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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #120 on: November 12, 2014, 08:37:41 AM »

1. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn
2. "Neon Rain" - James Lee Burke
3. "Burglars Can't Be Choosers" - Lawrence Block
4. "The Paris Architect" - Charles Belfoure
5. "The Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt
6. "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" (audiobook) - Rob Thomas - As a fan of the TV series, I loved this. As an avid reader of detective novels, I loved this.
7. "City of Bones" (audiobook) - Cassandra Clare - A friend recommended this series but I don't think it's for me.
8. "The Shoemaker's Wife" - Adriana Trigiani
9. "Summer Rental" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
10. "Gods of Guilt" - Michael Connelly
11. "Birds of a Feather" - Jacqueline Winspear
12. "Pardonable Lies" - Jacqueline Winspear
13. "Paper Towns" - John Green - This was my first time reading Green and I really enjoyed this.
14. "Save the Date" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
15. "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Morgan Matson
16. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - Jamie Ford
17. "The Girls of Corona del Mar" - Rufi Thorpe
18. "Code Name Verity" (audiobook) - Elizabeth Wein
19. "Big Stone Gap" - Adriana Trigiani
20. "The Bones of Paris: A Stuyvesant & Grey Novel" - Laurie R. King
21. "One Plus One" - Jojo Moyes
22. "The Hurricane Sisters" - Dorothea Benton Frank
23. "You Should Have Known" - Jean Hanff Korelitz (audiobook)
24. "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" - Chris Grabenstein (audiobook) - This was fun. Like WILLY WONKA but in a library.
25. "A Discovery of Witches" - Deborah Harkness - lots of road trips lately have resulted in lots of audiobooks. She left this one with a real doozy of a cliffhanger. Can't wait to read the next one. Or maybe listen to it because I enjoyed this in the audiobook format.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #121 on: November 13, 2014, 12:44:59 PM »

1. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn
2. "Neon Rain" - James Lee Burke
3. "Burglars Can't Be Choosers" - Lawrence Block
4. "The Paris Architect" - Charles Belfoure
5. "The Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt
6. "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" (audiobook) - Rob Thomas - As a fan of the TV series, I loved this. As an avid reader of detective novels, I loved this.
7. "City of Bones" (audiobook) - Cassandra Clare - A friend recommended this series but I don't think it's for me.
8. "The Shoemaker's Wife" - Adriana Trigiani
9. "Summer Rental" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
10. "Gods of Guilt" - Michael Connelly
11. "Birds of a Feather" - Jacqueline Winspear
12. "Pardonable Lies" - Jacqueline Winspear
13. "Paper Towns" - John Green - This was my first time reading Green and I really enjoyed this.
14. "Save the Date" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
15. "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Morgan Matson
16. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - Jamie Ford
17. "The Girls of Corona del Mar" - Rufi Thorpe
18. "Code Name Verity" (audiobook) - Elizabeth Wein
19. "Big Stone Gap" - Adriana Trigiani
20. "The Bones of Paris: A Stuyvesant & Grey Novel" - Laurie R. King
21. "One Plus One" - Jojo Moyes
22. "The Hurricane Sisters" - Dorothea Benton Frank
23. "You Should Have Known" - Jean Hanff Korelitz (audiobook)
24. "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" - Chris Grabenstein (audiobook) - This was fun. Like WILLY WONKA but in a library.
25. "A Discovery of Witches" - Deborah Harkness - lots of road trips lately have resulted in lots of audiobooks. She left this one with a real doozy of a cliffhanger. Can't wait to read the next one. Or maybe listen to it because I enjoyed this in the audiobook format.
26. "Those Who Wish Me Dead" - Michael Koryta - A quick thriller! The main bad guys made me think of Anton Chigurh from "No Country for Old Men" - except that there were two of him. CHILLING.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #122 on: November 13, 2014, 12:55:06 PM »

1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts
16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini
17.  me talk pretty one day- david sedaris
18.  invisible man- ralph ellison
19. the road- cormac mccarthy
20.  breakfast of champions- kurt vonnegut

21.  a clockwork orange- anthony burgess.  how delightful an alternate ending, albeit the original.  i liked burgess' ending and can see why kubrick and the american editors liked it to end a tad early.  the yankee version is quite a powerful ending.  though my copy had an intro from the author explaining he had trouble getting his version without modification, into the hands of bloodthirsty americans.  well that was why.  we americans do crave sex and gore and hard luck redemption is told to mommies in the afternoon.  i was a bit intimidated by all the slang early on, but i picked up quickly and how infectious it became.  there wasn't a glossary of terms and definitions and after not awhile i was able to read it without missing a beat.  delightful romp
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #123 on: November 13, 2014, 02:17:01 PM »

1)  Life After Life-- Kate Atkinson
2)  The Circle-- Dave Eggers
3)  Inverting the Pyramid:  The History of Soccer Tactics-- Jonathan Wilson
4)  Where'd You Go Bernadette?-- Maria Semple
5)  As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl-- John Colapinto
6)  On Such a Full Sea-- Chang Rae Lee
7)  The Storyteller-- Jodi Picoult
8   Annihilation:  A Novel-- Jeff Vandermeer
9)  Winning Fantasy Baseball-- Larry Schecter
10) Shovel Ready-- Adam Sternbergh
11) Leaving the Sea-- Ben Marcus
12) Bark-- Lorrie Moore
13) Musashi-- Eiji Yoshikawa
14) Saga Vol I & Vol II (and the rest of the issues to catch up)-- Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
15)  Grasshopper Jungle-- Andrew Smith
16)  Blood Will Out-- Walter Kirn
17)  Boy, Snow, Bird-- Helen Oyeyemi
18)  Cat Sense:  How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet-- John Bradshaw
19)  Shotgun Lovesongs-- Nickolas Butler
20)  Fear and Loathing in La Liga:  Barcelona vs Real Madrid-- Sid Lowe
21)  The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human-- Noah Strycker
22)  Afterlife with Archie (1-4 and ongoing)-- Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
23)  Sleep Donation-- Karen Russell
24)  Railsea-- China Mieville
25)  How We Hope:  A Moral Psychology-- Adrienne Martin

26) Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel-- Francine Prose
Based on a famous real-life picture/life of Violette Morris, a French female boxer/race car driver/lesbian/nazi-collaborator.  Unfortunately, I think Violette Morris's real life (of which not much is known) was more interesting than the book.  There's too much going on in it and the plot gets all distract-y.

27) Authority: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy Book 2)
28) Acceptance: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy Book 3)

Pretty good trilogy overall.  I was more into the psychological/philosophical aspects of it than the Lovecraftian creepiness although that was good too.  Liked the writing, too.

29) Dept. of Speculation-- Jenny Offill

Quick and fun read.  It's a story of a marriage, birth and subsequent breakup but it's told in sort of blended together vignettes and stream of consciousness thoughts.  It's kind of the reverse of traditional storytelling where they tell you what happened you sort of piece together what the characters are thinking or feeling.  In this book, it's all about what the character is thinking/feeling and you piece together what happened.

30) Everything I Never Told You-- Celeste Ng

Really, REEAAAAALLLY good.  It's a sort of mystery novel.  The opening sentence basically opens with the death in the family of their 16 year old daughter.  But then as the story goes on, delving through events both before and after the death, more details are revealed, until at the end you understand why it happened.  It's not a whodunnit kind of thriller thought.  It's more like how one event influenced someone which led to something else and resulted in this huge snowball and you see how what happened was sort of inevitable.  But there is no real killer.  It was everyone's fault and no one's.  I guess Amazon just named this the best book of 2014.  I don't think I'd quibble with that.

31)  To Rise Again at a Decent Hour-- Joshua Ferris

It's manlit.  It's sort of darkly sardonic, semi-nihilistic, with lots of sort of cool, bad-assy quotable phrasing.  Like a slightly more genuine Sam Lipsyte.

32) Southampton Match of My Life: Eighteen Saints Relive Their Greatest Games-- Joe Batchelor, Alex Crook

33) A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing-- Eimear McBride
The prose is the reason to read this.  You'll either love it or hate it.  I hated it.  BUT I will give her credit for a nice try.  It didn't work for me, but it didn't feel like a cheap gimmick either.

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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #124 on: November 17, 2014, 09:31:02 AM »

1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts
16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini
17.  me talk pretty one day- david sedaris
18.  invisible man- ralph ellison
19. the road- cormac mccarthy
20.  breakfast of champions- kurt vonnegut
21.  a clockwork orange- anthony burgess

22.  the vinland sagas:  the norse discovery of america.  fascinating tale of exploration and the people who accompanied the voyages.  some of the exploration was forced due to having fleeing their motherland "because of some murders," but these weren't ruthless occupiers and conquistador types out for glory more like ruthless, humble voyagers continually seeking "because of some murders." i could be right, but lief and father eirik weren't out for fame because only until recently have we given them the credit which is due.  reading about my fellow scandinavian brothers warms my heart.  certainly i could adopt the christian name of kristof the skull splitter or kristof kristofferson
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #125 on: November 17, 2014, 12:12:58 PM »

1)  Life After Life-- Kate Atkinson
2)  The Circle-- Dave Eggers
3)  Inverting the Pyramid:  The History of Soccer Tactics-- Jonathan Wilson
4)  Where'd You Go Bernadette?-- Maria Semple
5)  As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl-- John Colapinto
6)  On Such a Full Sea-- Chang Rae Lee
7)  The Storyteller-- Jodi Picoult
8   Annihilation:  A Novel-- Jeff Vandermeer
9)  Winning Fantasy Baseball-- Larry Schecter
10) Shovel Ready-- Adam Sternbergh
11) Leaving the Sea-- Ben Marcus
12) Bark-- Lorrie Moore
13) Musashi-- Eiji Yoshikawa
14) Saga Vol I & Vol II (and the rest of the issues to catch up)-- Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
15)  Grasshopper Jungle-- Andrew Smith
16)  Blood Will Out-- Walter Kirn
17)  Boy, Snow, Bird-- Helen Oyeyemi
18)  Cat Sense:  How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet-- John Bradshaw
19)  Shotgun Lovesongs-- Nickolas Butler
20)  Fear and Loathing in La Liga:  Barcelona vs Real Madrid-- Sid Lowe
21)  The Thing with Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal About Being Human-- Noah Strycker
22)  Afterlife with Archie (1-4 and ongoing)-- Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla
23)  Sleep Donation-- Karen Russell
24)  Railsea-- China Mieville
25)  How We Hope:  A Moral Psychology-- Adrienne Martin
26) Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel-- Francine Prose
27) Authority: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy Book 2)
28) Acceptance: A Novel (The Southern Reach Trilogy Book 3)
29) Dept. of Speculation-- Jenny Offill
30) Everything I Never Told You-- Celeste Ng
31)  To Rise Again at a Decent Hour-- Joshua Ferris
32) Southampton Match of My Life: Eighteen Saints Relive Their Greatest Games-- Joe Batchelor, Alex Crook
33) A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing-- Eimear McBrideher.

34) This Dark Road to Mercy: A Novel-- Wiley Cash

It's pretty good.  It has sort of a children's story telling quality to it, but it's not really YA due to lots of blood and adult situations.  RTD called it something like Cormac McCarthy meets Harper Lee, which is a pretty good description.





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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #126 on: November 21, 2014, 11:03:45 PM »

1 ● Paul Brown - The Victorian Football Miscellanany
2 ● Paul Sutton Reeves - Music in Dreamland - Bill Nelson and Be-Bop Deluxe
3 ● Brian Boone - I Love Rock'n'Roll (Except When I Hate It)
4 ● Steve Clarke - The Only Fools & Horses Story
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5 ● Caitlin Moran - How to be a Woman
6 ● John O'Farrell - An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain... Or 60 Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always
7 ● Mark Rye - Over Under Sideways Down
This book was out together and published by some old colleagues of mine from the music industry and takes the form of short vignettes from people who worked at the 'coal face' of that industry. A nice idea - they approached me to add some tales from my time working for Virgin Retail in the mid-to-late 70's -  and whilst worthy, the finished product is a disappointment. Zero editing has been carried out on the interviews, with the stories printed verbatim from (presumably) recordings made by the contributors. Meaning that, even for someone like me who knows the background of the stories, the entries often come across jumbled and messed up, making no sense whatsoever. A shame ,as this is a great idea; to create history of the behind-the-scenes machinations of what was a pretty fucked up  work environment.
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #127 on: November 24, 2014, 09:43:29 AM »

1. Rod Stewart - The Biography
2. Stuart Maconie - Hope and Glory: A People's History of Modern Britain
3. Brian Boone - I Love Rock 'n' Roll (Except When I Hate It)
4. Simon Spence - The Stone Roses: War and Peace
5. Gesse Kraas & Mark Espinoza - An Unsheltered Childhood
6. Alexandra Richie - Warsaw 1944: Hitler, Himmler and the Warsaw Uprising
7. Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants - the Oatmeal
8. Good Morning Nantwich: Adventures in Breakfast Radio - Phill Jupitus
9. The Woman Upstairs - Claire Messud
10. A Man Called Destruction - Holly George-Warren
11. Waiter Rant - Steve Dublanica
12. Not Without My Sister: The True Story of Three Girls Violated and Betrayed by Those They Trusted  - Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones and Juliana Buhring
13. Caitlin Moran - How to Be a Woman
14. HHhH - Laurent Binet
15. The Road - Vasily Grossman

This will be a biased review because I absolutely adore Vasily Grossman's work and hold him in the highest journalistic regard. Grossman, a Russian Jew, was attached to the Red Army during WWII and chronicled life among the troops for the Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper. After the war he participated in a Jewish Anti-Fascist committee and ended up being blackballed and put on the Soviet "watch list." Because of state persecution, few of Grossman's post-war efforts were published while he was still living. Luckily for us, others held his work in just as high a regard, and his manuscripts and stories have found new life long after his death in 1964.

This book is a collection of short stories and essays, some written during the war, some afterward. All of them offer fascinating insight into the Soviet meat-grinder, but it is his unique perspective on stories like 1934's  "In the Town of Berdichev" about the plight of the Donbass miners, and especially "The Hell of Treblinka" which truly set him a world apart from other journalists.

The Hell of Treblinka was the first ever report about a German extermination camp, and it was used as testimony during the Nuremberg Trials after the war. The beauty of the prose juxtaposed with the brutal realism is nothing short of sheer staggering brilliance. Seriously. I cannot emphasize enough how important this story is, and we are all the better that it fell to such a talented, powerful writer to tell it. In lesser hands, it could have been plodding and dull. Instead, it will reverberate across the ages.

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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #128 on: November 26, 2014, 10:37:21 AM »

1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts
16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini
17.  me talk pretty one day- david sedaris
18.  invisible man- ralph ellison
19. the road- cormac mccarthy
20.  breakfast of champions- kurt vonnegut
21.  a clockwork orange- anthony burgess
22.  the vinland sagas:  the norse discovery of america

23.  notes from underground- fyodor dostoyevsky.  the first 60 pages or so were pretty difficult to read.  it's probably because i'm not smart enough to comprehend.  however, it was the ravings of a mad man.  but once the story itself started, i was hooked.  the dinner scene was truly memorable. 
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #129 on: December 10, 2014, 09:35:32 AM »

1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts
16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini
17.  me talk pretty one day- david sedaris
18.  invisible man- ralph ellison
19. the road- cormac mccarthy
20.  breakfast of champions- kurt vonnegut
21.  a clockwork orange- anthony burgess
22.  the vinland sagas:  the norse discovery of america
23.  notes from underground- fyodor dostoyevsky


24.  the defense- vladimir nabokov.  story of a child chess prodigy named luzhin.  the game obsesses and haunts him and obviously doesn't lead to him being able to control this impulse.  he starts to see his life as a game of chess.  quite dramatic.  characters in the book used him for his genius, whether they be spectators or one character in particular who was using him for the connections he could gain.  i too was using poor luzhin as i so wanted him to continue playing chess despite the inherent pitfalls that would entail, but certainly more engrossing literature.  nabokov says that it's a story of a man crushed by his genius.  i think today it resonates with the athletes and entertainers we pay good money and attention and demand they satisfy our recreation.  to hell with their feelings and all that horseshit!  right?  derrick rose comes to mind.  i was under the impression that he (luzhin) was autistic, but i'm not so sure.  i may not know shit about chess but i might be able to pick out a person with autism.  that and armchair quarterback a heart transplant. 
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #130 on: December 10, 2014, 03:24:36 PM »

1. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn
2. "Neon Rain" - James Lee Burke
3. "Burglars Can't Be Choosers" - Lawrence Block
4. "The Paris Architect" - Charles Belfoure
5. "The Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt
6. "Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line" (audiobook) - Rob Thomas - As a fan of the TV series, I loved this. As an avid reader of detective novels, I loved this.
7. "City of Bones" (audiobook) - Cassandra Clare - A friend recommended this series but I don't think it's for me.
8. "The Shoemaker's Wife" - Adriana Trigiani
9. "Summer Rental" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
10. "Gods of Guilt" - Michael Connelly
11. "Birds of a Feather" - Jacqueline Winspear
12. "Pardonable Lies" - Jacqueline Winspear
13. "Paper Towns" - John Green - This was my first time reading Green and I really enjoyed this.
14. "Save the Date" (audiobook) - Mary Kay Andrews
15. "Amy & Roger's Epic Detour" - Morgan Matson
16. "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" - Jamie Ford
17. "The Girls of Corona del Mar" - Rufi Thorpe
18. "Code Name Verity" (audiobook) - Elizabeth Wein
19. "Big Stone Gap" - Adriana Trigiani
20. "The Bones of Paris: A Stuyvesant & Grey Novel" - Laurie R. King
21. "One Plus One" - Jojo Moyes
22. "The Hurricane Sisters" - Dorothea Benton Frank
23. "You Should Have Known" - Jean Hanff Korelitz (audiobook)
24. "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" - Chris Grabenstein (audiobook) - This was fun. Like WILLY WONKA but in a library.
25. "A Discovery of Witches" - Deborah Harkness - lots of road trips lately have resulted in lots of audiobooks.
26. "Those Who Wish Me Dead" - Michael Koryta
27. "The Headmaster's Wife" - Thomas Christopher Greene
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #131 on: December 15, 2014, 02:41:06 PM »

1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts
16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini
17.  me talk pretty one day- david sedaris
18.  invisible man- ralph ellison
19. the road- cormac mccarthy
20.  breakfast of champions- kurt vonnegut
21.  a clockwork orange- anthony burgess
22.  the vinland sagas:  the norse discovery of america
23.  notes from underground- fyodor dostoyevsky
24.  the defense- vladimir nabokov

25.  inferno- dante alighieri.  most of the allegory was lost on me as i zoned out for most of it.  i did get to learn neat things about historical figures.  to be honest, i thought this would be good research into this short story i'm developing.  also as a way to avoid reading the bible.  but i was time well spent as it has challenged some of my plot.  by some i mean all.  but it's only one man's take and i'm also one man whom has a take
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #132 on: December 24, 2014, 02:23:27 PM »


1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts
16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini
17.  me talk pretty one day- david sedaris
18.  invisible man- ralph ellison
19. the road- cormac mccarthy
20.  breakfast of champions- kurt vonnegut
21.  a clockwork orange- anthony burgess
22.  the vinland sagas:  the norse discovery of america
23.  notes from underground- fyodor dostoyevsky
24.  the defense- vladimir nabokov
25.  inferno- dante alighieri

26.  beneath the wheel- hermann hesse.  this one that set the tone for his future novels.  semi-autobiographical.  the journey into oneself.  in beneath the wheel, he railed against an educational system that treats children as commodities where spiritual and emotional growth isn't just not fostered, it's frowned upon.  to be fair he was also pretty harsh on parents too.  the blind drive to succeed where a child's ambition isn't really their's at all.  it's a timeless critique. 

as far as hesse's works, this is probably my least favorite that i've read thus far, which obviously doesn't mean it's bad.  hesse always strikes a chord with me.  his introspection astounds me.  of course i like it when his characters go fucking crazy, but the subtler madness (as in this case) is often more thought provoking, or lingers.  i don't know.  i'm a terrible critic
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #133 on: December 29, 2014, 11:59:23 AM »


1.  lord jim- joseph conrad.
2.  one hundred years of solitude- gabriel garcia marquez
3.  the electric kool aid acid test- tom wolfe
4.  thus spake zarathustra- nietzsche
5. the journey to the east- hermann hesse
6.  the devils- fyodor dostoevsky
7.  the tea party goes to washington- rand paul
8.  bagombo snuff box- kurt vonnegut
9.  tropic of capricorn- henry miller
10.  naked lunch- william s. burroughs
11.  dancing lessons for the advanced in age- bohumil hrabal
12.  the importance of being earnest and other plays- oscar wilde
13.  life is so daily in cincinnati- mary pledge peterson
14.  dead souls- nikolai gogol
15.  become what you are- alan watts
16.  autobiography- benvenuto cellini
17.  me talk pretty one day- david sedaris
18.  invisible man- ralph ellison
19. the road- cormac mccarthy
20.  breakfast of champions- kurt vonnegut
21.  a clockwork orange- anthony burgess
22.  the vinland sagas:  the norse discovery of america
23.  notes from underground- fyodor dostoyevsky
24.  the defense- vladimir nabokov
25.  inferno- dante alighieri
26.  beneath the wheel- hermann hesse

27.  cannery row- john steinbeck.  that's a pretty safe steinbeck!  i was just waiting for something bleak to happen but i had a feeling that things were going to turn out ok.  steinbeck is the yankee dostoyevsky in the way he champions the barnacles of society.   he captured the spirit and the environment in that fashion and knew a thing or two about a thing or two about it.  though dostoyevsky was romantic about the torture and struggle within the soul and living was becoming a burden, steinbeck's heroes grasped life and squeezed every once of it drank it and proclaimed "bartender!" 
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Re: 50 Books in 2014
« Reply #134 on: January 01, 2015, 12:10:36 PM »

1. George R.R. Martin - A Dance With Dragons
2. David Laskin - The Children's Blizzard
3. Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451
4. Jane Leavy - Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy
5. Mikhail Bulgakov - Heart of a Dog
6. Seth Kaufman - The King of Pain
7. DC Pierson - Crap Kingdom

Crap Kingdom is a lighthearted story about a high schooler who is foretold to be the Chosen One for an alternate universe world. Unfortunately, that place is...crappy. It's an easy read that's clearly supposed to be funny and silly. I enjoyed it enough, but ready to move on.

And 7 books in 2014 completes my worst reading year since college. I blame iPhone video games. :)
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