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On Account Of Darkness And Other SF Stories

Pronzini, Bill
Written with Barry N. Malzberg of twenty-five stories. Some were enjoyable, some were not of the kind I care for. I liked the Luna immigration inspector stories the most.

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6/2010

Quarry

Pronzini, Bill
The Nameless Detective investigates why a reclusive woman leaves her job in the city and returns, secretively, to her father's farm. Nameless is nearly killed by the reason, of course.

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6/2010

Savages

Pronzini, Bill
Runyon goes to a small town to serve a subpoena, gets whacked on head. Kerry gets radiation for her cancer.

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6/2010

Scenarios: A "Nameless Dectective" Casebook

Pronzini, Bill
Fourteen short stories, pretty good.

Quote:

I said, "Be generous, Mr. Spade." -- (pg. 266) From The Maltese Falcon.

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6/2010

Schemers

Pronzini, Bill
Nameless investigates a locked-room mystery. Several valuable books are stolen from a rich-guy's library.

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7/2010

Sentinels

Pronzini, Bill
Nameless meets up with some White Supremacists while investigating the disappearance of a college student and her new boyfriend.

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7/2010

Spook

Pronzini, Bill
A homeless man, Spook, is murdered. Nameless is hired to find out who he was. Boy, they certainly find out!

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6/2010

Detective Stories

Pullman, Phillip
Part of the Red Hot Reads series of various genres, the stories are by several authors and were chosen for the book by Philip Pullman. My favorites were The Cross Of Lorraine, by Isaac Asimov, and The Newdick Helicopter, by Leslie Charteris.

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4/2014

I Was A Rat!

Pullman, Phillip
A bedraggled young boy shows up at Bob and Joan's house with few memories but of formerly being a rat. A charming story which I didn't see ending as it did, till near the end.

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4/2011

Spring-Heeled Jack

Pullman, Phillip
Three children run away from an oppressive orphanage and are aided by a mythical English character named for the springs in his boots that allow him to jump high buildings. An enjoyable story, partially in cartoon form.

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11/2002

The Amber Spyglass

Pullman, Phillip
The third and final book in the series, Lyra and Will save the day. Christians may not like this series too much.

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8/2002

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7/2013

The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Pullman, Phillip
A short (97 page) funny sweet little story of a girl who wants to be a firework maker like her father.

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9/2015

The Golden Compass

Pullman, Phillip
Lyra joins forces with gypsies to rescue a kinapped friend in Lapland. Very good.

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8/2002

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6/2013

The Ruby In The Smoke

Pullman, Phillip
When Sally Lockharts' father dies, she must fend for herself in a Victorian world of opium smokers and smugglers.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Distemper (pg. 137) -- A water-based paint combined with glue.

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6/2008

The Shadow In The North

Pullman, Phillip
Book two of the Sally Lockhart series. Sally gets into it with some blond guy.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Lawn (pg. 147) -- A lightweight, sheer, cloth.

Aspidistra (pg. 195) -- Plant from east Asian forests. It's green.

Victoria (pg. 263) -- In this case, an elegant carriage, very fashionable for a ride in the park.

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6/2008

The Subtle Knife

Pullman, Phillip
Lyra meets a boy named Will from our world. Even better than the first book. Two weeps!

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8/2002

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6/2013

The Tiger In The Well

Pullman, Phillip
In book three of the Sally Lockhart series, she falls into a world of crap, but climbs her way out.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Solar Topees (pg. 159) -- Those hard hats, often white, the British wear in the tropics.

Perukes (pg. ?) -- Refers to a type of wig, worn by men. (Plural)

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6/2008

The Tin Princess

Pullman, Phillip
I enjoyed this very much. Adelaide marries a prince and gets involved in the political machinations of the times.

Words I Had To Look Up:

morganatic (pg.40) -- Of or denoting a marriage in which neither the spouse of lower rank nor any children have any claim to the possessions or title of the spouse of higher rank.
birdlime (pg. 75) -- A sticky substance spread on twigs to trap small birds.
charlotte a la parisienne (pg. 160) -- Seems to be a dessert of complicated heritage.

Quote:

..."Look, can't we just shoot the guard and run for it?"
"If there any shooting, I'll do it. But not guards. He's just doing what's he's told. Mind you, he's not doing what I tell him. Perhaps I will shoot him."... -- pg. 213

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2/2015

V.

Pynchon, Thomas
Interesting, some extremely boring parts, must be the parts I didn't understand. Interesting electronics references.

QUOTE:

Her novels--three to date--ran a thousand pages each and like sanitary napkins had gathered in an immense and faithful sisterhood of consumers.

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2/2001

Vineland

Pynchon, Thomas
Somewhat more readable than V., so far.

QUOTE:

In the interests of cost containment, Takeshi subscribed to the services of Cheapsat, an economy communicatins satellite that was not, like more expensive units, geosynchronous, or parked in orbit always above the same spot on the Earth -- no, Cheapsat instead drifted continually backward through the heavens, always going over the horizon in the middle of people's calls, as it even now was doing.

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2/2001
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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- 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- Hepler] [Herbert- Hess] [Hess- Hiaasen] [Hiaasen- Hobb] [Hobb- Horowitz] [Horowitz- Ibbotson] [Ibbotson- Johansen] [John, and Travis S. Taylor- Kaminsky] [Kaminsky- Kellog] [Kellog- King] [King- Klise] [Klise- Kurland] [Kurson- Lasky] [latham- Lee] [Lefcourt- Lescroart] [Lescroart- Little] [Lobel- Lu] [Lubar- Macleod] [MacPherson- Marcinko] [Marcinko- Mass] [Mass- McBain] [McBain- McCrumb] [McCrumb- McNally] [McSwigan- Miles] [Millard- Moore] [Moore- Muller] [Mulligan- Nimmo] [Nimmo- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Brien] [O'Brien- Palacio] [Paolini- Park] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Paulsen] [Paulsen- Peck] [Peck- Pfeffer] [Pfeffer- Powell] [Powell- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pynchon] [Queenan- Rehder] [Rehder- Riordan] [Roach- Rose] [Rose- Russell] [Russell- Savin] [Sawyer- Schmidt] [Schmidt- Scottoline] [Scottoline- Shaffer] [Shames- Sijie] [Silverberg- Smith] [Smith- Spinelli] [Spinelli- Steinhauer] [Stephens- Stross] [Stross- Sweeney] [Tapply- Thompson] [Thorp- Turtledove] [Turtledove- Van Draanen] [Van Draanen- Voltaire] [Waldman- Wells] [Wells- Westlake] [Westlake- Wilks] [Williams-Garcia- Woodruff] [Woods- Zusak] 

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