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2nd quarter books read [Jul. 8th, 2007|12:06 pm]
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this quarter's list is really short because my tape player in my car finally broke, reducing my audiobook intake. I then got an iPod, but spent a lot of time playing with the shuffle before I actually got around to using it for audiobooks.


Fiction:

1) world war z: an oral history of the zombie war- Max Brooks - excellent. flashback vignettes from around the world about how we (finally) contained the zombie uprising. Probably where those BLITEOTW people got the idea.

2) Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood -Ann Brashares , what can I say, I'll read any teen girl novel about pants.

3) Cuba Libre -Elmore Leonard (audiobook) - historical novel about the spanish-american war. okay, but I like his crime fiction better.

4) A Dirty Job- Christopher Moore- (audiobook) excellent. Death's helper's battle the forces of darkness while working in secondhand stores.

5) The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore (audiobook) - When a child says "I wish Santa wasn't dead" after witnessing the death of a man in a Santa Suit, a dumb angels misunderstands and grants his Special Christmas Wish. Unfortunately, that means an attack of zombies. pretty good.

6) Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl - First novel. Hyped but pretty good. at first bears a lot of resemblance to "The Secret History" by donna Tartt (private school, snobby scholars take in outsider, students have close, possibly unhealthy relationship with a teacher, death of major character revealed on first page and book then told in flashback) , but then it totally changes gears. recommended.


Non fiction

1) College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Co-Eds, Then and Now by Lynn Peril- interesting history of the problems of figuring out WHY a gal should go to college in the first place, other than to find a husband. great illustrations/photos.

2) Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz by Ron Jeremy - autobiography/memoir. eh. "The other Hollywood : The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry" by Legs McNeil is much better and absorbing.
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2007-07-08 07:29 pm (UTC)
Loved World War Z. Nowhere near as visceral as, say, the Walking Dead graphic novels, but still powerful and interesting.
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[User Picture]From: alanna_cooper
2007-07-08 08:06 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked Calamity Physics. It was WAY hyped, and I haven't gotten to it yet, but a recommendation from an actual person is more valuable than all the glowing critics.

Did you see the article about you in the New York Times? Actually interviewing you would have made their point even better, but they were all NY and Washington focused.
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[User Picture]From: cereko
2007-07-12 10:18 pm (UTC)
i just got world war z from the library, glad you liked it
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