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American Nomads

Stowell, Emily
A novelized biography of the author's family coming to America and eventually settling in Oregon. Vanity published, I guess, the printing was poorly done in the beginning, and there are some editing problems, but after getting past the Dutch ancestors (WHY do they keep using the same names for everyone??) I became engaged with the story, and even teared up a bit at points. Still looking for that Huntington family chart, though!

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1/2019

Nighttown

Hallinan, Timothy
Junior has to get a doll from an old house. Very good story. VU/Nico mention on pg. 199.

Wrong Word:

She even brought the gun up a few inches so she could site down it.-- Should be "sight".

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12/2018

Pyramids

Pratchett, Terry
Teppic, a king's son, decides to attend Assassin school. That's the first part of the book. I wasn't thoroughly enchanted with the story, but there were some good parts. I wish my eyes didn't get tired of read paperback-size books.

The author has Teppic using crampons to climb walls. I've seen this discussed about another author, and someone on a forum said they looked in the OED to find that crampon was an archaic word for a sort of piton. Maybe. I think Prachett should have gone with piton.

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12/2018

The Prefect

Reynolds, Alistair
I guess this is #1 of the Prefect Dreyfus Emergency series. It is pretty good. I like how the author used the word "conjour".

Quote::

'...But the rules say you can't have quickmatter anywhere near a polling core.'
'I like rules,' Thalia said. 'Rules are good.'
'Let's unwrap the baby.' -- page 319

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12/2018

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Deadman

Seranella, Barbara
A railroad thriller/mystery! I enjoyed the story and the railroad stuff. I would read the next book in the series but unfortunately the author died. I'll have to keep a look out for her other books, though.

Quote:

There was a light switch immediately to her left when she entered the back door, and then a second switch on the other side of the room at the door leading to the hall. She could handle one switch in the ON position when the lights were on, but when the lights were off, both switches had to be down or she didn't feel certain she could trust her eyes. -- page 125

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12/2018

Of Books And Bagpipes

Shelton, Paige
"A Scottish Bookshop Mystery", it says, and it is either number two or number two-and-a-half in a series. I am reminded of the television show "The Book Group", since both took place in Scotland and both have books. But that is about all that is the same.

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12/2018

The Ballad Of Tom Dooley

McCrumb, Sharyn
Interesting novelization base on the author's research. I've read several of these "Ballad" novels, and have enjoyed them.

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12/2018

Promised Land

Parker, Robert B.
Parker, I mean Spencer, is hired by some guy to find his wife who has run off, possibly to find herself. At the guy's house Spencer runs into Hawk. What has this guy got himself into? Good story, no donut or cigarette quotes I can remember, but there WERE two English muffins consumed. Or at least one, for sure, was.

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11/2018

Foundryside

Bennett, Robert Jackson
Probably the first in a series, a young thief gets into a lot more trouble than she ever imagined. Clef the key was one of my favorite characters.

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11/2018

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Atkinson, Kate
Juliet gets a job in a spy organization in WWII London. I love the writing, the story was OK, but I didn't care for the ending. I should probably read the ending over again to see it grows on me.

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11/2018

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