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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

Breadcrumbs

Ursu, Anne
I've read The Snow Queen (Hans Christian Andersen) several times, so this was an interesting take on the story.

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3/2012

Flood

Vachss, Andrew
Burke is hired by a chubby buxom blonde who is set on revenge, in this the first of the series.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Judy Henske (pg. 119) -- An American singer, dubbed Queen of the Beatniks.
Fingertip leather jacket (pg. 264) -- A fingertip-length jacket. Who knew?

Quote:

Dewey Decimal System of Dirt -- (pg. 39) Richard Reeves used a similar phrase in Peeping Thomas.

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12/2008

Two Trains Running

Vachss, Andrew
Came for the title, stayed for the story. The Mob, gangs, corruption, and cars in a town in the mountains back East somewhere. Moves right along.

Quote:

"...long number at the bottom. And that ones' a pay phone..." -- (pg. 219) In 1959 I thought it was more usual to have the telephone exchange letters at part of the "number", rather than a string of digits.

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11/2008

Space Opera

Valente, Catherynne M.
I quite liked the part about the cat and the rose bush. And I laughed at a couple of other sentences. And I'm glad I learned about Buranovskiye Babushki. And filk, I looked it up, that was interesting.

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4/2019

The Chronicles Of Harris Burdick

Van Allsburg, Chris
Fourteen authors tell their interpretations of the pictures from Van Allsburgs' book. The M.T. Anderson story grabbed me the most.

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4/2012

Flipped

Van Draanen, Wendelin
A very cute romance told from opposing points of view. I enjoyed it very much.

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12/2007

Sammy Keyes And The Curse Of Moustache Mary

Van Draanen, Wendelin
Sammy meets an odd old lady while delivering flowers to a funeral. Ends up finding a hidden stash of gold coins! The hiding place of which I actually figured out beforehand. Yay me! Good story!

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2/2016

Sammy Keyes And The Hollywood Mummy

Van Draanen, Wendelin
Sammy and Marissa take the bus to Hollywood to confront Sammy's mom, er, "Aunt Dominique". Someone who looks just like Sammy's mother is murdered, and Sammy saves the day by discovering just who done it.

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2/2016

Sammy Keyes And The Hotel Thief

Van Draanen, Wendelin
Good story with a little mystery. Sammy lives with her grandma in a seniors only building.

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1/2016
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[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- Coakley] [Coben- Cole] [Cole- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Cook] [Cook- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crumley] [Crumley- Cussler] [Cussler- David] [Davidson- Dickinson] [Dickinson- Dorsey] [Dorsey- Duane] [Duble- Elkins] [Elkins- Evanovich] [Evanovich- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Ford] [Forester- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Gaiman] [Gaiman- Gash] [Gash- Goldberg] [Goldberg- Grafton] [Grafton- Gratz] [Graves- Grennan] [Griffin- Grisham] [Grisham- Haldeman] [Haldeman- Hall] [Hallinan- Harte] [Hartwell- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heller] [Heller- Herbert] [Herman- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hobb] [Hobb- Horowitz] [Horton- Ibbotson] [Ibbotson- John, and Travis S. Taylor] [Johnson- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kellog] [Kellog- King] [King- Klise] [Knight- Kurson] [Kushner- latham] [Laughlin- Lefcourt] [Lefcourt- Lescroart] [Lescroart- Lobel] [Lockhart- Lubar] [Luttrell- MacPherson] [MacPherson- Marcinko] [Marsden- Mass] [Mass- McBain] [McBain- McCrumb] [McCrumb- McSwigan] [Meader- Millard] [Miller- Moore] [Moore- Mulligan] [Murphy- Nimmo] [Nimmo- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Brien] [O'Brien- Paolini] [Paolini- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Peck] [Peck- Pfeffer] [Phelan- Powell] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Queenan] [Rankin- Rehder] [Resnick- Roach] [Roanhorse- Rose] [Rosoff- Russell] [Russell- Sawyer] [Scalzi- Schmidt] [Schmidt- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Shames] [Shames- Silverberg] [Silverberg- Smith] [Smith- Spinelli] [Spinelli- Stephens] [Stephenson- Stross] [Stross- Tapply] [Tapply- Thorp] [Thurber- Turtledove] [Turtledove- Van Draanen] [Van Draanen- Waldman] [Waldman- Wells] [Werlin- Westlake] [Westlake- Williams-Garcia] [Winchester- Woods] [Wouk- Zusak] 

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