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Sooz's comments from the Challenge: 50 Books group.

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Sep 03, 2012 06:29AM

2051 42. Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois

an entertaining, speculative alternative history set in America in the early 70's. in this America the Cuban Missle Crisis was not averted and both the Soviet Union and the States were hit with nuclear warheads.

Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois
Aug 26, 2012 10:06AM

2051 41. Me Talk Pretty One Day. David Sedaris

amusing i guess. but i really expected more from it.

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Aug 21, 2012 02:47PM

2051 40. We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Aug 18, 2012 05:52AM

2051 39. The Orphan Master's Son ... which i see is the September group read ... maybe i will actually participate in a discussion!

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
2051 Donna! just stopped by to say hi. :)
Aug 08, 2012 09:38AM

2051 38. The Time We All Went Marching

tis a hard book to like. the author's vision is relentless.
The Time We All Went Marching by Arley McNeney
Aug 03, 2012 08:45PM

2051 36 Major Karnage by Gord Zajac

Major Karnage by Gord Zajac

37. This is the Way the World Ends by James Morrow

This Is the Way the World Ends by James K. Morrow

a couple more sci fi
Jul 29, 2012 07:13AM

2051 35. Inverted World by Christopher Priest.

Priest creates a really interesting world and while the novel is 'idea-driven' rather than 'character-driven', it is one of those sci fi books that is accessible even to those who say they aren't sci-fi fans.

The Inverted World by Christopher Priest
Jul 18, 2012 08:18AM

2051 34. Carlucci's Edge by Richard Paul Russo.

the second of the trilogy. my opinion remains the same. i don't know that i will bother to read the third.

Carlucci's Edge by Richard Paul Russo
Jul 14, 2012 07:47PM

2051 33. Destroying Angel by Richard Paul Russo

despite being set in the future, it is more detective story than sci fi. i don't know that i would recommend it to anyone. it's entertaining enough but nothing out of the ordinary.

Destroying Angel by Richard Paul Russo
Jul 08, 2012 02:01PM

2051 32. The house of Orphans by Helen Dunmore

House of Orphans by Helen Dunmore
Jul 07, 2012 06:36AM

2051 31. I Love The Story of Voladimir Mayakovsky and Lili Brik by Ann & Samuel Charters.

i really enjoyed this ... but unless you are interested in Russian poets or this particular era in Russian history, it probably won't be your cup of tea.

I Love The Story Of Vladimir Mayakovsky And Lili Brik by Ann And Samuel Charters
Jun 21, 2012 11:43AM

2051 30. Moscow to the End of the Line
Moscow to the End of the Line by Venedikt Erofeev
Jun 15, 2012 05:43AM

2051 29 Day of the Oprichnik

not sure what to say about this one.
Day of the Oprichnik A Novel by Vladimir Sorokin
May 21, 2012 06:37AM

2051 28. The Magical Chorus (A History of Russian Culture from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn) by Solomon Volkov.

Volkov does an amazing job (in just 300 pages) of covering all the major writers and as well as some theatre and film directors, composers and painters, over most of the 20th century in Russia. an incredible resource and insightful look at how the artist in communist Russia was feared and persecuted and forced to submit to the will of the state or face the gulags, exile or the hangman.

The Magical Chorus A History of Russian Culture in the Twentieth Century from Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn by Solomon Volkov
May 16, 2012 10:15AM

2051 27. Envy by Yuri Olesha

this novella - fable really - blows me away. i am simply in awe of both the satirical story (written in Russia in 1927, nine years after the revolution) and the author's amazing descriptive abilities.

Envy by Yury Olesha
May 12, 2012 07:14AM

2051 26. Hope Against Hope by Nadezhda Mandelstram.

a memoir that is more a tribute to her husband, the Russian poet Osip Mandelstram, who was persecuted along with so many writers during the Stalin purges. Stalin's gulag's were filled with writers and poets. in Russia at the time, it would seem the pen was mightier than the sword.

Hope Against Hope A Memoir by Nadezhda Mandelstam
May 03, 2012 10:37AM

2051 25. Annabel by Kathleen Winter 1/2 way to 50!

i liked this one a lot. it's beautifully written - a rich layered story - with lots of symbolism.

Annabel by Kathleen Winter
Apr 21, 2012 06:21AM

2051 23. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

a Russian sci-fi classic - said to have been the inspiration for the much better known 1984 by George Orwell.

24. Triggers by Robert Sawyer.

another sci-fi - this one just published- my excellent young geek friend who introduced me to this author said Sawyer was like candy. and i agree. not the most serious or substantal sci fi writter, he is a treat. fun and easy to read and completely enjoyable. this isn't one of his best though. he usually has some really interesting ideas and even though this one deals with Quantum Mechanics which i am crazy about, it feels a little lacking ... or maybe it's just that i am familiar with the ideas and so i'm not as wowed. could be that.

We  by Yevgeny Zamyatin Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer
Apr 14, 2012 05:48AM

2051 22 Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith.

one page turner of a book. sucked me in and kept me there until the very last page.
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

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