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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

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

The Consuming Fire

Scalzi, John
I guess this is book two in the Interdependency Sequence. The author should maybe include a Glossary, I was unfamiliar with some of the words used, especially that one that started with "F"... Who talks like that? Well, except for my friend. Good story as I got more engaged with it in the second half. Laughed out loud a couple of times, even. Hope I remember the story when the next one comes out!

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4/2019

The End Of All Things

Scalzi, John
I find that in a series I often forget what went on in previous volumes. So to with this one, but I still enjoyed it about 75%.

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9/2015

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3/2016

The Ghost Brigades

Scalzi, John
I really should have read these in order. I laughed out loud a couple or times, which was odd of me, even though I am such a funny guy. I also cried a couple of times. So this is the story of Jared Dirac, who becomes a Special Forces soldier in Jane Sagan's unit. Good stuff.

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7/2009

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5/2016

The Human Division

Scalzi, John
Having missed reading this one somehow, I enjoyed reading it after re-reading the previous volumes in the series. And after reading the final book in the series before re-reading all those. So now I can say I don't remember what happens after this one.

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4/2016

The Last Colony

Scalzi, John
John Perry, Jane Sagan, and Zoe head off to colonized a new planet. But the Colonial Union has some underhandedness under its sleeve, as it were.

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7/2009

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4/2016

The Last Emperox

Scalzi, John
This book was relatively quick to read, nice dialogue, moves right along, and some good lines. Some funny, too. Big surprises near the end.

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5/2020

Zoe's Tale

Scalzi, John
A very excellent story of colonization from the POV of a fifteen-year-old girl named Zoe.

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4/2009

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4/2016

The Godmother's Apprentice

Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann
What if a high school girl was an apprentice Godmother? I liked the idea of this book, but four-letter words and some uncomfortable scenes make it suitable for high school readers. Second book in a series. I don't know when I read this.

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No date

Glory Be

Scattergood, Agusta
Glory is almost twelve in 1964 Mississippi. A great story of a young girl's growing awareness of segregation in the South.

Quote:

Don't be calling that our letter (pg. 84)

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11/2012

The swarm

Schatzing, Frank
Too many pages. 881. But I finished it. Story is ok, supposed to be really accurate science, but I couldn't tell. I would have hooked up with a ham radio operator when the fishies cut the trans-Atlantic internet cable, they gots connections to the internets that bypass cables.

Smoking Quote:

Set the scene: The ship they are on is sinking: Tarry black smoke drifted towards them. "Have you got any cigarettes?" she asked. ..."They're Lights," he explained. "Oh, the healthy option..."..."Very sensible."

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7/2006
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