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A Nail Through The Heart

Hallinan, Timothy
Poke is trying to adopt Miaow but vicious criminals cause problems.



Breathing Water

Hallinan, Timothy
Poke gets offered the opportunity to write a biography. He also gets threatened if he writes that biography. What to do? Good story!


I thought that if anything ever happened to one of us, it would happen to me. -- Pg. 190




Hallinan, Timothy
A drug-addled former child star signs to do a porn film, not quite realizing what she is doing. Junior Bender is hired to find out who is sabotaging the film. Things get complicated.



Fields Where They Lay

Hallinan, Timothy
Junior is "offered" a job investigating shoplifting at a decrepit mall. Pretty darn good, and it's a "Christmas" story, too.



Herbie's Game

Hallinan, Timothy
Well, Junior needs to track down who is offing the members of a "chain". Some more nifty characters are met, relationships strengthened, and some touching philosophy expounded. I hope that's a real word.



King Maybe

Hallinan, Timothy
Junior goes after a rare stamp.



Little Elvises

Hallinan, Timothy
Junior Bender finds out why the 1960s rock'n'roll scene in Philadelphia is getting people killed in 2012ish L.A., among other things. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are great, the plot is good enough to confuse me, and there is some witty dialogue.


"Biggest day of the year for Ed was December 26. All the Christmas stuff went to half off, and he shopped all day long."... "If I got rid of it all now, it'd be like crumpling up Ed's memory and tossing it away." (pg. 110) I wept a little at this.

Quote #2:

"Alice says, sure, two sets of rules. Men and women need different rules on account of how they're not anything alike, what with women being all admirable and so forth." (pg. 236)




Hallinan, Timothy
Junior has to get a doll from an old house. Very good story. VU/Nico mention on pg. 199.

Wrong Word:

She even brought the gun up a few inches so she could site down it.-- Should be "sight".



The Fame Thief

Hallinan, Timothy
Junior Bender investigates an investigation from a long long time ago at the behest of Irwin Dressler. Very good story.



The Fourth Watcher

Hallinan, Timothy
Poke has a surprise reunions, trouble with the Secret Service, complicated by North Korean counterfeiters.




Halpern, Jake
Alfonso finds his heritage on a trek to the not so mythical land of Dormia.



Ida B

Hannigan, Katherine
A young Wisconsin farm girl deals with her mother's health problems and changes in her life. Very good.



True (...Sort Of)

Hannigan, Katherine
Delly is always in trouble, at home and at school. She meets a strange girl named Ferris Boyd. Very good story!




Harland, Richard
Col has his eyes opened to reality on the juggernaut Worldshaker when the Filthies plot revolution and he becomes enamored of their leader.



Cat Scratch Fever

Harper, Tara K.
The title irritates me. And the jacket illustration. I've read this book before, and since I had nothing else to read, I read it again. It's ok, but I did not feel that I cared for any of the characters. I don't know what the Author's Note had to do with THIS book, either. The author sounds like she would be a very interesting person to hang out with.


His hands were large and roughly calloused, and they stroked her with a gentleness that made her burn. She made an odd sound. -- pg. 301. Oh, I bet she did!



Shakespeare's Landlord

Harris, Charlaine
Housecleaner Lily Bard looks into the murder of the landlord next door, who was dumped into HER trashcan!



Pushing Up Daisies

Harris, Rosemary
Landscaper Paula Holliday finds box containing a small body buried in the garden she is renovating. Not overly complicated, but a fun and interesting read.



The Stainless Steel Rat Joins The Circus

Harrison, Harry
The Rat is hired to look for a interplanetary bank robber. .



Pale Demon

Harrison, Kim
Rachel has to travel to San Francisco to proclaim her innocence for using black magic.

I wanted to stop reading around twenty, but I kept on reading and stuck it out to the end. Part of the problem is I am not really interested in witchy stuff. I got interested around page two-hundred and ninety-something, at the coven meeting in San Fran.

I think one needs to start with the first book. There was a LOT of background story that I needed to understand who and what was going on. I read the uncorrected proof edition.



Stories of the Early West

Harte, Bret
Several stories of the Gold Rush days in California. I thought they would be funny, but they wuz mostly kinder sad. I "don't get" the ending of M'liss. Who was "J.S."? The mother? Was the schoolmaster in on it?

Words I Had To Look Up:

homely catafalque (pg. 56) -- A decorated platform or framework on which a coffin rests in state during a funeral.
Lethean stream (pg. 62) -- A river in Hades whose waters cause drinkers to forget their past.
propitiatory smile (pg. 70) --Having the power to gain or regain the favor or goodwill.
levanting together (pg. 78) -- To leave hurriedly or in secret to avoid unpaid debts.
tessellated pine boughs (pg. 100) -- Having a checkered or mottled appearance. Word traced back to 1695.
gamboge streak (pg. 177) -- A gum resin used as a yellow pigment and a purgative.
caprid origin (pg. 231) -- Pertaining to the Goat family.
auriferous earth (pg. 234) -- Containing gold.
jimp waist (pg. 316) -- Neat; trim; delicate; slender, etc.
illimitable prospect (pg. 330) -- Without limits in extent or size or quantity.
Pactolian resouces (pg. 335) -- Pertaining to the Pactolus, a river in ancient Lydia famous for its golden sands.
philippic (pg. 341) -- tirade: a speech of violent denunciation I always thought this was in the lyrics of "Monkey Man", by the detested Rolling Stones, but I guess I am wrong. Again.
saleratus in that bread (pg. 347) -- Baking soda. mysteries of the semicuacua, a somewhat corybantic dance (pg. 350) -- Frenetic, ecstatic and orgiastic.
the Encinal (pg. 351) -- Translates as Live Oak grove. What Harte called Oakland.
a quinsy to the death (pg. 379) -- Pus-filled inflamation of the throat.
Lares and penates (pg. 390) -- The household gods of the ancient Romans.
chirographical (pg. 392) == Handwriting, penmanship.
preternaturally (pg. 408) -- Exceeding what is natural or regular.
opprobrious (pg. 411) -- Expressing contemptuous reproach; scornful or abusive.
infelix (pg. 411) -- Unhappy.
Borrioboola-Gha (pg. 417) -- From Dickens' Bleak House.
petriaction (pg. 449) -- The process of turning some plant material into stone.
febrile (pg. 454) -- Of or relating to or characterized by fever.
fidus Achaetes (pg. 465) -- Faithful Achates : trusty friend.
billet-duxis (pg. 505) -- Billet doux, a love letter.




The Christmas dawn came slowly after, touching the remoter peaks with the rosy warmth of ineffable love. And it looked so tenderly on Simpson's Bar that the whole mountain as if caught in a generous action, blushed to the skies.
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