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2017 50 Book Challenge

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

  1. Foxhound

    Foxhound Senior member

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    Unfortunately not, just a lot of papers. I have picked up a few programing books to work through in my spare time. I'll be including those.
     
  2. Steve B.

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    6. Home-Harlen Coben

    A thriller centered around Myron Bolitar, the ex-NBA, ex-agent, turned detective. He solves a 10 year old kidnapping case regarding 2 6 yr. olds. Pretty entertaining read.
     
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    21. Dark Matter
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    Dark Matter
    by Blake Crouch
    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Jason Dessen is a physics teacher at a minor college in Chicago, married to Daniela and with a teenage son Charlie. One night, as he is returning home from a bar, Jason is abducted by a masked stranger who asks him "Are you happy?". He is drugged and, when he comes around, finds himself in a mind-boggling alternative reality where all of his early career ambitions have been achieved, but he is not married to Daniela and there is no Charlie. He very quickly finds out that he is not safe in this place, and needs to take extraordinary steps to escape and find his way back home.

    This is a very interesting premise for a novel, with quantum physics playing a big part in the plot, and a quite plausible and readily-understood part at that. Jason is confronted with the consequences of the life choices that he has made and what could have happened to him at various points, and learns much about himself in the process.

    Crouch is a screenwriter (e.g. Wayward Pines) and the book at times reads very much like a film or TV script, but that does not seem to affect it adversely. It's not at all surprising to learn that it is being filmed; it just seems like that sort of novel. Good fun, and quite different.
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  4. Geoffrey Firmin

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    ^Agree throughly enjoyed it and it provided an original take on the multiverse.
     
  5. California Dreamer

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    22. Dead I Well May Be

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    Michael Forsythe is a hard nut from Belfast, dishonourably discharged from the British Army and now in trouble with the Social. He emigrates illegally to New York and falls in with a group of Irish thugs operating in Harlem.

    Young Michael is a junior member of a lowly team led by Scotchy, who involves a reluctant Michael in an unauthorised revenge attack on a local hood. Michael delivers an ultra-violent payback that wins him instant credit with Darkey and Sunshine, the gang's leaders. Big things are planned for Michael, including a drug run to Mexico with the rest of Scotchy's team. There, everything goes horribly wrong and Michael grimly deals with the aftermath.

    This is a really hard-boiled crime novel and pretty violent in parts. If I'd fault it, I'd say that Michael is a bit too erudite a character, given his background. I also didn't like McKinty's frequent habit of foreshadowing future events instead of just trusting his narrative to tell the story. Still, he has had the good sense to move from Ireland to Melbourne so I'll certainly be the rest of the "Forsythe saga", as well as his subsequent Duffy novels.

    23. The Falling Detective

    My rating: 4 of 5 stars

    This review contains spoilers of the first Leo Junker book

    This is the second in Carlsson's Leo Junker series, following on from The Invisible Man In Salem. Leo is still a splendidly messed up character, coming back to homicide after a forced layoff due to his shooting a colleague. Leo is assigned to the case of a prominent sociologist who has been murdered. The victim had been researching extremist political movements and so had been exposed to violent elements on both the left and the right.

    To complicate matters, Leo's partner is Gabriel Birck, with whom he has a difficult relationship. Not long after Junker and Birck start investigating, the Secret Service comes in and takes over the case, warning them off. This, of course, is a red rag to a bull, and both Leo and Gabriel are emboldened to get to the bottom of the case. Being assigned to a second murder related to the first allows them to bend the rules and continue investigating.

    All the while, Leo struggles to deal with his recovery, while trying to hide his disfunction and prescription drug dependence from his colleagues and superiors. He is also trying to re-establish his relationship with his former girlfriend, and to come to terms with his childhood friend Grim having been imprisoned for murder.

    This sophomore effort is, if anything, a slight improvement on the first as Carlsson develops his characters and gives them some more depth. A series worth pursuing.
     
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    Looks like the new forum platform has gerstuffen all of the tags that I've been importing. Sorry for the mess. I'll fix it up when I've reacquainted myself with how everything works now.
     
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    7. Deal Breaker- Harlan Coben

    Myron Bolitar's first book. He solves two murders that seem unrelated to all except him.

    Great read.
     
  8. LonerMatt

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    1. Roadside Picnic
    2. Fifth Head of Cerebus
    3. You are not a Gadget
    4. Is the future going to be a better place?
    5. The Three Body Problem
    6. A Cold and Common Orbit
    7. A Gathering of Shadows
    8. Laurinda
    9. Short Stories inspired by Laurinda
    10. The Pier Falls
    11. A Darker Shade of Magic
    12. A Blade of Black Steel
    13. Naveed
    14. Terra Nullius
    15. True Girt

    15. True Girt

    A great read about Australian history - this took me ages to read, and I am a little embarrassed about my reading pace this year. This book was much like its predecessor: rollicking and silly and accurate and informative - very full on but very enjoyable.

    It's rare that history is so fun to read about, and it's wonderful that there's so much insanity bundled up in Australia's past (it's also horrifying, sad, confusing and upsetting).

    Would recommend this, but I think the other Australians have read it. What can I say? I'm a late bloomer.
     
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    23. Master, Liar, Traitor, Friend

    My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

    In this, the third novel of his Leo Junker series, Christoffer Carlsson really steps up and produces something that is a cut above the first two entries.

    Leo is still in a bad way, trying to deal with his addictions and tenuous relationships when he learns of the murder of his sometime mentor Charles Levin, shot dead in a small rural town. Despite being ordered to go on leave, Leo feels compelled to head to Bruket and find out what occurred. In doing so, he uncovers the details of Levin's past that have inexorably led to his death. His unofficial investigation is hampered by his run-in with Tove, a local detective with very good reasons to hate Leo.

    In Master, Liar, Traitor, Friend, Carlsson has continued and developed the plot and characters from his first two novels, expanding on matters only hinted at in the previous two books. In doing so, he has crafted a gritty tale of murder and double-cross, which he has linked to real-life Swedish scandals. This book was a totally unexpected twist to the first two (which must be read first, in hindsight). It had definite overtones of Leif G.W. Persson's Story of a Crime series, which is high praise indeed.
     
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    14 Patten Recognition
    15 Spook Country
    16 Zero History
    All by William Gibson

    The future is now, well relatively speaking. Gibson's trilogy of the present involves cool hunting, an internet mystery in the visual style of Tarkovsky, iBooks that need to be physically connected to a phone for internet access. The evils of war profiteering, parkour and youtube adrenaline junkies, viral memes spread via word of mouth. The connection between military uniforms and mens fashion. Market share by any means. Money and lots of it to enable one to engage in this subculture milieu. Oh and throw in a bit of rock and roll and some romance. Reading the hotel/club description in Zero History makes me wonder if the designer for the QT hotel in George St took their inspiration from that.

    Still a great read.
     
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