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It's 41 in 2017

50 Book Challenge

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1Marcial87
Edited: Mar 20, 11:16pm Top

Goodreads asked "can you beat last year's goal?". So it's 41 this year.
1. Heroes of the Frontier. D. Eggers
2. Dark Matter. B. Crouch
3. Ancillary Justice. A. Leckie
4. Good Clean Fun. N. Offerman
5. In the Woods. T. French
6. Ghettoside. J. Leovy
7. A Death in Sweden K. Wignall
8. The Likeness. T. French
9. The Underground Railroad. C. Whitehead
10. The Tiger: J. Valiant
11.The Anarchist's Tool Chest. C. Schwarz
12. Out: A Novel. N. Kirino
13. The Night Circus. E. Morgenstern

2Marcial87
Jan 3, 1:05am Top

My introduction to Dave Eggers was his foreword to Infinite Jest. Heroes of the Frontier was a first- an audiobook heard on my own. A good chunk of it was heard while sharpening chisels and plane blades last month. The protagonist uses an Alaska road trip as a guide for the perplexed. Four stars- entertaining and relevant.

3PaperbackPirate
Jan 5, 6:31pm Top

Good luck and happy reading in 2017!

4Marcial87
Jan 11, 10:12am Top

Hi PaperbackPirate- glad to join you in the 40-something (books, that is) section. Dark Matter was fun and in many ways memorable, but lacked the richness in characters for me to give it more than 4 stars. Due to the weather here, I'm getting a good jump on 2017.

5Marcial87
Jan 11, 10:23am Top

Ancillary Justice is a weird one for me to rate. It's difficult to follow in many places, some of the aspects touted such as the gender convention are really no big deal. But at the same time, there are many really interesting things going on such that confusing as it frequently was, it's fun, complex, relevant to schisms of today's U(putatively)S and difficult to stay away from. Will benefit from a re-read. 4 stars and I'm likely to continue the trilogy.

6Marcial87
Edited: Jan 14, 12:15am Top

Good Clean Fun is just that. When showing pictures of my just completed workbench to fellow book-clubbers, one brought up this book. I have never seen anything Nick Offerman's been in, but from reading on the subject I knew he's keen on woodworking. It's entertaining and informative- 20 years of carpentry and I'd never used a chisel bevel down. Grasshopper has much to learn. 4 stars.

7Marcial87
Edited: Jan 26, 11:48pm Top

In the Woods is not good clean fun. Murder stories should be dark and haunting and this one is. The Likeness was a book club assigned next month. When looking for the book at Powell's I had the karma of being assisted by a salesperson who is a major Tana French fan. While she agreed that the individual books stood on their own, she also strongly made a pitch for reading them in sequence. While not a absolute classic, it's a great book and I'm looking forward to The Likeness. Four and a half stars.

8Marcial87
Feb 16, 12:22am Top

Ghettoside was one which resonated with me as I grew up in Watts. I still remember most of those addresses. Those were plenty mean streets for Hispanics but the book documents why they were and are lethal for blacks. Four stars.

9Marcial87
Feb 16, 12:27am Top

A Death in Sweden was the first audiotape I listened to on my own. It was easy to pick up every few days or in short sessions. Entertaining enough, I was ready to give it three stars until the end; The last chapter had a resonance that transcended easy entertainment. Not high lit but successful and memorable. Four stars.

10Marcial87
Feb 16, 12:57am Top

The Likeness is a five star read. The characters are memorable and it's a great story. The themes that occupy the book are what linger on. Could not stop reading the last fourth of the book until completed. I very much found that reading In the Woods first made The Likeness a richer experience.

11Marcial87
Mar 3, 9:29pm Top

The Underground Railroad is a combination of things that never existed, fictional characters, and events that while being fiction, feel unfortunately all too factual. Like the best fiction, the characters feel real and the experiences ring authentic. Five stars, although it is not quite engaging in spots.

12Marcial87
Mar 9, 4:00pm Top

The Tiger is much more than what my DW refers to a sad animal stories (she finds them emotionally unbearable to read). It is a beautiful appreciation of tigers, their habitat and a sad consideration of how little we perceive of our planet. This is especially tragic- it seems- in relation to our capacity to for the most part to adversely affect and diminish it.
Five stars.

13Marcial87
Edited: Mar 11, 2:06pm Top

My approach to developing carpentry/woodworking skills was primarily through practice with the good fortune of having a great mentor early. Mostly due to financial but also a tendency towards sparseness, my tool arsenal was limited as well. Several years ago, I began to feel the limitations of this approach. Thus I started "reading up" on the subject. The Anarchist's Tool Chest is the latest addition to my growing carpentry/woodworking library section. A great guide for handtools (I still have a few to add to the shop), but more useful in my case is the section on building a tool chest. His sections on the value of crafting well built and personalized furniture is fun to read, but it's preaching to the choir in my case. Entertaining, useful and thoughtful. Five stars.

14Marcial87
Edited: Mar 16, 4:21pm Top

Out was an audiobook "on sale" selection. Easy to absorb while doing chores and driving. It's a crime novel so bad stuff happens. But the aberrant pathology on exhibit made it tough going in spots. Knowing how importance conformity is in Japan, it's interesting how extreme and deviant the criminal activity the author deal with is. tThree and a half stars.

15Marcial87
Mar 20, 11:20pm Top

The Night Circus was just wonderful. Five stars.

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