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2017 50 Book Challenge

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

  1. Steve B.

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    I've noticed you are covering a bunch of must-reads. I have in the past read 8 of your 15 to date. [​IMG]

    The one where I disagree with your review is Catcher in the Rye, I am a big Salinger fan and also loved all his other work as much or more. I am probably 200 years older than you, which could explain some differences in taste.


    I have always read, but only the good stuff for school.

    Instead I've been a serial reader-

    Science Fiction- Heinlein, Asimov, Herbert.

    Anne McCaffery.

    All the Tarzan books.

    Most of the WEB Griffin books- which I put on hold. Ain't gonna read 50 if they're all 700 pagers. [​IMG]

    I sincerely doubt you're 200 years older than me. 10 tops.

    I'm really enjoying this...
     
  2. Steve B.

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    16. The Stranger- Albert Camus
    Most consider Camus an existentialist, but he rejected the label, and considered his works to be concerned with facing the absurd. Definitely applies to The Stranger. Youngish (typical SF age!) seems to have everything going for him. Then his boss offers him a promotion which he turns down. His girlfriend asks him to marry her and he turns her down. But he does get mixed up with a pimp and kills one of his enemies in supposed self defense. Gets the death penalty. Absurd, no?
    Recommend
    17. The Color Purple- Alice Walker
    Pulitzer Prize Winner 1983
    Takes place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on female black life during the 1930s in the Southern United States, addressing the numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. In the beginning it seems that almost all of the main characters' lives are hopeless. But by the end, most have found some sort of redemption.
    Also Recommend
     
  3. clockwise

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    Clockwise counting 15/50: Dorothy L Sayers - Clouds of Witness (1926)

    First time I read a Lord Peter Whimsey book and I liked it a lot. Well written, funny and an interesting mystery. Sayers wrote 10 novels with Whimsey as the main character and this, the second, was recommended to me as the right place to start. The first is said to be weaker. I will definitely read some more Whimsey books.
     
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    Never participated in a challenge but I have been reading like a fiend this year thanks to the availability of e-books. Mostly recent works. So far I've knocked out: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt - Edmund Morris The Emperor of all Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee La carte et le territoire - Michel Houellebecq Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan The Thousand Autumns of Jacob Van de Zoet - David Mitchell Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor - HervÃ[​IMG] This Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov Stuff White People Like - Christian Lander The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco The Forever War - Dexter Filkins War - Sebastian Junger The Postman Always Rings Twice - James Cain Moll Flanders - Daniel Defoe The Sea - John Banville Freedom - Jonathan Franzen Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz The Final Solution - Michael Chabon The Yiddish Policemen's Union - Michael Chabon Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon Makeshift Metropolis - Wytold Rybczynski The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson A Year in the Merde - Stephen Clarke EDIT: for the sake of adding something of public utility, the bold titles were particularly good and the italicized ones particularly bad. Those that are neither were somewhere in between.
     
  5. clockwise

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    Holymadness, I think you earnt a vacation until June 30. You reached the half way point early.

    Agree fully that e-books make reading faster, easier and for some reason more attractive but miss the feeling of putting nice looking leather bound beauties in my book shelves.
     
  6. Steve B.

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    18. The Pearl- Johm Steinbeck- SHORT but excellent morality tale, considered by most to be 2nd only to Grapes of Wrath, which I read a year or so ago. Poor pearl diver finds huge priceless pearl. People in his village try to steal it. Pearl merchants try to cheat him for it. Bandits track him for it. The ultimate irony is he loses that which he sought it for.
    Highly Recommend
    19. Tarzan of the Apes- Edgar Rice Burroughs
    Read this entire series in high school. Decided to re-read it because it was on one of the best 50/100 books I culled from the Internet. Romance in the Jungle. Good Guy. Bad Guy.
    Great page turner for an airplane ride.

    Am now returning to the bad habit of reading 3 books at once. 2 waders. Hopefully the third will be a bit of a swim.
     
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    Clockwise counting 16/50: Aldous Huxley - Crome Yellow (1921)

    Huxley's debut novel is a light but "intellectual" read. Part romantic comedy, part social satire and full of magnificent and crazy ideas. A group of interesting characters are vacationing in Crome, somewhere on the English countryside, and they spend most of the novel talking and engaging in social games. The main character, a frustrated unpublished poet, does not play the game well. [​IMG]

    This was my first Huxley. I will consider Eyeless in Gaza as part of my 50 for 2011.
     
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    Clockwise counting 17/50: H.G. Wells - The Time Machine (1895)

    Very good short read and a true classic. This is the account of the Time Traveler, a pretty grim story about what the world would look like some 800,000 years into the future. My second Wells this year and I may add one or two more. I'm a bit behind pace so may need a bunch of shortish quick novels to make up for the slow start.
     
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    I read The Island of Doctor Moreau not long ago and really enjoyed it. Full of dread and suspense. My girlfriend also appreciated The War of the Worlds. H.G. Wells seems to have been overlooked as a good writer and instead remembered as a teller of science fiction tales. I guess even the passage of a century can't make sci fi respectable.
     
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    Same here, started with Dr Moreau as part of this 50 books challenge. I now have War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man left on the list of mandatory Wells novels. After 100+ years, his books don't feel dated at all.
     
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    Halfway through Miller's Tropic of Cancer. Good God what an awful book.
     
  12. holymadness

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    Don't tell that to all the moody, creative 20-somethings who want to leave North American conventionalism for the artistic freedom of Europe. There are even a few on this forum.
     
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    Clockwise counting 18/50: Horace McCoy - I Should Have Stayed Home (1938)

    Southern boy desperate to get into the movies in 1930s Hollywood. Dark depression era tale of the down-and-outs. Short and enjoyable novel.
     
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    20. Tropic of Cancer- Henry Miller

    Cue Also Spracht Zarathustra

    Don't tell that to all the moody, creative 20-somethings who want to leave North American conventionalism for the artistic freedom of Europe. There are even a few on this forum.

    this

    what an awful, awful book. Great turns of phrase but run on run on sentences.

    There were 2 or 3 10 page intervals that I liked.

    If you really don't like someone, give them this book for Christmas.

    That is all.
     
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    Clockwise counting 19/50: Justin Cartwright - Other People's Money (2011)

    In the midst of the financial crisis, some time after the Lehman brothers, an old private London bank is crumbling under the weight of a collapsed hedge fund. This is the story of the banking family Trevelyan-Tubal (wonderful name) and its desperate means to hold on to its blue blooded privilege. This is a well written, exciting and deeply human family chronicle.
     
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    Clockwise counting 20/50: John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915) Classic 'man-on-the-run' thriller. Amusing (but maybe not very believable) espionage novel. This is good entertainment and since Buchan, The Right Honourable Lord Tweedsmuir, wrote five novels about his hero Richard Hannay, I think I will in due time try one or two more. To be on pace for the 50, I just need to finish one more within May. [​IMG]
     
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    Clockwise counting 20/50: John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)

    Classic 'man-on-the-run' thriller. Amusing (but maybe not very believable) espionage novel. This is good entertainment and since Buchan, The Right Honourable Lord Tweedsmuir, wrote five novels about his hero Richard Hannay, I think I will in due time try one or two more.

    To be on pace for the 50, I just need to finish one more within May. [​IMG]


    +1

    I never thought I could read 20, much less 50...
     
  18. Steve B.

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    21. Roger Kahn- The Boys of Summer

    Chronicles the escapades of the Brooklyn Dodgers, primarily in '52 and '53. Revisits the principal members of the team 15-20 years later.

    This is a widely acclaimed book, but I found it just OK.
     
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    Steve B.: Not to pigeonhole you, but if you are a basketball fan, you may enjoy reading this. [​IMG]
     
  20. Steve B.

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    Steve B.:

    Not to pigeonhole you, but if you are a basketball fan, you may enjoy reading this.

    [​IMG]


    Thanks! I'll put it on my list...
     

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