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Truck : A Love Story

Perry, Michael
Pretty philosophical story of the rebuilding of the author's International truck. Except that it is mostly NOT about that, it's about his love life, friends, gardening, cooking, and family. But it's about the truck, too.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Baudelaire (pg. 233) -- French poet/writer, symbol of literary decadence.
Derrida (pg. 242) -- French philosopher, founder of deconstruction. Died 2004.
Ameliorism (pg. 251) -- "Meliorism" is the belief that the world tends to improve and that humans can aid its betterment, so adding an "a" must make it the opposite.
Sequelae (pg. 254) -- A secondary result, sequel.
Smoked redhorse (pg. 273) -- A kind of fish.

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1/2009

The Complete Idiots Guide To Geocaching

Peters, Jack W.
Very informative book about geocaching. Learned a couple of things, esp., there is a cache on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. Cool!

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6/2010

Gifts Of Blood

Petry, Susan
Finally bought this book. Seven stories from the Varkela series. My favorite has always been Leechcraft. Two other stories included, one of which is about a spider that lives in a lute.

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5/2010

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5/2012

Flambards

Peyton, K. M.
Christina, an orphan, is sent to live with her uncle Russell and his boys at their country place, Flambards. Son Mark loves the hunt, William dreams of flying. Loved the Masterpiece Theater adaption, enjoyed the series when I read it years ago, and enjoy this coming-of-age tale again.

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6/2011

Pennington's Last Term

Peyton, K. M.
"Penn" doesn't get on at school, except for music and sports. I enjoyed reading it, and the author's drawing, too.

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12/2012

Life As We Knew It

Pfeffer, Susan Beth
Miranda, a teen-age girl in Pennsylvania, records the changes in her life when an asteroid-hit Moon changes its orbit. Gets pretty bleak, and the diary style wasn't very exciting for me. By page five I decided I was bored, but I read the WHOLE THING, and it was worth reading. Good survival advice in there, too.

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2/2008

The Dead & The Gone

Pfeffer, Susan Beth
You can tell which sister is going to die, the noble, heroic, religious one. Poor Beth, you could see it coming, couldn't you? Oh, wait, wrong book. Alex is going to Catholic high school in New York when the asteroid hits the moon and knocks it a bit askew in this companion to Life As We Knew It. He tries to take care of his two sisters, but things just get worse and worse.

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9/2010

This World We Live In

Pfeffer, Susan Beth
It's a year later, Miranda meets Alex and falls in love. Guess which sister dies now? Is there going to be a sequel?

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9/2010

The Whale Hunters

Phelan, Joseph
Very nice pictures by the author illustrate this 51 page book which takes us through a whaling trip in the 1800s. Published in 1974, there is no mention of protests against whaling in the paragraph about contemporary hunts.

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5/2013

The Last Book In The Universe

Philbrick, Rodman
In a gritty future world several decades after a planetary earthquake a boy named Spaz tries to survive.

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1/2009

The Young Man And The Sea

Philbrick, Rodman
Skiff takes his skiff out to sea to harpoon a big tuna so he can get his alcoholic dad's boat repaired.

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12/2012

Third Strike

Philbrick, Rodman
With co-author William G. Tapply. J.W. Jackson and Brady Coyne investigate ferry strike violence and the murder of Brady's client.

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8/2010

The 27 Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders

Pickard, Nancy
Food and murder. This is great!! This one is based on the characters and a story created by Virginia Rich. Mrs. Rich created the Eugenia Potter series but passed away before writing this book.

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3/1999

Leaving Time

Picoult, Jodi
Too many dead elephants.

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7/2017

The Afterlife Diet

Pinkwater, Daniel
A rather confusing cast of characters, mostly fat, try to lose weight, or not, in heaven and here on earth. I found the hot dog description interesting, I might try tomatoes on a dog. Oh, did I mention the vampire parakeets?

Words I Had To Look Up:

Ophidiophobe (pg. 48) -- Fear of snakes.
Kakophaphiophobia ( pg. 80) -- Kakorraphiaphobia is the fear of failure. Typo?
Chalyatchkie stick (pg. 87) -- No definiton found.
Emmis about the whole geschichte (pg. 95) -- Can't find definion for "emmis", but the rest is about the whole story/history.
Fraktur characters (pg. 153) -- A typeface from the 16th century with a broken or fractured appearance.
Transmigrational (pg. 181) -- To pass from one body to another at death, soul-wise.
Prepossessing (pg. 191) -- Creating a favorable impression.
Gemutlich (pg. 208) -- German, pleasant.
Shmendrick (pg. 214) -- A spelling variation, it is Yiddish for a stupid person.
Pneumatic blonde (pg. 147) -- Well, Anna Nicole Smith was one.
Objet trouvé (pg. 224) -- In French, a found object.
Chent (pg. 240) -- Silly me, it is a mispronounciation of chant!

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9/2008

Crocker

Platt, Kin
Dorothy Springer Clark meets the unorthodox and beautiful Crocker Bundy on his first day attending her high school. I rather like this book.

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2/2016

Alternating Currents

Pohl, Frederick
I read this collection of stories before, but it does not seem to be in the database. Nothing distinguishes these stories to me. I noticed the publisher cheaped-out by running one story into another, no blank space between stories. I guess The Ghost Maker was the best story.

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4/2009

Platinum Pohl - The Collected Best Stories

Pohl, Frederick
Thirty-odd stories, most of which I liked a lot, and most of which are not too long. I was surprised to learn he is still, at this writing, alive. A grand old man!

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One hundred and thirty-one men, women, and children simultaneously were converted into maltreated chunks of barbecued meat falling through the sky. their roster included the pilot, the copilot, the third pilot, and eight other members of the flight crew; plus, among the passengers, mothers, infants, honeymooning couples, nonhoneymooning but equally amorous couples who did not happen to be married to each other, a middle-aged grape picker returning home after a five-days-four-nights all-expense tour of Sin City (which he had found disappointing), a defrocked priest, a disbarred lawyer, and a congressman from Oregon who would never now achieve his dream of dismantling NASA and preventing the further waste of the taxpayer's funds on space, which he held to be empty and uninteresting.
Whoever they had been when whole, the pieces of barbecue all looked pretty much alike now. It did not matter. Not one of the passengers or crew had died unhappy, since they had all been touched by the comet. (Some Joys Under The Star, pg. 240.)

Words I Had To Look Up:

Winterhilfe (pg. 353) -- A Nazi Germany program to help poor Germans.

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9/2009

Galaxy thirty years of innovative science fiction

Pohl, Frederick, editor
This is a great book I picked up from the free books box at the library. It has some wonderfull stories. My favorite was "The model of a judge" by William Morrison.

Words I Had To Look Up:


meretricious --pg. 32.: like or relating to a prostitute; brassy: tastelessly showy; gilded: based on pretense; deceptively pleasing; Found at: wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

adiabatic--pg. 142: Changes in temperature caused by the expansion (cooling) or compression (warming) of a body of air as it rises or descends in the atmosphere, with no exchange of heat with the surrounding air.

spieltier--pg. 132: [“The Lady Who Sailed the Soul” by Cordwainer Smith] shapeshifting pet

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"Hitler had once said that the true victory of the Nazis would be to force its enemies, the United States in particular, to become like the Third Reich - i.e. a totalitarian society - in order to win. Hitler, then, expected to win even in losing. As I watched the American military-industrial complex grow after World War Two I kept remembering Hitler's analysis, and I kept thinking how right the son of a bitch was. We had beaten Germany, but both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were getting more and more like the Nazis with their huge police systems every day." -- Philip K. Dick, Notes on Oh to be a Blobel! (1979)

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8/2005

SFWA Grand Masters Vol. 3

Pohl, Frederick, editor
Stories by Lester Del Rey, Frederik Pohl, Damon Knight, A.E. Van Vogt, and jack Vance. I'd say my favorites were The Miracle Workers by Jack Vance, and Day Million by Frederick Pohl.

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12/2006
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[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- Cline] [Coakley- Cohen] [Cohen- Collins] [Collins- Connelly] [Connelly- Constantine] [Constantine- Cornwell] [Cornwell- Crais] [Crais- Crombie] [Cronley- Cussler] [Cussler- Dashner] [Dashner- DiCamillo] [Dick- Doohan] [Dorsey- Drake] [Draper- Elkins] [Elkins- Ephron] [Eszterhas- Fairstein] [Fairstein- Ferris] [Ferris- Flanagan] [Flanagan- Flynn] [Foer- Fox] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Francis] [Francis- Funke] [Funke- Garrigue] [Gash- Goffard] [Going- Grafton] [Grafton- Grant] [Grant- Greenwald] [Greer- Grisham] [Grisham- Haddix] [Haddix- Hall] [Hall- Harris] [Harrison- Heinlein] [Heinlein- Heley] [Heley- Henry] [Henry- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hirsch] [Hitchcock- Holt] [Holt- Hulme] [Hunter- Jenkins] [Jennings- Kadohata] [Kaminsky- Kandel] [Karr- Kienzle] [Kienzle- Kinney] [Kirby- Kostyal] [Kowal- Larson] [Larson- Leckie] [Leckie- Leonard] [Lescroart- Lichtman] [Liebster- Lowry] [Lowry- MacDonald] [MacLachlan- Marcinko] [Marcinko- Martini] [Marusek- McBain] [McBain- McCaughrean] [McCrumb- McDonald] [McGuire- Meyer] [Meyer- Moon] [Moon- Mosley] [Moss- Nicholson] [Nicholson- Norton] [Norton- O'Brian] [O'Brian- Oates] [Oliver- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patterson] [Patterson- Pears] [Pears- Perry] [Perry- Pohl] [Pope- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pullman] [Pullman- Reeve] [Reeve- Ringo] [Ringo- Rodman] [Roll- Rucka] [Rushdie- Sachar] [Sachar- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scott] [Scott- Sebold] [Sedgwick- Shriver] [Shulman- Sloan] [Smith- Sparks] [Specht- Stark] [Stark- Stewart] [Stewart- Stroud] [Stroud- Taylor] [Taylor- Trevino] [Trevor- Urrea] [Ursu- Vande Velde] [Vande Velde- Wambaugh] [Wambaugh- Westlake] [Westlake- Westlake] [Weyn- Wodehouse] [Wodehouse- Yep] [Yolen- Zusak] 

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