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2022 50 Book Challenge

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34 - The River Swimmer, Jim Harrison.

two more novellas. I only have one more book of Harrison’s novellas to go before I’ve read them all.

35 - Tenth of December, George Saunders

Quite funny short stories. My third Saunders book this year and I’m looking for more.
 

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37. A Little History Of The World, by EH Gombrich
 

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38. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, by Tom Wolfe

Screw you guys, I’m going on a trip.
 

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39. A World Lost, by Wendell Berry

More from the Port William series. This one is told from the perspective of a 60+-year old man recollecting the murder of his uncle when he was young. As with all of his books, Berry masterfully weaves his philosophy into the story and keeps his reader in the tale.
 

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I've read loads of things but I've lost count of where I am... I did go back and find out where I was, so here's the catch up (sorry, no time for my usual reviews...)

46. Ogres by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Clever British political SF.

47. Bitter Flowers by Gunnar Staalsesen. Another belatedly translated earlier novel, featuring Bergen-based PI, Varg Veum.

48. Little Drummer by Kjell Ola Dahl. Also an out-of-sequence translation from another great Scandanavian crime series, the Oslo Detectives.

49. Orlando by Virginia Woolf. The film by Sally Potter is one of my favourites, but I'd never read the book. It's very witty and at times profound, but also has long and extremely tedious whimsical sections and a lot of very dated racism.

I then went on to binge-read the rest of the Tony Hill & Carol Jordan ('Wire in the Blood') sequence by Val McDermid. She's a clever writer, but there are some plot developments in this series that sometimes just seem to be for the sake of it, and which are frankly annoying.

50. Beneath the Bleeding, 51. Fever of the Bone, 52. The Retribution, 53. Cross and Burn, 54. Insidious Intent (worst title ever), and finally, 55. How the Dead Speak.

56. Death on Gokumon Island by Seishi Yokomizo.
Just post-WW2 Japanese murder-mystery, featuring the eccentric Detective Kindaichi, which combines over-the-top grand guignol crimes, and the feeling of a lost and defeated country.

57. A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers. Second, gentle, positive SF outing for the travelling tea-monk and their 'wild-born' robot companion.

58. Pachinko by Kin Jin Lee. A very popular book, which walks a fine line between being a serious work of historical political fiction, and a family melodrama, and which doesn't always succeed. Eye-opening on the conditions of Korean people in Japan though.

59. Right now I am reading German-based Japanese writer, Yoko Tawada's Scattered All Over the World, which has her typically unclassifiable combination of surrealism, politics, science fiction and more.

I tried to start Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson but I threw it across the room in disgust after just a page or two because of the combination of smart-arsery and bad writing.

And I have really had enough of crime fiction for a while. I should get on and finish the one I'm writing, but I've even lost my enthusiasm for writing crime.
 
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I've read loads of things but I've lost count of where I am... I did go back and find out where I was, so here's the catch up (sorry, no time for my usual reviews...)

46. Ogres by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Clever British political SF.

47. Bitter Flowers by Gunnar Staalsesen. Another belatefly translated earlier novel, featuring Bergen-based PI, Varg Veum.

48. Little Drummer by Kjell Ola Dahl. Also an out-of-sequence translation from another great Scandanavian crime series, the Oslo Detectives.

49. Orlando by Virginia Woolf. The film by Sally Potter is one of my favourites, but I'd never read the book. It's very witty and at times profound, but also has long and extremely tedious whimsical sections and a lot of very dated racism.

I then went on to binge-read the rest of the Tony Hill & Carol Jordan ('Wire in the Blood') sequence by Val McDermid. She's a clever writer, but there are some plot developments in this series that sometimes just seem to be for the sake of it, and which are frankly annoying.

50. Beneath the Bleeding, 51. Fever of the Bone, 52. The Retribution, 53. Cross and Burn, 54. Insidious Intent (worst title ever), and finally, 55. How the Dead Speak.

56. Death on Gokumon Island by Seishi Yokomizo.
Just post-WW2 Japanese murder-mystery, featuring the eccentric Detective Kindaichi, which combines over-the-top grand guignol crimes, and the feeling of a lost and defeated country.

57. A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers. Second, gentle, positive SF outing for the travelling tea-monk and their 'wild-born' robot companion.

58. Pachinko by Kin Jin Lee. A very popular book, which walks a fine line between being a serious work of historical political fiction, and a family melodrama, and which doesn't always succeed. Eye-opening on the conditions of Korean people in Japan though.

59. Right now I am reading German-based Japanese writer, Yoko Tawada's Scattered All Over the World, which has her typically unclassifiable combination of surrealism, politics, science fiction and more.

I tried to start Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson but I threw it across the room in disgust after just a page or two because of the combination of smart-arsery and bad writing.

And I have really had enough of crime fiction for a while. I should get on and finish the one I'm writing, but I've even lost my enthusiasm for writing crime.
I k ow you said no reviews, but what are your thoughts about Adrian tchaikovsky?

I have wanted to try And get into him, but I have just been unable to! Got a suggestion for where to start?
 

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40. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
 

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I k ow you said no reviews, but what are your thoughts about Adrian tchaikovsky?

I have wanted to try And get into him, but I have just been unable to! Got a suggestion for where to start?
I'm not actually a big fan, unlike many people I know, but I guess The Children of Time sequence is his best.
 

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I'm not actually a big fan, unlike many people I know, but I guess The Children of Time sequence is his best.
Urgh I didn't like that when I tried it Maybe I will stop trying to force myself to like him!
 

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41. The Problem With Everything; My Journey a through The New Culture Wars, by Meghan Daum

A look at some of the excesses and contradictions of the current culture wars, both on the Left and Right.
 

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