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Christmas Forever

Hartwell, David G., ed.
Science Fiction stories related to Christmas.

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2/2005

Girlchild

Hassman, Tupelo
I thought this was a light-hearted comedy about a girl name Rory and her adventures as a Girl Scout. I was wrong. So very very wrong.

Quote:

Maybe Mrs. Reddick was a Girl Scout before Dewey hid her away in the stacks and his decimals took over her life. -- pg. 44

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12/2014

The Boy And The Samurai

Haugaard, Erik Christian
An orphan in 18th century Japan helps rescue the hostage wife of a samurai.

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3/2010

Godless

Hautman, Pete
Jason chaffs at his Catholicism, starts his own joke religion worshiping a water tower. Good story.

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7/2010

Invisible

Hautman, Pete
Teen Doug is kind of a strange guy. Girls think he is creepy, he is building a replica of the Golden Gate bridge for his HO model railroad, guys beat him up. But, at least he has his best friend, neighbor Andy Morrow, who is the high school football star, right? Right?

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11/2010

Rash

Hautman, Pete
In this novel from the YA section of the library, In 2070 Bo gets sent to a youth correctional facility where the inmates make pizza for a corporation. The warden enlists him on the illegal football team.

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7/2010

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.

Quote:

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.

Quote:

"...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
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