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#277527 - 11/04/17 07:36 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#46 A Warrior of the people by Joe Sarita

Story about Susan La Flesche, the first Indian doctor .

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#277539 - 11/05/17 08:23 AM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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44. Humans, Bow Down, by James Patterson

In this dystopian novel, robots have become sentient and have decided that humans are inferior to them, and therefore must be either treated as slaves, imprisoned, or placed on "Reserves" (think Indian reservations).

The story was entertaining, but left a lot of questions. For example, the robots like to eat (but don't need to), and they need oxygen, but nothing is said about what keeps them running (energy has to come from somewhere). Do they plug themselves in? Do they have solar cells? Also, it's implied that they start out as children and grow up. How do they do that, since they are entirely inorganic? They also show the same signs of aging as humans do, but again, how? Obviously, machines get worn out, but they don't show such signs of aging as wrinkles and changes in color (besides fading and getting burnt). Entertaining, but not terribly well-written, although the story ends with the potential for a sequel, so maybe those questions will be answered there.

45. The Monkey's Paw, by W. W. Jacobs

This is the classic horror tale of a cursed monkey's paw that grants three wishes, but in a horrific fashion, the underlying moral being "Be careful what you wish for, because you might get it." There's a reason why this story is a classic, and that is because the theme speaks to people of all generations.
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"Oh, you canít help that," said the Cat: "weíre all mad here. Iím mad. Youíre mad."
"How do you know Iím mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldnít have come here.Ē

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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#277682 - 11/12/17 09:27 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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46. Ride the River, by Louis L'Amour

I doubt Louis L'Amour knew he was writing a young adult novel when he wrote this entry in the Sackett saga back in 1983, but it definitely qualifies. Sixteen-year-old Echo Sackett can ride horses, hit anything she aims at with a gun, and carries an "Arkansas toothpick" -- and she knows how to use it. She would fit right in with today's YA heroines.

47. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore

This comedic novel tells the story of the missing years of Jesus's life (or Joshua's, as he is called in the book), as he and his best friend, Levi called Biff (for the sound made when smacking someone upside the head), travel to Afghanistan, China, and India to study with the wise men. A very entertaining novel, but not for the easily offended.

48. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst

This is an old favorite that my niece wanted me to read to her. Then she decided not to pay attention, so I read it silently to myself, and refused to start over when she realized I'd stopped reading (not paying attention has consequences). Now I have an LnC plot bunny hopping around in my head, which needs to go lay down until I get more of Panem written.
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"Oh, you canít help that," said the Cat: "weíre all mad here. Iím mad. Youíre mad."
"How do you know Iím mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldnít have come here.Ē

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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#277691 - 11/13/17 04:30 AM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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Hi Annie,

You might want to check out Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day. I haven't read it myself, but it does look cute.

Joy,
Lynn

p.s., Even now in my second half-century of life, memories of the Alexander book still manage to make me smile when I am having one of those days.

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#277693 - 11/13/17 05:46 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: Lynn S. M.]
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Originally Posted By: Lynn S. M.
Hi Annie,

You might want to check out Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day. I haven't read it myself, but it does look cute.

Joy,
Lynn

p.s., Even now in my second half-century of life, memories of the Alexander book still manage to make me smile when I am having one of those days.

Thanks! I will definitely check this book out (and I may actually be able to keep my niece's attention on it, since she loves superheroes).
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"Oh, you canít help that," said the Cat: "weíre all mad here. Iím mad. Youíre mad."
"How do you know Iím mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldnít have come here.Ē

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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#277860 - 11/19/17 10:06 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#47 A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Diana, a witch who has suppressed her powers for years, suddenly finds herself attracting the attention of other witches, vampires and daemons. Especially one vampire.

It's an interesting world, well fleshed out. Some of the romance is a bit much. I'll probably check out the next book in the series but I'm not in a hurry.

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#277920 - 11/25/17 04:20 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#48 Then and Always by Dani Atkins

A accident that occurs just before leaving for college permanently changes Rachel's life. But then she gets a second chance....

In many ways this book was a typical romance. It had an unusual plot twist which I'm still deciding how I feel about.

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#277939 - 11/27/17 09:05 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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49. How I Got This Way, by Patrick F. McManus

Patrick McManus, outdoor humorist extraordinaire, explains in a hilarious fashion how he got to be ... well ... the way he is.

50. Hardcore Twenty-Four, by Janet Evanovich

I think the Stephanie Plum series has jumped the shark. It's been repetitive for a while now, but in this book, there are only a few humorous moments (one of which involves a guy shooting himself in the foot, which shouldn't be funny, but is). Diesel is back, and behaves in a fashion that would get him arrested, shot, or both in real life. There are "zombies" (or something). Stephanie still doesn't make any progress on choosing between Morelli and Ranger (and she's attracted to Diesel, too, of course).

51. Superman and the Miserable, Rotten, No Fun, Really Bad Day, by Dave Croatto

I decided to take Lynn's advice and bought this book, and she's right. It's great -- plenty of humor. I read it, then lent it to my 9-year-old nephew, my 8-year-old niece, and then read it again to my 6-year-old niece (who struggles with reading, but does better if there are pictures and it's a topic she likes).
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"Oh, you canít help that," said the Cat: "weíre all mad here. Iím mad. Youíre mad."
"How do you know Iím mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldnít have come here.Ē

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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#277979 - 12/02/17 06:30 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#49 A Tree grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Touching story about a girl growing up in Brooklyn at the turn of the century , dealing with poverty .

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#277984 - 12/03/17 09:02 AM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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52. A Fine and Pleasant Misery, by Patrick F. McManus

This book of humorous essays by Patrick McManus deals largely with camping, and contains one of his most apropos tales -- that of a trip to a national park, where his kids got to see two adult male Homo sapiens having a territorial dispute over a parking space.

53. Mr. Frumble's Worst Day Ever, by Richard Scarry

Mr. Frumble, a luckless pig who drives a pickle car (hey, it's a children's book) causes multiple car accidents and other disasters. Not included is the obvious sequel for adults, where Mr. Frumble loses his driver's license.
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"Oh, you canít help that," said the Cat: "weíre all mad here. Iím mad. Youíre mad."
"How do you know Iím mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldnít have come here.Ē

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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#277991 - 12/03/17 04:46 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#50 While I'm Falling by Laura Moriarty

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Ever since her parents announced that they're getting divorced, Veronica has been falling. Hard. A junior in college, she has fallen in love. She has fallen behind in her difficult coursework. She hates her job as counselor at the dorm, and she longs for the home that no longer exists. When an attempt to escape the pressure, combined with bad luck, lands her in a terrifying situation, a shaken Veronica calls her mother for help--only to find her former foundation too preoccupied to offer any assistance at all.


This story brought up some interesting points about what we value and how that shapes our life decisions.

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#278011 - 12/05/17 04:42 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#51 Bellwether by Connie Willis

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Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennet O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions


Connie Willis has a unique style and it's certainly evident in this unusual book.

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#278019 - 12/07/17 10:25 AM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#52 The Boys in the Boat - Dan Brown

This book is inspiring and joyful! A must read 'Chariots of Fire' for the boating world.
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A writer's job is to think of new plots and create characters who stay with you long after the final page has been read. If that mission is accomplished than we have done what we set out to do, which is to entertain and hopefully educate.

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#278020 - 12/07/17 10:27 AM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: LabRat]
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#49 A Tree grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Touching story about a girl growing up in Brooklyn at the turn of the century , dealing with poverty .


Thanks SciFi Joan! Glad to see people are still reading this moving classic. Hmmm, maybe its time to take my copy off the shelf.


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A writer's job is to think of new plots and create characters who stay with you long after the final page has been read. If that mission is accomplished than we have done what we set out to do, which is to entertain and hopefully educate.

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#278021 - 12/07/17 05:03 PM Re: 50 Book Challenge 2017/What I've Read in 2017 [Re: Morgana]
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#52 The Boys in the Boat - Dan Brown

This book is inspiring and joyful! A must read 'Chariots of Fire' for the boating world.


I'm not usually a biography person but I enjoyed this one too .

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