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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #90 on: June 18, 2018, 10:24:06 AM »

1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #91 on: June 18, 2018, 10:55:48 PM »

1.  The Whole Thing Together--Ann Brashares
2.  The House at 758--Kathryn Berla
3.  By Your Side--Kasie West
4.  Coming Up for Air--Miranda Kenneally
5.  Count to Ten--James Patterson
6.  Always and Forever, Lara Jean--Jenny Han
7.  When Dimple Met Rishi--Sandhya Menon
8.  Hitler, My Neighbor: Memories of a Jewish Childhood, 1929-1939--Edgar Feuchtwanger
9.  Midnight at the Electric--Jodi Lynn Anderson
10.  Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue--Mackenzi Lee
11.  Release--Patrick Ness
12.  Long Way Down--Jason Reynolds
13.  I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter--Erika L Sanchez
14.  Bark--Georges Didi-Huberman
15.  People vs Alex Cross--James Patterson
16.  One of Us is Lying--Karen McManus
17.  Starfish--Akemi Dawn Bowman
18.  Adolfo Kaminsky: A Forger's Life--Sarah Kaminsky
19.  Eliza and Her Monsters--Francesca Zappia
20.  Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961--Larry Dane Brimner
21.  Saints and Misfits--S.K. Ali
22.  Lucky Broken Girl--Ruth Behar
23.  Piecing Me Together--Renee Watson
24.  Allegedly--Tiffany D Jackson
25.  Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers--Deborah Heiligman
26.  What the Night Sings--Vesper Stamper
27.  The Stars Beneath Our Feet--David Barclay Moore
28.  Hello, Universe--Erin Entrada Kelly
29.  Dear Martin--Nic Stone
30.  The Librarian of Auschwitz--Antonio Iturbe
31.  Fifty Fifty--James Patterson
32.  Devils Within--S.F. Henson
33.  Roomies--Christina Lauren
34.  Songs About Us--Chris Russell
35.  Breaking the Ice--Julie Cross
36.  The Woman Left Behind--Linda Howard
37.  Strange the Dreamer--Laini Taylor
38.  Red Alert--James Patterson
39.  Close Encounters of the Furred Kind: New Adventures with My Sad Cat & Other Feline Friends--Tom Cox
40.  Love, Hate and Other Filters--Samira Ahmed
41.  World in My Eyes--Richard Blade
42.  Alex and Eliza--Melissa de la Cruz
43.  Private Princess--James Patterson
44.  You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone--Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #92 on: June 19, 2018, 01:36:19 PM »

How did you like Close Encounters of the Furred Kind? I've been following Tom Cox on twitter for some time, but haven't read any of his books yet.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #93 on: June 19, 2018, 09:09:28 PM »

I've read all his cat books to date.  He has a flair for anthropomorphizing the cats in his life, which I enjoy.  Each of them has their own unique personality, much of which is enhanced by the photos/captions he uses for them on his twitter feed.  This book covers his move from one side of England to the other and many entertaining cat stories, both of his own cats and visiting cats. 
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #94 on: June 20, 2018, 09:34:56 AM »

Can you recommend a starter book from Tom Cox about cats? Basically, what's his best yet also works for someone who doesn't know him?
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #95 on: June 20, 2018, 01:06:11 PM »

1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood

23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal

Sci-fi / fantasy / historical fiction but more like alternate historical fiction. This is a short story collection, and the stories were mostly in order of publication. You can see the progression in her writing. They get better as you go, with the last few pulling more than one tear from the eye.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #96 on: June 22, 2018, 08:27:38 AM »

1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk

Mixed bag, as short story collections so often are. Zombies was far and away my favorite, possibly because he went in an unusual direction for him.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #97 on: June 22, 2018, 09:33:31 PM »

Can you recommend a starter book from Tom Cox about cats? Basically, what's his best yet also works for someone who doesn't know him?
I'd go with 'The Good, The Bad and the Furry"...it's the 3rd book he wrote about his cats, but it's not like you really need to read them in order.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #98 on: June 25, 2018, 11:54:09 AM »

Thanks!
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #99 on: June 27, 2018, 08:40:32 AM »

1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway

I mostly enjoyed the writing, the deft use of language, what I came to think of as well-crafted run-on sentences, to describe Paris and the friends he had there, to tell his anecdotes, but in the end it was all anecdotes and no plot, no action, arguably no point to the book except maybe as a now horribly dated travel guide to the Parisian environs, but two hundred pages without a plot is much to ask, though I will say the introductory paragraph where he starts talking about Scott Fitzgerald is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #100 on: July 09, 2018, 08:38:16 AM »

1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

Holy crap, this was good. Creative sci-fi that challenges social norms in an unusual way. Can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #101 on: July 12, 2018, 10:29:21 PM »


1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten

15- save the cat!- blake snyder- from the man who brought you the endlessly quotable stop!  or my mom will shoot! and the controversial dystopian thriller blank check comes the screenplay book of the millenium.  the last and only one you'll ever need.  informative and relatively enjoyable book about the least fun (at least for me) aspect of writing a film.  but working with structure exercises has expanded my imagination by constricting it.  the guy's super lame (which i imagine a family genre writer has to be) but is successful and understands how the business operates.  my buddy says this is the last book we'll probably have to read but now he's off and reading syd field 

16- roughing it- mark twain-  the grooming of a giant.  twain's seven or so years out west and in hawaii (sandwich islands).  you can imagine what it was like for mark twain to be an editor of a frontier boomtown newspaper a job he fell into because of hate mail he sent them.  maybe not hate mail, but scathing criticisms.  that was at the tail end in his time in nevada territory.  he was a failed prospector, recreationalist.  i unknowingly walked in his footsteps from lake mono to tahoe to viewing the sunrise at haleakala in maui.  that was a neat thing to experience.  the coolest thing he did was continue on down into the kilauea crater with some haole who claimed he knew where to go after the local guides ditched them cuz of how active the volcano was.  during this period (roughly the civil war years) kilauea was intense.  fountains of lava like they were standing on a beach looking up at old faithful.  the drawings by true williams were a lovely accompaniment, so timely, so humorous.  the landscape portraits were breathtaking.  at book's end, for want of money and rid of destitution, he became a public lecturer.  thus it begins

it was all so remarkably funny.  he's found a great use for language.  twain and the old west could only have happened

this text had a hundred pages of footnotes, a couple appendixes (two soley about the mormons), maps, correspondences.  i read all but the footnotes and a facsimile of a letter from horace greeley.  that was a gag in the book.  greeley had monstrous handwriting
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #102 on: July 16, 2018, 03:49:10 PM »

1. "White Tears" - Hari Kunzru
2. "Two Kinds of Truth" - Michael Connelly
3. "Who Fears Death" - Nnedi Okorafor
4. "Angels Flight" - Michael Connelly - Decided to re-read this one in preparation for the new season of BOSCH. It's a terrific choice to use for the show, now more than ever.
5. "Everything I Never Told You" - Celeste Ng - I started and abandoned a few books in March but this one really grabbed ahold of me. It was depressing as shit and it also made me really glad that I never fucked up some kid's life as their parent.
6. "The Mother of Black Hollywood" - Jenifer Lewis - The palette cleanser I needed after Ng's book. SHE IS HILARIOUS.
7. "The Paying Guests" - Sarah Waters - OK, I am not finishing this book. It is taking me forever and I don't like it and I'm tired of making myself read it. I don't care if I'm 350 pages in. I can't think of a satisfying ending. So, I don't really need to know what it is.
8. "The High Tide Club" - Mary Kay Andrews (audiobook) - My BFF has been listening to this and decided that I needed to listen to it as well. Some fun moments but not really my cuppa. Definite beach read that was OK as a daily commute companion.
9. "The Last Black Unicorn" - Tiffany Haddish (audiobook)
10. "Loving Day" - Mat Johnson

Man, Netflix and the World Cup have really cut into my reading time.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #103 on: July 17, 2018, 12:12:17 PM »

1. Playing In The Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination - Toni Morrison
2. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World - Tim Whitmarsh
3. Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories - Chuck Palahniuk
4. The Man Who Fell In Love With The Moon - Tom Spanbauer
5. Snuff - Chuck Palahniuk
6. Collected Stories - Amy Hempel
7. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
8. The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
9. Uprooted - Naomi Novik
10. Drown - Junot Diaz
11. Tracer - Frederick Barthelme
12. The Dark Forest - Cixin Liu
13. Subtraction - Mary Robison
14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
15. There Must Be Some Mistake - Frederick Barthelme
16. Elysium Fire - Alastair Reynolds
17. One D.O.A. One On the Way - Mary Robison
18. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
19. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
20. The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
21. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk
22. How Fiction Works - James Wood
23. Word Puppets - Mary Robinette Kowal
24. Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread - Chuck Palahniuk
25. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
26. Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
27. Elroy Nights - Frederick Barthelme

Reading Barthelme is often like doing something supremely comfortable, like wearing your favorite jacket or sitting in your favorite chair. Even the uncomfortable bits fit nicely.
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Re: 50 books in 2018
« Reply #104 on: July 18, 2018, 01:52:36 PM »


1- montessori from the start: the child at home, from birth to age three- paula polk lillard and lynn lillard jessen
2- tao te ching- lao tzu
3- smile, you're traveling- henry rollins
4- solomon gursky was here- mordecai richler
5- music for chameleons- truman capote
6- storming heaven- denise giardina
7- the industrial revolutionaries; the making of the modern world, 1776-1914- gavin weightman
8- burning daylight- jack london
9- a life full of holes- driss ben hamed charhadi
10- for bread alone- mohamed choukri
11- one of ours- willa cather
12- antic hay- aldous huxley
13- tree of smoke- denis johnson
14- all god's dangers; the life of nate shaw-  as dictated to theodore rosengarten
15- save the cat!- blake snyder
16- roughing it- mark twain

17- between the world and me- ta-nehisi coates- a letter to his son, america.  my wife brought this back from the library the other day.  the name rung a bell, i think i read his wikipedia page.  he wrote the case for reparations, cover story for atlantic.  i think he still writes for them.  i haven't read that but i'm more curious now to read it after reading this book.  ordinarily i would dismiss it cuz i thunk reparations  are silly.  get to thinkin', well i'm just looking at reparations the wrong way is all.  we can say we're sorry once we repair every beyond broken hood borough boulevard and let some folk into this silly world we created.  which is something we should all want.  we don't owe it to black people because they descended from slaves, we owe it to them because they are people.  if you want to get nationalistic about it, our people.  he touched briefly on black on black crime why chicago's busted and those last statements were sorta his rationale.   white people created these not purely american black ghettos and we (white people) need to fix it.  hard to pull yourself up by the bootstraps when you ain't got no boots.  perhaps society isn't possible without the neglected and the best stratagems employed cannot undo the non duality.  the extremely prosperous and the extremely destitute.  forever in harmony

he's got a great taste in music, smokes weed, drinks.  all things i like to do.  one thing i couldn't do is smugly refer to first responder's fireman's machismo.  i didn't think you could say that!  he thought those buildings coming down was mostly an attack on white people.  wasn't his war

i get why the police are more suspicious of black folk.  they probably commit more crime.  let's just lock 'em up and call it a day.  i honestly think the nation is sympathetic to the plight, it's just not a high priority
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