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The Sagitarius Command

Meluch, R.M.
Book three of the U.S.S. Merrimack series. Gosh, I didn't care for the first book and here I am on the third one! Oddly, SPQR came up in conversation (on television they were showing The Robe), Cam translated it (High school Latin pays off again!), and now I find it on page 90, among pages. Whoops, I misspelled the title!

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2/2013

Wolf Star

Meluch, R.M.
Tour of the Merrimack #2. Didn't care much for the last book, and here I am reading book two! Wept a bit at page 322. Now I gotta go walk to the library and get the next one.

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2/2013

Cinder

Meyer, Marissa
A Cinderella story, except she's a cyborg, live in New Beijing a couple centuries in the future, and the Moon Queen is out to get her. Good story, sure to be a sequel.

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3/2012

Cress

Meyer, Marissa
Book Three in the Lunar Chronicles. The continuing adventures of Cinder the Cyborg and her wacky gang of misfits. Iko is my favorite character, but I forget how she became the ship so I guess I'll have to read Scarlet again.

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11/2014

Fairest : Levana's Story

Meyer, Marissa
How Levana got that way.

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3/2014

Scarlet

Meyer, Marissa
Second book in The Lunar Chronicles. We meet Scarlet, who lives on a farm in France. Scarlet meets Wolf, who is a fighter. Eventually Scarlet meets Cinder. I enjoyed it very much.

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5/2013

Winter

Meyer, Marissa
The last book in the Lunar Chronicles. 800+ pages. I think my favorite character in this volume is Iko.

Quote:

"Of course I understand sarcasm," she spat. "It's not like it's theoretical physics, is it?" -- pg. 373

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11/2015

Kraken

Miéville, China
A squid goes missing in London. Is it God? A bit dense for me, I think I lost the, what do you call it, "narrative thread", somewhere in the four hundreds, page-wise. Admirable writing with a lot of interesting ideas.

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12/2013

Countdown

Mikaelsen, Ben
An American teen trains to be the first Junior Astronaut on the Space Shuttle. He has a bit of an attitude, and gets into an argument on ham radio with a Maasai teen. When the Shuttle has to land in Africa they meet. An informative book, but the writing is not as good as his other books.

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4/2016

Jungle Of Bones

Mikaelsen, Ben
Teenage jerk Dylan finds himself in the company of his uncle in the jungle of Papua New Guinea searching for the remains of the B-17 bomber his grandfather crashed in during World War II. Lots of action until the last chapter.

Delete this:

This space for rent!

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4/2014

Petey

Mikaelsen, Ben
A baby with cerebral palsy is mis-diagnosed and left in an insane asylum for many years. As an old man he meets a teen who he befriends. A very moving story. Highly recommended.

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3/2003

Touching Spirit Bear

Mikaelsen, Ben
A nasty J. D. gets sent to an island in Alaska to ponder his sins. Very good story.

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7/2002

Darkness Falls

Miles, Kyle
Some eco-terrorists mutate another eco-terrorist's bacteria to do more damage than the one she created from another eco-non-terrorist's work. The bacteria? It eats oil.

Quote:

"Head shots are unreliable. You'd be surprised how often the bullet just deflects off your skull." (pg. 245) Good to know! Also, this is the only sentence I laughed with.

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"Look at the electrical insulation on these. It's cloth. This stuff's been obsolete for decades. The only thing it had going for it is that it wouldn't be affected by the bacteria." (pg. 254) I wonder why the bad guy didn't use knob and tube wiring?

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8/2009

Destiny Of The Republic

Millard, Candice
A really good non-fiction about the assassination of President Garfield in 1881. Not something I would have picked out for myself, but it was really good!

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11/2018

Newfound

Miller, Jim Wayne
Short chapters recount a boy's life growing up in Tennessee until he leaves home for college. An enjoyable read.

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3/2016

Archform: Beauty

Modesitt Jr., L.E.
Claims to about the appreciation of "beauty" in the arts, but I think it is a futuristic detective story. Lt. Chiang investigates odd deaths, some murders, and financial hanky-panky.

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9/2009

Eternity artifact

Modesitt Jr., L.E.
A verbose professor travels to study the first alien artifacts ever discovered. Author doesn't seem too keen on religions.

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4/2006

Haze

Modesitt, Jr., L. E.
Roget drops to the mysterious planet Haze on behalf of the Federation (ChinoFeds). I liked the story, but some folks on Amazon.com did not care for it.
Earth society seems very like now, but a millennium has passed since the Chinese took over the United States. Seems odd.

Words I Had To Look Up:

the Omelas requirement (pg. 182) -- Refers to a story by Ursula K. LeGuin about scapegoats. Read the Wiki article!

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9/2009

Adventures Among Ants

Moffett, Mark
Really good non-fiction book about ants. Lots of science stuff, yet pretty readable by the average idiot, like me. Lots of interesting anecdotes, too.

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3/2019

Wish

Monninger, Joseph
Bee, her mother, and her brother who has CF go on a Make-A-Wish kind of trip to San Francisco to see Great White Sharks near the Farallon Islands. Things don't quite work out as they planned. Good story, read it right through. Now what do I do?

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8/2014
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- Geist] [George- Gonzalez] [Gores- Granger] [Granger- Greenbaum] [Greenberg- Grimes] [Grimes- Haddix] [Haddix- Hale] [Hall- Hallinan] [Hallinan- Hautman] [Hautman- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heller] [Heller- Herman] [Herrera- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Highsmith] [Hillerman- Hobbs] [Hobbs- Howe] [Hudgens- Jackson] [Jacobs- Jones] [Jones- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kerasote] [Key- King-Smith] [King-Smith- Konigsburg] [Konrath- Lahiri] [Lampman- Lawrence] [Lawrence- Leonard] [Leonard- Lewis] [Lewis- Lott] [Louv- Lutz] [Lutz- Maguire] [Maguire- Martin] [Martin- Massey] [Matas- McCall Smith] [McCall Smith- McCrumb] [McCrumb- Meluch] [Meluch- Monninger] [Montgomery- Morris] [Morrison- Nance] [Napoli- Niven] [Northcutt- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Connor] [O'Dell- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patron] [Patterson- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Penny] [Perez-Reverte- Pinkwater] [Platt- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pullman] [Pullman- Readers Digest] [Readers Digest- Rich] [Richardson- Robinson] [Robinson- Rowling] [Rowling- Ryan] [Rylant- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scieszka] [Scieszka- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Sheinkin] [Shelton- Skloot] [Sleator- Sontag] [Soto- Stark] [Stark- Stephenson] [Stern- Stroud] [Stroud- Tappy] [Tappyly- Trevino] [Trevor- Urrea] [Ursu- Vande Velde] [Vande Velde- Wambaugh] [Wasdin- Westlake] [Westlake- Weyn] [Whelan- Wodehouse] [Wodehouse- Yolen] [Zahn- Zusak] 

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