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The Rule Of Nine

Martini, Steve
Book two of what seems to be a trilogy or series (actually, is number eleven), San Diego attorney Paul Madriani is once again involved in foiling a terrorist plot. Some interesting twists.

Words I Had To Look Up:

percipient (pg. 198) -- A person who is able to perceive things.
Cooper Vane (258) -- Fully described in the text, I looked it up anyway.
old bungalows (pg. 205) -- I KNOW what the words mean, it was the information about partial cellars under Southern California bungalows that I found interesting.
AWAK flights (pg. 327) -- Probably typo of AWACS, is spelled correctly earlier in the book.

Odd Stuff:

On page 133 Thorn says that with the state of the American economy, one would think there would be a fire sale on commercial jets.
On page 210 Thorn says that Airline leasing companies were holding fire sales on new planes, and implies that used planes should be even cheaper.
On page 242 Stern says that commercial airliners were as cheap as dirt.

Quote::

...six hundred volts and four thousand amps hiss through his body. -- (page 382) Yeah, baby!

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7/2011

Counting Heads

Marusek, Robert
Science fiction novel, part one of possibly two, takes place in 2134. Nano tech and AIs abound, even clones to do all the heavy lifting. Seems a distant future, I doubt we will get that far in only twenty years. The author has masterful command of invented words. I enjoyed it, but it was hard to read, especially with the small type!

Words I Had To Look Up::

thin and sere (pg. 66) -- Dry.
decarring (pg. 85) -- To exit a vehicle or elevator. I found the invented word charming.
biellette (pg. 302 ) -- A small connecting rod or link.

Quote::

"Food, no matter how cleverly assembled, Fred, is still just food." -- Page 148.

Quote:

...the only bozo on the bus. -- Page 187. A Firesign Theater reference?

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8/2011

Mind Over Ship

Marusek, Robert
Fred the russ seems to be the main character now, as progress on the o-ships is seriously threatened. I don't get the last sentence. Why a fish?

Words I Had To Look Up:

pinna (pg. 90) -- While the story explains that it is the flappy part of the earlobe, I still looked it up. Trust, but verify.

Quote:

Capitalism was a marvel, as long as you were a capitalist. -- pg. 39.

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8/2011

2182 kHz

Masiel, David
Novel of barges, tow boats, death, rescue, and sex in the Arctic.

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2/2005

11 Birthdays

Mass, Wendy
Amanda and Leo are turning eleven, but this is the first birthday they are not celebrating together. In fact, they haven't been speaking to each for a whole year. Very good, but now I have to read the following two books again, because I can't remember how it all ties together!

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3/2012

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3/2012

13 Gifts

Mass, Wendy
Tara is to spend the summer at her mother's sister's home in the small town of Willow Falls, a place where odd things happen. Things get weird, eventually.

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3/2012

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A Mango-Shaped Space

Mass, Wendy
A very involved story of Mia, who has synesthesia (but doesn't know what it is), and her cat, Mango. Quite a bit of weeping on my part.

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4/2011

Every soul a star

Mass, Wendy
Several teens end up at a campground to see an eclipse of the sun. A very enjoyable and moving story. I need to look up lucid dreaming. Some of the mechanical stuff seemed a bit off, like, a bus driver replacing a faulty crankshaft (page 89) and the latitude-longitude/GPS/computer explanation (page 248), but the astronomical stuff was checked by real scientists, so it's good.

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11/2009

Finally

Mass, Wendy
Rory is nearly twelve years old, finally. But she lives in Willow Falls, so you know odd things are going to happen.

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3/2012

Graceful

Mass, Wendy
The no-kidding last book in the Willow Falls series had me in tears at the end. Just wish I could remember the previous books!

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9/2015

Jeremy Fink And The Meaning Of Life

Mass, Wendy
Jeremy Fink is turning thirteen soon. A mysterious box arrives in the mail, a box that Jeremy's deceased father intended for him to open on his thirteenth birthday. But the keys are missing! Great story!

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10/2015

Leap Day

Mass, Wendy
Josie's sixteenth birthday is coming up, but since she was born on February 29th it is only her fourth birthday. This was a very excellent book which I enjoyed very very much.

The Candymakers

Mass, Wendy
A sequel of this is being published soon so I thought I had better read the first one. Very good story of four twelve-year-olds competing in a candy making contest.

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8/2016

The Last Present

Mass, Wendy
The last book in the Willow Falls series, it satisfactorily ties up all the loose ends that have confused me all through the series.

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12/2013

The Flower Master

Massey, Sujata
Rei, a Japanese-American, is living in Japan. She is taking a ikebana class with her aunt. One of the teachers is murdered, and the aunt is suspect. Very interesting, learned a lot about Japanese culture.

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11/2009

Lisa's War

Matas, Carol
Lisa is a Jewish girl who lives in Denmark during World War II and the German invasion. She joins her brother in the Danish resistance.

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5/2010

Hardball

Matthews, Christopher
Subtitle: How politics is placed told by one who knows the game. A fascinating insider's look at political maneuvering up to 1988, but mostly in the 60s through the 80s. One anecdote I had just read in an Uncle John's Bathroom Reader, here was presented a lot of background information. Great stuff!

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6/2011

Two Friends

Maupassant, Guy de
Two French fishermen friends are shot by Prussians when they won't reveal the password to cross the French lines. Oh, Spoiler Alert!

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5/2010

Chat

Mayor, Archer
Joe Gunther investigates the appearance of two dead guys, and his mother and brother's car accident.

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12/2009

A Boy At War

Mazer, Harry
A very good story of a boy who experiences the Pearl Harbor attack.

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11/2002
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