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Re: Books Read in 2011
« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2011, 11:02:53 PM »
I'm starting the third book now. The first book is just utterly fantastic from start to finish. The second is solid but doesn't quite have the coherence of plot arc. Parts felt dragged out while other aspects just jump out at you without sufficient development.

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Re: Books Read in 2011
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2011, 11:29:53 PM »
I agree that the 2nd one was a little uneven at times. I never lost interest but I didn't feel propelled through the book like the first one. The last line of Catching Fire, though, was just about perfect.

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Re: Books Read in 2011
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2011, 11:34:07 PM »
I'm still about halfway through the second one (had to put it on hold for Freedom (which I am also halfway through)). I like the direction it is going, though.
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Re: Books Read in 2011
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2011, 06:51:45 AM »
I'm in the middle of the series now as well. Really enjoying it.

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Re: Books Read in 2011
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2011, 12:24:33 PM »
I read 107 books last year (I joined a 100-book challenge on another forum - it was exhilarating, but I was unemployed at the time). I will certainly get nowhere near that at the moment, but if I can get to 50, that would be satisfactory for me.  :)

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January:
1. The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History by John Ortved
2. Which Lie Did I Tell? by William Goldman
*3. Columbine by Dave Cullen
4. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
5. Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
6. Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan

February:
7. A Mercy by Toni Morrison
8. Sidescrollers by Matthew Loux
9. A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
10. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
11. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

March:
*12. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
*13. Kindred by Octavia Butler
14. 100 Great Science-Fiction Short Short Stories edited by Isaac Asimov
15. Radio Golf by August Wilson

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Re: Books Read in 2011
« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2011, 01:51:30 PM »
10. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
A great one!

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Re: Books Read in 2011
« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2011, 02:01:49 PM »
10. The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
A great one!

Absolutely wonderful characters in that one. Very memorable.

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Re: Books Read in 2011
« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2011, 02:39:25 PM »
*3. Columbine by Dave Cullen

I read this at the beginning of last year and agree that it is really brilliant. I was in HS in Colorado when it happened so it was a formative event.

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Re: Books Read in 2011
« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2011, 06:23:07 PM »
I'm in the middle of the series now as well. Really enjoying it.

Tempted to continue with the Lonesone Dove series myself, though there is so much other stuff I want to read as well. Maybe in time I will.
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Re: Books Read in 2011
« Reply #29 on: March 29, 2011, 12:03:22 PM »
*3. Columbine by Dave Cullen

I read this at the beginning of last year and agree that it is really brilliant. I was in HS in Colorado when it happened so it was a formative event.

I can't imagine! I was in high school in Seattle and even that far away it scared the bejeezus out of us. It was certainly a fascinating book. It did a really impressive dance where it humanized the two perpetrators and also showed truly how monstrous they became. It was chilling.