G (slickmc) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 127- 130

127. The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien
            After a  starting this two years ago on the other side of the world, I'm done!  While the first time I tried to read this I got bored quickly, this time it was good.  Maybe it helped that I was re-watching the LOTR at the same time.  It helped for me to make notes on who was who in the beginning.  Anyway, this made me want to reread The Hobbit and the LOTR, but I think I'll never appreciate this book the way a true fan would.  It's just too complex.

128. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America - Bill Bryson
                 Another of Bryson's travel books, but I think this one was his worst.  It didn't seem that funny, and he really spent a lot more time whining.  Also, he rather cheerfully admitted to taking his frustrations out on waitresses and such, and that didn't endear me at all to him.

129.The Famous History of the Life of King Henry VIII - William Shakespeare
                    This was my least favorite of the History Plays, mostly cause it seemed like a big butt-kissing fest.  That could be because it was written during Elizabeth's reign, or it could be that I'm slightly more familiar with the history of this king than I am with the War of the Roses, but it seemed really glossed over.  Henry VIII especially, who wasn't a bad guy (despite the annulments, divorces, and beheadings) but was just manipulated by others.  Right.

130. Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volume I - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
                The first volume of the collected works.  Also thoroughly enjoyable.  Included A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four, as well as the Adventures of, the Memoirs of, and the Return of Sherlock Holmes.

Tags: classic, fantasy, mystery, shakespeare

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