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The Thief Lord

Funke, Cornelia
Two young brothers are hiding out in Venice from their aunt who wants to separate them so she can adopt the younger one. Pretty good story, and a map is always a plus. Would have been nice to know there was a glossary at end...

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4/2006

Doing Battle: the making of a skeptic

Fussell, Paul
Non-fiction. Story of "Boy Fussell" in WW II. Very good, very thought provoking, uses a lot of big words, though. Funny, sad, scary...hey, it's war!

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8/1998

American Gods

Gaiman, Neil
Shadow gets out of prison, meets a bunch of crabby gods who have ended up in America, where they aren't doing so well. A much better book then that sentence would suggest! Good stuff.

Words I Had To Look Up:


nacreous -- (pg. 323) resembling mother-of-pearl; lustrous.

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1/2008

Anansi Boys

Gaiman, Neil
Fat Charlie discovers a few interesting things about his estranged father when he attends dad's funeral. Raised some self-examinations on my part about father-son relationships, karaoke. Read the Thorndike Press Large Print edition.

Words I Had To Look Up:


saveloy (pg. 188) -- A saveloy is a type of vividly red sausage served in English fish and chip shops.

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"I think I ought to show you something," he said.
..."Is it something kinky?"...
"It's not ... a model train set, it it?"

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11/2007

Coraline

Gaiman, Neil
A British girl having a boring summer finds a quite a bit of excitement going through a bricked-up door.

Words I Had To Look Up:


Peradventure (pg. 85) -- By chance.
Beldam (pg. 81) -- An old woman, especially considered ugly.

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2/2008

Fragile Things

Gaiman, Neil
Collection of short stories and poems. I especially liked the Sherlock Holmes story.

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12/2009

Good Omens

Gaiman, Neil
Co-authored by Terry Prachett. Armageddon, witch hunters, satanic nuns. It is all here!

Words I Had To Look Up:

Snatch pastry (pg. 357) -- A greedy fellow.
Dick Turpin (pg. 340) -- An 18th century English highwayman.

Quote:

"What was that, Mr. Shadwell?" Madame Tracy looked at him sharply.
"I said, De 'il ding a divot aff yer wame wi' a flaughter spade," said Shadwell.
That'll be quite enough of that kind of language, Mr. Shadwell," said Madame Tracy... -- Pg. 276.

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"What's a Velvet Underground?" he said.
"You wouldn't like it," said Crowley.
"Oh," said the angel dismissively. "Be-bop." -- pg. 78.

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5/2010

Neverwhere

Gaiman, Neil
Richard stops to help a wounded girl, has to deal with the denizens of London Below. Extremely excellent.

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"You've a good heart," she told him. "Sometimes that's enough to see you safe wherever you go." Then she shook her head. "But mostly, it's not." -- pg. 3

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10/2016

The Graveyard Book

Gaiman, Neil
A baby inadvertently escapes the murderer of his family when he crawls away from his crib, out the door, and into a graveyard where the ghosts (and others) take care of him. Very excellent.

Words I Had To Look Up:

flibbertigibbet (pg. 29) -- Second book I've read this week to use the word!

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10/2010

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Gaiman, Neil
I really really loved this little story of a man visiting his childhood home and area.

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11/2017

Of Rice and men

Galli, Richard
Really good MASH-like novel of a young mans year in Vietnam. Did I say really good? Yes, really good. Read it.

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4/2006

Quote:

Bong bong bong ga bong bong.

Dead End In Norvelt

Gantos, Jack
A young boy, oddly named Jack Gantos, has an exciting summer. I like the part when dad sneaks an airplane into the garage.

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11/2011

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9/2014

Hole In My Life

Gantos, Jack
Autobiographical account of author's time in prison for smuggling hashish. Very good.

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7/2003

Joey Pigza Swallowed The Key

Gantos, Jack
Hyper kid gets meds. A very good story!!

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9/2002

Cassandra French's Finishing School For Boys

Garcia, Eric
Cassie takes the problem of immature men into her own hands. And basement.

Words I Had To Look Up:

a thin veneer of drywall and Sheetrock (pg. 44) -- Are they not the same thing?
I don't know the Dewey decimal system all that well (pg. 102) -- She is talking about a UCLA library, they probably use LC. And I think the "d" in decimal should be capitalized.
schmeared a bagel (pg. 170) -- The relationship between "schmear" and "smear" struck me.
bottle of...chloroform languishing...after a stint at learning photography (pg. 186) -- Today I Learned of its uses in the photographic arts.

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12/2011

Casual Rex

Garcia, Eric
The dino P.I.s head off to Hawaii to investigate a dino cult.

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11/2011

Seven Complete Novels

Gardner, Erle Stanley
Contents:
The Case Of The Glamorous Ghost
The Case Of The Terrified Typist
The Case Of The Lucky Loser
The Case Of The Screaming Woman
The Case Of The Long-Legged Models
The Case Of The Foot-Loose Doll
The Case Of The Waylaid Wolf

Pretty good stories. All I know about trials and such I got from My Cousin Vinny. The procedure in these cases is remarkably different, I am moved to research how the law has changed over the years. I would like to know more about the relationship between Perry and Della. Having watched the television series for many years, I keep visualizing the television actors as I'm reading!

Words I Had To Look Up:

...Hamilton Burger said unctuously (The Case Of The Terrified Typist, pg. 221) -- Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.
...and his defalcations would be discovered. (The Case Of The Terrified Typist, pg. 243) -- The fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
"Oh, bosh!" Hamilton Burger snapped. (The Case Of The Lucky Loser, pg 357) -- Pretentious or silly talk or writing. I thought I invented this work in sixth grade, but as it turns out...
...and a Strobe-light in the other hand... (The Case Of The Foot-Loose Doll, pg 633) -- It is a proper noun? I don't think so.

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She was emotionally unstable and I believe temporarily insane. She had come to believe the world owed a living both to her and to her unborn child. It was quite in keeping with her emotional state for her to hold up a bank. -- The Case Of The Foot-Loose Doll, pg. 695.

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7/2009

Ascending

Gardner, James Alan
More adventures of Festina and Oar. I am such a one as would like to see more of Oar!

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1/2012

Expendable

Gardner, James Alan
Explorer woman gets sent to planet where everyone who is sent there disappears. Some good dialog, story seems lacking somehow, but I will read the sequel!

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12/2011

The Eternal Spring Of Mr. Ito

Garrigue, Sheila
Sara, who has been relocated from England to Canada during WWII, is given a bonsai by Mr. Ito, their Japanese gardener.

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2/2004
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