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Dan

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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #90 on: June 01, 2010, 08:47:21 AM »

1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone
5. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
6. Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire

Two "Young Adult Fiction" books that I thought were fantastic. Book three apparently comes out this summer? Not challenging at all, but hey I don't care. I'm simultaneously reading something extremely challenging so I'm allowed the dichotomy.
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #91 on: June 01, 2010, 09:24:51 AM »

1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer
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10. Luba - Gilbert Hernandez

I absolutely loved the Hernandez Brothers' graphic novels (Love & Rockets series) as a college student, Beto's Luba character being one of my favorites. It's pretty obvious that he's not that interested in her development anymore (she's aged, after all) because 3/4 of this book focused on Luba's younger, sexier half-sister Fritz instead. What a pity that the book's namesake would find herself elbowed out by less interesting (but sluttier) individuals. Whereas his stories used to have fascinating and unique story lines, Gilbert Hernandez's more recent work (post-Palomar) seems focused on busty, naked and vacuous women rather than plot or character development.

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11. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting - Jim Walsh
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #92 on: June 04, 2010, 03:47:47 PM »

1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series.  
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!!  
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens.  
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot.  
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today.  
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh.  
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay.  
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.
20. Cruel Intent- JA Jance.  Eh.  Her series about the reporter is less interesting than the series about the sheriff
21. Creepers- David Morrell.  Interesting thriller about an abandoned hotel and some urban explorers
22. The Geographer's Library- Jon Fasman.  Really good mystery/thriller type book.  Hapless journalist stumbles into something crazy.  Good Times.
23. Fire Storm- Iris Johansen
24. Show No Fear- Peri O’Shaughnessy.
25. Cold Truth- Mariah Stewart
26. Beautiful Lies- Lisa Unger.  
27. Black Out- Lisa Unger.
26. Fractured- Karin Slaughter
27. Always Time To Die- Elizabeth Lowell

Liked all of these.  Good stuff for reading at work.
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #93 on: June 04, 2010, 07:34:54 PM »

1. The Tipping Point - Malcolm Gladwell
2. Superfreakonomics - Levitt and Dubner

3. The Checklist Manifesto - Atul Gawande
4. The Big Short - Michael Lewis
5. Tokyo Vice - Jake Adelstein
6. Blockade Billy - Stephen King
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #94 on: June 05, 2010, 12:06:43 AM »

1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz

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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #95 on: June 08, 2010, 11:48:14 PM »

1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #96 on: June 11, 2010, 08:47:14 AM »

1. Mercury in Retrograde - by Paula Froelich
2. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
3. Thank You for Not Smoking - Arlo Flinn
4. The History of Southwest Virginia 1746-1786 & Washington County 1777-1870 - by Lewis Preston Summers
5. London's Burning: The Adventures on the Frontlines of Punk 1976-1977 - Dave Thompson
6. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor
7. Making Rounds with Oscar - David Dosa, MD
8. Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More - Dianne Jacob
9. Guided by Voices: 21 Years of Hunting Accidents in the Forests of Rock - Jim Greer
10. Luba - Gilbert Hernandez
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11. The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting: An Oral History - Jim Walsh

I'm not much of a fan of oral histories, and when I began reading this book I wasn't sure I'd enjoy it - even though it's about one of my most favorite bands ever. The style works well here, however, as it is nearly as ramshackle as the band themselves. I'd love for this to be released as a book on tape/CD with each interviewee's own voice being used.

I don't think any 'Mats fan could read this and not be moved to tears by the beautiful eulogy Walsh penned for Bobby Stinson's funeral.

Currently reading:
12. Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records - Michael De Koningh and Laurence Cane-Honeysett
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #97 on: June 18, 2010, 08:20:55 PM »

1. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2. Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3. The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4. How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6. Point Omega - Don Delillo
7. Falling Man - Don Delillo
8. NurtureShock - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
9. Saturday - Ian McEwan

10. White Noise - Don Delillo
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #98 on: June 27, 2010, 11:33:43 PM »

1. Beautiful Boy - David Sheff
2. Proust was a Neuroscientist - Jonah Lehrer
3. The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
4. How We Decide - Jonah Lehrer
5. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks
6. Point Omega - Don Delillo
7. Falling Man - Don Delillo
8. NurtureShock - Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
9. Saturday - Ian McEwan
10. White Noise - Don Delillo

11. Sleepless - Charlie Huston
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #99 on: June 27, 2010, 11:50:47 PM »

That seals the deal for me, scuba.  Looking forward to getting it.  And I had no idea about the author's connection!


1. Rat Scabies and the Holy Grail - Christopher Dawes
2. We'll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives - Paul Shaffer (audio book)
3. State of the Union - Brad Thor
4. The Last Jihad - Joel Rosenberg
5. Breakthrough - Suzanne Somers (I recommend this for the gals...good info!)
6. Timequake - Kurt Vonnegut

Since you shared my interest in World War Z, I thought I'd recommend another book I just finished that I think you'd might enjoy, Sleeples by Charlie Huston.  Bought it several weeks ago and let it sit, this week it started calling my name, so I finally read it and just...wow, through the first 50 pages I wasn't sure it was worth my time but once things started to open up, again wow...references a lot of different notes (pulp crime fiction, corporate power and abuse, governmental impotence, the war on drugs, Mad Max, zombie movies, and a slew of others) but written with such style that it's seems not beyond the realm of possibility for the near future in the real world.
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #100 on: June 28, 2010, 02:18:51 PM »

1. Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask - Jancee Dunn
2. Last Words - George Carlin with Tony Hendra
3. The Help - Kathryn Stockett
4. Nine Dragons - Michael Connelly
5. Hold Tight - Harlan Coben (probably my least favorite of his books so far)
6. Dune Road - Jane Green
7. South of Broad - Pat Conroy
8. Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman (audio book)
9. Eleven on Top - Janet Evanovich (audio book) - Stephanie Plum may be the most annoying character EVER
10. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz
11. Curse of The Spellmans - Lisa Lutz
12. You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation - Susannah Gora - Meh. VERY light on substance. I learned a few things but not much. I wish she would have focused on the Brat Pack OR John Hughes and not BOTH. Also, SAY ANYTHING has nothing to do with Hughes OR the Brat Pack. Duh.
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #101 on: June 29, 2010, 01:18:55 PM »

1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone
5. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
6. Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
7. Neil Gaiman - Stardust

Good stuff - but different from the movie on a surprisingly large scale.
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #102 on: July 05, 2010, 10:50:46 AM »

1.  Perfect Fifths--Megan McCafferty
2.  Sunset Boulevard--Zoey Dean
3.  Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan--Morgan Robertson
4.  Beach Trip--Cathy Holton
5.  Ruined--Paula Morris
6.  Hold Still--Nina LaCour
7.  Swimming--Nicola Keegan
8.  Click Here (to find out how I survived seventh grade)--Denise Vega
9.  Museum of Mary Child--Cassandra Golds
10.  Second Skin--Jessica Wollman
11.  Penny Pinchers Club--Sarah Strohmeyer
12.  They Never Came Back--Caroline B. Cooney
13.  Punkzilla--Adam Rapp
14.  Hollywood is Like High School with Money--Zoey Dean
15.  Mare's War--Tanita S. Davis
16.  Posh and Prejudice--Grace Dent
17.  Ash--Malinda Lo
18.  Hunger Games--Suzanne Collins
19.  I'm So Happy For You--Lucinda Rosenfeld
20.  The Everafter--Amy Huntley
21.  When You Reach Me--Rebecca Stead
22.  Age 14--Geert Spillebeen
23.  Surviving the Angel of Death: the story of a Mengele twin in Auschwitz--Eva Kor
24.  I, Alex Cross--James Patterson
25.  Gone to the Dogs--Mary Guterson
26.  The Monstrumologist--Rick Yancey
27.  Flash Burnout--L.K. Madigan
28.  Lonely Hearts Club--Elizabeth Eulberg
29.  Spies of Mississippi: the true story of the spy network that tried to destroy the civil rights movement--Rick Bowers
30.  By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead--Julie Anne Peters
31.  Simeon's Story: an eyewitness account of the kidnapping of Emmett Till--Simeon Wright
32.  I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It--Adam Selzer
33.  Beautiful Creatures--Kami Garcia
34.  Killing Bridezilla--Laura Levine
35.  Flightsend--Linda Newbery
36.  Last Song--Nicholas Sparks
37.  Making Rounds with Oscar:  the extraordinary gift of an ordinary cat--David Dosa
38.  Tangled--Carolyn Mackler
39.  Sweet, Hereafter--Angela Johnson
40.  Catching Fire--Suzanne Collins
41.  Girl with the Mermaid Hair--Delia Ephron
42.  Some Girls Are--Courtney Summers
43.  You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: the brat pack, John Hughes and their impact on a generation--Susannah Gora
44.  A Kiss in Time--Alex Flinn
45.  Green Witch--Alice Hoffman
46.  Something, Maybe--Elizabeth Scott
47.  Pieces of Happily Ever After--Irene Zutell
48.  Splendor--Anna Godbersen
49.  Scarlett Fever--Maureen Johnson
50.  All Unquiet Things--Anna Jarzab
51.  Forget-Her-Nots--Amy Brecount White
52.  Dawn--Kevin Brooks
53.  Going Bovine--Libba Bray
54.  The Gift--Cecelia Ahern
55.  Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?--Louise Rennison
56.  Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians remember the Nazi occupation
57.  Tales of the Madman Underground--John Barnes
58.  Unwritten Rule--Elizabeth Scott
59.  Shadow of Your Smile--Mary Higgins Clark
60.  9th Judgment--James Patterson
61.  Madness of the XX Century: a testimony--Zbigniew Marian Haszlakiewicz
62.  Buckley's Story--Ingrid King
63.  Never to Be Forgotten: a young girl's Holocaust memoir--Beatrice Muchman
64.  Carrie Diaries--Candace Bushnell
65.  Open--Andre Agassi
66.  The Girl Who Chased the Moon--Sarah Addison Allen
67.  The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner--Stephenie Meyer
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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #103 on: July 06, 2010, 01:58:46 PM »

1. Under the Dome- Stephen King. REALLY liked this one.  Super fast paced.  I hated to put it down
2. The Templar Legacy- Steve Berry.  This guy is riding the Dan Brown wave.  Good "at work between calls" kind of read
3. Death of a Blue Movie Star- One of Jeffrey Deaver's non Lincoln Rhyme books.  I liked this a lot.  Good for a quick "at work" read
4. Utterly Monkey- Nick Laird. It was okay.  Not awesome, not bad. Another good "at work" book
5. Crisis- Robin Cook.  Good Medical thriller meets sort of legal thriller thrown in.  I like Robin Cook a lot though.  And I like legal thrillers....so, yeah, there you go. This was very fast paced, which was nice.  Almost didn't want to put it down between breaks at work.
6. Carnage- Andrew Billings.  Crazy messed up.  Just weird.
7. Candles Burning- Tabitha King and Michael McDowell.  Really dug this. Really weird interesting story, interesting main characters.
8. Devil's Claw- J.A. Jance. I liked this one.  Nicely paced.  I think it's from the middle of a series of books about this particular sheriff, and I think I've read another in the series.  
The Dandelion Killer- Wanda Luttrell.  Thought from the title and the creepy dandelion dripping blood on the cover that this would be a really cool thriller book.  Yeah, I missed the tiny phrase "Fiction for the mind AND soul" on the back cover.  It was a churchy thriller.  Like the bad guys **spoiler alert** were these new age people.  No, seriously.  AAAAAAAHHHHHH, Transcendential Meditation!!!!!  Crystals!!!!  Holistic health!!!!  
9. Heartbreaker- Julie Garwood.  Really good thriller.  Really fast paced, quick read.  I finished it early, so now I don't have a book to read for today.  I'm stuck reading Better Homes & Gardens.  
10. Sacred- Dennis LaHane.  REALLY engaging.  Liked this one a lot.  
11. The Charlemagne Pursuit- Steve Barry.  Good.  Less Dan-Browny than his other stuff.  Kind of a slow start, but it picked up nicely
12. The Rule of Four- Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason.  I liked this one too.  Interesting story of 4 men at Princeton about to graduate.
13. Crusader Gold- David Gibbins.  Like Indiana Jones and Dan Brown went scuba diving together.  Did the Nazis really think that they could trace their Aryan roots to the polar ice caps?  This book had that and so did my #11 up there.
14. Liar's Market- Taylor Smith.  Interesting take on a spy story.  SUPER quick read.  Started it yesterday, finished it up today.  
15. Richochet- Sandra Brown.  Meh.  
16. Blindsighted- Karin Slaughter. Liked this one okay.  
17. Bandits- Elmore Leonard.  AWESOME.  Really interesting, fast paced, well fleshed out story and characters.  I can see why people really dig EL.  Can't believe I didn't get into his stuff sooner.
20. Cruel Intent- JA Jance.  Eh.  Her series about the reporter is less interesting than the series about the sheriff
21. Creepers- David Morrell.  Interesting thriller about an abandoned hotel and some urban explorers
22. The Geographer's Library- Jon Fasman.  Really good mystery/thriller type book.  Hapless journalist stumbles into something crazy.  Good Times.
23. Fire Storm- Iris Johansen
24. Show No Fear- Peri O’Shaughnessy.
25. Cold Truth- Mariah Stewart
26. Beautiful Lies- Lisa Unger.  
27. Black Out- Lisa Unger.
26. Fractured- Karin Slaughter
27. Always Time To Die- Elizabeth Lowell
28. Thank You For Smoking- Christopher Buckley
29. Blue City- Ross MacDonald
30. Out of Sight- Elmore Leonard


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Re: 50 Books in 2010
« Reply #104 on: July 10, 2010, 10:06:18 AM »

1. John Updike - rabbit, run
2. Sadia Shepard - The Girl From Foreign
3. Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
4. Richard Preston - The Hot Zone
5. Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
6. Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
7. Neil Gaiman - Stardust
8. Neil Gaiman - Smoke and Mirrors

I didn't intend to purchase a collection of short stories when I bought that... I was in a hurry so I didn't look closely. It turned out to be pretty cool of course. His imagination is fascinating and very entertaining.
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