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Best American Short Stories 1987

Beattie, editor, Ann
Twenty short stories, most of which I didn't care for. I guess my expectations for stories is somewhat juvenile, I need a satisfying conclusion.

Contents::

S. Sontag The Way We Live Now --Unreadable.

J. Updike The Afterlife -- Pointless.

C. Nova, The Prince -- Better, but still boring.

E. Tallent Favor -- Meh.

M. Gallant Kingdom Come -- Boring.

S Miller The Lover Of Women -- Not bad.

M. S. Bell The Lie Detector -- Huh.

A. Munro Circle Of Prayer -- Not bad, till the end.

L. K. Abbott Dreams Of Distant Lives -- Boring boring.

R. Lombreglia Men Under Water -- I liked it!

R. Carver Boxes -- Ok, except for the end.

B. Mukherjee The Tenant -- Beginning OK, but poor ending.

J. Williams The Blue Men -- Weird!

K. Haruf Private Debts-Public Holdinds -- Now THAT is a story!!!

C Baxter How I Found My Brother -- Interesting ship model stuff, but otherwise...

T. Wolfe The Other Miller -- OK, till end, redux. FYI, it is not Tom Wolfe, it is Tobias.

R. Taylor, Jr. Lady Of Spain -- Huh.

D. Stern The Interpretation Of Dreams by Sigmund Freud: A Story -- Much promise, what with the squirrel, but...

R. Carlson Milk -- Ending OK.

T. O'Brien The Things They Carried -- Much hope for this, but only OK.

Quote:

Steve, who also worked at the Orange Julius stand, said that if he ever had the chance, he would be in that back seat in a jiffy. I feared for his soul, but suspected that he wasn't as likely as I was to be put to the test. -- from Lady Of Spain, by Robert Taylor, Jr. (pg. 251)

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5/2008

Amateur Night

Beck, K. K.
Jane da Silva finds out if an imprisoned jerk punk really killed a pharamacist's wife. At the end she seems to have been approved to receive her inheritance, but in "Electric City" she doesn't have it.

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1/2002

Electric City

Beck, K. K.
Jane da Silva is trying to convince the Foundation For Righting Wrongs that she deserves to get paid on her latest case, a missing woman that worked for a clipping service.

QUOTE:

"I don't have to act like a attorney", he said, "I am one."

BONUS QUOTE:

"Hey!", barked Bob. "If you do what the lady says, I'll only hit you once. Think of that as something to work towards. A goal like."

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1/2002

The Body In The Cornflakes

Beck, K. K.
Ted is the assistant manager of a Seattle grocery store where bodies start turning up. MacNab and Lukowski investigate.

QUOTE:

"Nice knockers," said MacNab, managing to convey a certain reverence for the dead in his tone. -- pg. 52

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12/2003

The Body In The Volvo

Beck, K. K.
Professor Charles doesn't get tenue, takes over his uncles's car repair shop in Seattle. Said body is discovered. MacNab and Lukowski investigate.

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1/2004

We Interrupt This Broadcast

Beck, K. K.
Single dirvorced mom Alice gets a job at a decrepit AM Classical radio station, taking the place of Ed, who is lying dead in a hide-a-bed. Funny.

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12/2003

Sitting ducks

Bedard, Michael
An alligator makes friends with a duck. Extremely excellent picture book!

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8/2005

Real Men Don't Apologize

Belushi, Jim
I did not find this book on dating and relationships humorous or useful. I only found two funny parts, the old guy story on pages 196-197, and another one that couldn't find again, so I guess it wasn't that good. Since I flunked the Man Test at the beginning I guess these book isn't for me.

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3/2014

I Am Not A Cop!

Belzer, Richard
Richard Belzer, the actor, searches for clues to his Russian friend's disappearance in New York. "Belz" constantly meets people who misidentify him, and several people who want to kill him. Not as engaging a story as I hoped, given Belzer's rep as a comedian, but maybe it was because I was reading it in the emergency room.

Quote:

It was as if I could almost see it now, like looking at an emergin island through a blanket of fog. I just hoped it didn't turn out to be an iceberg. (pg. 220)

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7/2009

The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake

Bender, Aimee
Rose can taste the emotional base of whoever prepared the food she eats. This is very disconcerting to her as a child. Later she finds out her family, on her father's side, seems to have various talents along this way. I did not get the pink Pegasus pen humor.

Quote:

I was a couple years older than most learner's permit types, but I'd been slower to the car than my peers. (pg. 165) As was I!

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7/2012

The Martian Race

Benford, Gregory
I can't believe this is the first Benford book in the data base, I am certainly familiar with the name. Interesting story of first manned expedition to Mars.

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9/2016

Foundryside

Bennett, Robert Jackson
Probably the first in a series, a young thief gets into a lot more trouble than she ever imagined. Clef the key was one of my favorite characters.

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11/2018

Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil

Berendt, John
Non-fiction stories of Savannah, Georgia. I particularly thought the Conrad Aiken bench story was charming. Chablis the drag-queen is quite the character!!

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2/2002

The Demolished Man

Bester, Alfred
Science Fiction/Crime novel from the early 50s, first Hugo award. "Jazzy" jargon was kind of irritating, but this was probably pretty hot stuff back then. Wikipedia artilce helped me to appreciate it a bit more. I like his "The Stars My Destination" more.

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7/2007

GreensWord

Bingle, Donald J.
Three eco-nuts blow up a nuke to save the world, destroying Seattle and a mansion owned by a very Bill Gates-like parody. Some humour, but wiping out Seattle is kind of a bummer, dude.

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7/2009

The Penderwicks

Birdsall, Jeanne
A charming story of a family on summer vacation. "Four sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting boy."

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1/2016

The Seven Wonders Of Sassafras Springs

Birney, Betty G.
A boy finds out that his small town is more interesting than he thought. I liked this book a lot!

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5/2015

The Big Loop

Bishop, Claire Huchet
Andre wants to race in the Tour de France. A pretty good book, with nice illustrations. Pub. in 1955.

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11/2002

The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend

Bivald, Katarina
A woman travels from Sweden to a very small town in Iowa to visit her pen-pal. Turns out her friend just died. What now? Very excellent story, I just loved it!

Quote:

Why would anyone prefer banknotes to book? -- pg.288

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12/2016

Trout Pool Paradox

Black, George
I KNOW I read this book, but for some reason it's not listed! It was published in 2004. History of three rivers in Connecticut and how they each developed differently. Really good! Non-fiction! Save the rivers!

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2007
20 books displayed
[Abadzis- Alcott] [Alcott- Anderson] [Andreae- Atkinson] [Atkinson- Ballard] [Balliett- Barnard] [Barnard- Barnhill] [Barr- Barr] [Barrows- Bear] [Bear- Beaton] [Beaton- Beattie] [Beattie, editor- Black] [Black- Block] [Block- Borchert] [Bosch- Brennert] [Brillant- Bryson] [Bryson- Bujold] [Bujold- Card] [Card- Card] [Card- Chabon] [Chabon- Clancy] [Clancy- Cline] [Coakley- Cohen] [Cohen- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Constantine] [Constantine- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crombie] [Cronley- Cussler] [Cussler- Dashner] [Dashner- DiCamillo] [Dick- Doohan] [Dorsey- Drake] [Draper- Elkins] [Elkins- Ephron] [Eszterhas- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Flynn] [Foer- Fox] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Funke] [Funke- Garrigue] [Gash- Goffard] [Going- Grafton] [Grafton- Grant] [Grant- Greenwald] [Greer- Grisham] [Grisham- Haddix] [Haddix- Hall] [Hall- Harris] [Harrison- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heley] [Heley- Henry] [Henry- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hirsch] [Hitchcock- Holt] [Holt- Hulme] [Hunter- Jenkins] [Jennings- Kadohata] [Kaminsky- Kandel] [Karr- Kienzle] [Kienzle- Kinney] [Kirby- Kostyal] [Kowal- Larson] [Larson- Leckie] [Leckie- Leonard] [Leonard- Lewis] [Lichtman- Lowry] [Lowry- MacAvoy] [MacDonald- Manley] [Marcinko- Martini] [Martini- Mazer] [McBain- McCarthy] [McCaughrean- McDevitt] [McDonald- Meyer] [Meyer- Moody] [Moon- Mosley] [Mosley- Nicholson] [Nicholson- Norton] [Norton- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Rourke] [Oates- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patterson] [Patterson- Peacock] [Pears- Perry] [Perry- Pohl] [Pohl- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pullman] [Pullman- Reeve] [Reeve- Riggs] [Ringo- Robinson] [Rodman- Rucka] [Rucka- Sachar] [Sachar- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scott] [Scott- Scottoline] [Sebold- Shields] [Shriver- Sloan] [Sloan- Soto] [Soto- Stark] [Stark- Stephenson] [Stern- Stroud] [Stroud- Tappy] [Tappyly- Townsend] [Tracy- Updale] [Urban- Vance] [Vance- Walter] [Wambaugh- Westerman] [Westerman- Westlake] [Westlake- Wodehouse] [Wodehouse- Yelchin] [Yep- Zusak] 

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