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

  1. clockwise

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    Clockwise counting 23/50: Stieg Trenter - The Puppet for Samarkand (1959)

    Another enjoyable read by Swedish mystery writer Trenter. A damaged parcel at the Stockholm main post office is discovered to contain a puppet with human hair, including scalp and blood splatters. Photographer and amateur detective Harry Friberg and a young pretty post clerk get involved in helping the police solve the murder case. 
     


  2. Steve B.

    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    Are you reading these in Swedish?
     


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    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    Shouldn't but I never tried.

    I've never considered myself the arbiter of this Forum but I definitely think it should count.



    I'm surprised. The book is only 200 pgs.
     
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    7. The Pedant in the Kitchen , by Julian Barnes (2003)

    "Cooking is the transformation of uncertainty (the recipe) into certainty (the dish) via fuss".

    Yes, Julian Barnes is a cook after my own heart. Like him, I first tentatively approached cooking as an adult, and have leaned heavily on having the cookbook handy when preparing a meal. Like him, my reach has often exceeded my grasp, with unfortunate results.

    This book is a collection of articles by Booker Prize-winner Julian Barnes where he recounts his misadventures in the kitchen, and renders plaudits and brickbats to the cookery writers he has tried to follow. There are plenty of laughs, and even more rueful smiles as one recognises oneself in his efforts.
     


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    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    35. The Alchemist Paulo Coelho 1988

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    Much of the New Age Genre writing came from this book as it was written before. Many of the concepts are the same, just named differently- The Law of Attraction, The Power of Now- that sort of thing.

    I was already familiar with the concepts, so I didn't find the book very stimulating.
     


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    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    36. Disgrace J.M. Coetzee 1999

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    A college professor sleeps with one of his students and he faces sever discipline. When he is summoned before the committee he admits his guilt freely but not in the way they want. He loses his job and pension. His friends shun him. He moves in with jis daughter in the country, and gets settled just in time for a brutal home invasion leaving them scarred for ever.

    The book was well written, but it is dark. I don't care for dark. I think I may eschew this particular author for a while.
     


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    Given Coetzee's backgound, it's not surprising his novels are dark. Not a lot of light around in contemporary South Africa.

    He's moved to Australia now; maybe he'll cheer up a bit.
     


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    5. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Max Weber.
    Examines the origin of modern, rational, capitalistic enterprise. Advances the thesis that a major contribution to its rise was the doctrine of Calvinism and related protestant sects. In particular the need to follow ones calling pushed adherents into work practices which allowed them to accumulate wealth, rather than enjoying this wealth in the form of luxuries or leisure, which would breed idleness, the accumulated capital was necessarily reinvested.

    Also has a great title.
     


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    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    37. Amsterdam Ian McEwan 1998

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    Booker Prize- 1998

    Tale of 2 old friends who unite at the funeral of a woman who was both of their lovers. One composes music; the other is the editor of a major newspaper. Their friend had a stroke and died a miserable death. The 2 friends make a pact to kill one another if they ever get in the same circumstances.

    They keep the pact, but a little early. This also was a little dark as was the last one I read by McEwan. I make take a breather from him as well for a while.

    But I'd recommend it if you like that sort of thing.
     
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    I like both McEwan and Coetzee and I think McEwan is only light dark and almost always very entertaining. Amsterdam is a very good example. What is your current LIST count, Steve?
     


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    I guess I will have to get used to them. There are 10 more on THE LIST.

    Pity there aren't more by Coelho. I really like him.

    110.

    Probably 50 behind you.

    I'm going for 50 again this year.
     


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    I'm at 163 / 1001 on the original 2006 edition.
    Only 130 / 1001 on latest 2010 edition.
    176 / 1294 on the list of 2006, 2008 and 2010 editions combined.
    May see you overtaking me in 2014 unless I start working the list(s) more seriously.
     


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    Being the competitive bastard that I am, I would like that.

    But I know it won't happen. :)

    38. The Outlaws 2010 WEB Griffin

    The further adventures of C.G. Castillo, Lt. Col (Ret.)

    The Russians have several barrels of a horrendous biological weapon that was supposed to have been destroyed when the US bombed its manufacturing plant. They wish to commit malfeasance and mayhem with them, but are foiled by Col. Castillo and his merry band of outlaws.

    Great book.
     


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    8. Cryptonomicon

    A book that took almost all of February and was worth it. Completely and utterly epic. 1200 pages of WW2/early 90s comparisons, code-breaking, maths, technology, gold digging, treasure hunting, love, religion and death all rolled into some insane Stephenson prose.

    Felt a bit fatigued at times, but that's ok.

    Hopefully will be back on track for 60 books by the end of the year again.
     


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    I read that one a while ago. It was a library loan, so the pressure was on to get through it.
     


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