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Cities on the Plains: The Evolution of Urban Kansas
3.33
This is an interesting study of how the cities of Kansas became as large (and as small) as they are as of 2000. Shortridge puts the pieces of each puz ...more
Apr 10, 2011
Apr 13, 2011
 
Seeding Civil War: Kansas in the National News, 1854-1858
3.25
I found this book problematic, and the weakest work Miner has written in some time.

The premise of this book is Miner's examination of the newspaper re
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Oct 23, 2009
 
Choices Meant for Gods
4.20
This is an interesting fantasy novel. First off, it's not a "novel," but the first part of a series. As such it's hard to tell if much happens plot-wi ...more
Sep 07, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
 
Whedonistas!: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon by the Women Who Love Them
3.90
One of my favorite pieces in the book is an appreciation of Firefly's Kaylee. It points out that though Kaylee is smart and a good engineer, she's als ...more
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Aug 15, 2011
 
The Pirate Bride
4.32
This short novel features 13-year-old Rachel. She gets a brief respite from her wild younger brothers while on a vacation in the Caribbean by taking s ...more
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May 02, 2011
 
Con & Conjure (Raine Benares #5)
4.07
The book starts with Raine still bonded to the soul-stealing rock known as the Saghred. She's trying to run an elaborate con to prevent the elves and ...more
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Apr 13, 2011
 
Rowan of the Wood (Rowan of the Wood, #1)
3.90
The story starts off with Cullen, a put-upon 12-year-old who's an avid fantasy reader living in present-day northern California. Things shift to post- ...more
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May 02, 2011
 
The Pirates of Sufiro (Old Star New Earth, #1)
3.55
This is a good multi-generational SF saga. You get to meet lots of characters and follow them through a complex and interesting story. I'm glad one of ...more
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Aug 31, 2009
 
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It
3.88
There's a wide variety of essays in this collection. Some are about the contributor's life in Who fandom. Some feature critical analysis. There are pi ...more
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May 31, 2011
 
Celestial Voyages: The Moon
3.00
This is another of the books I picked up at the Oklahoma Steampunk Expo.

This novel is an alternate history tale in the spirit of the science fiction o
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May 02, 2011
 
The Story of a Country Town
3.50
Interesting work of regional fiction by an otherwise unknown Kansas author. What made this book appealing to me is that is isn't full of 19th Century ...more
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Jun 10, 2009
 
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
3.96
Very complicated for us Kansans, this book is. It's a great fairy tale, and the speculation never ends about who and what Baum really meant to be the ...more
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Jun 01, 2009
 
Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Era
3.78
Good "new" history of the Territorial period (it's been some time since it came out). Follows in the current view that the Free-State movement was not ...more
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May 31, 2009
 
Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier
3.77
Unique book about the Rocky Mountain Locust, which swept through Kansas in 1874, devastating the state. Follows the various incidents when the RML inv ...more
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May 31, 2009
 
Santa Fe Locomotive 132: A Q125 Remembrance Of The "Cyrus K. Holliday"
3.00
Nice book on the Santa Fe steam locomotive now on display at the Kansas History Center & Museum (Kansas State Historical Society) in Topeka. Overv ...more
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May 31, 2009
 
Wheat Belt Route: Wichita Northwestern: The Story of a Dust Bowl Railroad
4.00
Mr. Berglund's last, and I think, only book, about a railroad he knew very well. Nice and detailed history of an obscure central Kansas railroad that ...more
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May 31, 2009
 
Ballots and Bullets: The Bloody County Seat Wars of Kansas
3.33
Mainly about the county-seat conflicts in Western Kansas where men were killed. Unusual sources, including an odd selection of out-of-state newspapers ...more
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Jun 01, 2009
 
Bloody Dawn: The Story of the Lawrence Massacre
4.18
As far as I know, the only book about the Lawrence Massacre, when Confederate guerillas under William Quantrill attacked Lawrence, Kansas, in 1863, bu ...more
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Jun 01, 2009
 
The Santa Fe Railway and the Lost Locomotives of Topeka
4.00
Lloyd Stanger's last book, about 3 ATSF locomotives that went into the Kansas River in Topeka during the 1951 Flood. Pictures of the locos in action, ...more
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May 31, 2009
 
Civil War in Kansas
3.00
Good basic summary of the Civil War in Kansas. It's part of a series by Pelican. I like Roy's style, but then again, I like Roy. He also happens to he ...more
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May 31, 2009
 
Heroes Die Young
4.12
This is a nice, tight little SF novel. Aston West is a scavenging spaceship pilot who, while on a routine cargo run, gets caught up in a tricky politi ...more
Aug 17, 2009
Aug 18, 2009
 
War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861
3.48
Quotes from many original sources, mainly letters and diaries. Good read, but the emphasis on fighting during the Territorial period leaves out the po ...more
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May 31, 2009
 
Pioneer Women: Voices from the Kansas Frontier
3.88
Personal stories compiled from women who settled Kansas. Funny, scary, hopeful, and hopeless, it's great for finding out the history you don't always ...more
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May 31, 2009
 
Ghost Towns of Kansas (PB)
4.00
Interesting reading on the dead and dying towns of Kansas. Quite a few really compelling local histories among the usual tales of failure and the marc ...more
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May 31, 2009
 
Making Shapely Fiction
3.88
I love going back to this book. I continue to find it helpful as a writer in getting ideas and getting motivated. My favorite book on writing.
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Jun 01, 2009
 
Arkansas Valley Interurban (Interurbans special)
2.00
Very messy history of the interurban than ran from Wichita to Newton to Hutchinson. The second version is better than the first.
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Jun 02, 2009
 
Bewitched & Betrayed (Raine Benares #4)
4.08
Good story that continues an interesting series. The heroine is a bit more assertive this time, not as much in over her head, and I like that. Doesn't ...more
May 15, 2010
Apr 28, 2010
 
Faded Dreams (PB)
4.00
Good follow-up to the first book.
not set
May 31, 2009
 
Dangerous Dream
0.00
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Feb 22, 2013
 
The Heir Apparent (Guardians of the Flame, #4)
3.86
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Jun 07, 2009
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