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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.

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"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

A Rag, A Bone And A Hank Of Hair

Gash, Jonathan
Lovejoy restores a gentlemen to his rightfull inheritance and exacts revenge on the bad guy.

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5/2003

Possessions Of A Lady

Gash, Jonathan
A Lovejoy mystery. Another narking confusing bloody mystery! Yer daft cow, why not include a list of characters, eh? Love these books, loved the TV series too!

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2/1999

Ten Word Game

Gash, Jonathan
Lovejoy finds himself shanghaied, more or less, onto a cruise ship heading to St. Petersburg. A bit confusing in parts, but lovely language and interesting antiques keeps the interest up.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Belle's serdab (pg. 161) -- A secret chamber in an ancient Eygptian tomb. In this case, Belle's garden shed love nest.
camarilla (pg. 216) -- A group of secret or confidential advisers.
elide (pg. 247) -- To omit or slur over.
parilka (pg. 261) -- A Russian steam room or sauna, with a cold plunge pool, part of a banya.

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7/2010
20 books displayed
[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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