So, uh, I haven't updated my 50 Book Challenge list in, uh... two months? Since July? *cough* (That may also be since my last Fanart100... erm.) So, let's play some catch-up. I may not remember my thoughts in detail any more though...50 Book Challenge: August & September
19. The Hedonism Handbook
, Michael Flocker (2004)
"Do things that make you happy."
Not much of a handbook, is it? Katie tells me 'if you need a handbook for hedonism, you're doing it wrong'. :P Still, suggestions of ways to try enjoying yourself would have been nice.
Maybe I'm just not spontaneous enough. :P
20. Alice in Sunderland
(graphic novel), Bryan Talbot (2007)
A gift from roseneko
:D I... enjoyed it, but I have to confess that I don't do well with things that don't flow linearly. But I also don't think the story could have been told another way. (The self-referential-ness did grate a lot, I'll admit.) I'd probably give it a 7 - enjoyable and dense but not my style.
21. Dead Beat
, Jim Butcher (2005)
22. Proven Guilty
, Jim Butcher (2006)
23. White Night
, Jim Butcher (2007)
And then my birthday presents from trenog
. :D I'm really disappointed that the softcover for #10 isn't out yet, but ah well, what can you do?
24. The Supernaturalist
, Eoin Colfer (2004)
A YA novel recommended by Chris R. It's basically a young adult Shadowrun game. Which is not to say it's bad, but it does have the trap of 1) characters are pretty one-dimensional and 2) knowing Shadowrun, the Johnson screwing them does not come as a surprise.
Apparently it's set in the same general world as the Artemis Fowl
series, but I wouldn't know. The idea of paralegals as combat lawyers, though? Hilarious (although I have to wonder if Colfer knows that paralegal is an actual... you know... job title).
25. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
, Simon Wiesenthal (1998 expanded edition)
I reviewed this one in its own post.
26. Fetish Fantastic
(anthology), ed. Cecilia Tan (1999)
For some reason, when Jen asked me for comment, I recalled not being a huge fan of a lot of the stories, only remembering one or two as really good. When I actually looked through the titles again, though, I remembered most of them rather fondly, with only one or two as being outright boring.
I have no idea why this is. (For the record, the two I thought were best were All Things Ripen In Their Own Time
and Training A Priestess
27. Introduction to Italian Poetry: A Dual-Language Book
, ed. Luciano Rebay (1991)
I've reviewed this one in its own post.
, Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
I find myself weirded out by the sheer number of people who call it the greatest love story ever. Who are
I also found the book oddly... delineated. There was Part I/Part II, but I felt as though every 100-106 pages had a very explicit demarcation from one part to the next, to the point of it being jarring. (The middle 100 being the most entertaining, though I did like Rita, oddly.)
29. Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back
, Norah Vincent (2006)
My feelings on this one are... complicated. And I think I'll leave it at that.
Full list of goals here