Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

82. Henry Huggins; 83. The High Window; 84. Bully...; 85. The White Hotel; 86. Bad Blood...

Henry Huggins
by Beverly Cleary

Started: February 3, 2010
Finished: February 4, 2010

A simple book but it holds up remarkably well for a book about kids 60 years ago. Doesn't really seem dated at all except when there's talk of dime allowances, etc. Minor gripe: this was a new copy and they changed all the illustrations to show more "contemporary" kids, I guess. I liked the old illustrations better. 176 pages. Grade: B-
The High Window
by Raymond Chandler

Started: January 31, 2010
Finished: February 4, 2010

I think this is my favorite of the Philip Marlowe novels. The rare coin plot just appeals to the packrat in me, and the mystery comes together very smoothly. Also, it's probably the most humorous/sarcastic of the Marlowe novels. 191 pages. Grade: A+
Bully: Does Anyone Deserve to Die? A True Story of High School Revenge
by Jim Schutze

Started: February 4, 2010
Finished: February 5, 2010

This was an interesting book, but I didn't like that even though it was non-fiction the author constantly wrote very specific details about how the main characters looked at each other or the tone in the voices, basically details that he wouldn't know since he wasn't there. Though I think it was a pretty factual book, it read more like a novel than a piece of reporting. 289 pages. Grade: B+
The White Hotel
by D.M. Thomas

Started: February 4, 2010
Finished: February 6, 2010

A novel about a fictional patient of Sigmund Freud's told from her point of view when she was crazy, from Freud's case writeup, and from her point of view after she was "cured." Strong writing especially the sensual stuff in the first part. I didn't much care for the last short chapter but I know what the author was trying to do there. Overall, I liked this. 274 pages. Grade: B+
Bad Blood: The Life and Times of the Horrell Brothers
by Frederick Nolan

Started: February 4, 2010
Finished: February 6, 2010

This book bored me. After also not being impressed recently with Nolan's book about Billy the Kid, I'm wondering if I'm misremembering how great his The Lincoln County War: A Documentary History was. It's been a long time since I read it, but I've always listed it as one of my all-time favorite non-fiction books. This book was good research, but the writing had no life to it. 161 pages. Grade: C
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 86
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 18,682

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