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Books, games, lyrics? Must be summer

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How about we lighten up and offer a mixed salad of search tidbits here, since the weather’s been so warm lately?

If you’re just too busy to find a Cliffs Notes version of some book you have to read, try Bookrags.com where you can track down online summaries of thousands of titles, from “All Quiet on the Western Front” to “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” A bonus feature at Bookrags is the tabbed search page that lets you plug in a book title and search Wikipedia for that book. It’s like having two Cliffs Notes in one site.

Genieknows

With summer here and extra time to kill, your mind may be ready to troll through a search site devoted full-bore to nothing but games.

Online games are the entire focus of Genieknows.com, where you can spend way too much time tracking down all sorts of stuff about popular and little-known games.

A well-stocked video section there offers tips on popular games, interviews with gamers and developers, and general comments on the industry.

The site’s search results vary, we’ve found, depending on how carefully one selects search terms.

Yahoo music lyrics

Looking for some songs to sing around the campfire? One very reliable source for song lyrics is a revised link at Yahoo! — http://music.yahoo.com/lyrics.

Yahoo signed a deal for this service with Gracenote, the U.S. business that has access to music lyrics in arrangements with music publishers. We’re not totally captivated by the search results, however. Plug in “Bob Dylan” in the Yahoo lyrics search and it scoops out dozens of results of any song wherein the phrase Bob Dylan appears. But not any Bob Dylan songs. Once the search options are refined, it’ll be a regular hangout.

Bonus timekiller: Search the song phrase “like a rolling stone.” The results are staggering.

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