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The following are mini-reviews of books I read in 2017.
Also see the full index of books I've read.


  [Emily Fox-Seton]

Emily Fox-Seton

by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) (Wikipedia) (pub. 1901)

Emily Fox-Seton is the title given to a book combining Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Making of a Marchioness and its sequel, The Methods of Lady Walderhurst.

Word of the book: whilom - "having once been; former".

It used to break from her lips when she was alone in her room, when she was on her way to her dressmaker's, and in spite of herself, sometimes when she was with her whilom patroness.

Project Gutenberg eBook: Emily Fox-Seton

  [Jeanie Deans]

The Heart of Midlothian

by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) (Wikipedia) (pub. 1818)

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Project Gutenberg eBook: The Heart of Midlothian

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Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change

by John Lewis (1940- ) (Wikipedia) with Brenda Jones (pub. 2012)

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The Genghis Tomb

by Daniel Leston (pub. 2012)

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Harlots, Hussies, and Poor Unfortunate Women: Crime, Transportation, and the Servitude of Female Convicts, 1718-1783

by Edith M. Ziegler (1944- ) (LinkedIn) (pub. 2014)

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Words of the book: fabrics! With regard to clothing/fabric shoplifting and theft:

Indictment records provide an encyclopedic guide to the broad range of clothing fabrics available—brocade, buckskin, calamanco, camblet, cambric, chambray, check, cheney, damask, dimity, dowlas, duffle, fustian, gauze, grogram, holland, huckaback, kersey, linsey-woolsey, muslin, oznabrig (or osnaburg), sarcenet, silk, soosey, wincey, and more besides.

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Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead

by Nick Drake (1961- ) (Wikipedia) (pub. 2006)

... Nefertiti ...

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The Murderous History of Bible Translations: Power, Conflict and the Quest for Meaning

by Harry Freedman (1950- ) (Wikipedia) (pub. 2016)

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Tutankhamun: The Book of Shadows

by Nick Drake (1961- ) (Wikipedia) (pub. 2008)

... Tutankhamun ...

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Egypt: The Book of Chaos

by Nick Drake (1961- ) (Wikipedia) (pub. 2011)

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To the Sea

by Christine Dibley (Facebook)

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Scientific Romance: An International Anthology of Pioneering Science Fiction

by Brian Stableford, ed. (1948- ) (Wikipedia)

... scientific romance ...

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The Friar and the Cipher: Roger Bacon and the Unsolved Mystery of the Most Unusual Manuscript in the World

by Lawrence Goldstone and Nancy Goldstone (pub. 2005)

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Also see:

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Ashes of London

by Andrew Taylor (1951- ) (Wikipedia)

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The World of Gerard Mercator: The Mapmaker Who Revolutionised Geography

by Andrew Taylor (1951- ) (Wikipedia)

... Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594) ...

Also see "In Praise of Globes" by Ernie Davis.

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Whose Body?

by Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) (Wikipedia) (pub. 1923)

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The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date

by Samuel Arbesman (pub. 2012)

... scientometrics ...

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The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

by Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) (Wikipedia) (pub. 1719)

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The Curse of the Great White Whale: semicolons! Defoe must have influenced Herman Melville in the overuse of semicolons and long sentences (Moby-Dick). Here is one sentence (of many similar long sentences in Robinson Crusoe):

This renewed a contemplation, which often had come to my thoughts in former time, when first I began to see the merciful dispositions of Heaven, in the dangers we run through in this life; how wonderfully we are delivered when we know nothing of it: how, when we are in a quandary, (as we call it) a doubt or hesitation, whether to go this way, or that way, a secret hint shall direct us this way, when we intended to go another way; nay, when sense, our own inclination, and perhaps business, has called to go the other way, yet a strange impression upon the mind, from we know not what springs, and by we know not what power, shall over-rule us to go this way; and it shall afterwards appear, that had we gone that way which we would have gone, and even to our imagination ought to have gone, we should have been ruined and lost; upon these, and many like reflections, I afterwards made it a certain rule with me, that whenever I found those secret hints, or pressings of my mind, to doing or not doing any thing that presented, or to going this way or that way, I never failed to obey the secret dictate; though I new no other reason for it, than that such a pressure, or such an hint, hung upon my mind: I could give many examples of the success of this conduct in the course of my life; but more especially in the latter part of my inhabiting this unhappy island; besides many occasions which it is very likely I might have taken notice of, if I had seen with the same eyes then that I saw with now: but 'tis never too late to be wise; and I cannot but advise all considering men, whose lives are attended with such extraordinary incidents as mine, or even though not so extraordinary, not to slight such secret intimations of Providence, let them come from what invisible intelligence they will; that I shall not discuss, and perhaps cannot account for; but certainly they are a proof of the converse of spirits, and the secret communication between those embodied, and those unembodied; and such a proof as can never be withstood: of which I shall have occasion to give some very remarkable instances, in the remainder of my solitary residence in this dismal place.

Project Gutenberg eBook: The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1808 edition, includes The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe)

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In Search of Anne Brontë

by Nick Holland

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Also see:

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For Who the Bell Tolls: One Man's Quest for Grammatical Perfection

by David Marsh

David Marsh, now retired, was the production editor at The Guardian and editor of the Guardian and Observer style guide.

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Also see Marsh's music site, AndAnd!And, "The Ultimate Guide to Band Names".

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Measuring the World

by Daniel Kehlmann (1975- ) (Wikipedia), translated by Carol Brown Janeway (1944-2015) (Wikipedia) (pub. 2005, original German)

... famed explorer and natural scientist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1850) and famed mathematician, statistician, and astronmer Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) ...

I got a good laugh out of the author's self-deprecating humor when Kelhmann has Humboldt speak of:

... novels that wandered off into lying fables because the author tied his fake inventions to the names of real historical personages.

Also see "Gauss and the Global Magnetic Field" at Goddard Space Flight Center's International Solar-Terrestrial Physics (ISTP) Science Initiative website.

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At Day's Close: Night in Times Past

by A. Roger Ekirch (1950- ) (pub. 2005)

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The Bedlam Stacks

by Natasha Pulley (Wikipedia)

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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes

by Adam Rutherford (Wikipedia)

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The Call of the Wild

White Fang

by Jack London (1876-1916) (Wikipedia) (pub. 1903 and 1906, respectively)

Project Gutenberg eBook: The Call of the Wild

Project Gutenberg eBook: White Fang

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Plague Land

by S. D. Sykes

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Kaffir, Kangaroo, Klondike: Tales of the Gold Fields

by Thad. H.W. Leavitt (1844?-1909) (pub. 1898)

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Project Gutenberg eBook: Kaffir, Kangaroo, Klondike: Tales of the Gold Fields

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The Golden Snare

by Jame Oliver Curwood (1878-1927) (Wikipedia) (pub. 1921)

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Project Gutenberg eBook: The Golden Snare

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Mansions of Misery: A Biography of the Marshalsea Debtors' Prison

by Jerry White

... Wikipedia: Marshalsea ...

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The Hound From the North

by Ridgwell Cullem (1867-1943) (Wikipedia) (pub. 1904)

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Project Gutenberg eBook: The Hound From the North

  [Illustration]

In the Fog

by Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916) (Wikipedia) (pub. 1901)

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Project Gutenberg eBook: In the Fog

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The Captain of the Vulture

by Mary E. Braddon (1835-1915) (Wikipedia) (pub. 1863)

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(Copied and modified from my 2016 review of another Braddon book.) If you don't mind reading the book from scanned images, you can try the copy at the Internet Archive (see the next paragraph); however, the text version of the book (OCR from the images) would be difficult to read. Project Gutenberg doesn't have the book (yet). So, I found a complete set of Mary E. Braddon's works (in both EPUB and Kindle formats) at Delphi Classics. Her works are available in a whole-file edition or a "Parts Edition". The whole-file edition is a single, 10,000-page eBook containing all her novels and short stories; this edition would probably kill my eReader! The "Parts Edition" breaks the novels up into separate eBooks and the short stories into their published volumes, 28 eBooks in all. For an extra dollar, I got the "Elite Parts Edition", which includes the whole-file edition and the 28 eBooks, for only $5.99. (I opened up the whole-file edition exactly once to see how many pages it has.) Delphi's The Captain of the Vulture is also an OCR version converted from images of the text, but typos are not numerous and the book is much more readable than the Internet Archive's text version.

Speaking of which, Internet Archive: The Captain of the Vulture

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Fenton's Quest

by Mary E. Braddon (1835-1915) (Wikipedia) (pub. 1871)

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Project Gutenberg eBook: Fenton's Quest


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