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The Life And Times Of TheThunderbolt Kid

Bryson, Bill
Old Guy Bryson recounts his life as a youth. Hey, wait, he is the same age as me!

I can't believe he has never met anyone who remember the George Burns and Gracie Allen television show (pg. 178). I believe I forced MY kids to watch it, I loved it so much!

Words I Had To Look Up:

...world's only atomic toilets (pg. 20) -- Actually, it utilized an ultraviolet sterilizer. Seems like a good idea to me!

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8/2011

You Only Die Twice

Buchanan, Edna
Reporter Britt Montero gets the story on a fresh corpse that washes up on the beach in Florida, of a woman who died ten years before.

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7/2001

Pearl S. Buck's Book Of Christmas

Buck, Pearl
I count 39 stories in 507 pages that Pearl Buck selected as her favorite Christmas stories. A Christmas Carol is there, as is The Little Match Girl, The Gift Of The Magi,and How Christmas Came To Simpson's Bar.

Words I Had To Look Up:

negus (pg. 151, A Christmas Carol In Prose) -- A beverage of wine, hot water, lemon juice, sugar, and nutmeg.
hansel (pg. 267, The conciliator Of Christendom) -- A first installment : earnest money
palliation (pg. 261, Christmas Eve On Lonesome) -- To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate.
Cantat vacuus (pg. 304, Shakespeare's Christmas) -- Probably refers to the saying vacuus cantat coram latrone viator. The traveller with an empty purse sings in the presence of the highwayman.
Urbem quam dicunt Romam (pg. 306, Shakespeare's Christmas) -- The city which they call Rome.
precisian (pg. 309, Shakespeare's Christmas) -- One who is strict and precise in adherence to established rules, forms, or standards, especially with regard to religious observance or moral behavior.
nipcheese (pg. 310, Shakespeare's Christmas) -- A person of cheese-paring habits; a skinflint; a niggardly person.
Cecidit, cecidit Babylon illa magna! (pg. 311, Shakespeare's Christmas) -- Fallen, fallen, is Babylon, that great city.

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12/2010

Boomsday

Buckley, Christopher
Cass, a blogger and spin-doctor, ex-army, starts a revolt of Gen-Wers against the resource-hogging Baby Boomers. I laughed out loud several times, so it must be funny!

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11/2009

Little Green Men

Buckley, Christopher
Oliver Banion is kidnapped, TWICE, by UFOs. UFOs from a secret, VERY secret, U.S. government organization. Very clever and humorous, although I AM irked by his footnotes. By the end I decided the footnotes were part of the sly humour. There were a lot of words I should have looked up, but I don't have any Post-Its!

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7/2011

Supreme Courtship

Buckley, Christopher
A TV courtroom judge is appointed to the United States Supreme Court. A FEMALE TV courtroom judge. A female TEXAN TV courtroom judge! The hanging/suicide episode was the funniest thing I've read in a long time!

Words I Had To Look Up:

paradigmatically (pg. 3) -- An outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype.
auto-da-fé (pg. 4) -- Burning at the stake, in popular imagination.
logorrheic (pg. 46) -- Of, pertaining to, or exhibiting logorrhea, the excessive flow of words.
benisons (pg. 67) -- A blessing; a benediction.
internecine (pg. 79) -- Of or relating to struggle within a nation, organization, or group.
8th Admendment (pg. 100) -- The right to be free from excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment.
certiorari (pg. 113) -- An original writ or action whereby a cause is removed from an inferior to a superior court for review.
maisonette (pg. 180) -- a self-contained apartment (usually on two floors) in a larger house and with its own entrance from the outside. A townhouse?
quondam odium (pg. 184) -- Previous dislike?
infra dignitatem (pg. 245) -- Below ones dignity.
Stare Decisis (pg. 207) -- Let the decision stand. Funny name for an Italian restaurant!
dolor (pg. 211) -- Sorrow; grief.
anodyne (pg. 276) -- Not likely to offend or arouse tensions
dolorous (pg. 221) -- Marked by or exhibiting sorrow, grief, or pain.

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8/2010

Quote:

Industry is the enemy of melancholy. (pg. 223) Attributed to William F. Buckley Jr.

LIbrary Quote:

Didn't they teach you this in Boy Scouts? Or were you getting your merit badge in library science or some wimpy thing? (pg. 192) Pepper to the Chief Justice, on making him a better hangman's knot.

A salty piece of land

Buffett, Jimmy
Tully Mars has adventures in the Caribbean involving an ancient lady, a sailing ship, a lighthouse, and two wacko chicks, among others. Pretty good stuff.

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8/2005

Beguilement

Bujold, Lois McMaster
First book in The Sharing Knife series. Fawn finds adventure and romance when she runs away from her problems on the family farm.

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8/2010

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8/2016

Borders Of Infinity

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Three Miles Vorkosigan stories tied together with a bit of text. The incredibly sad The Mountains Of Mourning, Labyrinth, and The Borders Of Infinity. Excellent stuff!

Words I Had To Look Up:

stone soap (pg. 201) -- Hard to find information, but it looks like the Nazis gave the condemned fake soap when they went to the showers to be gassed.

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8/2010

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Ivan meets a girl. Said girl meets Ivan's relatives. And he, hers.

Words I Had To Look Up:

persiflage (pg. 6) -- a frivolous or flippant style of treating a subject.
soletta (pg. 31) -- A hypothetical magnifying device constructed in space for the purpose of amplifying the solar radiation a planet receives, in order to generate power or aid in the process of terraforming.
delope (pg. 272) -- To fire a gun into the air in order to end a duel.

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1/2013

Cetaganda

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Miles Vorkosigan investigates a murder and meets the haut Lady Pel.

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12/1999

Civil Campaign

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Miles Vorkosigan falls in love and the emperor gets married. An enjoyable story.

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12/1999

Cryoburn

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Miles is on Kibou-daini to check out cryostasis corporations. I would like to know more about Nefertiti, the pet sphinx.

Words I Had To Look Up:

defenestrating (pg. 23)-- I ran across this word TWICE in the last book I read, but forgot to enter it. I'm SURE I've looked it up before, though. I ALSO just saw it in the current book I'm reading, which is book two of the book I read before this one, FYI. Oh, defenestration is the act of throwing someone (or something) out of a window. Good to know!

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7/2011

Diplomatic Immunity

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Miles is on his honeymoon, but has to go settle a dispute in Quaddiespace. Good story.

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5/2002

Ethan Of Athos

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Ethan travels to Kline Station to track down some missing bio. materials to make babies with, since they don't have or believe in women on his planet! Yikes!

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6/2006

Falling Free

Bujold, Lois McMaster
How the Quaddies came to be. Pretty good, read it before, I think.

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6/2006

Horizon

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Book four of the series. Dag and Fawn head homeward, but meet up with a couple a malices along the way.

Words I Had To Look Up:

cantle (pg. 249) -- The raised rear part of a saddle.

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8/2010

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8/2016

Komarr

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Miles Vorkosigan investigates an incident on the Planet Komarr. Very good story.

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4/2000

Legacy

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Book two of the series, Fawn and Dag are married, but his people don't like it much.

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8/2010

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8/2016

Memory

Bujold, Lois McMaster
Miles Vorkosigan investigates who stole Simon's memory.

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12/1999
20 books displayed
[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- George] [Gerber- Gores] [Gores- Granger] [Granger- Greenberg] [Greenfield- Grimes] [Grimes- Haddix] [Haddix- Hall] [Hall- Hallinan] [Hallinan- Hautman] [Hautman- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heller] [Heller- Herrera] [Herriot- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hillerman] [Hillerman- Hobbs] [Hochschild- Hudgens] [Hudson- Jacobs] [James- Jones] [Jones- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Key] [Khoury- King-Smith] [Kingsbury- Konrath] [Konrath- Lampman] [Landry- Lawrence] [Lawrence- 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- Oates] [Oliver- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patterson] [Patterson- Pearson] [Pearson- Peters] [Petry- Porter] [Portis- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pullman] [Pullman- Reeve] [Reeve- Ringo] [Ringo- Roosevelt] [Rose- Russell] [Russell- Sagan] [Salzman- Scattergood] [Schatzing- Scott] [Scott- Sepetys] [Seranella- Shusterman] [Shute- Smith] [Smith- Spinelli] [Spinelli- Steinberg] [Steinhauer- Stross] [Stross- Swee] [Sweeney- Thompson] [Thorp- Turtledove] [Turtledove- Van Draanen] [Van Draanen- Waldman] [Walker- Werlin] [West- Westlake] [Westlake- Winchester] [Winchester- Wouk] [Wrede- Zusak] 

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