby, by J. P. Crozer Griffith, published 1900.

Smoke Quote:

The princess brought out a lacquered box, and out of this some cigarettes. She lighted one, lay back on the cushions, and smoked. Lucinda had never seen, had never dreamed it even possible that a woman could smoke. It only made the whole ending of that day appear more unbelievable. (pg. 100)

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3/2009

Agent to the stars

Scalzi, John
An alien race of Jello-like creatures decide they need an agent to fix up their image before revealing themselves to humans. Very good.

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3/2006

Factoid:

This book is available on the author's website as a free download.

Fuzzy Nation

Scalzi, John
I'm sure I read H. Beam Piper's book back in the 60s, but I don't remember it. I'll have to find it! This one was pretty good, I liked it much more than Redshirts, even though I didn't weep at this one.

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7/2014

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9/2017

Head On

Scalzi, John
Very readable, I couldn't put it down. A sequel to Lock In. Lots of snappy repartee.

Quote:

"But then again I self-medicate." -- pg. 57

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5/2018

Lock In

Scalzi, John
A new FBI agent's first day on the job. I really enjoyed this one!

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11/2014

Old man's war

Scalzi, John
A 75 year old man joins the Colonial Defense Force, gets a new body. I was in tears by the top of the third page. I really enjoyed this book, very Heinelinesque, couldn't put it down. EDIT 20016: This time around I cried a lot more.

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3/2006

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3/2016

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Redshirts

Scalzi, John
I was pretty ho-hum til the codas started, then it was all laughter and tears.

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7/2014

The Android's Dream

Scalzi, John
I've heard of sheeple, but this is ridiculous! Good story, interesting to me, quotable quotes, and moves right along.

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12/2013

The Collapsing Empire

Scalzi, John
Book One of a series, the name of which I don't know. Some snappy repartee, several memorable characters. My immediate favorite character gets killed pretty early, so I am VERY displeased by that. I just KNOW I am not going to remember any of the story or characters by the time the next book comes out. I rate this: A Promising OK.

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5/2017
20 books displayed
[Saberhage- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scieszka] [Scithers- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Shelton] [Sherlock- Sleator] [Sleator- Soto] [Soto- Stark] [Stark- Stern] [Stewart- Stroud] [Stroud- Sweeney] 

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