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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

Balsamic Dreams

Queenan, Joe
Rant on the Baby Boomer generation. Enjoyed listening to the author more than reading the book.

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4/2004

Waiting For Godalming

Rankin, Robert
Detective solves God's murder. Too clever for me, but I enjoyed the "plinth" part. LATER: Read again. Reminds me of Terry Pratchett, this time around.

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6/2004

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7/2006

Figgs & Phantoms

Raskin, Ellen
Well, that was interesting... Found this one during inventory, hasn\'t been checked out in nearly thirty years. I actually remember the last person who borrowed it! Glad I read it, very nice pictures, but did not think it was fabulous. That is, the second half was too strange for me.

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12/2012

The Tattooed Potato And Other Clues

Raskin, Ellen
Art student Dickory Dock goes to work for artist Garson, helping solve several improbable mysteries along with opening the front door for guests, and keeping his paints in order.

Words I Had To Look Up:

taboret (pg. 47) -- A cabinet for storing art materials.

Quote:

"Bail's a bit tricky on a murder charge..." (pg. 151)

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11/2010

The Westing Game

Raskin, Ellen
A interesting little mystery. The will of a rich guy instructs the heirs to discovered who murdered him before one of them can collect.

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4/2004

The Yearling

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan
Young Jody is growing up in quire rural Florida, gets a pet fawn. Sad but pretty inevitable ending.

Words I Had To Look Up:

feist (pg. 2) -- A small mongrel dog.
plenitude (pg. 180) -- An ample amount or quantity; an abundance.
Her brain barrels were empty. (pg. 210) -- Probably a typo...

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4/2013

Tales From A Village School

Read, Miss
Stories by a teacher at a country elementary school in England. At least 40 other books by her.

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12/2000

Best Loved Books For Young Readers Volume Two

Readers Digest, ed.
The Scarlet Pimpernel, Tom Sawyer, The Good Earth, and Robin Hood, in condensed form. All great!

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10/2012

Nonfiction Bestsellers

Readers Digest, ed.
Empty promises / Anne Rule -- Fifty acres and a poodle / Jeanne Marie Laskas -- The rescue season / Bob Drury -- Believing it all / Marc Parent -- Who wants to be me? / Regis Philbin. Rule good, Laskas interesting, Drury good, Parent very excellent, Philbin lame. Sorry!

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7/2004

Words In The Dust

Reedy, Trent
A young girl in Afghanistan, who has a cleft lip, goes through a lot of life changes. I thought the story was a little slow at the start, but stuff got real in the second half. I highly recommend reading it!

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5/2014

A Darkling Plain

Reeve, Philip
Fourth book in the Mortal Engines, or whatever they call it, series. I wept at the ending. Twice.

A Flying Vehicle Name I Liked:

Belligerent Peony -- How do you pronounce that?

Words I Had To Look Up:

gubbins (pg. 455) -- Doodad: something unspecified whose name is either forgotten or not known.
gobbets (pg. 458) -- Bits or morsels.

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1/2011

A Web Of Air

Reeve, Philip
Second book in the Fever Crumb prequel to Mortal Engines. While traveling on the theater barge, Fever meets a fellow with scientific leanings.

Quote:

"Who are you?" they both said at the same instant.
"I've got the gun," said the stranger after a second more. "That means you have to go first."

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11/2011
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- 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] [Leonard- Lewis] [Lichtman- Lowry] [Lowry- MacAvoy] [MacDonald- Manley] [Marcinko- Martini] [Martini- Mazer] [McBain- McCarthy] [McCaughrean- McDevitt] [McDonald- Meyer] [Meyer- Moody] [Moon- Mosley] [Mosley- Nicholson] [Nicholson- Norton] [Norton- O'Brian] [O'Brian- O'Rourke] [Oates- Paretsky] [Paretsky- Parker] [Parker- Parker] [Parker- Patterson] [Patterson- Peacock] [Pears- Perry] [Perry- Pohl] [Pohl- Poyer] [Poyer- Pratchett] [Pratchett- Pronzini] [Pronzini- Pullman] [Pullman- Reeve] [Reeve- Riggs] [Ringo- Robinson] [Rodman- Rucka] [Rucka- Sachar] [Sachar- Scalzi] [Scalzi- Scott] [Scott- Scottoline] [Sebold- Shields] [Shriver- Sloan] [Sloan- Soto] [Soto- Stark] [Stark- Stephenson] [Stern- Stroud] [Stroud- Tappy] [Tappyly- Townsend] [Tracy- Updale] [Urban- Vance] [Vance- Walter] [Wambaugh- Westerman] [Westerman- Westlake] [Westlake- Wodehouse] [Wodehouse- Yelchin] [Yep- Zusak] 

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