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Dear Mr. President

Hudson, Gabe
A collection of stories mostly having the first Iraq War as a theme. Thought it was going to be humorous, wasn't. A couple of stories were interesting, but not really my cuppa.

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5/2003

A Confederation of valor

Huff, Tanya
This volume contains the novels Valors Choice and The Better Part Of Valor. I enjoyed both novels. Gritty military-in-the-future stories. I TOTALLY did not get the final sentence of Better Part Of Valor. Last sentence in ROT-13: Ab bar abgvprq gur gjryir ynetr terl pnavfgref fgnpxrq nybat bar ohyxurnq. I feel a dolt, someone please explain it to me.

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...and a diTaykan, who looked remarkably depressed for a species who invented flavored massage oil before the wheel...

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4/2007

Heart Of Valor

Huff, Tanya
Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr ends up on the Marine training world as things go FUBAR.

Quote:

One thing Torin had always liked about gravity, it worked fast.

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10/2007

The Enchantment Emporium

Huff, Tanya
Witch takes over the junk store for her missing/possibly dead aunt in Calgary. Dragons, a sorcerer, and even a leprechaun don't begin to convey all the weirdness that goes on. Not to mention her romantic problems.

Quote:

Things are happening in Calgary.

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1/2012

Valor's Trial

Huff, Tanya
The Gunnery Sergeant ends ends up in some sort of prison-place, with no memory of how she got there, and just who is she a prisoner of? Lots of action! A shame I can't remember the previous three books in the series that I read in 2007!

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7/2016

A Crack In The Sky

Hughes, Mark Peter
Eli lives in a domed city in the not-too-distant future when most of the planet is suffering the ravages of global warming. Map and diagram are illuminating, and the author's notes on his research, science fact, and the parts he fictionalized, are useful, along with a bibliography. I thought the 'vision' of a ecological savior parts were too un-scientific, but it was a good adventure. I especially like the character Marilyn. Talk about unconditional love!

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9/2011

The Glitch In Sleep

Hulme, John, and Michael Wexler
This is the first book of The Seems series. Becker is twelve, becomes a Fixer. Pretty good stuff, nice illustrations, interesting references. I am looking forward to book two.

Quote:

"Crates, bags...all stacked on giant palettes..." -- (pg. 32) Pallets?

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3/2008

The Chicken Asylum

Hunter, Fred
A gay spy novel. Doesn't grab me, although the last line is intriguing.

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5/2001

High-Risk Robots

Hyland, Tony
Lots of neat-o pictures, but it mentions medical robots in the introduction but does not follow through with any information!

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2/2010

Dangerous Schools

Hyman, Irwin
Tells why paddling and other displinary methods are abusive. A very interesting book. .

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9/2000

PC Roadkill

Hyman, Michael
Anecdotel history of the computer industry. Pretty interesting.

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1/2003

The Island Of The Aunts

Ibbotson, Eva
Two children are kidnapped and taken to an island of strange creatures. Very good.

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9/2002

The Secret Of Platform 13

Ibbotson, Eva
A very good story about an island missing its prince. For some reason I thought it was about an oil platform, but it is not!

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9/2002

Which Witch?

Ibbotson, Eva
The wizard Arriman The Awful decides to take a wife, but she must be the blackest of the black witches. He hold a contest among the local witches, the most proficient gets to be his wife. Belladonna, a beautiful girl, falls in love with him, but how can she, a white witch, win a contest of the black arts?

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12/2010

Cider House Rules

Irving, John
Took me a long time to read, but it was pretty darn good. I bet this would make a good movie!

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4/2018

High school confidential

Iversen, Jeremy
Twenty-something preppy Stanford grad poses as high school student in Orange County to get the goods. Nothing new here, as far as I can see. Only touching moment, for me, was when Cody didnt beat the crap out of Aram at Disneyland. Book was recommended by a friend.

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1/2007

Burl Ives' Tales Of America

Ives, Burl
A Discarded Books selection. Only two checkouts in forty years. So I read it. Some pretty good stories in here, but I was uncomfortable with the one about minstrel shows. Are they PC? Do I have White guilt?

Smoke Quote::

"I am glad to see," said Penn, "that you are ashamed of that vile habit."
"Not at all," said a Friend, "we only lay down our pipes lest we should affend a weak brother."

Words I Had To Look Up:

the bed...undoubtedly used by Lafitte as a caprice (pg. 141) -- Acquired as an impulse?
kennebecker (pg. 265) -- A valise for clothes which Maine lumbermen take with them into the wood
bedcats (pg. 264) -- I thought it might be s reference to bedbugs, but I guess it is cats that hangout in the bunkroom. There is a traditional Paul Bunyan tale titles "The Bedcats" that I see referenced on the web. No definitions, though. I guess it is just common knowledge!

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3/2011

Building The Ultimate Dam

Jackson, Donald C.
The story of John Eastwood, dambuilder, who designed the Lake Hodges and Lake Murray dams in San Diego, among others. Extremely interesting, profusely footnoted.

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12/2017

Raising Demons

Jackson, Shirley
I do not know how this is not already in here as I have read it AT LEAST three times! Well, I read it again. Absolutely charming!

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3/2013

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10/2018

The Narnian

Jacobs, Alan
A biography of C.S. Lewis. I fought my way through this for three weeks. It is pretty good, but very hard for my little brain to comprehend. I felt I was that putting forth the effort to understand what the author had spent so much energy creating. I feel bad about that, but it's certainly not the first time! The last two chapters went very well, and I was in tears at the end.

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10/2007
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[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] [Lampman- Lawrence] [Lawrence- Leonard] [Leonard- Lewis] [Lewis- Louv] [Lovelace- Lutz] [Lynch- Maguire] [Maguire- Martin] [Martin- Matas] [Matthews- McCall Smith] [McCall Smith- McCrumb] [McCullers- Meluch] [Meluch- Montgomery] [Moody- Morrison] [Mortimer- Napoli] [Napoli- Northcutt] [Norton- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Faolain] [O'Nan- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patterson] [Patterson- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Perez-Reverte] [Perkins- Pohl] [Pohl- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Prineas- Pullman] [Pullman- Reedy] [Reeve- Richardson] [Richter- Robinson] [Robinson- Rowling] [Rubens- Saberhage] [Saberhagen- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scithers] [Scott- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Sherlock] [Shields- Sleator] [Sloan- Soto] [Soto- Stark] [Stark- Stewart] [Stewart- Stroud] [Stroud- Taylor] [Taylor- Turner] [Turner- Vachss] [Vachss- Vanderpool] [Varley- Watkins] [Watson- Westlake] [Westlake- Wibberly] [Wiles- Wolff] [Wollheim- Zahn] [Zahn- Zusak] 

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