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All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown by Sydney Taylor
Bleach Volume 10 by Tite Kubo
Blood Matters by Masha Gessen
Burnt Bread and Chutney by Carmit Delman
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming
The Company of Cats by Michael J. Rosen
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Daisy Says Coo by Jane Simmons
Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
Doggies by Sandra Boynton
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Fast Profits in Hard Times by Jordan E. Goodman
First Editions by James Stoddard
Five Little Ducks by Dan Yaccarino
Five Thrillers by Robert Reed
The Fountain of Neptune by Kate Wilhelm
The 400-Million-Year Itch by Steven Utley
Grace's Letter to Lincoln by Peter and Connie Roop
Gregory III by Marc Hempel
The Gulls of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Tres Seymour
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
How Do You Go the Bathroom in Space by William R. Pogue
Immortal Snake by Rachel Pollack
In an Instant by Lee and Bob Woodruff
It's Spring by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko
Jenny Archer to the Rescue by Ellen Conford
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Lion's Own Story by Crockett Johnson
London Orbital by Iain Sinclair
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
The Nocturnal Adventure of Dr. O and Mr. D by Tim Sullivan
Oh Boy, Boston! by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg by Philip José Farmer
Rebecca's Locket by S. L. Gilbow
Render Unto Caesar by Kevin N. Haw
Reunion by Robert Reed
Snakes by Adrienne Mason
Tales of Oliver Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen and Arnold Lobel
Test-Drive Your Dream Job by Brian Kurth
There's No Such Place as Far Away by Richard Bach
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
The Unspeakable by Charles L. Calia
The Willowdale Handcar by Edward Gorey
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? by Avi
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien


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Flu and Stuff
Have You Brushed Your Fish Today?
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2 stars: OK
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Comments for Dance Hall of the Dead

Dance Hall of the DeadDance Hall of the Dead: 04/06/08

I was introduced to Tony Hillerman's books in college. I read the one I was assigned Talking God (1989) and then a couple others on my own for fun. Then around the time I got married, I got distracted with other books and forgot about Hillerman's books even though I had been enjoying them. Now I'm back to reading them.

Dance Hall of the Dead is the second in the series and feels a little dated (with the reference to the hippy commune) but is still an interesting mystery. Sgt. Joe Leaphorn has to track down a missing Navajo boy, George Bowlegs, after his Zuñi friend Ernesto Cata has been found murdered.

Leaphorn is racing against time because of the elements: an approaching winter storm, the general harshness of the high dessert and because of the hostility of the different groups involved: the hippy commune, Bowlegs's broken family, an archeological dig, the school, and the Zuñi. While Leaphorn is tracking Bowlegs, someone is tracking him. Can he get to Bowlegs before the murderer does?

Hillerman does an excellent job of depicting the lands and cultures of the Navajo and Zuñi. His terse descriptions manage to involve all the senses without bogging down the story with useless filler.

The entire series of books is as follows:

  • The Blessing Way (1970)
  • Dance Hall of the Dead (1973)
  • Listening Woman (1978)
  • People Of Darkness (1980)
  • The Dark Wind (1982)
  • The Ghostway (1984)
  • Skinwalkers (1986)
  • A Thief of Time (1988)
  • Talking God (1989)
  • Coyote Waits (1990)
  • Sacred Clowns (1993)
  • The Fallen Man (1996)
  • The First Eagle (1998)
  • Hunting Badger (1999)
  • The Wailing Wind (2002)
  • The Sinister Pig (2003)
  • Skeleton Man (2004)
  • The Shape Shifter (2006)

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