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Get Off the Unicorn

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I think this is a must read for any Anne McCaffrey fan. Not only are there some great examples of her less well known stand alone short stories, many of her most famous series (Pern and the Rowan for example) actually started off as short stories that are included in this collection. Most fascinating perhaps is a rather risque story that is the basis for the Freedom series and a story about polyamory.
From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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A brother and sister run away and live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There is a plot involved, but who needs it? I just loved reading about the details of how the lived. How they outsmarted the security guards, collected coins out of the fountain and ate vending machine food.
He Shall Thunder in the Sky: An Amelia Peabody Mystery

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Closely paired with Lord of the Silent. These volumes of the Peabody series cover World War I.
Saint Peter's Fair

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St. Peter's Fair is the fourth novel in the Brother Cadfael series. Not bad, but they are all very similar.
The Magician's Ward

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This is a sequel to Mairelon the Magician, and it is just as good. In this pair of books Ms. Wrede has mixed two of my favorite genres: fantasy and regency romance.
One Corpse Too Many

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All the Brother Cadfael books run together for me. They are the kind of thing I'd pick up in an airport or a train station to read. One Corpse Too Many is the second in the series.
The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care

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Whenever I actually want to know something that would fall under the purview of a "Complete Guide to Cat Care," and I go pull this book off the shelf, it never has the information I want. It is more a book that might be helpful for someone who is considering getting a cat. It talks about why you shouldn't give animals as gifts, why you should keep your cat indoor only and other such information. If you have already gotten past that stage in the decision making...not so useful.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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One of the seminal books of my youth. I read and reread it. When I picked it another copy at a used bookstore as an adult, I found that it was still a great book.
Stranger at the Wedding

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A book set in the same world as the Windrose Chronicles, but no Antryg or Joanna. Kyra, the protagonist, gets a cameo in Dog Wizard though!
Night Train to Memphis

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The fifth and last (so far) in Elizabeth Peter's Vicky Bliss series. This installment sees Vicky talked into going on a Nile cruise posing as an expert in Egyptian supposedly to identify a thief who is planning to rob the Cairo Museum. Who else could it be but her erstwhile lover John Smythe? There are some excellent surprises in this book. I think it is the best of the Vicky Bliss series. I would highly recommend checking out the audio version narrated by Barbara Rosenblat to hear her doing Schmidt doing country and western songs. For Amelia Peabody fans, there are also some tie-ins with the Emersons.
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