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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.

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"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

Anne Of Green Gables

Montgomery, Lucy Maud
I thought I read this charming story of a charming girl many years ago, but it seems, in the reading, not. Perhaps I am thinking of the charming television series with Megan Follows.

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8/2011

Dead Air

Moody, Greg
Will Ross finds himself the target of the bomber again in the fifth book of the series. Took a while to get into it, but enjoyed it when finished. Thought it was going to be humorous, for some reason, but it is not.

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7/2004

Man of the family

Moody, Ralph
Autobiographical story of boy in 1910 Littleton, Colorado, who is quite the little cowboy. In fact, the first book of the series is Little Britches. Very Little House On The Prarie-ish. Very good.

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5/2006

The Fields of home

Moody, Ralph
Ralph goes to live with his Grandfather on the family farm. And meets a girl!

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And I wished that Uncle Levi hadnt said anything about kisses and red hair ribbon going together.

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5/2006

The Home ranch

Moody, Ralph
Ralph spends the summer working for Mr. Batchlett at his ranch.

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I couldn't help thinking he and I were a good deal alike. Maybe he was trying to do things too big for him so people wouldn't call him an old man. Maybe he bragged about things he used to do because he couldn't do them any more, and because he wanted the same thing I did: to have other people think he was as smart and able to do things as they were.

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5/2006

Command And Decision

Moon, Elizabeth
Kylara Vatta commands the Third Fleet of the Space Defense Force in the fourth book of the Vatta's War series.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Latrine (pg. 33) -- I thought it would be called the "head" on a ship.

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"The rule with hypothermia: they're not dead until they're warm and dead." -- pg. 129.

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9/2008

Engaging The Enemy

Moon, Elizabeth
Book 3 in the Kylara Vatta series. Ky learns something about Stella, escapes from a space battle with pirates. Aunt Grace loses her grip for a while...

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"...For one thing, they don't break. They never require cleaning. They never need repair or adjustment. Anything that damages one of them will destroy the house around it. They all monitor for a wide range of health concerns. And they have the most comfortable seats..." (pg. 59) -- Sounds like quite a toilet!

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9/2008

Marque And Reprisal

Moon, Elizabeth
Further adventures of Kylara Vatta. Her family and their business are attacked by persons unknown, she meets a fellow name Rafe, and gains a new understanding of Stella, and her aunt Gracie. A rotten pun on page 311. Be forewarned!

Words I Had To Look Up:

Inchoate (pg. 211) -- Not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
Relative Vee (pg. 63) -- Still I don't know what relative vee and delta vee are!

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9/2008

The Speed Of Dark

Moon, Elizabeth
In the near future, an autistic man has to decide whether to risk an experimental procedure. Very interesting.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Ameliorate (pg. 151) -- To make or become better; improve.

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"Once is accident, twice is coincidence, and third time is enemy action." (pg. 191)

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9/2008

Trading In Danger

Moon, Elizabeth
Kylara Vatta is kicked out of Space Academy and is sent by her family on a trading voyage. Good space opera, but the print is too small! I was noticing there was no cussing in the book, but near the end there was a B**** and a ***hole. Why?

Reminiscent of The President's Analyst, we learn do not mess with the Phone Company!

Words I Had To Look Up:

Ansible (pg. 93) -- An instantaneous communications device. First noted usage by LeGuin in 1966. http://www.jessesword.com/sf/view/16

Gorked (pg. 147) -- Medical slang for a terminal patient whose brain is nonfunctional.

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The old woman was still angry. Not scared a bit--well, the old were like that, if they weren't scared of everything. (pg. 180)

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"How well do you know that old code they used in the war?" -- (pg. 222) This is why we learn Morse code, folks!

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8/2008

Victory Conditions

Moon, Elizabeth
Ky Vatta, excuse me, ADMIRAL Ky Vatta, wins the war, and finally "goes to the drive-in", as it were...

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9/2008

Practical Demonkeeping

Moore, Christopher
Travis and his Demon come to Pine Cove--Travis to find a way to get rid of the Demon; the Demon to find a better master. Or mistress...

I wondered why there so much talk of the Polaroid back on the Nikon, but then I realized this was written in 1992, before digital SLRs.

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The small hours of the morning found them naked on the kitchen floor after Travis had played a rampaging Godzilla to Jennifer's unsuspecting Tokyo. -- (Pg. 149) Good stuff!

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8/2011

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6/2012
20 books displayed
[Abadzis- Alcott] [Alcott- Anderson] [Andreae- Atkinson] [Atkinson- Ballard] [Balliett- Barnard] [Barnard- Barnhill] [Barr- Barr] [Barrows- Bear] [Bear- Beaton] [Beaton- Beattie] [Beattie, editor- Black] [Black- Block] [Block- Borchert] [Bosch- Brennert] [Brillant- Bryson] [Bryson- Bujold] [Bujold- Card] [Card- Card] [Card- Chabon] [Chabon- Clancy] [Clancy- Coakley] [Coben- Cole] [Cole- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Cook] [Cook- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crumley] [Crumley- Cussler] [Cussler- David] [Davidson- Dickinson] [Dickinson- Dorsey] [Dorsey- Duane] [Duble- Elkins] [Elkins- Evanovich] [Evanovich- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Ford] [Forester- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Gaiman] [Gaiman- Gash] [Gash- Goldberg] [Goldberg- Grafton] [Grafton- Gratz] [Graves- Grennan] [Griffin- Grisham] [Grisham- Haldeman] [Haldeman- Hall] [Hallinan- Harte] [Hartwell- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heller] [Heller- Henry] [Hepler- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hobb] [Hobb- Horowitz] [Horowitz- Hyman] [Ibbotson- Jocelyn] [Johansen- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kelley] [Kellog- Kienzle] [King- Klise] [Klise- Krueger] [Kurland- Larsson] [Lasky- Lee] [Lee- Lescroart] [Lescroart- Little] [Little- Lowry] [Lu- Macleod] [Macleod- Marcinko] [Marcinko- Mass] [Mass- McBain] [McBain- McCrumb] [McCrumb- McNab] [McNally- Mikaelsen] [Miles- Moore] [Moore- Mullane] [Muller- Nimmo] [Nimmo- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Brian] [O'Brien- Owens] [Palacio- Park] [Park- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Peck] [Peck- Pfeffer] [Pfeffer- Posey] [Powell- Prager] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pynchon] [Pynchon- Reeves] [Rehder- Riordan] [Riordan- Rose] [Rose- Russell] [Russell- Savage] [Savin- Schmatz] [Schmidt- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Setterfield] [Shaffer- Shute] [Sijie- Smith] [Smith- Spinelli] [Spinelli- Steinberg] [Steinhauer- Stross] [Stross- Swee] [Sweeney- Tepper] [Thompson- Turtledove] [Turtledove- Van Draanen] [Van Draanen- Veglahn] [Villasenor- Webster] [Weeks- Westlake] [Westlake- Wiles] [Wiles- Woodring] [Woodruff- Zevin] [Zimmerman- Zusak] 

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