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The shaman.

“I didn’t know you were there, sifu.” “Yeah, well, there’s a lot of things you don’t know.”  His voice was a little slurred, which meant he’d been drinking.  Although she wasn’t sure he was ever entirely sober, and he had to drink a lot before it affected him in speech or gait.  He claimed to…

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Perspicaciously able, perennially broke, persistently in love…

A wrong-side-of-the-blanket cousin of Queen Elizabeth I, perspicaciously able, perennially broke, persistently in love with the married Lady Elizabeth Widdrington, Sir Robert is fresh off saving James the VI/I’s life from a double assassination attempt. With the whole-hearted if covert backing of Sir Robert Cecil he is now tasked by James to catch and kill…

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Housing in rural Alaska.

Normally housing was tight in rural Alaska, given the high costs of transporting building materials and the fact that less than one percent of the land in Alaska was privately owned.  The times weren’t normal.  Two lousy salmon seasons and a severely curtailed snow crab season the previous winter, and every other house had a…

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“No, Harry, no!”

[In honor of Peace Talks, the 16th Harry Dresden novel coming out this month and then, miracle of miracles, Battle Ground, the 17th Harry only two months later (fans squee all over the world), here’s my Goodreads review of Changes, aka Harry12.] ** spoiler alert ** I honestly didn’t think Butcher could write a better…

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The smell of the bottom of a cesspool was probably a lot easier to take with a skinful of gin.

A companion read to John Barry’s The Great Influenza.   [From my 2012 Goodreads review.] The map in question is the one made by Dr. John Snow to plot the deaths caused by the 1854 cholera epidemic in London, which proved for the first time that cholera was a water-borne disease and not, as was…

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Another really cool clue.

“I could be wrong, Liam, but I think this is a piece off an old C-47.” “What’s a C-47?” “It’s the cargo equivalent of a DC-3.”  When he continued to look blank, she said, “Liam, I can’t believe how little you know about flying and still manage to live in Alaska.  The DC-3 was the…

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