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Seal Team Six: Memoirs Of An Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

Wasdin, Horward E.
Interesting story, but it is very choppy. Sometimes I was confused by what was happening. Being rather prejudiced about chiropractic, I was interested to see how and why he became a chiropractor. A very comprehensive glossary is included!

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12/2011

So Far From The Bamboo Grove

Watkins, Yoko Kawashima
A Japanese girl and her family, living in Korea, escape back to Japan at the end of World War II.

I read this because it had been challenged on historical accuracy. I say, it's the recollections of an eight-year-old girl, novelized. More violence than I expected.

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4/2011

This Side Of Home

Watson, Renee
An African-American high school girl in Portland (Oregon) deals with various complications and changes in her life. Interesting story, made slightly more so because I am vaguely familiar with some of the locales mentioned. My overall impression of the books was, "smooth story", what ever that means!

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1/2016

Linnet

Watson, Sally
Linnet is quite the teen in 16th century London. Kidnapped by a master criminal, she helps foil a plot to overthrow the queen. Is there a sequel?

Words I Had To Look Up:

kynchin morts. A kinchin is a young child. Kinchin morts are young girls-- orphans, beggers. Kinchin coves are young boys.

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10/2009

Blindsight

Watts, Peter
Spaceship goes to some place to investigate source of messages to some place else where probably some probes came from that scared everyone on Earth. I got the impression Humans were all gonna die, at the end. Maybe I'm wrong.

Words I Had To Look Up:

sieverts (pg. 205) -- An SI unit for the dosage of ionizing radiation equal to 100 rems
crypsis (pg. 225) -- n ecology, crypsis is the ability of an organism to avoid observation or detection by other organisms.
diel cycle (pg. 280) -- Involving a 24-hour period that usually includes a day and the adjoining night

Quote::

"Well, according to game theory, you should never tell anyone when your birthday is."
"I don't follow"
"It's a lose-lose proposition. There's no winning strategy."
"What do you mean strategy? It's a birthday."

(pg. 83)

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5/2013

Daddy-Long-Legs

Webster, Jean
I judged the book by the movie, and with unreasonable teen-age male prejudices, at that. And, as usual, I was wrong. This charming story, told through letters, is about an orphan named Jerusha (Judy) who is given the opportunity to go to college. The book was published in 1912, I am assuming it takes place around then. Judy is a feisty, curious girl, so there are references to women's suffrage and socialism. You can see below I found a lot of things to look up! Although you can see the denouement, as Judy would put it, coming a mile away, it is still very sweet.

Words I Had To Look Up:

her peroration in midair (pg. 10) -- A flowery and highly rhetorical oration.
inimical ... to change (pg. 68) -- Being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence
drank every drop of Jamaica ginger they had in stock (pg. 107) -- An alcoholic extract of ginger used as a flavoring.
I'm not anybody's nursemaid or typewriter, or bookkeeper... (pg. 52) -- An archaic term for one who uses a typewriter; a typist.
probity (pg. 142) -- Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness.
reflected glory (pg. 72) -- Not one's own; received from another.

Quotes:

So in case a war breaks out between the United States and Japan, or the president is assassinated... -- (pg. 111) War with Japan? Wow, that's scary, this was published in 1912. President McKinley had been assasinated in 1901, though the next was President Kennedy in 1963.

>President Cuyler made speech this evening about the modern generation being flippant and superfical. He says we are losing the old ideals of earnest endeavor and true scholarship; and particularly is this falling off noticeable in our disrespectful attitude toward organized authority. -- (pg. 136) Remember, this book was published in 1912.

The only thing that keeps me from starting a collection [of toads] is the fact that no rule exists against it. -- (pg. 46)

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7/2009

Guy Time

Weeks, Sarah
Guy's parents are getting divorced, and he is having girl trouble.

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8/2002

The Wheels Of Chance

Wells, H. G.
Took me a VERY long time to read this e-book, but I finally did! A young man goes on a cycling vacation, and meets a young lady who is cycling with an older companion who has unwelcome designs on her.

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1/2018

Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Wells, Rebecca
One measure of a book might be how many times it brought me to tears. This one had me sniffling quite a few times.

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6/2015

Black Mirror

Werlin, Nancy
I've been captivated by the cover of this book for several years, and so decided to finally read it. I found it alternating sad, funny, poignant, threatening, and depressing. I liked it, but it seems maybe a little more YA than middle school. I guess the period of pot smoking was important to the story, but I wished the author had left out the one f**K, three bi**chs, four d**kheads, one g*dd*m*ed, and maybe the one kiss*ss. And it seemed the protagonist was having her period every other chapter.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Boucle -- Heavy looped pile. Refers to a sweater, in this case. Pg. 102

Quote:

Oh. My. God.
Ms. Wiles had been right.
I was in love with a small-time prep school drug dealer.

Typo:

...injected ... with an overdose of heroine. -- pg. 234

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11/2007

Complete Works Of

West, Nathanael
I only read The Day Of the Locust, Miss Lonely Hearts, and A Cool Million. Did not care for Day or Lonely, but I did like Million.

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6/2001

Behemoth

Westerfeld, Scott
Alek and Deryn (Mister Sharp) help the revolution in Istanbul (not Constantinople!). Deryn has romantic feelings towards Alek.

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2/2011

Goliath

Westerfeld, Scott
Last book in the Leviathan series. Deryn and Alek save the world, sort of, and kiss.

Quote:

"Mister Sharp"

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11/2012

Leviathan

Westerfeld, Scott
Deryn Sharp disguises her girlish self as joins the British Air Service as a boy. Prince Alek goes on the run after his parents are assassinated in Serbia. Zeppelins, fabricated animals, steampunk. Book one of a trilogy.

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9/2010

Uglies

Westerfeld, Scott
Tally just can't wait until she turns 16 and become a Pretty in this future story of a Utopian world. First book in a trilogy.

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12/2007

Exit Wounds

Westerman, John
Orin Boyd goes undercover at the "Lucky 13th" to uncover corruption. 273 p.

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9/2001

Sweet Deal

Westerman, John
Jack MIlls, "Poster Cop", investigates several murders in Nassau County, New York.

QUOTE:

Claire was not a world-class martial artist, nor was she quick to fly off the handle, but she was good enough not to have to take guff from guys who used extra-hold mousse.

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8/2001

The Honor Farm

Westerman, John
Officer Orin Boyd goes undercover at the special prison for police officers to find out about a suicide. Gritty.

QUOTE:

"What a terrible thing," said Orin, "to start our relationship off with a lie." (pg. 278)

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8/2001

Anarchaos

Westlake, Donald
A science fiction story, previously published under the pseud. Curt Clark in 1967, of a ex-jailbird who goes to the chaotic anarchy planet of Anarchaos (get it?) to find out how and why his brother died.

Boo Boo:

pg. 5 "That the planet's orbit was almost precisely circular, so that there were no seasons here."

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6/2005

Baby, would I lie?

Westlake, Donald
Country singer is accused of murder, magazine reporter is in Branson to do a story, so are the tabloid press. Very good.

Quote:

"Hel-lo, Bob," Binx said, as though heartily.

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12/2005
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