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Mathematics for the Nonmathematician by Morris Kline
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Laurie has been asked to do an event in Scottsdale next February (2015) for the Poisoned Pen, some time during the first week of Dreaming Spies and would like to get a feel for the level of interest for the scheduling options. If you have an interest...more

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The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
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The Chosen by Chaim Potok
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3.5 stars. It was very well written, but the heavy emphasis on Talmudic study and interpretation was boring to me. As was the baseball. My venn diagram of interests just doesn't have enough overlap with anyone in the book for me to have really relate...more
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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
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Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory
Raising Stony Mayhall
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An entertaining entry in the growing "zombies are people too" sub-sub genre. The end was interesting and the protagonist both unlikely and likable. 3.5 stars
A Return to Modesty by Wendy Shalit
" Poorly presented and shoddily researched straw man arguments that amount to little more than victim-blaming ("If women would just be more modest, men would stop raping them!" Um, NO.) I actually assent to a lot of what Shalit says about importance... " Read more of this review »
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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
The Girl with All the Gifts
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4.5 stars. Well done post-apocalyptic zombie story, with a likable protagonist and a lot of scenes that will really stick with you. And it didn't go where I thought it would, which earns it an extra half-star.
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“What would men be without women? Scarce, sir...mighty scarce.”
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Peter Dickinson
“That was the whole trouble with police work. You come plunging in. a jagged Stone Age knife, to probe the delicate tissues of people's relationships, and of course you destroy far more than you discover. And even what you discover will never be the same as it was before you came; the nubbly scars of your passage will remain. At the very least. you have asked questions that expose to the destroying air fibers that can only exist and fulfill their function in coddling darkness. Cousin Amy, now, mousing about in back passages or trilling with feverish shyness at sherry parties—was she really made all the way through of dust and fluff and unused ends of cotton and rusty needles and unmatching buttons and all the detritus at the bottom of God's sewing basket? Or did He put a machine in there to tick away and keep her will stern and her back straight as she picks out of a vase of brown-at-the-edges dahlias the few blooms that have another day's life in them? Or another machine, one of His chemistry sets, that slowly mixes itself into an apparently uncaused explosion, poof!, and there the survivors are sitting covered with plaster dust among the rubble of their lives. It's always been the explosion by the time the police come stamping in with ignorant heels on the last unbroken bit of Bristol glass; with luck they can trace the explosion back to harmless little Amy, but as to what set her off—what were the ingredients of the chemistry set and what joggled them together—it was like trying to reconstruct a civilization from three broken pots and a seven-inch lump of baked clay which might, if you looked at its swellings and hollows the right way, have been the Great Earth Mother. What's more. people who've always lived together think that they are still the same—oh, older of course and a bit more snappish, but underneath still the same laughing lad of thirty years gone by. "My Jim couldn't have done that." they say. "I know him. Course he's been a bit depressed lately, funny like. but he sometimes goes that way for a bit and then it passes off. But setting fire to the lingerie department at the Army and Navy, Inspector—such a thought wouldn't enter into my Jim's head. I know him." Tears diminishing into hiccuping snivels as doubt spreads like a coffee stain across the threadbare warp of decades. A different Jim? Different as a Martian, growing inside the ever-shedding skin? A whole lot of different Jims. a new one every seven years? "Course not. I'm the same. aren't I, same as I always was—that holiday we took hiking in the Peak District in August thirty-eight—the same inside?"

Pibble sighed and shook himself. You couldn't build a court case out of delicate tissues. Facts were the one foundation.”
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“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
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Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
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“I was fifteen when I first met Sherlock Holmes, fifteen years old with my nose in a book as I walked the Sussex Downs, and nearly stepped on him. In my defense I must say it was an engrossing book, and it was very rare to come across another person in that particular part of the world in that war year of 1915.”
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