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Bobke II

Roll, Bob
A collection of Bobke articles from VeloNews. Some are pretty good, some are not so, and some are just plain wierd. I was honored to be reading a copy autographed by Bob Roll, Floyd Landis, and someone else I cant remember, as it is not my book. Hey.

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1/2007

The Bone Labyrinth

Rollins, James
A SIGMA Force novel. Sort of a combination of Dan Brown, Clive Cussler, and Richard Marcinko, if you can imagine. Some scientists stumble upon the secret of human intelligence, or something, that the Catholics kept hidden, and the Chinese Special Forces are going chasing them and their protectors, the SIGMA Force. I hope the author did not put too much effort into the math/number stuff 'cause I kinda skipped over most of that. Very exciting, almost read it straight through.

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2/2016

The Autobiography Of Theodore Roosevelt

Roosevelt, Theodore
Condensed from the original edition. Ol' Teddy was quite a guy. He certainly did things his own way. He was quite a reader, too.

Words I Had To Look Up:

States rights fetich (pg. 194) -- I know what a fetish is, and this is an alternate spelling, but its use seems odd in this context.
cumbrous (pg. 229) -- Cumbersome.

Quotes:

...I have found...many shrill reactionaries who insist on calling all reformers Socialists, I refuse to be panic-stricken by having this title mistakenly applied to me. (pg. 260)


It is necessary that laws should be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more necessary that such laws should be thoroughly enforced. (pg. 329)


I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, and in another tax--a graduated inheritance tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion and increasing rapidly in amount with the size of the estate. (pg. 332)

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1/2012

Double Check

Rose, Malcom
Traces #4. Luke investigates the murder that a teen has been sentenced to execution, uh, for.

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12/2012

Final Lap

Rose, Malcom
Traces # 5. Luke investigates "accidents" at the construction site for the Youth International Games. Jade helps out.

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12/2012

Framed

Rose, Malcom
Traces series #1. Characters seem flat, but trying to figure out whodunit kept me reading. Wasn't until page 78 that I figured out I was reading "Malc" as "Male"... Blurb on cover led me to think there would be witty banter between Luke and Malc. Not seeing it. I would like to know more about this future society and how it got this way. Rattlesnakes in England?

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12/2012

Lost Bullet

Rose, Malcom
Traces series #2. Luke is in London investigating the murder of doctor. Another rattlesnake!!

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12/2012

Roll Call

Rose, Malcom
Traces # 3. Someone is killing Emily Wonders.

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12/2012

How I Live Now

Rosoff, Meg
Daisy goes to England to get away from her pregnant stepmother and ends up in a war/occupation. Really good story, a Printz award winner. A bit YA.

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5/2016

After The Dancing Days

Rostkowski, Magaret I.
Annie goes to the Catholic hospital where her father is a doctor after World War I and meets wounded veterans who challenge her outlook on life. VERY excellent, very weepy second half. When she goes for her first motorcycle ride with her uncle, that brought back memories. It IS like flying!

Quote::

"Oh, hello, kitty." -- pg. 150

Quote::

"Well, won't that be interesting?" -- pg. 206

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6/2012

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

Rowling, J.K.
Second book in the series. Harry's low opinion of diaries is reinforced.

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9/2012

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows

Rowling, J.K.
After much strife and violence, the series ends up nicely.

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Rowling, J.K.
Harry competes in the Triwizard Tournament.

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9/2012

Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince

Rowling, J.K.
My, how Harry has brown up over the years! Now he is a hormonal teen!

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10/2012

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix

Rowling, J.K.
Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts goes awry.

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10/2012

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Rowling, J.K.
The third book was very enjoyable, I must say.

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9/2012

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

Rowling, J.K.
Boy goes to wizard school. Didn't appeal to me. Too cutesy. I recommend So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane, A Wizard Of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin, The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper and even The Winter Of Magic's Return by Pamela Service. Read it again in 2012, it seems to have improved a bit. Now I'm reading book two! Interesting that Nicholas Flamel is in there!

QUOTE:

"Gulpin' gargoyles, Harry..."

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10/1999

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9/2012

The Sheriff Of Yrnameer

Rubens, Michael
After escaping the tentacled bounty hunter Kenneth, Cole ends up being the reluctant sheriff of a village beset, or soon-to-be, by outlaws. Bad Men. Some pretty funny stuff.

Words I Had To Look Up:

amuse bouche (pg. 263) -- A small complimentary appetizer offered at some restaurants.

Quote:

It had been that way since the WikiWars a century ago, when Wikipedia became self-aware and began vengefully reediting its contributors with remote-controlled heavy weaponry. (pg. 18)

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7/2010

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11/2011

A Fistful Of Rain

Rucka, Greg
Thriller takes place in Portland, Oregon. Rock star woman is blackmailed and threatened and drinks WAY too much.

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7/2013

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The Last Run

Rucka, Greg
This one is several books into the Queen & Country series, of which I have not read but one, this one. Spy thriller, starring Tara Chase. Lots of action!

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7/2013
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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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