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2017 50 Book Challenge

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by edinatlanta, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. LonerMatt

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    Chris Riddell is just fantastic, such an amazing artist.

    His work is always sublime.
     
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    Coincidentally, I just picked up the latest Gaiman/Riddell collaboration at the library: The Sleeper and the Spindle. Riddell’s work in this is sumptuous. I will refrain from claiming this in my tally; maybe we can consider it my 11(b).

    Gaiman has yet another book out as well, called Trigger Warning. My backlog is growing fast.
     
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    1. A Wrong Turn at the Office on Unmade Lists
    2. Acceptance
    3. Shipbreaker
    4. Winter's Bone
    5. Dhmara Bums
    6. Istanbul
    7. On the Trail of Genghis Khan
    8. Holy Bible
    9. The Boat
    10. Collected Stories
    11. Lost and Found
    12. Blind Willow, Sleeping woman
    13. White Noise
    14. Clariel
    15. Off the Rails
    16. Sabriel
    17 Hitler's Daughter
    18. Quack this Way
    19. Grapes of Wrath


    19. Grapes of Wrath

    This filled a gap in reading while waiting for book depository orders to arrive. I've read it once before and loved it dearly, but this time I found it labourious and slow, the vernacular obnoxious and deafening and the predictability of the narrative disengaging, rather than harrowing. Seminal, vital, important, brutal, etc all still apply, but perhaps 'unputdownable' no longer, for me.

    Maybe there are just some books that hit hard once and that's it. Steinbeck was a favourite author of mine, but this experience has me questioning how true that still is.
     
  4. California Dreamer

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    1. A Tale for the Time Being 2. The Sun is God 3. The Keeper of Lost Causes 4. Lost and Found 5. Murder on the Eiffel Tower 6. How to be Both 7. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore 8. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth 9. Levels of Life 10. The Seventh Day 11. Fortunately the Milk
    11b. The Sleeper and the Spindle Part two of my #11, just so I’m not cheating too much.
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    The Sleeper and the Spindle
    by Neil Gaiman
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    This is Neil Gaiman’s take on the Sleeping Beauty tale and, as you’d expect from this author, it is not just a simple retelling. Gaiman’s version is dark and inventive; it has elements of Tolkien and of the zombie fiction genre as well as various fairy tale references.

    Chris Riddell’s illustrations are superb. Elegant black and white line drawings with heaps of subtle detailing, augmented by highlights and borders of gold.

    Gaiman’s use of language is clever, with lines such as “Each hammer blow sounded like a heartbeat”. At a basic level it would be readable by primary school children, although they might miss some of Gaiman’s allusions. Watchful parents may wish to check the language in the book first, as there is some adult language.

    The story has a strong heroine, lots of fantastical elements and a surprising ending, at least to those expecting a simple re-telling of the traditional fairy story. This book is different and less saccharine, and bolstered by some brilliant illustrative work. Recommended.
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  5. Fueco

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    Just finished #5...

    Sorry, all non-fiction so far this year...

    1. The Race Within: Passion, Courage and Sacrifice At The Ultraman Triathlon (Jim Gourley, 2015) -I'm biased towards this book because I'm mentioned in it, and I know the author. It's a pretty solid glimpse into the world of ultra distance triathlon...

    2. Wild! -Cheryl Strayed -Yeah, it's an Oprah book club selection, and is clearly aimed at women, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It probably helps that I've visited a number of the places she mentions in the books and can vividly imagine a lot of the scenes. I haven't seen the movie yet...

    3. Let My People Go Surfing -Yvon Chouinard. I finally got around to reading the business/responsible living manifesto by one of my climbing heroes. It didn't disappoint.

    4. Unsurpassed: The Story Of Tommy Goodwin, The World's Greatest Distance Cyclist -Godfrey Barlow

    5. A Fighting Chance -Elizabeth Warren


    I'm currently working my way through the following books:

    True Fit: A Collected History Of Denim
    Lord Jim: Joseph Conrad
    Expressions Of Aging -John Keston
    Marathon Man -Bill Rodgers
     
  6. Steve B.

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    22. Confessions of a Barbarian Edward Abbey 1994

    Collection from the journals of iconoclast Edward Abbey from 1951-1989. Abbey was an interesting, larger than life character with many controversial views.

    But if you're not an Abbey fan (and I'm not) the book stunk.

    That is all.
     
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  7. Fueco

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    I've loved everything I've read by and about Ed Abbey. Have you read much of his work? The Fool's Progress was my favorite.
     
  8. Geoffrey Firmin

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    40 The Duchamp Dictionary a-z by Thomas Girst an interesting approach to biography and art analysis based on Duchamp's fascination with Dictionary's have been reading late at night while still ploughing through a tome of Irish revolutionary history.
     
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  9. California Dreamer

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    I was thinking at first glance that this would be about ties and cufflinks. :)
     
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    1. A Tale for the Time Being
    2. The Sun is God
    3. The Keeper of Lost Causes
    4. Lost and Found
    5. Murder on the Eiffel Tower
    6. How to be Both
    7. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
    8. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
    9. Levels of Life
    10. The Seventh Day
    11. Fortunately the Milk
    11b. The Sleeper and the Spindle


    12. The Agile Project Management Handbook

    I spent an entire week battling my way through this eye-glazing 200 page melange of methodology, product definition and myth, so I figure I ought to get to count it. Agile is a “recent” approach to project management that has got everybody excited but is in reality just a slightly different emphasis on the classic triple constraints. The Agile approach dictates that the schedule and cost constraints are sacrosanct and that project scope gets cut in a prioritised fashion to meet it if necessary. Anything that can’t be done this way - a heck of a lot of projects IMO - is just dismissed as “not agile”. I sat a detailed exam in this and passed, earning an internationally-recgnised qualification, and now I can forget that I ever read it and get on with doing things the way that works.
     
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  11. Geoffrey Firmin

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    I imagine as a Victorian you would have had a problem with "scrums"
     
  12. California Dreamer

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    One guy shoving two guys’ heads up three guys’ arses? What’s not to like?
     
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    1. A Tale for the Time Being 2. The Sun is God 3. The Keeper of Lost Causes 4. Lost and Found 5. Murder on the Eiffel Tower 6. How to be Both 7. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore 8. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth 9. Levels of Life 10. The Seventh Day 11. Fortunately the Milk 11b. The Sleeper and the Spindle 12. The Agile Project Management Handbook
    13. Reykjavik Nights
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    Reykjavik Nights
    by Arnaldur Indriðason
    My rating: 3 of 5 stars

    I am a fan of the gloomy, haunted Icelandic detective Erlendur, so Reykjavik Nights went straight onto my reading list when it was published.

    In this prequel we meet Erlendur as a young uniformed patrolman, working the night shift. As the story starts, he is called to the scene of an accident where a tramp has drowned. When Erlendur pulls out the body, he recognises Hannibal, a vagrant that he has encountered on the streets before. As he looks into how Hannibal met his end, the plot thickens.

    Erlendur is already the taciturn loner that we know well, and his obsession with missing persons is clear, and it is this that draws him deeper into the case.

    Indridason has been playing around with his formula recently, shifting the focus between different members of the team, relocating the action and now writing a prequel. I think that this has delivered mixed results, with the strongest of his recent novels being Strange Shores, which was probably closest to his older style anyway. Given what has gone before in this series, I can only rate this one as average.

    P.S. Interesting to note Indridason giving a tip of his hat to Sjowall and Wahloo, by having Erlendur reading The Laughing Policeman. An acknowledgment of an early inspiration, perhaps?
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  14. Fueco

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    Just finished #6...
    Sorry, all non-fiction so far this year... 1. The Race Within: Passion, Courage and Sacrifice At The Ultraman Triathlon (Jim Gourley, 2015) -I'm biased towards this book because I'm mentioned in it, and I know the author. It's a pretty solid glimpse into the world of ultra distance triathlon... 2. Wild! -Cheryl Strayed -Yeah, it's an Oprah book club selection, and is clearly aimed at women, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It probably helps that I've visited a number of the places she mentions in the books and can vividly imagine a lot of the scenes. I haven't seen the movie yet... 3. Let My People Go Surfing -Yvon Chouinard. I finally got around to reading the business/responsible living manifesto by one of my climbing heroes. It didn't disappoint. 4. Unsurpassed: The Story Of Tommy Goodwin, The World's Greatest Distance Cyclist -Godfrey Barlow 5. A Fighting Chance -Elizabeth Warren 6. RIDE: From Ultra-Cycling Rookie To Race Across America -Josh Kench (Josh was the first Kiwi to finish RAAM. I'm always drawn to books about ultra-endurance sports, especially RAAM, as my wife is a two time finisher (and going back for #3 this year).
    I'm currently working my way through the following books: True Fit: A Collected History Of Denim Lord Jim: Joseph Conrad Expressions Of Aging -John Keston Marathon Man -Bill Rodgers
     
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  15. noob in 89

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    EPIC. LARGE, RUDE, ROWDY, AND EFFING EPIC.

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  16. noob in 89

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    THE SCARIEST, THE MOST PRESCIENT AND HAUNTING, THE MOST NECESSARY BOOK YOU WILL OR WILL NOT READ ALL YEAR.



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    WELL-MEANING, BUT EMPTY. VANISHING. ANECDOTAL. VOID OF SCIENCE AND FACT. UPLIFTING, BUT UNHELPFUL, AND ULTIMATELY HARMFUL. NATURALLY, A BEST SELLER.
     
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    A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME, A TOTAL GRAB FOR YOUR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS.




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    BETTER, AND MORE INFORMATIVE, AND SOMETIMES MORE CHARMINGLY PERSONAL -- BUT STILL A BIT OF A REHASH OF ALL THE VARIOUS STUDIES THAT WIND UP IN BOOKS LIKE THESE.



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    VAIN, VULGAR, AND INCOHERENT. AN ASSAULT ON OUR COMMON DECENCY. NOT ONLY A REHASH OF HIS FIFTY OTHER TITLES AND A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME, THE WORDS INSIDE DON'T EVEN RELATE TO THE GD TITLE. ZERO STARS.
     
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  18. Fueco

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    Are the all caps necessary?
     
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    A MAGNANIMOUS DEBUT FROM A FUTURE-PULITZER PRIZE-WINNER
    THAT IS OVER 500 PAGES LONG
    AND WILL STICK IN YOUR MIND
    LIKE FUCKING OATMEAL.

    RECOMMENDED!



    *NOT COUNTED -- A SLEW OF SHORT STORIES BY MARY GAITSKILL, ROBERTO BOLANO, AND VARIOUS OTHERS*



    ...NEXT UP: FEBRUARY!
     
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  20. Steve B.

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    No. Nor will I based on this book. I read so many books that if I read one by an author I don't like I won't double back for anymore.
     

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