Archive for November, 2013

52 pick up: October update!

Posted in Books on November 18, 2013 by thebigsmoke

Oops!  Not only did I only manage three books for October, but we’re halfway through November and I haven’t even updated my blog.  In my defence, I have been travelling and very busy, so, yeah, but still.  Here’s what I read in October:

42. Lord Tyger by Philip José Farmer

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This was only the second Philip José Farmer book I’ve read (the first being his superb The Unreasoning Mask).  He’s a huge fan of Tarzan, has written numerous Tarzan-inspired books, and has attempted to shoehorn the character into his Newton Wold universe.

Lord Tyger is stand-alone and a bit different.  I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s an alternative kind of Tarzan story.  I thought it was very good.

43. The Graduate by Charles Webb

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Another book I’ve been meaning to read for a while.  Despite being a fairly short book, I was worried that it might be a bit boring to read.  In fact I couldn’t put it down and got through it in a weekend.  I need more like this.

44. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

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I’m not 100% sure why, but I don’t get along with James Ellroy so much.  This wasn’t bad, and has all the crime ingredients I usually like, but it dragged a bit.  I think maybe there were too many events that seemed unrelated to the main plot and the characters never managed to fully engage me.

So there you have it.  I need to read another eight books before the end of the year just to hit my target of 52.  It started off easy, but a few slips here and there and suddenly I am playing catch up.

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