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Reviews:
Archibald's Swiss Cheese Mountain by Sylvia Lieberman
Arkfall by Carolyn Ives Gilman
The Blunder by Joe Kilgore
A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
The Chinese Orange Mystery by Ellery Queen
The Copenhagen Connection by Elizabeth Peters
Eat, Drink and Be Married by Eve Makis
Forty Days by Jill Smolinski
Four Seasons in Five Senses by David Mas Masumoto
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Hello Piglet! by Muff Singer
Idaho Snapshots by Rick Just
Inside Story by Albert E. Cowdrey
Just Visiting by Nancy Sparling
King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov
King of the World by David Remnick
The Last Plague by Glen E. Page
Lifeguard by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
Marvin K. Mooney Will Please Go! by Dr. Seuss
The Mental Environment by Bob Gebelein
Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters
Nine Whispered Opinions Regarding the Alaskan Secession by George Guthridge
Peachblossom by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Picnic at Pentecost by Rand B. Lee
Ookpik by Bruce Hiscock
Quondam by Jayel Gibson
Run! Run! by John Aikin
Salad for Two by Robert Reed
Search Continues for Eldery Man by Laura Kasischke
Shed That Guilt! Double Your Productivity by Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn
Small Worlds by Gretchen Laskas
Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring by Ron Pridmore
The Twenty Dollar Bill by Elmore Hammes
The Uncertainty Principle by Lynda Curnyn

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for The Uncertainty Principle

American Girls About TownThe Uncertainty Principle: 09/07/08

I have to admit that I had to reread "The Uncertainty Principle" by Lynda Curnyn because I missed the hook of the story, namely the power outage in New York City. Actually though I really enjoyed this short story.

Trace Spencer telecommutes and doesn't realize the enormity of the situation at first when the power goes out in her apartment. All she can think of is the work she's lost, a caption for an ad that she should have worked on ages ago but hasn't. Instead she's been fretting over the recent breakup with her boyfriend.

It takes Trace the rest of the story to put her lost file and her ex-boyfriend into perspective. She spends much of that time realizing just how cut off she is from the rest of the world with the power out: her cell phone doesn't work, she can't email, she doesn't have batteries for a radio and can't watch the news on her TV. As someone who has been telecommuting I know that sense of isolation especially when something disrupts the normal flow of things. Trace Spencer's experience is more extreme than anything that's happened in my two years but it does bring to mind how much life has changed with the internet.

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