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Me too. But I have a short attention span and don't particularly care for non-fiction.
Putting in extra time at the moment.
When I get around to a catchy fantasy quintet I'll put some major runs on the board.
School holidays in a week, trying for 4-5 books then.
11. Final Empire
Wow, what a novel. Thoroughly enjoyed every part of this novel, an excellent fantasy novel, well written, fantastic characterisation, interesting mechanics and tense, potent writing throughout.
Have to wait another 2-3 days before the next book in the series arrives, and I'm going to endeavor to read another book before then.
48. Special Operations W.E.B. Griffin 1989
Again featuring the Philly police force. The hero of the last book is given his own command- Special Operations and this is the story of its beginnings. Our usual gang start their division with the usual bad guys. One of them shoots a serial rapist who's trying to run him down.
49. The Victim same author 1991
Focuses on a gangland shooting with 2 victims and a cop killer. Lots of action including romance action but we have a couple cliff hangers.
Thank God I have the cliff resolver laying on the floor by my bed. Guess what I'll be doing tonight (other than fiddling with my fantasy baseball teams)...
Enjoyed them. Griffin's one of my faves even if he's a stuffy old bastard.
Clockwise counting 32/50: Ludmilla Petrushevskaya - There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself (2013)
This celebrated Russian female author writes bizarre social realism about life in Soviet Union or contemporary Russia. Her latest book is a short story collection with the focus on women in sordid conditions. This is really good stuff which gives you some interesting insight into human relations. I liked it and may read more of Petrushevskaya.
Clockwise counting 33/50: Lawrence Block - A Dance at the Slaughterhouse (1991)
This is my first Lawrence Block novel, a pretty grim story from the dark side of New York but good entertainment nevertheless. It belongs in a series of crime novels about Matthew Scudder, a morally dubious member of alcoholics anonymous and private investigator without a license.
This book tells the story of sexual predators / recreational killers who gets mixed into one of Scudder's cases. I especially enjoyed reading about Scudder's fight to stay sober in the midst of a horrible investigation. Will read more Lawrence Block.
12. The Quiet American.
I read this in high school 6 years ago, and picked it up randomly again. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and realised how little I actually took away from the book when I was in HS.
12. The Terrorists, by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo (1967)
The final book of the Martin Beck series sees Martin and his team given the responsibility of providing security for a visiting US Senator. In doing so, Martin comes up against a ruthlessly efficient mercenary outfit performing assassinations for hire.
As always, the authors use their plot to air social concerns, in this case about excessive police powers and the helplessness of some individuals in what is supposd to be a welfare state. While the plot is at least partly inspired by the assassination of Olof Palme, it has much relevance for modern audiences, talking to the issue that the root causes of terrorism go beyond the act itself.
The book is taut and exciting, and a triumphant finish to the series. It's a shame there are no more of these gems.
sif match me book for book!
Yeah, but you're about to go on holiday aren't you? Not fair.
Last day of term tomorrow. Hoping to get through 5-7 books.
About to finish some non-fiction and Othello for school, will DEFINITELY count that in.
Some fantasy and sci-fi is called for.
I want to get ahead so when I read IQ84 I don't feel too far behind.
Drum Roll Please...
50. The Witness W.E.B. Griffin
Book 4 of the series involving Philly cops. A furniture store is attacked by a terrorist group like the SLA. The only employee witness is killed by a cop. However, after he dies, the store owner loses his fear and testifies against the assailants.
A good page turner read. My favorite kind.
50 in the first quarter! Congratulations Steve B, it's the SF world record.
Thank you. I need a rest. Unless I can get more thrillers for a trip back to WI.
7. Time Regained - Marcel Proust.
The last volume of Proust's masterpiece. Begins with the narrator's visit to the area around Combray (where the first volume starts). He is disenchanted with the failure of the surrounding to live up to his memories. Next he describes Paris during the first world war; beginning with the dresses the women are wearing, the meetings with his friends, a homosexual brothel.
After a long stay in a sanatorium, he returns to Paris at some stage after the war and attends a party at the princess de Guermantes (this scene goes for over 200 pages). During the party he discovers what his work of art will be built on: memory, the internal motives for people's actions, and the changes that time brings. Long reminisces on ageing and hopes that he will survive long enough to complete his work.
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