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A Bit OnThe Side

Trevor, William
Twelve stories that I'm sure are very good, but did not interest me at all.

Words I Had To Look Up:

apposite (pg. 32) -- Apt in the circumstances or in relation to something.

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9/2011

The King of Attolia

Turner, Megan Whalen
Despite a couple of incredibly boring paragraphs, I think this is a wonderful book, full of court intrigue, sly humour, exciting sword play, and fully-developed charactors. Many twists and turns. I STILL think the series needs a map! Book three of the series.

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12/2007

The Queen of Attolia

Turner, Megan Whalen
Eugenides is caught and punished as a thief is. Very good. Book two of the series.

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12/2007

The Thief

Turner, Megan Whalen
Gen the thief is let out of prison to steal something valuable for the king. Pretty good story, took a while to build up interest.

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3/2007

Curious Notions

Turtledove, Harry
Germany has won World War One. Paul and his father have come Crosstime to trade for vegetables.

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...didn't use German shepherds, though. They used Alsatians, which were bigger and meaner. (pg. 98) -- They are the same dog, at least in OUR timeline!

Words I Had To Look Up:

Brunet (pg. 173) -- I guess that is how they spell "brunette" in that timeline.

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2/2009

Gunpower Empire

Turtledove, Harry
In book one of the Crosstime Travel series Jeremy and his family travel to an alternate timeline where the Roman Empire never fell. Jeremy and his sister get stranded there, during a war. Yikes!

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11/2008

In High Places

Turtledove, Harry
Annette is kidnapped by crosstime slavers as she travels with her family to Marseilles in a alternate timeline.

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2/2009

The Big Switch

Turtledove, Harry
Book three in The War That Came Early alternate history series. World War II in Europe progresses, then the British and French join up with the Germans to fight the Russians.

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11/2012

The Disunited States Of America

Turtledove, Harry
Justin visits Virginia in an alternative, meets Beckie from California. Then Ohio attacks Virginia, there's a bio attack. Pretty good.

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They would figure the rifles were bound for the black guerrillas down in the lowlands. (pg. 8) Lowland guerrillas, indeed!

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Beckie stared after him till ambush tears scalded her cheeks. (pg. 190) Never heard of ambush tears, nothing on internet.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Fasarta (pg. 57) -- Turkish for "mat", use here is a homage to Robert Heinlein's Door Into Summer, where "subflexive fasarta" is used. (SOURCE: A posting by Leoorionis on Enworld.com)

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12/2008

The Gladiator

Turtledove, Harry
So Fanta is the soda of choice for young Socialists in the Italian People's Republic. Book five of the Crosstime Traffic series. Pretty good, but not what one would call "exciting". No cuss words, interestingly enough, but some rude Russian. And Russians.

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9/2007

The House Of Daniel

Turtledove, Harry
A guy joins up with a traveling baseball team so he can get out of town quickly. They travel the West playing baseball, in great detail, with nearly every small town team. Seems like, anyway! Lots of good baseball, with a touch of werewolves, zombies, and vampires. With a Sasquatch fan or two.

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7/2016

The Valley-Westside War

Turtledove, Harry
Liz is digitizing records at a UCLA library in a post-holocaust time line, meets a local soldier named Dan who suspicions she ain't all what she seems. Book six in the Crosstime Traffic series.

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11/2008

Worldwar: In The Balance

Turtledove, Harry
Gotta be book one of a series, as nothing much is concluded by the end of 488 pages, except one jerk is righteously knocked off! Anyway, during WWII aliens invade, so all the warring humans must join forces to repel the invaders.

Words I Had To Look Up:

be kriegies by now (pg. 100) -- POW.
Geh kak afen yam (pg. 184) -- Go take a poop in the sea.
mamzrim (pg. 401) -- Bastard, probably.
tukhus-lekher (pg. 402) -- Butt-something.
cri de coeur (pg. 402) -- A cry from the heart.
opprobrium (pg. 438) -- Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct.
oleaginously (pg. 439) -- The state or condition of being oleaginous; oiliness, unctuousness.

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10/2010

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court

Twain, Mark
A "modern day" American somehow finds himself in Arthurian times, tries to change everything. Interesting story, hard to read sometimes. A bit of weeping at the smallpox hut. On the circulation card I found it had been checked out twice by someone I had dated several decades ago. Isn't that interesting?

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6/2014

Pudd'nhead Wilson

Twain, Mark
Good story, good ending. Fingerprints are fun!

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9/2013

The Celebrated Jumping Frog And Other Stories

Twain, Mark
Since I was in Angel's Camp a few weeks ago AND I ran across this little (86 page) book I decided to read it. Fun stuff!

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8/2015

Montmorency On The Rocks: Doctor, Aristocrat, Murderer?

Updale, Eleanor
Babies have been dieing on a remote island, Dr. Farcett tries to figure out why. Oh, and someone is bombing London railway stations.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Pootling (pg. 107) -- Move in a leisurely unhurried way.
Tarimond Island (pg. 110) -- A fictional location, but in the search I learned about St. Kilda island which looks like an interesting place.

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12/2008

Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman?

Updale, Eleanor
A thief betters himself by taking to the sewers of London.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Flounce (pg. 132) -- A strip of fabric attached by one edge. A wide ruffle.

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12/2008

A Crooked Kind Of Perfect

Urban, Linda
Zoe envisions herself as a classical pianist, but her dad buys her a cheap organ and lessons. I really really enjoyed this story.

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1/2010

Into The Beautiful North

Urrea, Luis Alberto
A Mexican girl recruits her friends to cross the border into the U.S. to find her father, among others, and bring them back to her village to defend them against bandits. A wonderful book. There were some very humorous parts. And sad ones, too.

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7/2013
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[Abadzis- Alcott] [Alcott- Anderson] [Andreae- Atkinson] [Atkinson- Balliett] [Balliett- Barnard] [Barnard- Barr] [Barr- Barrows] [Barry- Bear] [Bear- Beaton] [Beaton- Beattie, editor] [Beck- Black] [Black- Block] [Block- Bosch] [Bosch- Brillant] [Brin- Bryson] [Bryson- Bujold] [Bujold- Card] [Card- Card] [Card- Chabon] [Chainani- Clancy] [Clancy- Coben] [Coben- Colfer] [Colfer- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Cook] [Cook- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Creech] [Creech- Crusie] [Crusie- Cussler] [Cussler- Davies] [Davis- Dilloway] [Dilloway- Dorsey] [Dowd- Dunning] [DuPrau- Elkins] [Ellms- Evanovich] [Evanovich- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Finnin] [Fisher Smith- Fleischman] [Fleischman- Foster] [Foster- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Freedman] [Freedman- Gaiman] [Gaiman- Geist] [George- Gonzalez] [Gores- Granger] [Granger- Greenbaum] [Greenberg- Grimes] [Grimes- Haddix] [Haddix- Hale] [Hall- Hallinan] [Hallinan- Hautman] [Hautman- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heller] [Heller- Herman] [Herrera- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Highsmith] [Hillerman- Hobbs] [Hobbs- Howe] [Hudgens- Jackson] [Jacobs- Jones] [Jones- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kerasote] [Key- King-Smith] [King-Smith- Konigsburg] [Konrath- Lahiri] [Lampman- Lawrence] [Lawrence- Leonard] [Leonard- Lewis] [Lewis- Lott] [Louv- Lutz] [Lutz- Maguire] [Maguire- Martin] [Martin- Massey] [Matas- McCall Smith] [McCall Smith- McCrumb] [McCrumb- Meluch] [Meluch- Monninger] [Montgomery- Morris] [Morrison- Nance] [Napoli- Niven] [Northcutt- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Connor] [O'Dell- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patron] [Patterson- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Penny] [Perez-Reverte- Pinkwater] [Platt- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pullman] [Pullman- Readers Digest] [Readers Digest- Rich] [Richardson- Robinson] [Robinson- Rowling] [Rowling- Ryan] [Rylant- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scieszka] [Scieszka- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Sheinkin] [Shelton- Skloot] [Sleator- Sontag] [Soto- Stark] [Stark- Stephenson] [Stern- Stroud] [Stroud- Tappy] [Tappyly- Trevino] [Trevor- Urrea] [Ursu- Vande Velde] [Vande Velde- Wambaugh] [Wasdin- Westlake] [Westlake- Weyn] [Whelan- Wodehouse] [Wodehouse- Yolen] [Zahn- Zusak] 

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