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70. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (9/30/07) - In which we learn about time traveling and dodos and maybe a little bit about ourselves. But not really. We also learn to laugh, if we've never done it before.

71. The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul - Douglas Adams (10/8/07) - In which we learn Douglas Adams is funny, but not quite belly-splitting funny as his other books. But there are norse gods and scary refrigerators and penguins. It's hard to go wrong with that combination.

72. Black Rubber Dress - Lauren Henderson (10/13/07) - In which we learn that sculptors can apparently be ace-detectives and kick-ass in black rubber dresses. 

73. Passage - Connie Willis (10/20/07) - In which we try to learn about near death experiences. I rec'd this book - it's laborious and long but well-written and interesting. It's also sad. I feel it's important to warn you about that. 

I tried reading Alice Sebold's latest book, really I did. I adored The Lovely Bones but her newest is rather depressing. And not the depressing of her first book, but the kind of bitter sadness that makes you realize none of the characters have redeeming qualities to them. No thanks.

I'll be starting my next challenge soon. I'm looking forward to it. We'll see if I actually stick to it.


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Oct. 29th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
#70 and #71 are awesome, of course.

I read #73, and was rather pleasantly surprised by it. It didn't take the easy way out and the I liked the ending (I know it would totally annoy a lot of people, but I liked the break from the norm).

I admit that I hated (with the fiery burning passion of a million suns) The Lovely Bones.

What's your next challenge?
Oct. 31st, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
What about The Lovely Bones didn't you like?

My next challenge is to read the books in the American Library Association's most challenged list. I have the list here: http://rinalia.livejournal.com/224374.html
Oct. 29th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
i saw the review for the alice sebold book in people magazine and i admit to being interested. i'll try to get it through the library (yay free!)

i'll put the connie willis book on my to be read list.
Oct. 31st, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
I'd be interested in your opinion of the Sebold book.

I think you'll find the Willis book interesting.
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