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Ambient Findability by Peter Morville
Amulet 3: The Cloud Searchers by Kazu Kibuishi
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Chester's Back by Mélanie Watt
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Fullmetal Alchemist 07 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 08 by Hiromu Arakawa
Fullmetal Alchemist 09 by Hiromu Arakawa
Ghostly Ruins by Harry Skrdla
The Goddess Test by Aimée Carter
Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry
How Many Cats? by Lauren Thompson
Kat Kong by Dav Pilkey
Librarian on the Roof by MG King
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
Oz: The Hundredth Anniversary edited by Peter Glassman
Sam and the Tigers by Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney
The Secret Box by Barbara Lehman
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
That Day in September by Artie Van Why
This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson
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Interview with Glorified Love Letters
It's Monday, What are You Reading? (Sept 05)
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 09: 09/21/11

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Volume 9 of Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu starts an interesting arc that explains how soul transference works. Some of that was hinted at in Volume 8 but it's here that it comes to disturbing fruition.

Barry the Chopper is the key to this unsettling revelation. When he goes missing, his keepers send his body to find him. A body needs a soul to function and as Ed and the ex-death-row prisoners haves demonstrated, a soul can even animate a suit of armor. But a soul can't stay forever where it doesn't belong.

Back in Central, the cover up begins. Too many questions have been asked about Hughes's death. Questions lead to investigations which could lead to plans being revealed too early. In a show of efficiency, 2nd Lt. Maria Ross is investigated, arrested and convicted for his murder.

I suppose the Barry plot should be the most disturbing part of this volume but it Maria Ross's story that got to me. Her arrest shows how vulnerable all members of the military are, especially the non-alchemists who only have their weapons to use as defense. But even the "dogs of the military" can be put down if they disobey.

Five stars.

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