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How Lincoln Learned To Read

Wolff, Daniel
Explores how twelve great Americans, one of which I never heard of (Princess Winnemucca) learned the stuff they needed to know to become who they are. Very interesting!



DAW Science Fiction 30th Anniversary

Wollheim, Elizabeth R., editor
Nineteen pretty good short stories of science fiction. My favorite was Passage To Shola, by Lisanne Norman.




Wood, Ted
Small town police chief Reid Bennett helps out a former-Marine buddy accused of murder.


"That thing's not bulletproof." "Neither are you," I reminded him...



Beware The Four

Woodring, K. R.
An increasingly strange tale of four teen who meet in Pittsburgh, PA. Several typos on page 118.



Beware The Four--Book 2--Abracadabra 1, 2, 3, 4

Woodring, K. R.
The four 'eventually' meet up, just to have their memories 'erased' again! "Pop" seems to be doing better, even with his 'nickname' in quotes all the time.




Woodruff, Elvira
In 1703 England a boy travels a long distance to find news of his shipwrecked father, and meet an extraordinary man who, among many marvels, built a lighthouse. Historical fiction, and very good. Learned a number of interesting things.



The Ravenmaster's Secret

Woodruff, Elvira
Takes place mostly in the Tower Of London in 1735 when the son of the castle's Ravenmaster is involved in a plot to help a prisoner escape. Pretty good story, and learned a bit more about the Tower.



Santa Fe Rules

Woods, Stuart
Movie producer Wolf Willett is surprised (!) when he reads his own obituary. I question ignoring the dog scratching at the door. A fast, interesting


Oh, God, he thought, it's going to be somebody I know. He read on quickly. It was somebody he knew.



The Caine Mutiny

Wouk, Herman
I withdrew this book from the library collection as no one has read it in thirty years. I decided I should read it because, well, it's FAMOUS! And glad I am that I did! I really enjoyed reading it,unlike that OTHER Pulitzer Prize winner I read recently.

Words I Had To Look Up::

billingsgate (pg. Note) -- Foul, abusive language.
lordosis (pg. 5) -- Excessive inward curvature of the spine.
vitiates (pg. 21) -- To reduce the value or impair the quality of.
tocsin (pg. 24) -- An alarm bell or signal.
trucklight (pg. 84) -- The aircraft warning lights on a ship, as far as I can figure out
. dithyrambic (pg. 129) -- A wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing. From wild dances to honor the Greek god Dionysus.
Title B inventory (pg. 155) -- Items on a Navy ship valued at less than $1,000 (currently, not sure abou during WWII) each, such as binoculars, stop watches, test equipement.
prisonors-at-large (pg. 162) -- Prisonors who are required to perform their duties but not allowed to leave the ship.
alidade (pg. 303) -- An indicator or a sighting apparatus on a plane table, used in angular measurement.
JBD 640 (pg. 310) -- I cannot find any reference to a radio with this name.
Harold Teen (pg. 448) -- A comic strip about a teenager that ran from 1919 til 1959. It may have originated the word "gedunk".
pink tea (pg. 483) -- Formal afternoon tea usu. marked by a high degree of decorum.



Taling To Dragons

Wrede, Patricia C.
Whoops, it's "Talking To Dragons"! The fourth and final book in the series, as far as I know. I read the series pre-1998, and now I've read the last book (which was published first) again. A boy is sent off into an enchanted forest by his mother, carrying a sword she provided. He meets a number of interesting beings along the way. I think I may just go back and read the other books again.



The Grand Tour

Wrede, Patricia C. and Caroline Stevermer
I've read all Wrede's Enchanted Forest books and found them... enchanting. This book is very different, it it more of a Jane Austin with magical overtones. Very mannered, spunky heroines. Book two of a series, Cecy and Kate are now married and making the Grand Tour on their wedding trip. But magic and mystery intervene.

Words I Had To Look Up:

No one minds a touch of the farouche in a new bride. (pg.184) -- Either fierce, wild, or exhibiting withdrawn temperament and shyness coupled with an air of cranky, often sullen fey charm. Sounds like opposites, to me.
Made a cake of myself (pg. 177) -- Seems to be a Regency phrase, can't find a definition, but in context I take it as to do something foolish.
"Gammon", said Lady Sylvia. (pg. 99) -- Are they playing backgammon? Is it a pet name? An ejaculation?
reticule (pg. 90) -- a woman's drawstring bag used especially as a carryall. commonplace book (pg,. 11) -- A kind of notebook, to my mind.



The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle

Wroblewski, David
A mute boy raises dogs in his family's kennel. Pretty long, pretty good, up to the ending.

I totally do not understand the paragraph on pages 192-193.

A review on says this is a retelling of Hamlet. Don't know, never read it. It certainly is a tragedy, though!

Words I Had To Look Up::

cold lightning...Only hot lightning makes thunder. (pg. 51) -- Cold lightning has a shorter duration than hot, but I'm not finding anything about the lack of thunder.
Leinenkugel (pg. 175) -- A brand of beer from Wisconsin. I read they introduced Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout in 2010, sounds impressive!
chiaroscuro figure (pg. 325) -- Several definitions, I'm going with "the quality of being veiled or partly in shadow".
Eight-letter word for 'Formed of fire or light.' Starts with E, ends with L." (pg. 395) -- Turns out to be empyreal.


A little hay goes in, huge cowpies come out. How does that happen? -- (pg. 415) You can't explain that!



The Extraordinary Adventures Of Alfred Kroop

Yancy, Rick
Alfred manages to mess things up pretty good for the knights protectors of The Sword. He spends the rest of the book redeeming himself. Pretty good story, some funny parts, the obligatory beheading, and a possible budding romance. I want to see what Alfred makes of himself.



Adam Fortune, Free Man

Yates, Elizabeth
Story of a slave in colonial America. Based on a real person. Newbery Medal awarded in 1951. Good story!



Someday You'll Write

Yates, Elizabeth
The author of Amos Fortune, Free Man, explains the writing process to young budding authors.



Breaking Stalin's Nose

Yelchin, Eugene
Sasha's father is arrested in the Soviet Union.



The Amah

Yep, Lawrence
Widow struggling to raise five children must deal with her prima-donna, as it were, teen daughter who is one of the step-sisters in the ballet Cinderella.


"You'll be fine. Just try to stay clam." (pg. 18) -- Ancient Chinese saying? Or typo?



When The Circus Came To Town

Yep, Lawrence
Ursula get smallpox while living in Montana at the stagecoach stop her parents manage. She has to overcome her anxiety about her scars. Nice little book.



Armageddon Summer

Yolen, Jane
A boy and a girl are taken by their families to a religious survivalist camp on a mountain when it is prophesied that the end of the world is coming.



How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

Yu, Charles
The author has obviously spent a lot of energy constructing this story, but I don't have the energy to decipher it. Some parts I liked a lot (TAMMY, for one), but mostly I got lost in the text. I sure a lot of people will love this book, but it is not for me.


"Holy Heinlein" I say. "What would I do without you?"


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