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50 Book Challenge - CONQUERED!!! [Dec. 30th, 2006|07:45 pm]
Zoethe
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I did it. I finished Book number 50.

December's books:

46 - The Amber Spyglass, by Philip K Pullman. The Golden Compass is being made into a movie, but I don't know how they will ever film the rest of the series. It's wonderful, but way too controversial. The fundies will flip. I can't wait.

47 - The Mermaid Chair, by Sue Monk Kidd. Erin thrust this at me insisting I must read it. It's chick lit, yes, but it made me squirmy with its parallels to my path of getting older. Very good.

48 - Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi. I started this on the way to England and didn't get very far, because it seemed a little too self-obsessed, but on a second try I found it quite fascinating. Her passion for Henry James even has me tempted to try another of his books, something I thought would never happen after high school! The contrast between what these women are reading and what they are living is heartbreaking. Not a comfortable read, but an insightful one.

49 - The Color of Magic, by Terry Pratchett. I've read a smattering of Pratchett and want to read more, so when I was casting about for a quick read, beginning at the beginning seemed appropriate. It's rough, but it's fun to see the beginnings of the mythology take form.

50 - Getting Stoned with Savages, by J. Maarten Troost. One man's tale of leaving it all behind for an island paradise. Entertaining and humorous, and not the sort of thing to read if it's really cold and miserable out - despite all the problems, tropical living can seem awfully attractive when icy wind is blowing up your skirt. I enjoy tales of places, and I liked this.

And, even a day ahead of time, I have met my goal.

Time to go sew.
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[User Picture]From: losgunna
2006-12-31 02:26 am (UTC)
If you enjoyed "Getting Stoned", he does have a book out that goes before it that is just as entertaining. If you like that type of book....I got a bigass list of really good ones. I'm totally hooked on 'em :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-31 02:41 am (UTC)
Yes, I fully intend to read "The Sex Lives of Cannibals" very soon. I do like that kind of book and I'd love to see your list!
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From: ex_cwp
2006-12-31 03:34 am (UTC)
Gratz!

Much of my (woefully underallocated) time was taken up with (re)reading Song of Ice and Fire, but I managed a book over XMas weekend.

Good to see someone with her priorities straight. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-31 04:15 am (UTC)
I enjoyed that when I read it, but I haven't read the fourth book yet.
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From: ex_cwp
2006-12-31 05:59 am (UTC)
If I were you, I'd wait for book 5 before reading book 4.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-31 02:02 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of leaning that direction; until there is at least a firm release date.
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[User Picture]From: e_scapism101
2006-12-31 02:38 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on meeting your goal!

Color of Magic is not my favorite Pratchett. Rincewind books don't tend to do it for me the way that the Watch books or the Witches do. If you haven't read Guards! Guards! yet, go for that next and read the Watch books back to back.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-31 03:11 pm (UTC)
I've read some of the watch books, though not Guards! Guards! Even though people say Color of Magic is not their favorite, it's still a pretty darned good book!
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[User Picture]From: e_scapism101
2006-12-31 03:19 pm (UTC)
Definitey - the worst of Pratchett is still better than a lot of stuff out there. G!G! introduces the whole Watch. You get to see Sam Vimes in his depressed, alcoholic glory, meet young Carrot for the first time, and all that fun stuff. I definitely prefer to cluster the books according to subject (Watch, Witches, Rincewind, Death) rather than to try to read them by publication date.

Also? Where's my cow? is the best book for children ever. *g*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-31 03:24 pm (UTC)
I need to find a good web page that gives me the proper guidance for reading the books.
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[User Picture]From: e_scapism101
2006-12-31 03:55 pm (UTC)
http://www.discworldmonthly.co.uk/

This should help. The random quote generator is fun.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-12-31 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2007-01-05 08:25 am (UTC)
Congrats....I share your love for the first 3...(haven't read the last 2).... I was lucky enough to meet and interview Azar Nafisi this year...she's astounding and very eloquent.

http://www.ithaca.edu/ithacan/articles/0609/07/news/3author_ex.htm
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-01-05 12:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, cool! (Showing that I am not nearly as eloquent....)
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