Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

22. The Seven Crystal Balls; 23. .45 Dangerous Minds: The Most Intense Interviews From Seconds

The Seven Crystal Balls
by Herge

Started/Finished: January 14, 2010

Great. It's just a personal thing but I hate the use of Native American-quasi mystical folklore as a plot device. I've just seen it used so much over and over again in books, television, and movies that as soon as I see something I'm reading/watching heading in that direction, it's an immediate turn-off. And not only did this Tintin adventure go there, it's now spread out over the next book too. Yuck. 64 pages. Grade: C
.45 Dangerous Minds: The Most Intense Interviews From Seconds
edited by Steven Blush and George Petros

Started: January 12, 2010
Finished: January 15, 2010

I never heard of Seconds magazine while it existed. That's too bad, because judging by this book, I probably would have enjoyed it back in the early 90s when I was really into this kind of stuff. This is a book of interviews from the magazine with the interview subjects ranging from serial killers to underground musicians of all types to cult writers and artists. About half the interviews I really enjoyed, about half of the rest of them were just with subjects that I just didn't care much about, and the rest were with total nutcases that really liked to hear themselves talk about their twisted philosophies. A good read overall. 383 pages. Grade: B
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 23
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 3,828

Currently Reading: Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens; The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy
Reading Soon: More Tintin; The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy; The Voyeur by Alain Robbe-Grillet; Last two Great Brain books by John D. Fitzgerald; The Thirsty Muse: Alcohol and the American Writer by Tom Dardis; Chuck Klosterman IV; Seasons in Hell by Mike Shropshire

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