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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.

Quote:

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!

Quote:

"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

On The Beach

Shute, Nevil
Everybody dies of radiation poisoning. Great book!! No Nukes!!

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2/2000

Stephen Morris

Shute, Nevil
Good story about a man involved in flying back in the 20's .

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3/2001

Balzac And The Little Chinese Seamstress

Sijie, Dai
Interesting little novel about two Chinese boys sent to the countryside to be "re-educated" and a girl they meet there. Didn't quite "get" the ending.

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5/2003

Roma Eterna

Silverberg, Robert
An alternate history of Rome, one where it survived into the space age. With a picture of a spaceship on the jacket, I thought there would be more space-stuff. There was not. Still good, though!

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6/2011

Beyond Control

Silverberg, Robert, editor
Seven stories of science fiction by various authors, pub. in 1972. Didn't really grab me.

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10/2002

Far Horizons

Silverberg, Robert, editor
Stories by Brin, Card, Haldeman, Le Guin, McCaffrey, Bear, Benford, Pohl and others. Good stories!

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4/2000

The androids are coming

Silverberg, Robert, editor
Seven stories of androids by authors E.C. Tubb, Clifford D. Simak, Isaac Asimov, J.T. McIntosh, Philip K. Dick, Avram Davidson, and Alfred Bester. Read in the bathtub, over a period of a week...

Quote:

"Robopsychologist, please." "Oh, are robots so differnt from men, mentally?" "Worlds different." She allowed herself a frosty smile. "Robots are essentially decent."

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5/2007

Worlds of Maybe

Silverberg, Robert, editor
Seven stories of alternate worlds. Sideways In Time, by Murry Leinster, reminded me of 1632, the novel by Eric Flint. It's too long to quote here, but Sail On Sail On, by Philip Jose Farmer, had a cute little explanation of C.W. radio using an analagy of a column a little angels.

Quote:

That was one sweet collection of sinusoids. -- Delenda Est, by Robert Silverberg, pg. 221.

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5/2007

Way Station

Simak, Clifford D.
A CIA (domestic spying?) agent runs across a Civil War veteran that is more than a hundred years old, but appears to be in his thirties. A classic science fiction novel.

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6/2011

It Can't Hurt Forever

Singer, Marilyn
A young girl has heart surgery. Realistic story so children will know what to expect in hospital. Pretty good.

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5/2004

The Immortal Life Of Herietta Lacks

Skloot, Rebecca
"Enjoyed" may not be the right word, but I'm GLAD I read it. It gave a picture of society that I am not so familiar with. I'll be processing this story for a long time.

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2/2015

Strange Attractors

Sleator, William
A teenage boy acquires a time machine. Has underage alcohol consumption, drug use. Didn't like it

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8/1998

The Duplicate

Sleator, William
A teenage boy find a machine that will make a duplicate of him! Didn't like it.

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8/1998

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Sloan, Robin
Clay gets a job in a curious bookstore in San Francisco. Rather Neal Stephensonistic, I enjoyed it very much.

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2/2013
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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