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books read, 3rd quarter [Oct. 22nd, 2007|07:19 pm]
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1) An abundance of Katherines - John Green (audio)
YA novel. Boy prodigy goes on road trip after being dumped by the 19th girl he's dated named Katherine, decides to work out mathematical formula to predict breakups. recommend: yes.

2) The Moonshine war - Elmore Leonard (audio)
Historical fiction set in prohibition-era Appalachia. recommend: yes.

3) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
no review necessary.

4) Bangkok 8 - John Burdett
Police procedural. Buddhist cop investigates death of his partner. Wry humor. Nice look at the apparent contradictions of modern Thai culture. Followed by 2 sequels. recommend: yes

5) The first $20 million is always the hardest : a Silicon Valley novel - Po Bronson.
1997 novel about startups. Dated, but amusing to read a decade later. recommend: half-heartedly

6) A Brief History of the Dead - Kevin Brockmeier (audio)
After death, you go to this intermediate "City", where you exist as long as people on Earth remember you (about 50 years or so). Life in the City gets weird when an airborne virus wipes out everyone on Earth except 3 scientists in Antarctica, who have no idea why their communications are down and supplies aren't arriving. recommend: yes, but I didn't care for the lack of exposition in the ending.

7) 30 days of night - Steve Niles (graphic novel)
Great premise (vampires attack town in Alaska that gets no daylight for a month in the winter), but I didn't care for what was done with the premise. I was hoping for more of a "Survivors holed up, slowing starving and going mad while they wait for the vampires to leave" plot than what they actually did with it. I hear the movie turned out good, though. recommend: half-heartedly

8) Bangkok tattoo - John Burdett
Sequel to "Bangkok 8". story not as interesting, but I like the character development. recommend: yes.

non-fiction:
1) Your Movie Sucks - Roger Ebert
A second collection (after "I hated, hated, hated this movie") of Rog's zero and one star reviews. Great schadenfreude. recommend: yes.

2) The city of falling angels - John Berendt (audio)
The guy that wrote "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" tries to do to Venice, Italy what he did to Savannah, Ga, he's almost successful. If you liked "Midnight" you'll probably like this, but you'll wish that it had been better, especially since it took him 11 years between books. recommend: yes.

3) Not buying it : my year without shopping - Judith Levine
Middle aged lady and her spouse decide to cut all optional spending for a year- toilet paper, rice, and subway tickets- okay. Movies, clothes, balsamic vinegar- prohibited. an interesting and personal look at consumerism. recommend: yes.
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[User Picture]From: mt_mutiny
2007-10-27 01:19 am (UTC)
This past quarter, I read Harry Potter too, and Not Buying It. I found the latter interesting too, but Judith Levine leads such a comfortable life compared to mine that it wasn't as good as it could've been. A little more "living on only $7,000 a year" would've worked for me.

One pleasant surprise was getting free commentary from Ellen Willis, a writer I like and an acquaintance of Levine's.
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