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Clockwise counting 64/50: E Howard Hunt - House Dick (1961)

Howard Hunt was the former CIA spook who organized the Watergate break-in that lead to the downfall of Nixon. He also had a career as a crime fiction writer. House Dick is a typical hard-boiled story in the Mickey Spillane vein. Hotel detective Peter Novak swigs bourbon, charms the dames and solves both a murder and a jewel theft. A decent read if you have nothing else to do, hardly great art though.
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12. Women in Love - D. H. Lawrence

Set shortly after the first world war, this is about two artistically minded sisters from a coal mining town in England. The other central characters are two friends, an intellectually minded school inspector, and the scion of the local mine owning family. All four struggle to come to terms with how they wish to live their life, their desired social surroundings, and morality. Descending into vague and - to a certain extent - unrealistic intellectual dialogue, this style can be seen as rather over-wrought at times. Lawrence conveys his philosophical musings through the internal agonies of the protagonists. The episode leading to the final catharsis is perhaps the most gripping of the novel.
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Excellent. Stop making sense.
LOL
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82. Total Control David Baldacci 1997

Limberger Law.
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82. Total Control David Baldacci 1997

Limberger Law.

Are you not consuming too much Limburger cheese? Interested to see what your next LIST books will be. I am 40 % or so into Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. And it is good!!
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Here's a great book - Cocaine by Pitigrilli - that's coming back into print after having vanished for some time:

Paris in the 1920s – dizzy and decadent. Where a young man can make a fortune with his wits … unless he is led into temptation. Cocaine’s dandified hero Tito Arnaudi invents lurid scandals and gruesome deaths, and sells these stories to the newspapers. But his own life becomes even more outrageous than his press reports when he acquires three demanding mistresses. Elegant, witty and wicked, Pitigrilli’s classic novel was first published in Italian in 1921 and charts the comedy and tragedy of a young man’s downfall and the lure of a bygone era. The novel’s descriptions of sex and drug use prompted church authorities to place it on a list of forbidden books, while appealing to filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder who wrote a script based on the tale. Cocaine retains its venom even today.

newvesselpress.com/books/cocaine/
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Are you not consuming too much Limburger cheese? Interested to see what your next LIST books will be. I am 40 % or so into Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children. And it is good!!

I have several good, but obscure ones. But the thrillers whet my appetite for reading, which is good these days.

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Here's a great book - Cocaine by Pitigrilli - that's coming back into print after having vanished for some time:

Paris in the 1920s – dizzy and decadent. Where a young man can make a fortune with his wits … unless he is led into temptation. Cocaine’s dandified hero Tito Arnaudi invents lurid scandals and gruesome deaths, and sells these stories to the newspapers. But his own life becomes even more outrageous than his press reports when he acquires three demanding mistresses. Elegant, witty and wicked, Pitigrilli’s classic novel was first published in Italian in 1921 and charts the comedy and tragedy of a young man’s downfall and the lure of a bygone era. The novel’s descriptions of sex and drug use prompted church authorities to place it on a list of forbidden books, while appealing to filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder who wrote a script based on the tale. Cocaine retains its venom even today.

newvesselpress.com/books/cocaine/

I think this is on the 1001.
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1. The Undivided pt 1

2. The Undivided pt 2

3. No Country for Old Men

4. The Difference Engine

5. Wake in Fright

6. The River of Doubt

7. The Pearl

8. Crytonomicon

9. Shot in the Dark

10. Malcolm X - Biography

11. Final Empire

12. The Quiet American.

13. Habibi

14. The Invisible Man

15. Tender is the Night

16. Guardians of the West

17. King of the Murgos

18. Demon lord of Khandar

19. Sorcress of Darshiva

20. Seeress of Kell

21. Once We Were Warriors

22. Winter of our Discontent

23. Othello

24. A Scanner Darkly

25. The Well of Ascension

26. Hero of Ages

27. Alloy of Law

28. Marrow

29. The Prince

30. Leviathan Wakes

31. The Meaning of Sarkozy

32. The Death of Ivan Illych

33. The Devil

34. Lucifer's Hammer

35. The Yiddish Policeman's Union

36. Rainbows End

 

37. Palimpsest

 

A novel about a city that people can only visit in their dreams, after having sex with someone who is already from the city itself.

 

The writing style was quite enchanting, but the plot didn't have much oomph. Beautiful, but boring - victim to its own whimsy.

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38. Red shirts

A very po-mo novel about an alternative universe created by Star Trek. Intelligent and well paced, a homage to the insanity of sci-fi.
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38. Red shirts

A very po-mo novel about an alternative universe created by Star Trek. Intelligent and well paced, a homage to the insanity of sci-fi.

I also enjoy science fiction. Perhaps we should compare notes,
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Y'know we're awfully close to making this a bona fide thread. 2 over 50. 2 more certain to get there. At least 2 more serious readers. It'd be nice to have 10.

As long as I still won.sly.gif
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1. The Undivided pt 1

2. The Undivided pt 2

3. No Country for Old Men

4. The Difference Engine

5. Wake in Fright

6. The River of Doubt

7. The Pearl

8. Crytonomicon

9. Shot in the Dark

10. Malcolm X - Biography

11. Final Empire

12. The Quiet American.

13. Habibi

14. The Invisible Man

15. Tender is the Night

16. Guardians of the West

17. King of the Murgos

18. Demon lord of Khandar

19. Sorcress of Darshiva

20. Seeress of Kell

21. Once We Were Warriors

22. Winter of our Discontent

23. Othello

24. A Scanner Darkly

25. The Well of Ascension

26. Hero of Ages

27. Alloy of Law

28. Marrow

29. The Prince

30. Leviathan Wakes

31. The Meaning of Sarkozy

32. The Death of Ivan Illych

33. The Devil

34. Lucifer's Hammer

35. The Yiddish Policeman's Union

36. Rainbows End

37. Palimpsest

38. Red Shirts

 

39. Caliban's War

 

A continuation of the story started in Leviathan's Wake. The book follows a few different characters who are, essentially, caught up in a problem they don't understand, started by people using technology they didn't understand, and trying to figure out a way to cope (and, at times, failing). A much darker story than the first installment (many characters experiencing trauma, etc). The plot was exceptionally fast-paced (just right), but I'm feeling that, for a sequel, the characters could have had more depth - two of the minor characters really acme to life in this story - it was a shame that the main characters were just themselves again.

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1. The Undivided pt 1

2. The Undivided pt 2

3. No Country for Old Men

4. The Difference Engine

5. Wake in Fright

6. The River of Doubt

7. The Pearl

8. Crytonomicon

9. Shot in the Dark

10. Malcolm X - Biography

11. Final Empire

12. The Quiet American.

13. Habibi

14. The Invisible Man

15. Tender is the Night

16. Guardians of the West

17. King of the Murgos

18. Demon lord of Khandar

19. Sorcress of Darshiva

20. Seeress of Kell

21. Once We Were Warriors

22. Winter of our Discontent

23. Othello

24. A Scanner Darkly

25. The Well of Ascension

26. Hero of Ages

27. Alloy of Law

28. Marrow

29. The Prince

30. Leviathan Wakes

31. The Meaning of Sarkozy

32. The Death of Ivan Illych

33. The Devil

34. Lucifer's Hammer

35. The Yiddish Policeman's Union

36. Rainbows End

37. Palimpsest

38. Red Shirts

39. Caliban's War

 

40. The Ocean at the End of the Lane

 

A Neil Gaiman novel about a boy whi lives near some crazy people. Typical Gaiman whimsy, quirk and weirdness. Fun, light, not aimed at people my age, but that's OK.

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83. Notes From the Underground Fyodor Dostoevsky 1864

LIST

What a horrible awful book.
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I didn't mind it, but if there's one thing Dostoevsky's writing isn't, that'd be happy.

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