Monthly Archives: April 2011

Blue Murder – Set 1

(Originally posted on August 17, 2009, in the original Random Dewey blog) Blue Murder – Set 1 (2004). Six episodes. Starring Caroline Quentin, Ian Kelsey, David Schofield. Caroline Quentin plays a newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector in Manchester (UK). She’s also a mother of three (soon, four) and is newly separated from her husband, Pete. … Continue reading »

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His Majesty’s Dragon

(Originally posted on March 23, 2009, in the original Random Dewey blog) His Majesty’s Dragon, by Naomi Novik. Book 1 of the Temeraire trilogy. Napoleonic-era British navy officer accidentally becomes a dragon rider in the Aerial Corps. This is the first book in the Temeraire series. Nelson’s navy is trying to stop Napoleon’s forces from … Continue reading »

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Guild of Xenolinguists

(Originally posted on February 9, 2008, in the original Random Dewey blog) Continuing the languages and linguistics streak: The Guild of Xenolinguists, by Sheila Finch. Eleven stories (1988-2007) about “insterstellar cross-cultural communication,” as it says on the book jacket. The first story, which is also the newest, is about first contact with an alien being … Continue reading »

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How to Learn Any Language

(Originally posted on February 2, 2008, in the original Random Dewey blog) How to Learn Any Language by Barry Farber. The method he advocates consists of a combination of methods. He starts with five lessons from a grammar book, then moves on to a multi-track attack. His tools are: a magazine or newspaper, a highlighter, … Continue reading »

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Taken

(Originally posted on February 2, 2008, in the original Random Dewey blog) Taken by Edward Bloor. I heard about this one from Unshelved as one of their Book Club features. It’s the near future — 2035 — and kidnapping of rich kids is so prevalent that kids are trained in how to cooperate during the … Continue reading »

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Code Talker

(Originally posted on January 25, 2008, in the original Random Dewey blog) [...] Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac. As the subtitle says, this is a “novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two.” It’s a first-person story about Ned Begay, a fictional young Navajo … Continue reading »

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