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The Threat

Poyer, David
Dan Lehman is, detached?, from the Navy, working in Washington D.C. as head of a drug interdiction team for the White House. Through the book he pretty much ends up doing everything ELSE, however!

Words I Had To Look Up:

encaustic tile (pg. 31) -- Ceramic tiles with a decoration made of different colors of clay inlaid into their surface.
Voda gazifie (pg. 115) -- First word is "water", can't find definition for the second word.
Scrum (pg. 287) -- The formation used in the setplay restarting play after a knock-on or forward pass.

Quote:

Dan tries out his French --
Fevier made a half-concealed grimace, as if tasting a bad peanut. "You will excuse me, but perhaps we should conduct our business in English." (pg. 146)

Quote:

Is this the correct word, "deserts?
"We have been fortunate beyond our deserts." (pg. 112)

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9/2008

The Weapon

Poyer, David
Dan Lenson travels off to Moscow, goes for a swim in the Moskva, a little pirate action in Asia, then a another swim, or something, in and around the Persian Gulf. He gets a pretty bauble from the Frenchies, but not much recognition from his own.

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6/2009

Words I Had To Look Up:

natatorium (pg. 81) -- A structurally separate building containing a swimming pool.

Thunder On The Mountain

Poyer, David
W.T. Halversen is involved in a strike at Thunder Oil in 1936. A prequel to the others in the Hemlock County series.

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Remembering that, he head-faked, waited till the other had his haymaker on the rails, and ducked under it and hammered him in the face, left, left, right to the ribs. hard, because he wasn't going to let anybody get away with that kind of talk about his girl.

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3/2000

Tomahawk

Poyer, David
Dan Lensen wonders about the validity of nuclear weapons. Perhaps less action than the others in the series, but still an enjoyable book.

QUOTE:

Three Girl Scouts with Reagan masks staring from crotchless panty hose offered him a liter of Popov's.

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3/2000

Winter In The Heart

Poyer, David
An old man and a boy try to figure out who is dumping toxic chemicals.

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8/1998

Eve's Tattoo

Prager, Emily
Interesting story of Eve who gets the number of a concentration camp victim tattooed for her fortieth birthday.

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12/2000

A Blink Of The Screen

Pratchett, Terry
Collected shorter fiction. Some of it was OK, some pretty interesting, but the story titles The Sea And Little Fishes was exquisitely written, and I was very teary for a goodly portion of the story. And the "bonus" chapter, if not more so.

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6/2017

A Hat Full Of Sky

Pratchett, Terry
A young girl witch, Tiffany Aching, has a big battle. Very good.

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3/2005

Carpe Jugulum

Pratchett, Terry
Vampires are invited to the christening, as it were, of the royal baby in Lancre. Big mistake!

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1/2005

Dodger

Pratchett, Terry
A London tosher rescues a beautiful girl from a beating at the hands scoundrels. Not a Discworld book.

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8/2013

Feet Of Clay

Pratchett, Terry
Golems are holding secret meetings.

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12/2004

Guards! Guards!

Pratchett, Terry
A dragon comes to Ankh-Morpork, and Vimes has to deal with it. Also, Carrot joins the force. Vimes has his hands full.

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3/2015

I Shall Wear Midnight

Pratchett, Terry
The fourth Tiffany Aching novel is the best story I have read in a long time. So much to think about! I found myself weeping at times, and laughing out loud at others.

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3/2011

Jingo

Pratchett, Terry
Ankh-Morpork goes to war over an island.

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9/2016

Johnny and the dead

Pratchett, Terry
Johnny finds he is the only person who can see dead people at the cemtary. Very good.

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10/2006

Lords And Ladies

Pratchett, Terry
Elves come to Lancre. And Elves are BAD! Very good!

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3/2005

Making Money

Pratchett, Terry
Moist is maneuvered into assisting the dog that is chairman of the Royal Bank.

Words I Had To Look Up:


panopticon (pg. 56) -- an area where everything is visible.
fornication (pg. 58) -- vaulted roofing or covering. Trust me.
beccles (pg. 109) -- the small bone buttons placed in bacon sandwiches by unemployed guerrilla dentists, from The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd.
pecunious (pg. 122) -- abounding in money; wealthy.
mountebank (pg. 127) -- any charlatan or quack.
frisson (pg. 143) -- a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill.
mendacity (pg. 148) -- 1. The condition of being mendacious; untruthfulness. 2. A lie; a falsehood.
charivari (pg. 155) -- a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple. But from http://www.charivarirest.com/ (and nowhere else) we have 'Charivari is a French word for "beautiful good mix"', which seems more what the author was thinking of.
dunnikin (pg. 157) -- a privy.
gongfermor (pg. 157) -- the people who emptied cesspits in Medieval villages or castles.
tumbrel (pg 236) -- a farm dumpcart for carrying dung; carts of this type were used to carry prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution.

Quote:

"Nom d'une bouilloire! Pourquoi est-ce que je suis hardiment ri sous cape a par le dieux"? translates as "Name of a kettle! Why am I boldly laughed under cape has by the gods "? (pgs. 110-111)

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"An error, sir, is worse than a sin, the reason being that a sin is often a matter of opinion or viewpoint or even of timing but an error is a fact and it cries out for correction."

Quote:

"I can assure you that if I had, as your ill-assumed street patois has it, 'dropped you in it,' you would fully understand all meanings of 'drop' and have an unenviable knowledge of 'it.'"

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11/2007

Maskerade

Pratchett, Terry
The two witches visit the Opera House in Ankh-Morpork where Agnes is attempting to be a star!

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7/2005

Monstrous Regiment

Pratchett, Terry
Polly joins the army in disguise as a man. Very good.

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12/2004

Nation

Pratchett, Terry
On a small island not in the Pacific Ocean a tsunami wipes out the entire population, except for one teen and shipwrecked English girl. Very good!

Quote:

"Does not happen!" -- pg. 73.

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12/2009
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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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