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Scene from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where Arthur fails to explain how Earth technology works

“What are you doing in a place like this, Arthur?” demanded Ford. “Well,” said Arthur, “making sandwiches mostly.” “What?” “I am, probably was, the sandwich maker for a small tribe. It was a bit ...
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Fantasy book with character that used ing instead of swearing, all the time

I think you're thinking of Mr Tulip, one of the villains from The Truth by Terry Pratchett. From the discworld wiki: Mr Tulip (other names unknown) is, along with Mr Pin, a member of the New Firm, a ...
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Scene from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where Arthur fails to explain how Earth technology works

I think you are remembering a scene from the fifth book, Mostly Harmless. Arthur is explaining to Ford what happened after he crashed on the planet, and encountered a tribe of technologically ...
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Novella about man reminiscing about his girlfriend/wife while standing by her dead body

Could this be A Gentle Creature (also known as The Meek One) by Dostoevsky? It is of novella length, and opens with a middle-aged man pacing about his room, where the body of his wife lies dead on the ...
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What was the name of this story referring to 17-year cicadas?

I believe that this is probably A Woman Like a Fieldstone House, a short story by Anne Tyler that was published in 1989. Tyler donated the story to be published in a short story anthology, sold to ...
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A book about a kid who has a magic baseball glove

This appears to be The Three and Many Wishes of Jason Reid by Hazel Hutchins (1983). To quote the description from Goodreads: What would you do with three wishes? When eleven-year-old Jason Reid is ...
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Looking for a book with a boy who finds an object that calls to him and gives him an ability

Found it, the book is called The Box and the Dragonfly by Ted Sanders, first book of the The Keepers series. From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus—a sign with his own name on ...
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Novel about a man trying to solve the long ago disappearance of his younger brother

Ah, and paging through my borrowed books, I apparently read it in November of 2022, a few dozen books ago. Bone by Bone by Carol O'Connell. In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage ...
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