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Thud!

Pratchett, Terry
The dwarves and the trolls are apparently going to re-enact a horrific battle right in Ankh-Morpork. Not good for Vimes and the watch.

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12/2005

Unseen Academicals

Pratchett, Terry
Unseen University is manipulated into fielding a team to compete in the "football" league.

Words I Had To Look Up:

benison (pg. 58) -- A spoken blessing.
a shonky shop (pg. 74) -- A poor or dubious quality.
the university's bledlows (pg. 73) -- The author is credited with definition it as a proctor.
pounces (pg. 268) -- from Word of the Day "600 years ago only the rear facing claw was a talon while one or all of the front facing claws were instead pounces." Good to know!

Quote:

"Beauty can be considered to be neutral, sir. It is not the same as nice or good." --Nutt (pg. 194)

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10/2010

Wintersmith

Pratchett, Terry
The elemental spirit of winter gets a crush on Tiffany. Very good, kept reading parts out loud.

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1/2007

Witches Abroad

Pratchett, Terry
Three witches head off to foreign lands to foil a fairy godmother's plans. Have I read this before? I surely do not remember it!

Quote:

The witches flew along a maze of twisty little canyons, all alike.

Quote:

"Here you go, mister," she said.
THANK YOU.
"Nice costume you got there. Them bones are painted on really good."

Quote:

"It's not staying in the same place that's the problem," said Nanny, "it's not letting your mind wander." -- ePage 634

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8/2023

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: a Centennial Celebration

Preiss, Editor, Byron
CONTENTS:
The Perfect Crime by Max Allan Collins
The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin M. Schutz
Gun Music by Loren D. Estleman
Saving Grace by Joyce Harrington
Malibu Tag Team by Jonathan Valin
Sad-Eyed Blonde by Dick Lochte
The Empty Sleeve by W. R. Philbrick
Dealer's Choice by Sara Paretsky
Red Rock by Julie Smith
The Deepest South by Paco Ignacio Taibo II
Consultation in the Dark by Francis M. Nevins, Jr.
In the Jungle of Cities by Roger L. Simon
Star Bright by John Lutz
Stardust Kill by Simon Brett
Locker 246 by Robert J. Randisi
Bitter Lemons by Stuart M. Kaminsky
The Man Who Knew Dick Bong by Robert Crais
Essence D'Orient by Edward D. Hoch
In the Line of Duty by Jeremiah Healy
The Alibi by Ed Gorman
The Devil's Playground by James Grady
Asia by Eric Van Lustbader
Mice by Robert Campbell
The Pencil by Raymond Chandler
Sixty-Four Squares by J. Madison Davis
Summer in Idle Valley by Roger L. Simon

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1/2024

The Magic Thief

Prineas, Sarah
Conn becomes the apprentice of the cranky wizard Nevery. He figures out that someone is stealing the magic of the town. Even though there is a map and appendices, this story never really came together for me.

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12/2009

Bleeders

Pronzini, Bill
A fake blackmail goes wrong. I think this is an expansion of one of those short stories I read. One of the best of the series I've read, so far.

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6/2010

Boobytrap

Pronzini, Bill
I was hoping this was going to be girls, but instead, it is about a guy who is building bombs to blowup everyone who ever crossed him. Nameless goes fishing in the mountains. Of course, the bomb-guy is there.

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7/2010

Crazybone

Pronzini, Bill
Nameless tries to give a woman her deserved insurance payment, but she refuses the $50,000. What is up with that?

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6/2010

Epitaphs

Pronzini, Bill
Expanded from a story in "Scenarios", an old Italian grandfather asks Nameless to look into what his granddaughter is up to. No good, is what it is.

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6/2010

Fever

Pronzini, Bill
Bill is involved with gambling addicts. This is why we can't have nice things.

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6/2010

Hardcase

Pronzini, Bill
Nameless is asked to find out who the parents of an adopted woman really were. Quite a mess is stirred up. Kerry and Nameless are finally married.

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6/2010

Illusions

Pronzini, Bill
Eberhardt has committed suicide.

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7/2010

Mourners

Pronzini, Bill
Nameless (Bill?) follows a guy around to funerals. Kerry is diagnosed with breast cancer.

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6/2010

Nightcrawlers

Pronzini, Bill
Tamara spots a suspected kidnapping!

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6/2010

On Account Of Darkness And Other SF Stories

Pronzini, Bill
Written with Barry N. Malzberg of twenty-five stories. Some were enjoyable, some were not of the kind I care for. I liked the Luna immigration inspector stories the most.

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6/2010

Quarry

Pronzini, Bill
The Nameless Detective investigates why a reclusive woman leaves her job in the city and returns, secretively, to her father's farm. Nameless is nearly killed by the reason, of course.

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6/2010

Savages

Pronzini, Bill
Runyon goes to a small town to serve a subpoena, gets whacked on head. Kerry gets radiation for her cancer.

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6/2010

Scenarios: A "Nameless Dectective" Casebook

Pronzini, Bill
Fourteen short stories, pretty good.

Quote:

I said, "Be generous, Mr. Spade." -- (pg. 266) From The Maltese Falcon.

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6/2010

Schemers

Pronzini, Bill
Nameless investigates a locked-room mystery. Several valuable books are stolen from a rich-guy's library.

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7/2010
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