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post #1936 of 3318
51 A SPY AMONG FRIENDS Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

Listened to a couple of interesting interviews with the author still a facinating story after all these years.
post #1937 of 3318
Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post

Thanks CD

Also congrats to klewless for hitting the 50.

Thanks all, if it had not been for this new job, it would have been much earlier in the year!!
post #1938 of 3318
71. Guns of the Timberlands Louis L'Amour 1955

Rancher vs. a logger in this thrilling saga. Rancher wins after much sturm und drang, thereby winning the logger's girl in the process.

There were a couple of loose ends, but I still liked the story, and prefer LLA's earlier work.
post #1939 of 3318
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1. All Tomorrow's Parties
2. Undivided: Part 3
3. High Fidelity
4. Hard Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World
5. Polysyllabic Spree
6. Armageddon in Retrospect
7. South of the Border, West of the Sun
8. What we talk about when we talk about love
9. Norweigan Wood

10. The Master and Margherita

11. The Fault in Our Stars

12. Of Mice and Men

13.Fade to Black

14. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

15. Watchmen

16. Captains Courageous

17. A Brief History of Time

18. The Trial

19. Wind up Bird Chronicle

20. A Visit from the Goon Squad

21. Neuromancer

22. Count Zero

23. Shadowboxing

24. Hell's Angels

25. Anansi Boys

26. Steelheart

27. A Hero of Our Time

28. Mona Lisa Overdrive

29. The Complete Collection of Flannery O'Connor

30. The Last Blues Dance

31. Gularabulu

32. The Glass Canoe

33. The Lies of Locke Lamora

34. Handmaid's Tale

35. Girt

36. Museum of Innocence

37. Neverwhere

38. The Ghost's Child

39. Picnic at Hanging Rock

40. Submarine

41. Name of the Wind

42. Wise Man's Fear

43. A Million Little Pieces

44. The Promise

45. Father's Day

46. Swan Book

47. Red Seas under Red Skies

48. Republic of Thieves

49. Labyrinths


49. Labyrinths


I did not understand this book at all - or most of the stories/pieces. Maybe that was the intention of Borges - that the book forms a maze and confuses, disorients and plays with the reader, I don't know. Each separate chapter/story/piece was on a different topic - some obscure (like the naming of a secret society of men), some more human (a confession of a terrible betrayl), but there didn't seem, to me, to be much connecting each piece. Or much point in reading any of them.


I largely found the language laborious and spent a lot of my reading time quizzically staring at the page wondering what on Earth was the point. I often found my mind and eyes wandering - I really just could not find much to keep me reading this book at all, and very little reward for persevering. The pieces were not engaging me, the writing was obscure, bizarre and tiresome - both understated when things happened and overly florid when nothing was going on - very little seemed to be happening, moving or occurring.


I'm afriad to say I just don't know why this is considered a classic, or very good. Does someone want to explain it to me?

post #1940 of 3318

I feel sad that you 'didn't get' Borges I find him a) a good story teller b) erudite and wondrous. I wonder if a lot of the references are too obscure? Was that the problem?

I rate him along side Eco for me in terms of pleasure and enjoyment.

Try The Book of Sand which is actually in The Book of Sand,its a great story about compulsion, madness and mystery amongst other things one of my favourites.
post #1941 of 3318
Klewless title 53/50

The Forsaken by Ace Atkins

A new Quinn Colson book is a treat to look forward to. Atkins has an authentic southern voice to his storytelling, and Colson is a great character to read. A war hero returned to his small town, he has taken over the job as sheriff from his deceased uncle. This book recycles all the characters previously introduced in the series, and moves the history along nicely. Atkins seems to have so many different stories that he needs to tell, they seem a bit rushed in this installment. I have faith that things will smooth out in the long run, and even so these are just so entertaining that I am willing to stay engaged just to see how things shake out. Worth reading, but read the series in order.

Klewless title 54/50

The Strangler’s Honeymoon by Hakan Nesser

Nesser’s long standing main character Inspector Van Veetren (VV) has retired and is now running a used book shop. Never out of the thought process of his former colleagues in the Maardam PD, he is called back into service to help solve a serial murder case that has stumped multiple departments. Nesser (or his translator) does a great job with this series, and the Dutch landscape plays a vivid part of the narrative. Another series that I can happily recommend.

Klewless title 55/50

Angelica’s Smile by Andrea Camilleri

Inspector Montalbano is at it again! These books are read in one sitting, and this one is no exception. Highly formulaic, but entertaining none the less. Montalbano is a bit older, but still on the job proving the backward zaniness that plagues Sicilian law enforcement efforts. This episode finds the Chief Inspector with a new love interest who enjoys the food at Enzo’s just as much as he does. Neatly wrapped up and bow tied at the end, the whodunit will not come as any surprise. These are great for killing a few hours, and do not have to be read in order of publication.
post #1942 of 3318
72. The Investigators W.E.B. Griffin 1997

Badge of Honor- Det. Payne solves 2 cases and commits gross penis misconduct. However, the felon he's involved with just happens to succumb in a shoot out at the end of the book. 2 books, 2 dead girlfriends.

This one strained credulity even more than a normal thriller or other Griffin books. It weighs in at 578 pp, and unless you're reading the whole series, I wouldn't recommend it.
post #1943 of 3318
73. Down the Long Hills Louis L'Amour 1968

A 7 yr old boy and 3 yr old girl escape a wagon train destroyed by Indians. They make their way back to safety with all sorts of improbable events, including a big red horse that fights for them.

Pretty Shitty Book.
post #1944 of 3318
74. Reilly's Luck 1970 Louis L'Amour

Professional gambler takes in Val Durrant and raises him. When Reilly is killed in a contract murder, Durrant carries on in the fashion he was taught and makes a life for himself.

One of the better L'Amours I've read.
post #1945 of 3318
75. High Lonesome 1962 Louis L'Amour

High Lonesome is the scene of a battle between Apaches; a man and his daughter traveling across the desert to start a new life; and a band of outlaw heading to Mexico after a very successful bank robbery. The outlaws choose to come to the aid of the settlers instead of continuing on their journey. The Apaches are driven off and only the man, daughter, and one of the outlaws remain. The daughter has fallen for the outlaw.

Pretty mediocre stuff.
post #1946 of 3318
52 The Doors A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years by Greil Marcus
post #1947 of 3318
76. Willard and His Bowling Trophies 1975 Richard Brautigan


This was just a stupid book.
post #1948 of 3318

Struggling through Alexis Wright's Carpentaria, which is 10000% better than the Swan book.


1/3 great

1/3 wtf



eta finish date (and my 50) another week. ffs.

post #1949 of 3318
53 Portrait of A Spy A Gabriel Allon Thriller by Daniel Silva

54 The Defector A Gabriel Allon Thriller by Daniel Silva

The local library has had a rush on Nordic Noir and even the 2nd hand book shops have none on the shelves at present. So spy fiction not one of my majpr interestes but these are enttertaining and procedural. Any suggestions for further reading.
post #1950 of 3318

I've gotten a number of books for them at about $3 per, with shipping.

And I haven't even started on the remaining Louis L'Amours.
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