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Short Money

Hautman, Pete
Officer Joe Crow drinks too much and does too much cocaine. So does his wife. He gets fired, the Murphy kid runs away, there is some confusion about a pedophile, several people get shot, some die, and a bunch of animals get shot and die. And we find out how Joe came by the pink Jaguar. Some pretty funny stuff here.

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Amanda Murphy had no illusions about the quality of her cooking...Her apple pie, for instance. The bottom crust was half an inch think, charred on the bottom and slimy on top, covered with a loose layer of oversweet apples....
"Great pie, Mandy."...
Anyway, it was nutritious. A pie that weighted that much had to have some good in it. Amanda cut herself a small slice, helped it along with a glass of bourbon-spiked Pepsi. (pg. 191)

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8/2009

Wordchanger

Haynes, Mary
Step-dad's particle physics infernal device changes book words. Interesting. Map.

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3/2004

Nice Girls Finish Last

Hayter, Sparkle
Robin Hudson, reporter for ANN, finds her almost gynecologist has been murdered.

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10/2001

River-Horse

Heat-Moon, William Least
Travels from Atlantic to Pacific over American waterways. Very good. By the author of Blue Highways. .

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7/2000

Words I Had To Look Up::

Whoops, wrong book. Delete this annotation!

Roads To Quoz : And American Mosey

Heat-Moon, William Least
The author and his wife, "Q", travel to six areas of the U.S. to find interesting things.

I learned that railroad rails have the rail size marked on them. Why did I not know this?

Good, but long, smoke quote on 561.

Now I have to read up on Fanny Kemble and her observations on the life of slaves!

Whoops, that "And" in the title should be an "An".

There would have been MANY more words to look up if I had had the stickies to mark them with!

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7/2011

Words I Had To Look Up:

apothegms (pg. 309) -- A short cryptic remark containing some general or generally accepted truth; maxim.
Manichaean (pg. 311) -- Of or relating to Manichaeism; dualistic.
American Nimiety (pg. 312) -- Superfluity; excess.
eremite (pg. 317) -- A recluse or hermit especially a religious recluse.
loco-foco (pg. 334) -- A kind of friction-match, among other things.
sneezer (pg. 334) -- Possibly, a martinet, in the usage cited.
faubourgs (pg. 345) -- Essentially, suburbs.
pentimento (pg. 351) -- !n alteration in a painting, evidenced by traces of previous work, showing that the artist has changed his mind as to the composition during the process of painting.
whilom (pg. 386) -- Having once been; former.
revenant (pg. 424) -- Something, esp a ghost, that returns.
retrorse (pg. 451) -- Directed or turned backward or downward.
tortfeasor (pg. 462) -- A party who has committed a tort
tilbury (pg. 488) -- A light, two-wheeled, open carriage with two seats, used in the 19th century.
redolent (pg. 547) -- Having or emitting fragrance; aromatic.
concomitant (pg. 537) -- One that occurs or exists concurrently with another.

Pel And The Party Spirit

Hebden, Mark
Inspector Pel investigates a 20 year old murder.

SMOKE QUOTE:

Pel could never smoke casually. While Darcy was totally indifferent to the consequences, Pel suffered from a guilt complex and a certainty that he would drop dead any day with lung cancer, be riddled with asthma or at the very least drive his wife to divorce him because she could no longer stand him smelling like an old ashtray.

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1/2000

Pel And The Sepulchre Job

Hebden, Mark
Inspector Pel has a body, a museum robbery and a bank hostage situation to deal with.

SMOKE QUOTE:

He contemplated with sorrow the glowing end of the half-smoked cigarette he held. It was the fifth of that morning.

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1/2000

Assignment In Eternity

Heinlein, Robert
Two short novels and two short stories. OK, but probably not gonna read 'em again.

Smoke Quote:

"Gimme a cigaret." (pg. 164)

Words I Had To Look Up:

ecdysiast (pg. 7) -- A striptease performer
tocsin (pg.230) -- Alarm bell or signal.

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7/2014

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5/2016

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9/2018

Citizen Of The Galaxy

Heinlein, Robert
Surprised to see I haven't read this one again in the last ten years. Thorby is a young slave purchased by the beggar Baslim. Wouldn't this make a great movie?

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11/2010

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6/2012

Double star

Heinlein, Robert
Actor impersonates a kidnapped politician. Probably first read this back in junior high school.

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7/2005

Farnam's Freehold

Heinlein, Robert
A man and his family are propelled, as it were, into the future by an atomic bomb explosion. There, now you don't have to read it!! This must have been an outrageous book in the 60s. First read way back then.

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10/2005

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8/2012

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5/2018

For Us The Living

Heinlein, Robert
The master's previously unpublished first novel. Not a great story, but many of the concepts are used in later novels. Interesting.

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7/2004

Friday

Heinlein, Robert
The heroine is a combat courier. A very resourceful woman, as it were, but with some serious relationship problems. Read this a long time ago, read it again in 2009. Still pretty good.

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No date

Words I Had To Look Up:

A birdie with a yellow bill (pg. 71) -- Uncredited Robert Lewis Stevenson poem.
Teratololgy (pg. 75) -- The study of malformations or serious deviations from the normal type in organisms.
Honi soit qui mal y pense (pg. 95) -- The motto of the Order of the Garter. It is a French phrase which means "Let anyone who thinks bad things about it be ashamed.".
...a cowan can bribe his way into an esbat... (pg. 96) -- Unwelcome non-Pagan (Non-craft person, an outsider) intruder to a Witches gathering that is not on a Sabbat, usually occurring on a full or dark moon. Also a term for the monthly meeting of a Wiccan Coven, usually held during the full of the moon.
donna e mobile (pg. 119) -- Woman is fickle (Verdi's La Donna Mobile from Rigoletto)
toasted rusks (pg. 131) -- Known in France as biscotte and in Germany as zwieback, a rusk is a slice of yeast bread (thick or thin) that is baked until dry, crisp and golden brown.
en tutoyant (pg. 163) -- To address in a familiar manner.
quondam (pg. 182) -- Belonging to some prior time; like "erstwhile friend".
triste (pg. 196) -- sad, wistful.
soi-disant (pg. 189) -- Self-styled; so-called.
Benjamin Franklin's parable of the whistle (pg. 223) -- Google it.
veriest (pg. 223) -- An adjective form of very.
slitch (pg. 249) -- Pretty much what I thought it meant.
doxyology (pg. 253) -- Doxology is a hymn or verse in Christian liturgy glorifying God. Friday's doxyology instructor trains her in the sexual arts.

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"...It is a bad sign when the people of a country stop identifying themselves with the country and start identifying with a group. A racial group. Or a religion. Or a language. Anything, as long as it isn't the whole population."
"A very bad sign. Particularism..." -- (pg. 233)

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4/2009

Have Space Suit-Will Travel

Heinlein, Robert
Boy wins space suit, gets captured by bad guys! Fabulous book. Highly recommended!!!

QUOTE--"To what extent civilization is retarded by the laughing jackasses, the empty-minded belittlers?" --page 35

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9/1999

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6/2012

Job: A Comedy Of Justice

Heinlein, Robert
Oh come on! This isn't in the database? Yet another book I actually OWN and have read quite a few times. In fact, I might characterize it as my favorite book!

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9/2012

Podkayne Of Mars

Heinlein, Robert
A student gave me this after asking me what book I would want. I've read it several times in the last zillion years, but I've been wanting to read it again, the library doesn't have a copy, and I want my own copy, too. Now I've got one. Finished it this morning. Tears at the end.

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6/2016

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7/2016

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8/2017

Revolt In 2100 & Methuselah's Children

Heinlein, Robert
Two books in one! I've read it before, of course, but the nice thing about Heinlein is you can read it again and it's still new! I love the clunky computers used to navigate space ships.

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6/2012

Starman Jones

Heinlein, Robert
Max runs away from home and sneaks onto a starship as assistant pig-keeper, I mean, horse-poop shoveler. I've read this before, in the distant past.

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6/2012

Starship troopers

Heinlein, Robert
A great book, classic Science Fiction! Book makes you think about personal responsibility. Highly recommended for Junior High. Also take a look at Citizen Of The Galaxy. Read again 2008! Read again in 2010, finally figured out Johnnie is from the Philippines.

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No date

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2/2008

Words I Had To Look Up:

Ochee Chyornya (pg. 27) -- "Dark Eyes", a famous Russian Gypsy ballad
moulinet (pg. 47) -- A circular cut, often composed of a parry, usually prime or seconde, moving thence into a circular cut.
scrofulous toads (pg. 44) -- 1. Relating to, affected with, or resembling scrofula. 2. Morally degenerate; corrupt
Danny Deever (pg. 75) -- A poem by Rudyard Kipling describing the execution of a British soldier in India for murder.
Ramon Magsaysay ( pg. 260) -- Guerrilla leader in the Philippines during World War II, he was later President of the Philippines.

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11/2010

Stranger In A Strange Land

Heinlein, Robert
I've been complaining for years how much I disliked this book. I decided to take a break from Sean O'Faolain and read it again. I got the unabridged edition from the public library. I'm surprised how much better the book has gotten since I read it in the 60s... I'm also surprised it's in a middle school library! In several or them!

Words I Had To Look Up:

rump crews (pg. 5) -- A minimum crew for a vessel.
Wise Girl Malthusian Lozenges (pg. 75) -- Some sort birth control related pills.
apportation (pg. 70) -- The carrying or projecting of an object through space.
Karthago delenda est (pg. 72) -- Carthage must be destroyed.
Cry Harold (pg. 147) -- Can't find anything definitive.
bindlestiff (pg. 147) -- A tramp (hobo) who carries a bedroll (bindle) or a bundle of possessions.
gandy dancer (pg. 147) -- A railroad worker, an itinerant laborer.
philosophunculist (pg. 154) -- A person who pretends to know more than they do to impress others.
amphigory (pg. 154) -- Nonsensical writing.
imputation (pg. 189) -- A statement attributing something dishonest.
catenative (pg. 196) -- Having the ability to catenate, or form chains..
invidious (pg. 215) -- Discriminatory.
accretion (pg. 242) -- An increase by natural growth or addition .
odalisque (pg. 297) -- A concubine or woman slave in a harem .
capric cult (pg. 332) -- Must refer to the sexual activities of the Foster religion.
concupiscence (pg. 334) -- Sexual desire: a desire for sexual intimacy .
omniscio (pg. 341) -- As an adjective: Omniscient, all-knowing. Used here as a noun: An omniscient viewing device.
benison (pg. 343) -- A spoken blessing.
nautch dance (pg. 373) -- An intricate traditional dance performed by dancing girls in India.
peccavimus (pg. 390) -- Latin, we have sinned.
exempli gratia (pg. 391) -- Latin, for the sake of example, abbreviated as eg.
William Harvey (pg. 391) -- Described blood circulation correctly.
theogamy (pg. 414) -- Marriage of/between gods.
apotheosis (pg. 414) -- Exaltation to divine rank or stature.
syncretic (pg. 417) -- Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief.
scansion (pg. 429) -- Analysis of verse into metrical patterns. Whatever THAT means!

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4/2009
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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