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Deadman

Seranella, Barbara
A railroad thriller/mystery! I enjoyed the story and the railroad stuff. I would read the next book in the series but unfortunately the author died. I'll have to keep a look out for her other books, though.

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There was a light switch immediately to her left when she entered the back door, and then a second switch on the other side of the room at the door leading to the hall. She could handle one switch in the ON position when the lights were on, but when the lights were off, both switches had to be down or she didn't feel certain she could trust her eyes. -- page 125

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12/2018

The Thirteenth Tale

Setterfield, Diane
This wonderful Gothic novel was recommended by Orson Scott Card. I loved it, even though I am not familiar with Jane Eyre.

Words I Had To Look Up:

amanuesis (pg. 97) -- One employed to take dictation, or copy manuscripts.

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As one tends the graves of the dead, so I tend the books. I clean them, do minor repairs, keep them in good order. And every day I open a volume or two, read a few lines or pages, allow the voices of the forgotten dead to resonate inside my head. Do they sense it, these dead writers, when their books are read? Does a pinprick of light appear in their darkness? Is their soul stirred by the feather touch of another mind reading theirs? I do hope so. For it must be very lonely being dead. (pg. 17)

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11/2008

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6/2016

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pell Pie Society

Shaffer, Mary Ann
I really really really like this story of an author researching a book about the German occupation on the Channel Island of Guernsey. Even the romance part was...not bad.

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4/2016

Mistake:

"Potato Pell"?? what the heck is that? Supposed to be "Potato Peel"!!!

Mangrove Squeeze

Shames, Laurence
Russian mafia are selling t-shirts in Key West.

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1/2005

Virgin Heat

Shames, Laurence
A wise-guy in Witness Protection is recognized by the daughter of the guy he finked on.

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1/2005

Welcome To Paradise

Shames, Laurence
A guy on vacation is mixed-up with a mafia guy by two what will be hit-men.

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1/2005

Too Far

Shapero, Rich
Young boy meets neighbor girl, explores woods in Alaska. Weird stuff happens. If you read this as a horror story, it all makes sense. Although the ending is lame. These two never Googled each other when they grew up? The love of their life, married at six? I didn't care for this story. Maybe you will.

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11/2011

The Berlin Boxing Club

Sharenow, Robert
Jewish teen in Berlin during World War II endures harassment from Nazi youth, takes boxing lessons from legend Max Schmeling.

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3/2012

The illuminatus! trilogy

Shea, Robert
All is revealed. 23 skidoo! Additional author Robert Anton Wilson. Hadas recommended this...another of her attempts to elevate (illuminate?) me

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3/2006

Bomb

Sheinkin, Steve
A history of the development of the atomic bomb during World War II in the United States, and a bit about other countries. And the spies who stole the secrets. Very good!

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5/2014

The Notorious Benedict Arnold

Sheinkin, Steve
Set in a charming typeface, we have here a very good account of the life and times of the notorious traitor.

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4/2012

Of Books And Bagpipes

Shelton, Paige
"A Scottish Bookshop Mystery", it says, and it is either number two or number two-and-a-half in a series. I am reminded of the television show "The Book Group", since both took place in Scotland and both have books. But that is about all that is the same.

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12/2018

Letters from Wolfie

Sherlock, Patti
Teenage boy in 1969 donates his dog to the Army to be trained for use in Vietnam. Very good, good capture of the spirit of the times, I think.

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10/2006

The Tour

Shields, Dave
A novel about the Tour de France. Very informative about how the race works, but the charactors seemed one-dimensional to me. But then again, so am I! For some reason I thought this was a mystery when I selected it, but it's not. Probably got it confused with the guy that writes bicycling mysteries.

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7/2006

So Much For That

Shriver, Lionel
Shep was going to split to Third World as he has planned his whole life so to do when his wife tells him she has cancer and needs the insurance, as crappy as it is, from his work. So he stays. So much for that! Very slow for me to read, but very well written with lots of clever observations. I really enjoyed this book very much, and would recommend it to everyone who knows someone who is chronic ill or dying.

Words I Had To Look Up:

fundoplication surgery (pg. 24) -- A surgical procedure in which the upper portion of the stomach is wrapped around the lower end of the esophagus and sutured in place as a treatment for the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus
illiberality (pg. 127) -- Bigoted.
prize his little girl's fingers(pg. 130) -- To move or force with or as if with a lever; pry.
concomitant (pg. 131) -- One that occurs or exists concurrently with another.
imprimatur (pg. 161) -- An official permission to do something.
tare (pg. 169) -- An adjustment made for the weight of the packaging in order to determine the net weight of the goods.
fugged (pg. 203) -- To make stuffy and odorous
Branola (pg. 292) -- Either Post Bran'ola cereal or Orowheat Branola bread.
elegiac apathy (pg. 350) -- Expressing sorrow often for something past.
preternatural composure (pg. 368) -- Surpassing the normal or usual.
sedulous (pg. 425) -- Marked by care and persistent effort.

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The fact that homelier and homier shared so many letters didn't seem a coincidence. (pg. 33)

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8/2010

The Grimm Legacy

Shulman, Polly
Elizabeth, a high school student, takes a job in an odd sort of library in New York. I enjoyed reading this magical tale very much!

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"Sorry," said Aaron. "It's not my fault, it's geometry." -- p. 243.

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5/2014

Antsy Does Time

Shusterman, Neal
Antsy's friend is dying of some weird disease. Antsy has a crush on the guy's sister, too. Lexie is dating some guy who clicks. And Antsy's ad is working too hard at the restaurant. Things snowball.

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4/2010

Everlost

Shusterman, Neal
Two kids die in a car accident and end up in a sort of in-between world of dead kids and ghost buildings. Nicely done. Especially liked the Hindenburg/Roswell throw-away line.

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12/2010

Ship Out Of Luck

Shusterman, Neal
Antsy goes on a birthday cruise, with his family, paid for by, and for, Mr. Crawley. Very good, I enjoyed it very much, and there were even a few tears here and there.

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6/2014

The Schwa Was Here

Shusterman, Neal
Good story about a New York boy who is effectively invisible to many people.

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2/2010
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