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Title: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on January 09, 2017, 09:49:01 AM
1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson.  still seems impossible the world's fair in chicago was put on let alone a huge success.  seemed at every corner some integral person was dying or some lake michigan tempest was flaring.  they quite possibly don't make 'em like they used to.  i sensed some howard roark from the fountainhead in louis sullivan, but it turns out i was wrong, completely, but on the right track, why not.  howard roark was perhaps modeled after sullivan's protege frank lloyd wright.  as riveting as the fair and it's unprecedented completion was, i couldn't wait to read what that ole serial killer was up to.  what a bastard! 

Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Zafer Kaya on January 09, 2017, 03:21:27 PM
It's pretty well known that Rand was inspired by Wright's architecture; she has said as much and also that she was a huge fan.  Wright actually designed a house for her, though it never got built.

Wright himself though-- personally, politically, and in his architectural vision-- was the furthest thing from Rand.  He was really kind of a hippie/beatnik.


Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on January 09, 2017, 06:53:08 PM
sounds about right.  what drew me to the sullivan comparison was how he objected the recycling of classical architecture in favor of the novel concept of thinking for yourself, which is what roark aspired to
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on January 10, 2017, 10:12:54 AM
1. The People's House - David Pepper

Pepper is a Cincinnati lad who was a city councilman during the 2001 riots and became a member of the 3-person Hamilton County Commission in 2006. He was nominated twice by Ohio Democrats to run for state office (Auditor and AG) so he knows his stuff politically and the book he's written - while fiction - certainly has the prints of someone who knows his way around government and media. The book highlights one of his major campaign points: Gerrymandering. But also so much more.

The book follows a jaded politics reporter from Akron whose interest is piqued by an election result that doesn't make sense. His investigation leads far beyond the small Ohio community where the oddity is discovered. It seems someone stole the election! And surprise - he's Russian!

The book came out before the 2016 presidential election, but wow, there are a lot of similarities.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: euro60 on January 10, 2017, 05:13:05 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper

Pepper is a Cincinnati lad who was a city councilman during the 2001 riots and became a member of the 3-person Hamilton County Commission in 2006. He was nominated twice by Ohio Democrats to run for state office (Auditor and AG) so he knows his stuff politically and the book he's written - while fiction - certainly has the prints of someone who knows his way around government and media. The book highlights one of his major campaign points: Gerrymandering. But also so much more.

The book follows a jaded politics reporter from Akron whose interest is piqued by an election result that doesn't make sense. His investigation leads far beyond the small Ohio community where the oddity is discovered. It seems someone stole the election! And surprise - he's Russian!

The book came out before the 2016 presidential election, but wow, there are a lot of similarities.
MK, not sure if you're aware, but Pepper lived in St. Petersburg for several years sometime in the 90s before he returned to Cincinnati (in private law practice) and then a few years later he decided to enter politics. I have not read this book, but he knows a thing or two about Russian and Russians obviously.

My impression now of Pepper's political career is that, given the enormous name recognition he has around here (being the son of John Pepper, the beloved erstwhile CEO (twice, no less) of P&G), David's early days showed lots of promise. And then it all fizzled out, or at least he couldn't expand beyond local politics. Two runs for statewide office, two heavy defeats. I'm sure that's not what he had in mind. These days he's the Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party. Kind of a shame, if you ask me. But apparently it's given him enough free time to write this book.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on January 11, 2017, 08:50:51 AM
Yeah, I knew about his stint in St. Petersburg (and it's listed in his bio inside the book) and everything he has written in the book is very plausible. Scarily so.

It was a fairly easy read, kept me entertained and interested. His political career might have stalled but I think he's got a decent chance at being a full-time author. I chose it for our building's monthly book club (March, I think) so I may report back with what others thought of it.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: trixi on January 14, 2017, 11:16:43 PM
1.  The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust--Edith Hahn Beer
2.  Tragedy Girl--Christine Hurley Deriso
3.  Dear Amy--Helen Callaghan
4.  Highly Illogical Behavior--John Corey Whaley
5.  The Serpent King--Jeff Zentner
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on January 24, 2017, 08:49:15 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on January 26, 2017, 02:16:02 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen

Entertaining and enlightening book about Russian/Soviet food from the turn of the 20th century through today. The author was born and raised in Moscow but 'defected' with her mother in the 1970s at the age of 11. Her memories - and those of her mother - embroider the stories with harsh truths and even harsher lessons. It's not a book for everyone, but I fucking loved it.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Dan on February 01, 2017, 10:34:25 AM
1. Jim Bouton - Ball Four


Ball Four was my favorite book ever and I thought I should read it again to see if my tastes have changed or I have matured or the book hasn't aged well or anything like that. Turns out....it's still my favorite book! I thoroughly enjoyed rereading it and since it had been over 10 years since the last reading and I had forgotten many of the good parts.

So much fun.

Highly recommended if you understand baseball basics [or more].
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on February 01, 2017, 11:35:32 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on February 06, 2017, 10:13:20 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Kwyjibo on February 06, 2017, 10:14:58 AM
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.

Did you read "Where'd You Go Bernadette?" similar, but definitely superior.  You'll wish you'd read it first.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on February 06, 2017, 11:42:22 AM
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.

Did you read "Where'd You Go Bernadette?" similar, but definitely superior.  You'll wish you'd read it first.
I did read it.
I think this one will stick with me more, mostly because of the stuff with the sister and the unexpected "graphic novel" in the middle.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on February 06, 2017, 03:55:02 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks

Even though it is only February, I seriously doubt I will read a book this year that will hit me in quite the way this one did. The writing is simply exquisite. Beautiful, haunting prose elevates what could be "just another" story of displacement during WWII.

The author's grandmother and her children (a 2-year old daughter and 3-week old son - the author's father) traveled the war roads for the last nine months of WWII after Riga was bombed nearly to smithereens, leaving them homeless. Grandma and the children end up in a displaced persons camp near Hamburg, where she is eventually reunited with her conscripted husband, and where they remain so long that the family increases by two more children before a sponsor is found in the United States.

The parallel story is about the grandmother's younger sister, who stayed behind on the family farm and who, along with her mother and older, invalid brother, wound up victims of Stalin's forced resettlement plan, banished for seven years in the harsh Siberian wilderness. Their crime? Owning 33 hectares of land - three over the 'allowed' limit - which in Soviet parlance meant they were 'kulaks.'

The author pieces their stories together and weaves a tapestry of hardship, endurance and abiding love for the land they lost.

An overwhelmingly beautiful piece of work, this. So good, as soon as I finished it, I read it again.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on February 28, 2017, 09:29:49 AM
1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 

2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts- more unraveling of mysteries i didn't even think were mysteries.  i rarely feel depressed after or while reading alan, but now, i don't even know if i have the heart to complete my memoirs.  i'll probably still do it, but this time, with a fresh perspective! 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on March 02, 2017, 04:18:42 PM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on March 20, 2017, 03:19:27 PM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: trixi on March 20, 2017, 10:03:02 PM
1.  The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust--Edith Hahn Beer
2.  Tragedy Girl--Christine Hurley Deriso
3.  Dear Amy--Helen Callaghan
4.  Highly Illogical Behavior--John Corey Whaley
5.  The Serpent King--Jeff Zentner
6.  The Bitter Side of Sweet--Tara Sullivan
7.  True Letters from a Fictional Life--Kenneth Logan
8.  The Wrecked Life: the war story of a physician--Jakub Herzig
9.  Nor the Moon by Night--Joy Packer
10.  Dash and Lily's Book of Dares--Rachel Cohn
11.  To the Stars--Molly McAdams
12.  A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet: My Grandfather's SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth--Rita Gabis
13.  March: Book 3--John Lewis
14.  A Season for Fireflies--Rebecca Maizel
15.  Humans, Bow Down--James Patterson
16.  Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor--Martin Greenfield
17. Never Never--James Patterson
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on March 28, 2017, 08:47:32 PM
1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts[/quote]

3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn-  not sure how you do it trixi.  the brutality humans are capable of.  like orchestrated by a macabre kafka.  while the exploits of the soviets are well documented (at least now they are), the archipelago produced some stunning individuals and it's pretty remarkable what a person can get used to 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Dan on March 29, 2017, 09:32:20 AM
1. Jim Bouton - Ball Four
2. Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Pretty unique. I was mixed and contradictory in my opinions throughout this. Like, I enjoyed the style of writing and how slow and deliberate everything was, but then I'd be annoyed that everything was so slow and deliberate. So that's pretty good writing, I guess. Or, similarly, I really liked how my opinions of certain characters would change during the book - at first I liked someone, then I hated someone, then I liked them, etc. Very cool. The magic was fun, and the history written into the book was cute.

My first thoughts were that it could and should have been a lot shorter. Like, half as long. But then my wife was all, "I wished it was twice as long" and I could see her point, too. It didn't feel "important" enough for me to be listed as an all-time great book or anything but it does take a lot of the best parts of some all-time greats. I dunno.

So...in summary...pretty unique.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on March 29, 2017, 04:35:47 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder

Damn, Timothy Snyder does it again. His previous book, "Bloodlands" was a real eye-opener to events that happened to (primarily) Poland and Ukraine prior to and during WWII, and this book is a continuation, expanding on the theme while also looking at events of the past 20-25 years and how things are once again swinging to the right, and also how it isn't too far fetched to suspect another Holocaust is imminent.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: euro60 on March 29, 2017, 11:21:50 PM
MK, since you are interested in the Holocaust (as I am), you may wanna check out this book, which I found outstanding. "Why? Explaining the Holocaust"

https://www.amazon.com/Why-Explaining-Holocaust-Peter-Hayes/dp/0393254364/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Fabulous book

Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on March 30, 2017, 12:37:37 PM
Thanks for the recommendation - I will add it to my queue.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on April 04, 2017, 08:32:54 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on April 06, 2017, 03:55:05 PM

1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts[
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn

4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen.  i would suggest that the mill creek's fate mirrored that of other urban streams making it's tragedy all the more natural.  unsurprisingly, lots of folks have no idea how terrible the way of water is and how much worse it used to be.  in the channelized portions of the creek which is what most have view of, it doesn't even appear to be a creek at all, sloping concrete for the benefit of man. 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on April 14, 2017, 09:40:55 AM

1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts[
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen

5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess.  following this one up after gulag almost didn't seem right, as this was a comedy set in leningrad which picks up about where a. solzenitsyn left. the early 60's.  completely unintentional. the cover art drew me in.  never noticed it before.  artist by the name of wilson mclean. anyways,  i kept waiting for the hero to catch a bit of luck but towards the end i was prepared to wallow in his misery myself.  and the end man, it just occurred to me how brilliant it was. 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on April 19, 2017, 02:30:36 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder

6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith

This was our bookclub's choice for April. Loved her writing but all the characters in the book seemed quite stereotypical and one dimensional - and the narrator was unlikable. Maybe that was the intention.

Smith is going to be the featured speaker at The Mercantile in November, so it will be interesting to hear what she has to say about the work. This was the first of her books I have read (CR really liked her book "White Teeth") but based on this one, I wouldn't go in search of the others. Oh well.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on April 25, 2017, 12:35:44 PM
Timothy Snyder is coming to the downtown library for a lecture and book signing for his most recent book, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. It's May 13 at 7 p.m.

Among his points:
1. Do not obey in advance.
2. Defend institutions.
3. Beware the one-party state.
4. Take responsibility for the face of the world.
5. Remember professional ethics.
6. Be wary of paramilitaries.
7. Be reflective if you must be armed.
8. Stand out.
9. Be kind to our language.
10. Believe in truth.
11. Investigate.
12. Make eye contact and small talk.
13. Practice corporeal politics.
14. Establish a private life.
15. Contribute to good causes.
16. Learn from peers in other countries.
17. Listen for dangerous words.
18. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives.
19. Be a patriot.
20. Be as courageous as you can.


I am beyond excited to meet one of my favorite authors. Totally fangirling over here.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on April 25, 2017, 02:26:30 PM
For some reason this year I've started using Goodreads in earnest to track what I read. I'll try to do so here, as well. Predominantly, but not exclusively, science fiction.

1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar - Short story collection all set around a space port located in the Middle East. 4/5
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds - Inspired by an Arthur C. Clarke novella. 3/5
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang - All good stories, but I walked away feeling like Chiang is a shitload smarter than I am. 4/5
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson - I discovered this author by trying his amazingly well written Spin, and while I love his writing, this wasn't his best book. Interesting take on alternate history, kind of. 4/5
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King - I haven't read anything of King's since high school, but damn he's one good writer. The whole thing just flowed like a Mark Twain river. 5/5
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White - Every grammar book needs this kind of humor. It was fascinating to read Strunk's rant-like diatribe about using "they" in the singular to avoid gender-specific pronouns. 5/5
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott - Not as engaging as King's book on the subject. 3/5
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield - Dry series of lectures put to paper. Not what I was hoping for. 2/5
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami - Sometimes fascinating, sometimes boring as hell. When I was 300 pages in -- roughly one quarter of the way through the book -- I realized not much had actually happened yet. 3/5
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds - Pirates in space. Maybe cheesy, but written for a YA audience, I think. I liked it. 4/5
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz - Complete garbage. The protagonist is a journalist who's had an eye replaced with a video camera. At one point the author, in trying to portray him as a bad-ass, describes him, without irony, as a one-eyed monster. 1/5 (because Goodreads doesn't allow zeroes)
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin - The exercises were both fun and challenging. Her discussion on the various topics covered within were wonderful to read. 5/5
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney - Not that helpful for a layperson like me, what with too much math and assumptions about knowledge of physics. The unusual amount of typos didn't help, either. 2/5
14. Coyote - Allen Steele - Short stories collected into a coherent novel of colonization. I picked it up thinking it was a standalone book. Turns out it's the first part of a trilogy. I'll happily read more, it was so well written. 4/5
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin - Not her best work. Seems to break the rule of "show, don't tell," ironically enough. Or is it intentional? 3/5
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin - YA fantasy about people with special powers and the rules for using them. 4/5
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin - Follow-up to Gifts. It's hard to put my finger on why, but I couldn't put this down. Builds nicely on the previous one. Looking forward to starting the third book. 5/5
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on April 27, 2017, 08:22:19 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on April 30, 2017, 12:54:52 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith

7. The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery - Capt. Witold Pilecki [Auschwitz Prisoner #4859], translated to English by Jarek Garlinski.

Whoa. The many WWII and Holocaust-related books I've read over the years STILL did not prepare me for this one.

Capt. Witold Pilecki was a Polish soldier during the first World War and was a noted member of the Polish Underground when the Second World War tore apart his country. He volunteered to go to Auschwitz - an almost certainly suicidal mission. He got himself a fake identity and deliberately walked into a German SS street round-up in Warsaw in Sept. 1940.

Pilecki chronicled the happenings at the camp for the next three years, sending missives back to the Polish Home Office whenever he was able, and upon his escape in April 1943 penned a full report. While written primarily for military purposes, it is a shining example of heroism and love of country that transcends religion, race and time.

His story was virtually unknown because it was intentionally suppressed by the postwar communist regime in Poland - because Pilecki's story did not end with his 3-year mission to Auschwitz. He participated in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 and was taken prisoner by the Germans. In late 1945 he volunteered for another undercover mission and returned to Poland where conditions were chaotic at war's end and the communists were asserting control. He was arrested as a Western spy by the Polish communist regime, tortured and executed in 1948 at the age of 47. His heroic exploits were expunged from Polish history until the country regained independence in the 1990s. He was fully exonerated posthumously and is now considered an heroic figure in Polish history.

I'd have never known about him if his story hadn't been referenced several times in Timothy Snyder's "Black Earth." Pilecki's report was translated into English in 2011, and this book is the result. If you have any interest at all in WWII/Holocaust/military history, do yourself a favor and read this. Remarkable stuff from a brave and selfless individual.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: euro60 on April 30, 2017, 10:34:00 PM
thanks for the tip on this, MK. I kinda eye-glassed over your review as I didn't want to know too much about this, and I will be seeking it out from our library.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on May 03, 2017, 05:33:55 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith
7. The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery - Capt. Witold Pilecki [Auschwitz Prisoner #4859], translated to English by Jarek Garlinski.

8. Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin

I read very little fiction and if it wasn't for the book club, I'd read even less of it. That said, May's choice was a solid read for me. It's a mystery thriller about a woman who, at the age of 17, was the sole survivor of the Black-Eyed Susan murders. The supposed killer is tried and put on death row, but now she is having doubts - mainly due to the black-eyed susans she finds planted under the bedroom window of every home she's lived in since the trial.

This is a really good book if you like murder mysteries or suspense thrillers. I didn't even know that I did, but now I think I will seek our Heaberlin's other books.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on May 04, 2017, 08:37:58 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin

Wonderful conclusion to the trilogy, though I think Voices was my favorite installment.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on May 09, 2017, 08:50:21 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.
8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on May 09, 2017, 09:47:19 AM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith
7. The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery - Capt. Witold Pilecki [Auschwitz Prisoner #4859], translated to English by Jarek Garlinski.
8. Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin

9. Playing Dead - Julia Heaberlin

Welp, this was nowhere near as good as Black-Eyed Susans. Not sure what she was going for here but it was a miss. Characters were fairly one-dimensional and there were way too many of them. I couldn't be bothered to keep them all straight - and it didn't really matter anyway. Thin on plot and the main character was stupid.

If I'd read this book first I'd have never picked up Black-Eyed Susans.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: trixi on May 11, 2017, 10:51:47 PM
1.  The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust--Edith Hahn Beer
2.  Tragedy Girl--Christine Hurley Deriso
3.  Dear Amy--Helen Callaghan
4.  Highly Illogical Behavior--John Corey Whaley
5.  The Serpent King--Jeff Zentner
6.  The Bitter Side of Sweet--Tara Sullivan
7.  True Letters from a Fictional Life--Kenneth Logan
8.  The Wrecked Life: the war story of a physician--Jakub Herzig
9.  Nor the Moon by Night--Joy Packer
10.  Dash and Lily's Book of Dares--Rachel Cohn
11.  To the Stars--Molly McAdams
12.  A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet: My Grandfather's SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth--Rita Gabis
13.  March: Book 3--John Lewis
14.  A Season for Fireflies--Rebecca Maizel
15.  Humans, Bow Down--James Patterson
16.  Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor--Martin Greenfield
17. Never Never--James Patterson
18.  The Female of the Species--Mindy McGinnis -  a teen novel with a female serial killer.  She kills those who have hurt others (starting with her own sister's murderer)
19.  The Smell of Other People's Houses--Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
20.  We Are Still Tornadoes--Michael Kun  (this is the one I think you'll like c-lando, Goodreads never sent my review post to fb so I could tag you).  Page 5 immediately brought you to mind :-D
21.  The Sun is Also a Star--Nicola Yoon
22.  Rani Patel in Full Effect--Sonia Patel
23.  Year of fear; a Jewish prisoner waits for Auschwitz--Philip Mechanicus
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on May 12, 2017, 08:57:50 AM
18.  The Female of the Species--Mindy McGinnis -  a teen novel with a female serial killer.  She kills those who have hurt others (starting with her own sister's murderer)
19.  The Smell of Other People's Houses--Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
20.  We Are Still Tornadoes--Michael Kun  (this is the one I think you'll like c-lando, Goodreads never sent my review post to fb so I could tag you).  Page 5 immediately brought you to mind :-D
21.  The Sun is Also a Star--Nicola Yoon
22.  Rani Patel in Full Effect--Sonia Patel
23.  Year of fear; a Jewish prisoner waits for Auschwitz--Philip Mechanicus
Why did this title automatically appeal to me!?!?!? " The Smell of Other People's Houses".
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: trixi on May 12, 2017, 09:50:02 PM

Why did this title automatically appeal to me!?!?!? " The Smell of Other People's Houses".

A lot of people reviewing it say that's what made them pick it up :-)  It's a teen book set in 1970s Alaska.  Reads from different viewpoints that will eventually tie together toward the end. 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on May 22, 2017, 12:42:05 PM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf

I'm no longer a Virginia Woolf virgin, and what a ride it was. Took me forever to get through it -- I got bogged down in the middle and had to read other, lighter fare for a bit. Some times it may have been a chore to read, but other times it was stinking hilarious. Not sure I every really got accustomed to her prose, but I'm glad I tried.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on May 22, 2017, 01:41:34 PM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on May 23, 2017, 11:40:54 AM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith
7. The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery - Capt. Witold Pilecki [Auschwitz Prisoner #4859], translated to English by Jarek Garlinski.
8. Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin
9. Playing Dead - Julia Heaberlin

10. On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century - Timothy Snyder

My love for Mr. Snyder is no secret and hearing him talk at the library recently is (most likely) the highlight of my year. An historian of WWII with a heavy focus on Eastern Europe, he has spent much of his life studying and learning from those who lived through the pogroms, purges, exiles and uprootings, and the events he is seeing now in our country mirror those of 1930s-40s Germany, Soviet Russia and the lands between those two countries. Scarily so.

This small book is packed with lessons of how tyranny gets a foothold and spreads like a cancer, and thoughtful instruction on what the average citizen can do to prevent it.

Should be required reading for everyone.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on May 25, 2017, 09:41:12 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on May 30, 2017, 08:32:40 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. *The Other Wind* - Ursula K. Le Guin

Yeah, I'm on a Ursula K. Le Guin kick. Deservedly so. The use of language in her writing is gorgeous, and this book in particular is a beautiful story. While it's the sixth Earthsea book, they don't read together as one long epic. They're individual stories, and though there are characters shared among the books, each book stands on its own.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on May 30, 2017, 03:57:54 PM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on May 30, 2017, 04:04:05 PM

Why did this title automatically appeal to me!?!?!? " The Smell of Other People's Houses".

A lot of people reviewing it say that's what made them pick it up :-)  It's a teen book set in 1970s Alaska.  Reads from different viewpoints that will eventually tie together toward the end.
In the acknowledgement section of the book, she notes that the book was born of a writing exercise from a class. "Let's all write for twenty minutes about the smell of other people's houses."
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: trixi on May 30, 2017, 06:04:03 PM
Glad you liked it!
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on June 04, 2017, 07:29:42 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. *The Other Wind* - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne

Simply put, amazing.

I discovered one of her short stories in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and was so taken by it -- I read it a second time because I just had to -- I went online to see if she had written any books. The Girl in the Road is her first, and so far only, novel. I'm still processing it, and all I can say now is, "Read this book," and all the clichéd lines about being unable to put it down.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on June 05, 2017, 08:49:44 AM
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne

Simply put, amazing.

I discovered one of her short stories in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and was so taken by it -- I read it a second time because I just had to -- I went online to see if she had written any books. The Girl in the Road is her first, and so far only, novel. I'm still processing it, and all I can say now is, "Read this book," and all the clichéd lines about being unable to put it down.
This looks great. Thanks for the recommendation!
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Dan on June 05, 2017, 10:11:12 AM
Yeah, I might look into that one, too.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on June 06, 2017, 12:43:24 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith
7. The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery - Capt. Witold Pilecki [Auschwitz Prisoner #4859], translated to English by Jarek Garlinski.
8. Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin
9. Playing Dead - Julia Heaberlin
10. On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century - Timothy Snyder

11. Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly

Enjoyable book about three WWII-era women - New York socialite Caroline, Polish teenager Kasia and German doctor Herta - and how they navigate through the war and aftermath.

I am of two minds about this book. It's a decent novel with all the characters having fairly strong voice, but by the third part of the book the story is rushed to the point where you can almost feel the author's panic at trying to figure out a way to end it. Shame really.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on June 10, 2017, 10:42:34 AM
1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts[
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess

6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell-  i'll forever be indebted to jc for introducing me to the trickster god of west africa, edshu.  i am happy to finish, as it felt like a chore to read.  it was rewarding however, when you found yourself privy to an elucidation.  he seems to prefer to think with an eastern twang which is most groovy.  like littering dust on your mind
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on June 10, 2017, 11:27:30 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk

I used to adore Palahniuk, but the honeymoon ended in the second chapter of Pygmy during a truly horrific scene. I read a few more chapters, then set it aside.

For five years.

Last weekend I was scanning the library for something to read, and Pygmy drew my attention. It was time I tried again. I'm glad I did. While that horrific scene is still horrific, I decided to give the author a chance, to see where he was going with it.

At the end of the day, Pygmy is not Palahniuk's best novel, but it's a fascinating read nonetheless. It's unique use of language takes some getting used to, but before long I found it worth the effort.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on June 15, 2017, 09:39:10 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds

Collection of short stories spanning his career through 2009 (the year it was published). I found it to be hit or miss, with the last story perhaps being the strongest. Still happy to have it in the library -- I'm a bit of a fanboy, having read nearly everything he's published in book form.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on June 20, 2017, 12:00:41 PM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on June 21, 2017, 03:18:33 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith
7. The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery - Capt. Witold Pilecki [Auschwitz Prisoner #4859], translated to English by Jarek Garlinski.
8. Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin
9. Playing Dead - Julia Heaberlin
10. On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century - Timothy Snyder
11. Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly

12. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

When a friend found out I hadn't read this, he immediately rectified it by loaning me his copy. Loved it.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on June 21, 2017, 08:53:38 PM
12. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

When a friend found out I hadn't read this, he immediately rectified it by loaning me his copy. Loved it.
The ending is SO GOOD.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on June 22, 2017, 05:00:43 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer

A friend's first novel, Typo Squad is a light-hearted take on crime fighters and master criminals with a nod to the thankless job of the copy editor.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on June 27, 2017, 03:45:57 PM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on June 30, 2017, 07:36:18 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin

Just a handful of short stories to flesh out the magical world of Earthsea, if you're into that sort of thing.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on July 01, 2017, 01:36:48 PM
12. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

When a friend found out I hadn't read this, he immediately rectified it by loaning me his copy. Loved it.
The ending is SO GOOD.

YES!

So now my friend has loaned me Snuff, which I'm going to try to finish over the holiday. Another friend says Survivor and Horror are better than Snuff and says I should read them next. What do you reckon Paul?
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on July 02, 2017, 10:58:57 PM
is the ending different from the film?  i've only read lullaby and think about it to this day
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on July 05, 2017, 09:06:23 AM
So now my friend has loaned me Snuff, which I'm going to try to finish over the holiday. Another friend says Survivor and Horror are better than Snuff and says I should read them next. What do you reckon Paul?
I haven't read Snuff, but from the reviews I gather, if you were to rank all his books from best to worst, it would end up near the bottom. My favorites from him are (not necessarily in order): Rant, Choke, and Lullaby. Second string would be Invisible Monsters, Fight Club, and Survivor.

So far I've read his books mostly in order of publication and it's been fascinating to see how his novels relate to each other. There will be themes he touches on in one book then more deeply explores in the next. There will be literary tricks that echo from one to another. Choke in particular makes marvelous use of repeated phrases.

Having said all that, Rant is a good one to read after Fight Club.

DD, the ending of the book is entirely different from the movie. The movie did a great job staying true to the book, even enhancing the story in some ways, but totally dropped the ball with the conclusion. If nothing else, find it in a bookstore, read the last chapter (what follows after he shoots himself in the face). Like your reaction to Lullaby, I still think about the book's ending to this day.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on July 05, 2017, 09:15:00 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone

I was hesitant to pick this up because I'm not really into baseball. Boy, was that a stupid reason to avoid a book. I should have known I'd like this since I liked A Body at Rest so much. Every chapter had something to give, if you know what I mean. While I haven't been converted to baseball fandom, I have been confirmed as a Susan Petrone fan, and look forward to her third novel.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on July 05, 2017, 05:14:42 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith
7. The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery - Capt. Witold Pilecki [Auschwitz Prisoner #4859], translated to English by Jarek Garlinski.
8. Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin
9. Playing Dead - Julia Heaberlin
10. On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century - Timothy Snyder
11. Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly
12. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk

13. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk

There were things I really enjoyed about this book. I liked that the entire book takes place in an 8-10 hour period. I liked the way each character had his/her own chapter, and I liked the way the characters/chapters interacted. I liked the pathos and the humor.

I didn't like the fact that I figured out who Cassie's child was fairly early on - Palahniuk wasn't subtle about his red herrings at all. I didn't like the ending either, mainly because it was just so implausible. I mean, the whole concept of the book was kinda doubtful but I thought, "well I'll go along for the ride" but that ending was laughable. Maybe that was the point?

Anyway, I'm going to delve into some more Palahniuk because I like his style. He's quite blokey, isn't he?
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on July 06, 2017, 08:34:46 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson

Wilson is one of those seemingly all too rare sci-fi writers who not only writes solid science fiction but is also a good writer. He creates intriguing scenarios and convincing dramatic tension, with writing that flows and occasionally approaches poetic. His weakness may be the conclusion. Spin, for which he won a Hugo, had a perfect ending. Darwinia didn't end satisfactorily at all. The Chronoliths was somewhere in between: It worked, but wasn't anything special. Regardless, I loved this book, and devoured it in three days. More often than not his books are a breath of fresh air.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on July 10, 2017, 10:09:38 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk

In this hilariously absurd tale of self-pleasure gone awry, Chuck Palahniuk hits it out of the park. Several parks, in fact. This may be his funniest novel yet.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on July 17, 2017, 10:19:06 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on July 17, 2017, 02:18:31 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith
7. The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery - Capt. Witold Pilecki [Auschwitz Prisoner #4859], translated to English by Jarek Garlinski.
8. Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin
9. Playing Dead - Julia Heaberlin
10. On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century - Timothy Snyder
11. Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly
12. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
13. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk

14. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett

Another book club choice. It came highly rated by The Week magazine as one of the best novels of the year, but I found it DULL DULL DULL. I didn't give a shit about ANYONE in this book. None of the characters had any substance or merit and the 'plot' (if that's what you'd even call the plodding dullness) was such a fucking snoozefest that I couldn't be bothered to finish the last few chapters.
Give me another Chuck Palahniuk book, please!
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on July 18, 2017, 07:38:27 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer

Excellent companion to The Elements of Style.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: trixi on July 22, 2017, 07:29:18 PM
1.  The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust--Edith Hahn Beer
2.  Tragedy Girl--Christine Hurley Deriso
3.  Dear Amy--Helen Callaghan
4.  Highly Illogical Behavior--John Corey Whaley
5.  The Serpent King--Jeff Zentner
6.  The Bitter Side of Sweet--Tara Sullivan
7.  True Letters from a Fictional Life--Kenneth Logan
8.  The Wrecked Life: the war story of a physician--Jakub Herzig
9.  Nor the Moon by Night--Joy Packer
10.  Dash and Lily's Book of Dares--Rachel Cohn
11.  To the Stars--Molly McAdams
12.  A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet: My Grandfather's SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth--Rita Gabis
13.  March: Book 3--John Lewis
14.  A Season for Fireflies--Rebecca Maizel
15.  Humans, Bow Down--James Patterson
16.  Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor--Martin Greenfield
17. Never Never--James Patterson
18.  The Female of the Species--Mindy McGinnis
19.  The Smell of Other People's Houses--Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
20.  We Are Still Tornadoes--Michael Kun 
21.  The Sun is Also a Star--Nicola Yoon
22.  Rani Patel in Full Effect--Sonia Patel
23.  Year of fear; a Jewish prisoner waits for Auschwitz--Philip Mechanicus
24.  When We Collided--Emery Lord
25.  Black Book--James Patterson
26.  Tell Me Something Real--Calla Devlin
27.  Lucky Few--Kathryn Ormsbee
28.  All By Myself, Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
29.  16th Seduction--James Patterson
30.  The Passion of Dolssa--Julie Berry
31.  Hitler's Forgotten Children: My Life Inside The Lebensborn--Ingrid Von Oelhafen  (a fascinating book of a woman who discovers later in life that she was taken from her family in Slovenia and given to a German family to be raised German in Hitler's Lebensborn program)
32.  Girl Mans Up--M-E Girard
33.  Camino Island--John Grisham
34.  Sing--Vivi Greene
35.  Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz--Michael Bornstein
36.  Murder Games--James Patterson
37.  Once and For All--Sarah Dessen
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on July 30, 2017, 10:16:28 AM

1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts[
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell

7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer- the two experienced alpinists tackle the inhospitable wild of the fabled land of yore.  ole' krakie takes some purty pictures.  makes me want to dive into the saga world myself before immersing myself completely
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on August 01, 2017, 05:12:12 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith
7. The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery - Capt. Witold Pilecki [Auschwitz Prisoner #4859], translated to English by Jarek Garlinski.
8. Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin
9. Playing Dead - Julia Heaberlin
10. On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century - Timothy Snyder
11. Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly
12. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
13. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
14. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett

15. The Art Forger - B.A. Shapiro

This was a fun ride. A Boston painter/artist shunned by the art world for a perceived faux pas involving her art professor lover gets a chance at revenge, finds new love and hopes to restore her image and reputation. Interesting and well-researched subject matter and well-developed characters make this novel a joy to read. I personally was slightly disappointed in the quickly wrapped up ending, but overall it's quite a satisfying book.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on August 03, 2017, 10:48:58 AM


1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer

8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse- this was built up for me.  it was my buddies' favorite hesse (the one who introduced me to hermann), it one a nobel, thomas mann adored it,  it's considered his most stunning achievement etc....  i'll probably come around and i'm already starting to.  i was expected to as floored as i was while reading steppenwolf or narcissus and goldmund.  this book is gonna linger particularly the character fritz (whom was modeled after nietzsche).  i felt satisfied after finishing the book because midway i let go of the expectations i previously had.  the posthumous writings of the main character could have been in the arabian nights.  a nice little treat at the end, dessert   
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on August 06, 2017, 08:41:20 PM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver

I like most of her books, but this one felt a little teach-y, like she researched coyotes and Appalachian agricultural history and wanted to write a book about it all. Even so, there were still plenty of vivid characters like in her other books, and there was even a storyline involving two elderly people that was utterly charming. Those chapters made the whole thing worthwhile.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on August 07, 2017, 02:43:03 PM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on August 11, 2017, 07:51:28 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson

As clever and imaginative a writer as Robinson is, he can also spend far too much time describing things that aren't always relevant to the story. 2312 is riddled with this weakness, where the characters spend more time exploring the solar system than pursuing the plot.

Aurora, thankfully, is much more focused. This is largely due to Robinson's use of an AI to narrate most of the novel. It's a fantastic device for exploring the evolution of AI while simultaneously driving the story forward.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on August 22, 2017, 01:04:49 PM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith
7. The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery - Capt. Witold Pilecki [Auschwitz Prisoner #4859], translated to English by Jarek Garlinski.
8. Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin
9. Playing Dead - Julia Heaberlin
10. On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century - Timothy Snyder
11. Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly
12. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
13. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
14. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett
15. The Art Forger - B.A. Shapiro

16. Oasis: What's the Story? - Ian Robertson

Oh man.

So a friend was having a moving party recently and was giving away free anything he didn't feel like packing, including quite a few books. I picked up a couple, this among them.

What. A. Stinker.

The author is a former British military dude who found himself doing security detail for pop and rock bands (Duran Duran, Spandau, etc) after he left the service. Along the way he made a lot of connections and eventually found himself Oasis' security guy and then tour manager. He also fancies himself a beat writer, apparently.

What could have been a decent first-person account of life within the inner circle and on the road is a mish-mash of arty-farty musings and attempts to be clever with song lyrics and entire pages filled with nonsense like wordsruntogetheroverandover and stuff like this bit about tour dates:

ClevelandOHHOdnalevelC
DetroitMIIMtiorteD
ChicagoILLIogacihC

You get the picture.

Thankfully it was a short book, but damn.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on August 23, 2017, 12:45:30 PM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on August 31, 2017, 08:49:12 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson

I have little interest in epic fantasy anymore -- everything reads like pale reflections of The Lord of the Rings to me -- but the sci-fi-like setting for this world has my interest.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on September 01, 2017, 08:19:20 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on September 07, 2017, 08:27:58 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.

At turns hilarious and deeply depressing, I can see why this won the Hugo Award. What a ride.

34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford

Very accessible peek into genomics. While I didn't absorb everything he had to say, I certainly have a better understanding of how DNA works than I did before.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on September 07, 2017, 03:42:44 PM

1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer
8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse

9- independent people- halldor laxness.  they say it's a book about sheep.  i'd say coffee and sheep.  they also say whenever they mention this book, they have to include that the author was a nobel prize winner.  it's very easy to see why.  you could taste the soil of iceland with the turn of each tragic page.  a quixotic sheep farmer of the icelandic moors battling the very real demons in a saga all his own.  chock full of good laughs and hearty rural conversation.  the narrative technique was a treat.  clusters of dialogue were packed neatly together in run on sentences.   required reading for cold winter nights when you're snug in bed and away from that bitter cold

a cross between gabriel garcia marquez's magical realism and bohumil hrabel's flowery prose and all the dirt in between
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on September 11, 2017, 10:38:27 AM
1. The People's House - David Pepper
2. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - Anya Von Bremzen
3-4. Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe - Inara Verzemnieks
5. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning - Timothy Snyder
6. Swing Time - Zadie Smith
7. The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery - Capt. Witold Pilecki [Auschwitz Prisoner #4859], translated to English by Jarek Garlinski.
8. Black-Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin
9. Playing Dead - Julia Heaberlin
10. On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century - Timothy Snyder
11. Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly
12. Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
13. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
14. Commonwealth - Ann Patchett
15. The Art Forger - B.A. Shapiro
16. Oasis: What's the Story? - Ian Robertson

17. Eligible - Curtis Sittenfeld

The only positive thing I can say about this modern retelling of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice is that it is set in Cincinnati and written by councilman PG Sittenfeld's sister. But I suppose I should preface my review by admitting that ALL Jane Austen works leave me cold. As far as I'm concerned they are nothing more than the soap operas of their time, and I am SO NOT a soap opera person.

So anyway, I think Sittenfeld was very brave to attempt Pride in a modern day setting and I'm also sure she has had her share of backlash from doing so, so I'm not going to add fuel to the fire there. The Cincinnati setting kept me reading. Otherwise, I would have hated the book even more than I did the first time around.

I would have never picked this book up had it not been our September book club choice, and I know CR got really tired of hearing me bitch and moan about trying to slog my way through it. But whatever. I managed to make it to the end, which is more than I can say about Ann Pachett's Commonwealth.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Kwyjibo on September 11, 2017, 11:54:35 AM

17. Eligible - Curtis Sittenfeld

...set in Cincinnati and written by councilman PG Sittenfeld's sister.

Curtis is a damn weird name for a woman.  Not the strangest thing I've ever heard, I guess (my dad had a male cousin named Meredith), but pretty odd.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: MissKitty on September 11, 2017, 08:34:08 PM

17. Eligible - Curtis Sittenfeld

...set in Cincinnati and written by councilman PG Sittenfeld's sister.

Curtis is a damn weird name for a woman.  Not the strangest thing I've ever heard, I guess (my dad had a male cousin named Meredith), but pretty odd.

Ha! Yeah. My favorite football player's first name is Marian.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Dan on September 12, 2017, 01:20:02 PM
I've always enjoyed girls with guys names. (I distinctly remember a Conner I once knew who was very very beautiful and wanted to date her.) So guys with girls names can't be that weird to me.

Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Paco on September 12, 2017, 02:15:00 PM

17. Eligible - Curtis Sittenfeld

...set in Cincinnati and written by councilman PG Sittenfeld's sister.

Curtis is a damn weird name for a woman.  Not the strangest thing I've ever heard, I guess (my dad had a male cousin named Meredith), but pretty odd.

Ha! Yeah. My favorite football player's first name is Marian.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/40/John_Wayne_portrait.jpg)

Is okay with this.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on September 13, 2017, 09:35:47 AM
I've always enjoyed girls with guys names. (I distinctly remember a Conner I once knew who was very very beautiful and wanted to date her.) So guys with girls names can't be that weird to me.

same here.  we named our daughter charlotte but call her charlie
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Dan on September 13, 2017, 11:20:44 AM
I've always enjoyed girls with guys names. (I distinctly remember a Conner I once knew who was very very beautiful and wanted to date her.) So guys with girls names can't be that weird to me.

same here.  we named our daughter charlotte but call her charlie

Oh, like this? (https://www.google.com/search?q=charli+xcx&oq=Charlie+X)
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on September 17, 2017, 08:29:00 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi

Kudos to the author for coming up with such a creative and believable future setting, but minus points for populating it with so many tired, dude-centric tropes.

For all its forward-thinking, sci-fi is ridiculously slow to change where it matters.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on September 21, 2017, 10:48:33 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
18. "Do Not Become Alarmed" - Maile Meloy - I may never travel internationally again.
19. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" - Issa Rae
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on September 25, 2017, 12:14:57 PM
I've always enjoyed girls with guys names. (I distinctly remember a Conner I once knew who was very very beautiful and wanted to date her.) So guys with girls names can't be that weird to me.

same here.  we named our daughter charlotte but call her charlie

Oh, like this? (https://www.google.com/search?q=charli+xcx&oq=Charlie+X)

yeah, but with a heart over the i
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on September 26, 2017, 09:58:25 AM
1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer
8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse
9- independent people- halldor laxness

10- quiet days in clichy- henry miller- quite vulnerable the author finds himself.  sympathetic and decadent with his characteristic shamelessness.  perhaps he is a great writer and i'm just a prude.  kinda hard to tell

11- no one writes to the colonel & other stories- gabriel garcia marquez- the landscape is unbearable and the people resign themselves to it.  good thing they invented the siesta or at least adopted it.  every page is mostly grim and i think this passage from the story montiel's widow sums up the collection pretty well; since before the political slaughter began, she had spent the sad october mornings in front of the window in her room, sympathizing with the dead and thinking that if god had not rested on sunday he would have had time to finish the world properly.  "he should have used that day to tie up a few of the loose ends," she used to say.  "after all, he had all eternity to rest."  The only difference, after the death of her husband, was that then she had a concrete reason for harboring such dark thoughts. 

he certainly doesn't make it easy for you to decipher the meaning of each tale, probably cleverly hidden in metaphor just beyond the grasp of simple minds such as mine.  that or it was simply too bleak to want to linger 

Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on September 28, 2017, 08:43:01 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
18. "Do Not Become Alarmed" - Maile Meloy - I may never travel internationally again.
19. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" - Issa Rae (audiobook)
20. "The Late Show" - Michael Connelly - A nice introduction to Connelly's newest detective. And she's a lady!
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on September 29, 2017, 12:34:44 PM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson

Much like Part One, it's an interesting read, just over long. I feel like not much actually happened in the 1,000+ pages I've read, and there are still a few books to go...
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on October 05, 2017, 07:57:19 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson
37. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

I adored the movie, and the book is just as enjoyable.

"There'll be no butter in Hell!!"
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on October 15, 2017, 01:00:17 PM

1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer
8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse
9- independent people- halldor laxness
10- quiet days in clichy- henry miller
11- no one writes to the colonel & other stories- gabriel garcia marquez

12- how to raise a wild child- scott sampson- lots of exciting projects going to put the youth back in nature.  these outdoor kindergartens sound sweet as hell.  perhaps i push up charlie's first backpacking trip a few years.  most of the material was upon first glance, common sense, but it sort of reinforced those notions.  rachel carson has been put on notice, by me 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on October 18, 2017, 07:26:18 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson
37. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
38. Manifold: Time - Stephen Baxter

Four hundred pages of mansplaining.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on October 30, 2017, 10:35:47 AM


1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer
8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse
9- independent people- halldor laxness
10- quiet days in clichy- henry miller
11- no one writes to the colonel & other stories- gabriel garcia marquez
12- how to raise a wild child- scott sampson

13- house of the dead- dostoyevsky- nothing gets me going quite like reading russian jail. autobiographical dostoyevsky, though, masked.  jail sounds like a strangely beautiful place.  indeed they grow fond of it, bittersweet memories.  incredibly solzhenitsyn as well.  goes to show how much people can put up with.  the stereotypical jew, isay fomitch sounds like a hoot

the only detail from dostoyevsky's life that i find incredibly disappointing for him to omit is when he faced a mock firing squad.  well, he didn't know it was a mock firing squad.  he thought he was gonna be executed.  lord almighty.  that moment unleash a giant 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on November 01, 2017, 11:12:14 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
18. "Do Not Become Alarmed" - Maile Meloy - I may never travel internationally again.
19. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" - Issa Rae (audiobook)
20. "The Late Show" - Michael Connelly - A nice introduction to Connelly's newest detective. And she's a lady!
21. "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" - Robin Sloan - That was a little like Willy Wonka if books were candy.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on November 08, 2017, 01:04:02 PM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
18. "Do Not Become Alarmed" - Maile Meloy - I may never travel internationally again.
19. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" - Issa Rae (audiobook)
20. "The Late Show" - Michael Connelly - A nice introduction to Connelly's newest detective. And she's a lady!
21. "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" - Robin Sloan - That was a little like Willy Wonka if books were candy.
22. "The Identicals" - Elin Hilderbrand - Soapy beach read devoured at a cubicle during a couple of lunches/on the treadmill walking off those lunches.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Dan on November 14, 2017, 09:53:54 AM
1. Jim Bouton - Ball Four
2. Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
3. Al Stump - Cobb

This was the Ty Cobb biography. Mostly, Ty Cobb was an asshole and a very angry and hateful man. In fact, I think if he were alive 100 years later he'd be diagnosed with a number of mental diseases and possibly even treatable diseases. Instead he goes down as the most hated man to ever play baseball, and also one of the greatest ever.

The book was decidedly not a page turner - I started this in late March and finished in November. It wasn't bad, per se, just...slow? Mostly the blame is on me.

I think one fascinating part of it is that the author actually knew Cobb. He spent part of a year and a half with him around 1960, just before Cobb passed away, prepping for a biography that never came about, and then sat on the information for another 30 years. He published the book in 1994 so here was a book coming out 80 years after the stuff that happened in it, and yet it had actual interviews. Crazy. When I finished I looked up the author and he himself passed away in 1995. We were that close to never having an amazing insight into the first baseball Hall of Famer.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Zafer Kaya on November 14, 2017, 10:06:46 AM
Dan, Al Stump made up a lot of the stories in that biography.

It turns out that Ty Cobb was just of a garden variety asshole.  Over-competitive, quick to anger, and had a way of pissing people off and getting into fights.  But the same could be said of Mickey Mantle or Billy Martin.

But it seems like Cobb didn't actually sharpen his spikes or other dirty play.  Nor is there any evidence that he was racist.  He didn't like blacks, but he also didn't like whites.  After he retired, he attended negro league games and spoke in favor of integration.

He was just a huge jerk as a person.  He wasn't evil.  Then again, Albert Belle is in the abstract a thoughtful, caring, and nice guy.  But he's such huge jerk personally it overrides anything else.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Dan on November 14, 2017, 12:27:22 PM
Interesting. What are your sources for these claims?

There was definitely a lot of things in that book that didn't make sense. And a lot of things that were glossed over. He beat his wife. Then he beat his second wife. Then he beat his third wife. This wasn't mentioned much.  There were guys who liked him...and some liked him a lot. And he was very loyal to Detroit, as they were to him. So there certainly were things missing in the book that I feel like would have made for better writing if they had been explored more. Some things are lost to history and I assumed that the author wrote what he did because he had sources for it; he glossed over whatever he glossed over because it was lost to history or he didn't have a source to back it up. You are claiming otherwise, which is possible I suppose.

I have not done a wikipedia dive on this book.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Zafer Kaya on November 14, 2017, 02:16:14 PM
Sushie would probably be able to tell you a lot more about it.  I know that some SABR historians extensively reviewed the anecdotes in the Stump book, which is when it first started to get more widely discredited.

A lot of things are still true, or at least there's enough evidence to believe they are true.  Like, he slapped a black clubhouse attendant and then choked out his wife.  There's just no indication he did it because the dude was black, as opposed to he was just in a bad mood and pretty much would beat up anyone.  Also he did run into the stands to beat up a guy with no hands. That's true too.

There was a book that came out a few years ago on Cobb you might want to read.  It is called A Terrible Beauty.  It got mostly positive reviews.  I think some people felt it went too far the other way, like pointing out that the fan in the stands was a notorious heckler and that fights in baseball were very common in those days.  The dude still had no hands, man.  But the book was well-received as at least being extremely well-sourced and factually accurate.  People just didn't agree with the author's opinions/interpretations where he drew them.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Dan on November 14, 2017, 03:29:19 PM
Yeah, that story was in the Stump book too about the no hands. And he said pretty much what you said - and just because the guy has no hands doesn't mean he's allowed to be an ass to the players. The Stump book (if I recall correctly) pointed out that most of the ballplayers agreed with Cobb on that one because the things that dude were saying had gone way over the line.

Sidenote - way over the line today versus way over the line in 1914 might be two different things.

The Stump book discusses how he beat up a number of black people. It also discusses how he beat up a number of umpires, fans, writers, and other non-blacks. But the book also points out that he really tended to focus on black people, so that's not good.

I'm not trying to defend it, though. Or Cobb. All that assholery and over-competitiveness is in the facts, not in stories.

Whether the Stump book is creditable or not, I think I'm done with The Georgia Peach for a long time. That was enough.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Jonathan on November 14, 2017, 04:37:18 PM
That story gave way a great comeback:

Concerned citizen: "You can't attack that man, he doesn't have any hands!"
Ty Cobb: "I don't care if he's got no feet!"
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on November 14, 2017, 09:10:55 PM
 i don't see why you shouldn't treat everyone equally.  my wife's grandfather lost both his hands in a farming accident when he was a young man.  over time he was able to adapt and continue farming just like he used to.  i never got to meet the man but legend has it, he was even able to play a mean game of pinochle. you probably couldn't tell he had no hands until you went to shake one.  which is most likely where the fist bump (or respect knuckles) came into fashion.   you're at a decided disadvantage if you underestimate someone during a brawl.   the man's probably been getting away with this shit for years and ty cobb called his bluff 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Jonathan on November 14, 2017, 09:29:39 PM
If I remember the story correctly, there is some question as to whether No Hands Guy was even the one who was heckling Ty Cobb in the first place. But then again, I could be mixing up my "Ty Cobb goes into the stands to fight somebody" stories.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on November 16, 2017, 11:09:13 AM

1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer
8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse
9- independent people- halldor laxness
10- quiet days in clichy- henry miller
11- no one writes to the colonel & other stories- gabriel garcia marquez
12- how to raise a wild child- scott sampson
13- house of the dead- dostoyevsky

14- silent spring- rachel carson- well i certainly didn't think i would read almost 300 pages about insecticide in the 1950's.  i meant to read another of her books.

this probably is her magnum opus and is incredibly important.  this work lead to environment destroying pesticides being taken out of circulation.  it's pretty crazy how careless everyone was regarding these lethal chemicals, which were backed by men who donated generously to universities to promote their agenda.  but they weren't the only ones culpable.  governments just trusted these people and planes would drop glorious amounts of death upon housewives in detroit trying to protect their gardens from the chemical rain (because that shit looks ominous), anything outdoors just to kill a bug which will only become more of a pest when all along there's a simple way of dealing with it.  hi fiving nature and solving this bitch like a team! 

my favorite story she told was about nature fighting back (but nature doesn't really fight back as it's swallowing you whole perpetually).  like in the 1940's or something, a famous salmon run in nova scotia (or one of the off the beaten path canadian provinces) had almost dried up.  one of those more lethal than ddt chemicals was the most likely culprit.  then a fucking hurricane came, probably killed the fuckers who laced the land, and once again there were salmon

 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: trixi on November 19, 2017, 11:22:23 PM
1.  The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust--Edith Hahn Beer
2.  Tragedy Girl--Christine Hurley Deriso
3.  Dear Amy--Helen Callaghan
4.  Highly Illogical Behavior--John Corey Whaley
5.  The Serpent King--Jeff Zentner
6.  The Bitter Side of Sweet--Tara Sullivan
7.  True Letters from a Fictional Life--Kenneth Logan
8.  The Wrecked Life: the war story of a physician--Jakub Herzig
9.  Nor the Moon by Night--Joy Packer
10.  Dash and Lily's Book of Dares--Rachel Cohn
11.  To the Stars--Molly McAdams
12.  A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet: My Grandfather's SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth--Rita Gabis
13.  March: Book 3--John Lewis
14.  A Season for Fireflies--Rebecca Maizel
15.  Humans, Bow Down--James Patterson
16.  Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor--Martin Greenfield
17. Never Never--James Patterson
18.  The Female of the Species--Mindy McGinnis
19.  The Smell of Other People's Houses--Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
20.  We Are Still Tornadoes--Michael Kun 
21.  The Sun is Also a Star--Nicola Yoon
22.  Rani Patel in Full Effect--Sonia Patel
23.  Year of fear; a Jewish prisoner waits for Auschwitz--Philip Mechanicus
24.  When We Collided--Emery Lord
25.  Black Book--James Patterson
26.  Tell Me Something Real--Calla Devlin
27.  Lucky Few--Kathryn Ormsbee
28.  All By Myself, Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
29.  16th Seduction--James Patterson
30.  The Passion of Dolssa--Julie Berry
31.  Hitler's Forgotten Children: My Life Inside The Lebensborn--Ingrid Von Oelhafen  (a fascinating book of a woman who discovers later in life that she was taken from her family in Slovenia and given to a German family to be raised German in Hitler's Lebensborn program)
32.  Girl Mans Up--M-E Girard
33.  Camino Island--John Grisham
34.  Sing--Vivi Greene
35.  Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz--Michael Bornstein
36.  Murder Games--James Patterson
37.  Once and For All--Sarah Dessen
38.  Did I Mention I Miss You?--Estelle Maskame
39.  Substance:  Inside New Order--Peter Hook
40.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn--Betty Smith
41.  I'll Meet You There--Heather Demetrios
42.  I See London, I See France--Sarah Mlynowski
43.  The Killings at Badger's Drift--Caroline Graham
44.  The Cincinnati Subway: History of Rapid Transit--Allen J Singer
45.  Did I Mention I Need You?--Estelle Maskame
46.  Songs About A Girl--Chris Russell
47.  Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man, and Their Journey Across America--Britt Collins
48.  Death of a Hollow Man--Caroline Graham
49.  I Have Lived a Thousand Lives--Livia Bitton-Jackson
50.  Kristallnacht--Anthony Read
51.  Museum at Purgatory--Nick Bantock
52.  Bare Bones--Kathy Reichs
53.  Silent Alarm:  On Edge with a Deaf EMT--Steven Schrader
54.  The Store--James Patterson
55.  Did I Mention I Love You?--Estelle Maskame
56.  Honestly Ben--Bill Konigsberg
57.  Monday Mourning--Kathy Reichs
58.  The Rooster Bar--John Grisham
59.  Haunted--James Patterson
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on November 20, 2017, 09:55:38 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson
37. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
38. Manifold: Time - Stephen Baxter
39. Words of Radiance, Part One - Brandon Sanderson

More of the same. Good, but not great. I'm ready to move on to something more economically written.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on November 21, 2017, 04:17:01 PM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
18. "Do Not Become Alarmed" - Maile Meloy - I may never travel internationally again.
19. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" - Issa Rae (audiobook)
20. "The Late Show" - Michael Connelly - A nice introduction to Connelly's newest detective. And she's a lady!
21. "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" - Robin Sloan - That was a little like Willy Wonka if books were candy.
22. "The Identicals" - Elin Hilderbrand - Soapy beach read devoured at a cubicle during a couple of lunches/on the treadmill walking off those lunches.
23. "Worn Stories" - Emily Spivack - A collection of "sartorial memoirs".
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on November 24, 2017, 10:33:16 AM

1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer
8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse
9- independent people- halldor laxness
10- quiet days in clichy- henry miller
11- no one writes to the colonel & other stories- gabriel garcia marquez
12- how to raise a wild child- scott sampson
13- house of the dead- dostoyevsky
14- silent spring- rachel carson

15- hocus pocus- vonnegut- forgot how quickly a vonnegut novel can go.  you can certainly tell that vonnegut has a lot of fun with his talent.  quite memorable.  i wish i would have written some passages down.  those would be fun to read to someone when you're on a hike.  i'd wager it ranks up near the top of his work.  he definitely aged well 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on November 27, 2017, 09:07:37 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson
37. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
38. Manifold: Time - Stephen Baxter
39. Words of Radiance, Part One - Brandon Sanderson

40. Tell-All - Chuck Palahniuk

Not his best, but I enjoyed it, mostly for the fun word-play: Ex-husbands are referred to as "was-bands," the addictions you turn to when depressed are called "moping mechanisms," etc. He really is a dark, clever bastard.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Dan on November 27, 2017, 12:35:36 PM
1. Jim Bouton - Ball Four
2. Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
3. Al Stump - Cobb
4. Celeste Ng - Little Fires Everywhere

A story set in Shake Heights, Ohio! I worked in the Planning Dept of Shaker Heights in 2000 for a summer internship, so this was fun. Plus all the random Cleveland references, too. The story was pretty good, although not my favorite. I found myself almost hate-reading the middle, but the beginning and the end were quite good. Not sure if I recommend it or not. Maybe. Still processing it.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on November 27, 2017, 03:58:46 PM
1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer
8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse
9- independent people- halldor laxness
10- quiet days in clichy- henry miller
11- no one writes to the colonel & other stories- gabriel garcia marquez
12- how to raise a wild child- scott sampson
13- house of the dead- dostoyevsky
14- silent spring- rachel carson
15- hocus pocus- vonnegut

16- the stranger- albert camus- that was intense.  oh the myriad paths we find ourselves galloping along.  remarkable technique.  the straight forward manner of speaking, in hindsight paints the hero (or should i say antihero?) in an unsympathetic light and not because of the aftermath of burying his mother (which is what he was really guilty of in the eyes of the law).  but during, the camus puts the reader in the same shoes as the murderer.  both the reader and the murderer are just as in the dark, only, the hero (or should i say antihero?), it seems, to be less concerned.  something to do with we'll die when we die.  the hero convinced me that i should me that i shouldn't care about him.  that kinda makes me care a little 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Jonathan on November 28, 2017, 08:51:55 PM
Little Fires Everywhere

A story set in Shaker Heights, Ohio!

And a big fire on the Cuyahoga River.


An easy and obvious anti-Cleveland joke, I know. But it's Cleveland, so I'm not sorry.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on December 05, 2017, 12:21:08 PM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson
37. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
38. Manifold: Time - Stephen Baxter
39. Words of Radiance, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
40. Tell-All - Chuck Palahniuk
41. Hollywood - Charles Bukowski

I'd been vaguely aware of Bukowski for a few years now, but hadn't read anything. Not sure what prompted me to finally give him a try. Glad I did, though. Thoroughly enjoyed this. Minimalist writing. Every word is important, not unlike poetry, of which he wrote quite a bit. I'll be reading more from him.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on December 07, 2017, 11:09:31 AM
i've been meaning to get into for the past ten years or something.  i love how he was a postal worker his entire life 
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: Zafer Kaya on December 07, 2017, 11:33:17 AM
Bukowski's alright.  He wrote some good stuff, but he also wrote a ton of crap.

That whole school of dudes who drink a lot/do a ton of drugs writing depressing stories of the underworld is a little tired.  The characters and themes are all pretty similar whether it is Bukowski or Kerouac or even Hemingway.  It's like hair metal or something.  There are some legit geniuses in that genre, and Bukowski is one of them.  But for every Van Halen there are 20 Erik Turners.  And after awhile, it makes even the originators and true artists just seem like caricatures.

I'm more interested in Betty/Jane Cooney Baker than Chinaski/Bukowski.

Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on December 07, 2017, 01:18:48 PM
Bukowski's alright.  He wrote some good stuff, but he also wrote a ton of crap.

That whole school of dudes who drink a lot/do a ton of drugs writing depressing stories of the underworld is a little tired.  The characters and themes are all pretty similar whether it is Bukowski or Kerouac or even Hemingway.  It's like hair metal or something.  There are some legit geniuses in that genre, and Bukowski is one of them.  But for every Van Halen there are 20 Erik Turners.  And after awhile, it makes even the originators and true artists just seem like caricatures.

I'm more interested in Betty/Jane Cooney Baker than Chinaski/Bukowski.
There were certainly some bits that were showing their age, particularly when it came to race and gender. What appealed to me most was the economic use of language: A handful of words to convey lots of meaning or imagery. And almost every single character was vivid. Not necessarily what they looked like, but how they acted and spoke.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on December 09, 2017, 10:23:36 AM
the only other thing i know about bukowski (outside of my friend's remark that he was a pervert like burroughs) is that he had a deep understanding with alcohol for the release it had on his mind.  he wanted to be mindful of it's dangerous awesome powers that he may harness his wizardry for years to come
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on December 12, 2017, 08:55:13 AM
the only other thing i know about bukowski (outside of my friend's remark that he was a pervert like burroughs) is that he had a deep understanding with alcohol for the release it had on his mind.  he wanted to be mindful of it's dangerous awesome powers that he may harness his wizardry for years to come
I don't know if that idea comes through in all his novels, but it was present in Hollywood.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on December 14, 2017, 06:43:37 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson
37. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
38. Manifold: Time - Stephen Baxter
39. Words of Radiance, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
40. Tell-All - Chuck Palahniuk
41. Hollywood - Charles Bukowski
42. Modern Classics of Fantasy - Edited by Gardner Dozois

Two caveats: I chose this as bedtime reading, and fantasy is not my genre of choice. The latter is partly why it was the former. I read myself to sleep with books that aren't exciting or don't hold lots of interest for me. Often I'll re-read a book.

With that in mind, I wasn't impressed with this collection of stories. None of them inspired me to check out the writer's other works. (I should mention I've already read lots of Ursula K. Le Guin, so that one doesn't count.) The stories spanned the last hundred years, give or take, and I was surprised by some of the earliest ones, and how dated they were. One started out promising with a seemingly strong female lead, but she turned into a boy-crazy idiot the moment a man walked onto the scene.

Anyway, to be fair, this collection of fantasy short stories may actually be quite good, but I would not be among those who think so. (It does rate fairly well on Goodreads, after all, with a 3.83 out of 5...)
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on December 19, 2017, 10:16:04 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
18. "Do Not Become Alarmed" - Maile Meloy - I may never travel internationally again.
19. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" - Issa Rae (audiobook)
20. "The Late Show" - Michael Connelly - A nice introduction to Connelly's newest detective. And she's a lady!
21. "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" - Robin Sloan - That was a little like Willy Wonka if books were candy.
22. "The Identicals" - Elin Hilderbrand - Soapy beach read devoured at a cubicle during a couple of lunches/on the treadmill walking off those lunches.
23. "Worn Stories" - Emily Spivack - A collection of "sartorial memoirs".
24. "Before the Fall" - Noah Hawley - Hey! Noah Hawley writes books!
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on December 19, 2017, 12:45:29 PM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson
37. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
38. Manifold: Time - Stephen Baxter
39. Words of Radiance, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
40. Tell-All - Chuck Palahniuk
41. Hollywood - Charles Bukowski
42. Modern Classics of Fantasy - Edited by Gardner Dozois
43. Now Is The Hour - Tom Spanbauer

So I was reading an interview with Chuck Palahniuk recently. In it he mentioned how he learned minimalist writing from Spanbauer. I thought, "Well, there's a writer I'd like to check out."

So I did. I had my doubts, though, as I hefted the 450-page volume in the library. Minimalist, eh? We'll see about that.

Immediately, and I do mean immediately, I was sucked in, his writing is that good. Sharp, precise. Nothing is wasted. Repetition for emphasis. Characters that step off the page, sit down, share a cigarette with you. A story that breaks your heart even as you laugh.

Damn, that was a good book.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: daytime drinking on December 20, 2017, 10:55:20 AM

1- the devil in the white city- erik lawson. 
2- the wisdom of insecurity- alan watts
3- the gulag archipelago- aleksandr solzhenitsyn
4- the mill creek: an unnatural history of an urban stream- stanley hedeen
5- honey for the bears- anthony burgess
6- the hero with a thousand faces- joseph campbell
7- iceland; land of the sagas- david roberts and jon krakauer
8- magister ludi: the glass bead game- hermann hesse
9- independent people- halldor laxness
10- quiet days in clichy- henry miller
11- no one writes to the colonel & other stories- gabriel garcia marquez
12- how to raise a wild child- scott sampson
13- house of the dead- dostoyevsky
14- silent spring- rachel carson
15- hocus pocus- vonnegut
16- the stranger- albert camus

17- from the two rivers; the eye of the world part one; the beginning of the wheel of time- robert jordan-  i suppose it could have used a few extra titles.    i felt a bit silly reading it.  welllll, i don't know if i'll be reading the other nine books of whatever.  though the plot was compelling, very lord of the ringsy (obvious comparison), i would rather read something else, probably forever. 

not that i have a problem or anything, but i wonder if i read any lord of the rings books this would make it better.  or should i just read twilight?   
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: luisterpaul on December 28, 2017, 05:22:53 AM
1. Central Station - Lavie Tidhar
2. The Medusa Chronicles - Stephen Baxter & Alastair Reynolds
3. Stories Of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang
4. Darwinia - Robert Charles Wilson
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
6. The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
7. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life - Anne Lamott
8. Speaker's Meaning - Owen Barfield
9. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
10. Revenger - Alastair Reynolds
11. Mars Prime - William C. Dietz
12. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew - Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Astrophysics: A Very Short Introduction - James Binney
14. Coyote - Allen Steele
15. The Telling - Ursula K. Le Guin
16. Gifts - Ursula K. Le Guin
17. Voices - Ursula K. Le Guin
18. Powers - Ursula K. Le Guin
19. Orlando - Virginia Woolf
20. The Other Wind - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne
22. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
23. Deep Navigation - Alastair Reynolds
24. Typo Squad - Stephen Lomer
25. Tales From Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
26. Throw Like A Woman - Susan Petrone
27. The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
28. Beautiful You - Chuck Palahniuk
29. The Elements of Grammar - Margaret Shertzer
30. Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
31. Aurora - Kim Stanley Robinson
32. The Way of Kings, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
33. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
34. A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes - Adam Rutherford
35. The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
36. The Way of Kings, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson
37. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
38. Manifold: Time - Stephen Baxter
39. Words of Radiance, Part One - Brandon Sanderson
40. Tell-All - Chuck Palahniuk
41. Hollywood - Charles Bukowski
42. Modern Classics of Fantasy - Edited by Gardner Dozois
43. Now Is The Hour - Tom Spanbauer
44. Words of Radiance, Part Two - Brandon Sanderson

The most engaging installment so far. I feel like more things actually happened.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: c-lando on January 02, 2018, 08:33:39 AM
1. "Near Enemy: A Spademan Novel" - Adam Sternbergh
2. "Commonwealth" - Ann Patchett - I could not have loved his more. LOVED TO THE MAX! My first time reading one of her novels and it will not be my last.
3. "Today Will Be Different" - Maria Semple - I totally thought this book was going to solely be about some woman's "first- world problems". But, it started taking all of these twists and turns and was much more than I thought it would be.
4. "A Gentleman in Moscow" - Amor Towles - Some moments were soooooooo slow, while I previously noted that I could live forever in the chapter from Book 2 titled, “1926: Adieu”.
5. "State of Wonder" - Ann Patchett - This author can create the most amazing stories. So rich and emotional.
6. "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage" - Ann Patchett
7. "Spoiled" - Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan - GFY girls write a YA book. Too Y and not enough A for me, even for a last minute beach read.

Looks like I'm back in the habit of reading bits of books and giving up on them. Hrumpf.

8. "Modern Lovers" - Emma Straub - I thought I liked where the book was going but then it seemed like she just got lazy and gave up by using some newspaper clippings to tie everything up. BOO.
9. "The Hate U Give" - Angie Thomas
10. "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" - Michael Connelly (a Harry Bosch/Lincoln Lawyer book)
11. "The Smell of Other People's Houses" - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock - Thanks for the recommendation, trixi!
12. "Maine" - J. Courtney Sullivan - This would make a good beach book. Not dumb, but not heavy.
13. "The Asphalt Warrior" - Gary Reilly - I forget how I found this recommendation, but it's a good one. I thought it would be more of a detective or crime novel. But, it's mainly just the thoughts of the cabbie/philosopher/lover of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND protagonist. I didn't mind spending time in Murph's head.
14. "Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It" - Maile Meloy
15. "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" - Samantha Irby - I cackled and giggled and snorted. YAY.
16. "The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove" - Andrew Cartmel - I didn't really care for the mystery but I liked spending more time with the core group of main characters, including the kitty cats.
17. "American Street" - Ibi Zoboi
18. "Do Not Become Alarmed" - Maile Meloy - I may never travel internationally again.
19. "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl" - Issa Rae (audiobook)
20. "The Late Show" - Michael Connelly - A nice introduction to Connelly's newest detective. And she's a lady!
21. "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" - Robin Sloan - That was a little like Willy Wonka if books were candy.
22. "The Identicals" - Elin Hilderbrand - Soapy beach read devoured at a cubicle during a couple of lunches/on the treadmill walking off those lunches.
23. "Worn Stories" - Emily Spivack - A collection of "sartorial memoirs".
24. "Before the Fall" - Noah Hawley - Hey! Noah Hawley writes books!
25. "Maybe in Another Life" - Taylor Jenkins Reid - Fluffy chick-lit to round out the year with a "Sliding Doors" feel.
Title: Re: 50 books for 2017
Post by: trixi on January 02, 2018, 02:15:08 PM
1.  The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust--Edith Hahn Beer
2.  Tragedy Girl--Christine Hurley Deriso
3.  Dear Amy--Helen Callaghan
4.  Highly Illogical Behavior--John Corey Whaley
5.  The Serpent King--Jeff Zentner
6.  The Bitter Side of Sweet--Tara Sullivan
7.  True Letters from a Fictional Life--Kenneth Logan
8.  The Wrecked Life: the war story of a physician--Jakub Herzig
9.  Nor the Moon by Night--Joy Packer
10.  Dash and Lily's Book of Dares--Rachel Cohn
11.  To the Stars--Molly McAdams
12.  A Guest at the Shooters' Banquet: My Grandfather's SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth--Rita Gabis
13.  March: Book 3--John Lewis
14.  A Season for Fireflies--Rebecca Maizel
15.  Humans, Bow Down--James Patterson
16.  Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor--Martin Greenfield
17. Never Never--James Patterson
18.  The Female of the Species--Mindy McGinnis
19.  The Smell of Other People's Houses--Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
20.  We Are Still Tornadoes--Michael Kun 
21.  The Sun is Also a Star--Nicola Yoon
22.  Rani Patel in Full Effect--Sonia Patel
23.  Year of fear; a Jewish prisoner waits for Auschwitz--Philip Mechanicus
24.  When We Collided--Emery Lord
25.  Black Book--James Patterson
26.  Tell Me Something Real--Calla Devlin
27.  Lucky Few--Kathryn Ormsbee
28.  All By Myself, Alone--Mary Higgins Clark
29.  16th Seduction--James Patterson
30.  The Passion of Dolssa--Julie Berry
31.  Hitler's Forgotten Children: My Life Inside The Lebensborn--Ingrid Von Oelhafen  (a fascinating book of a woman who discovers later in life that she was taken from her family in Slovenia and given to a German family to be raised German in Hitler's Lebensborn program)
32.  Girl Mans Up--M-E Girard
33.  Camino Island--John Grisham
34.  Sing--Vivi Greene
35.  Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz--Michael Bornstein
36.  Murder Games--James Patterson
37.  Once and For All--Sarah Dessen
38.  Did I Mention I Miss You?--Estelle Maskame
39.  Substance:  Inside New Order--Peter Hook
40.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn--Betty Smith
41.  I'll Meet You There--Heather Demetrios
42.  I See London, I See France--Sarah Mlynowski
43.  The Killings at Badger's Drift--Caroline Graham
44.  The Cincinnati Subway: History of Rapid Transit--Allen J Singer
45.  Did I Mention I Need You?--Estelle Maskame
46.  Songs About A Girl--Chris Russell
47.  Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man, and Their Journey Across America--Britt Collins
48.  Death of a Hollow Man--Caroline Graham
49.  I Have Lived a Thousand Lives--Livia Bitton-Jackson
50.  Kristallnacht--Anthony Read
51.  Museum at Purgatory--Nick Bantock
52.  Bare Bones--Kathy Reichs
53.  Silent Alarm:  On Edge with a Deaf EMT--Steven Schrader
54.  The Store--James Patterson
55.  Did I Mention I Love You?--Estelle Maskame
56.  Honestly Ben--Bill Konigsberg
57.  Monday Mourning--Kathy Reichs
58.  The Rooster Bar--John Grisham
59.  Haunted--James Patterson
60.  The Unlikelies--Carrie Firestone
61.  Cross Bones--Kathy Reichs
62.  We Are Okay--Nina LaCour
63.  A List of Cages--Robin Roe  (read this one C-lando!)
64.  Geekerella--Ashley Poston
65.  Resistance Fighter--Jorgen Kieler
66.  Every Breath You Take--Mary Higgins Clark
67.  The Hate U Give--Angie Thomas (Wow!)
68.  Big Cat, Little Cat--Elisha Cooper
69.  the Rescue of the Danish Jews: Moral Courage Under Stress--Leo Goldberger
70.  The Whole Thing Together--Ann Brashares