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Among Other Things, I've Taken Up Smoking

Sweeney, Aoibheann
A girl who grew up motherless on an island in Maine is sent to New York by her father to do data entry in the library he created.

Not the kind of story I would usually read, there not being any spaceships involved, but I liked it enough to finish.

The author is also mildly well known for having a baby in a taxi in Times Square. That is, giving birth in a taxi. In Times Square. New York City.

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7/2013

A Void In Hearts

Tapply, William G.
Lawyer Brady Coyne investigates the murder of his sometime private investigator.

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1/2000

Client Priviledge

Tapply, William G.
Attorney Brady Coyne finds out who killed the judges black- mailer. Second time I read it!

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1/2000

Close To The Bone

Tapply, William G.
Lawyer Brady Coyne figures out what happened to his fishing buddy Paul Cizek. Has a bicycling drunk in the story, and everybody gets pretty much what they deserve! Pretty good!

QUOTE:

"You got lipstick all over you. It's not mine." "It was this guy's wife. She attacked me." ... "I don't blame her."

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2/1999

Cutter's Run

Tapply, William G.
Lawyer Brady Coyne visits his girlfiend in Maine.

QUOTE:

"The trick to gourmet cooking," I said, "is to be sure everybody's really hungry."

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1/2000

Hell Bent

Tapply, William G.
Brady Coyne's client apparently commits suicide, but Alex (his sister) doesn't believe it.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Wouldn't've (pg. 116) -- I said that, but I have never seen it in print before.

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12/2008

Muscle Memory

Tapply, William G.
Brady Coyne finds out who really killed his client's wife.

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3/2001

One-Way Ticket

Tapply, William G.
Brady Coyne helps a friend who got beat up by some mob guys for no reason, as far he knows.

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5/2008

Seventh Enemy

Tapply, William G.
Brady Coyne tries to find out who shot his friend, a prominent outdoorsman who has earned the emnity of the gun lobby by coming out as anti-assault weapons.

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6/2000

Tight Lines

Tapply, William G.
Brady Coyne searches for the estranged daughter of a client who is dying.

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3/2001

Scar Tissue

Tappy, William G.
Brady Coyle looks into the death of his friends sons girlfriend, and the disappearance of the son.

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11/2001

First Light

Tappyly, William G. and Philip R. Craig
Brady goes fishing with his buddy J.W. Jackson on Martha's Vineyard. J.W. is looking for a lost wife, Brady is there to nogociate the sale of an estate for a dying woman.

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3/2002

Mississippi Bridge

Taylor, Mildred D.
A bus careens off a bridge into a raging torrent after black people are made to get off to make room for white people.

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5/2009

A Summons To Memphis

Taylor, Peter
Pulizer prize-winning story of a man who keeps go back to Memphis because his psychotic sisters want to keep their father from getting married or anything. Didn't do much for me.

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12/2000

One Day On Mars

Taylor, Travis
During a revolution. A good portion of the book describes a space battle. Pretty boring. I found myself skipping three-quarters of each paragraph. The only character I liked was BIL the garbage bot.

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9/2012

An Irish Country Village

Taylord, Patrick
Life in an early 60s village in Northern Ireland for a newly-minted doctor. Third in a series, I think. Not a bad read, but I kept thinking that I am not the demographic this book is aimed at. WHOOPS! I mispelled the author's last name!

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2/2016

Quote:

"Jesus, Willy, there's a hole in my glass. It's empty" -- pg. 389

The Doom Machine

Teague, Mark
Jack and Isadora get kidnapped by the Skreep, giant spiders from another world who are bent on invading Earth. I liked it!

Quote:

In the distance he could hear the stuttering of Mr. Vandestar's Hudson...Jack knew the car's problem was in the master cylinder; he could tell by listening to it. (pg. 5) -- Which cylinder is the master cylinder? Are all the rest slave cylinders?

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11/2009

Red Planet

Telsep, Peter
Novelization of the movie. First manned expedition to Mars crashes, everything goes to s***. Some pretty funny stuff in between and during the action.

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4/2001

The Margarets

Tepper, Sheri S.
Margaret, a lonely girl on Phobos, creates six (seven?) imaginary playmates. Sort of. It's kinda confusing in parts. Pretty good stuff, though. Now I know where cats come from! Page numbers are so small and faint, I have no idea how many pages there are. Four pages listing characters and other data, plus a chart of the Margarets and their planets.

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8/2007

Goofbang Value Daze

Thompson, Julian F.
Gabe and Dori are teens in a "town of the future" that has a dome over it. I thought this would be science fiction, a sort of goofy teen romance science fiction, so I grabbed it off the shelf during inventory. It is not science fiction, though. And while there is a lot of goofy teen romance, there is a lot more. It takes place during during the 1980s, as the frequent references to contemporary events make clear. I enjoyed this book very much, but the too-frequent-for-me profanity suggests this book ought to be deselected to a high school library. There are over 15 profanities in the first 106 pages, where I ran out of sticky-tabs. Here is a list, in order: f**k, bullsh*t, h*ll, *ss, a*s, d*mn, he*l, b*tch, g*dd*mn, bi*ch, sh*tload of trouble you d*mn whiny b*tch, g*dda*mn, wise*ss, sh*t, dumbsh*t, fu*k, h*ll, f*ckin', p*sser. Well, I guess the hells and pisser aren't so bad, but there are some m*therf&ck*rs farther along, too. Although they are part of the plot!

There is a lot of examination values, authority, and boy-girl relationships here, some satirical humor, some tragedy, and I want to say again I enjoyed the book very much.

Quote:

But rowing, too -- upstream, of course, you always go upstream. I think that's required by the Protestant ethic, using a rowing machine seems very Protestant to me. -- (pg. 72)

Quote:

I probably widened my eyes a little, looking at the back of my mother's head. Her saying "fucked over" like that, to me, told me she was really concentrating. on the problem we faced, but not on form or the proprieties. As a rule, she doesn't use the f-word, figuratively, while speaking to her impressionable son. -- (pg. 244)

Quote:

"...After all, the most important thing between two people is the f-word."
"What?" I said. Incredulous. "The f-word?"
"Sure," he said, "the f-word. Faith." -- (pg. 260)

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