Eric Arthur Blair Jr. (ministry_victim) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Eric Arthur Blair Jr.

An Update (now with fixed HTML!)

It just occurred to me that I signed on for the 50-book a year challenge, and actually kept up with it via a notepad file on my computer, but never gave anything regarding an update. So here's what I've been reading. I have most of these, so if you see anything you're interested in, toss me out an e-mail and if I still have the book (or it wasn't borrowed) I'll send it off.

1. The Zen in Writing - Ray Bradbury
2. The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks
3. Sharpe's Trafalgar - Bernard Cornwell
4. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
5. Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
6. Love is a Dog from Hell - Charles Bukowski
7. Stormfront - Jim Butcher
8. Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk
9. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh - Michael Chabon
10. Haunted - Chuck Palahniuk
11. Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood
12. Fool Moon - Jim Butcher
13. Lovecraft Unbound - Various Authors
14. Grave Peril - Jim Butcher
15. Hegemony or Survival - Noam Chomsky
16. Hunter's Run - George R.R. Martin, Gardiner Dubois, Daniel Abraham
17. Hellblazer: Stations of the Cross - Mike Carey, Marcelo Frusin, Leonardo Manco
18. Digital Fortress - Dan Brown
19. Summer Night - Jim Butcher
20. True Patriot Love - Michael Ignatieff
21. The Meditations - Marcus Aurellius
22. Baudrillard and the Millennium - Christopher Horrocks
23. Death Masks - Jim Butcher
24. Calculating God - Robert Sawyer
25. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
26. Blood Rites - Jim Butcher
27. The Art of Living - Epictetus excerpts and translations
28. Dead Beat - Jim Butcher
29. Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher
30. Chas: The Knowledge (Hellblazer) - Simon Oliver, Goran Sudzuka
31. Old Man Logan - Mark Millar, Steve McNiven
32. White Knight - Jim Butcher
33. Small Favour - Jim Butcher

Now reading:
After Sunset - Stephen King
The Shock Doctrine - Naomi Klein
Media in the Age of Marketization - Graham Murdock and Janet Wasko

I've decided to include books for courses, but only if I enjoyed the books. I was going to write a blurb for Small Favour from Jim Butcher, but I realized that if I reveal anything, and I mean anything, and it'll produce a spoiler for someone who's only just started the first book. So I'm going to write about After Sunset. In the introduction, King talks about the anxiety of going back to an old writing style after years of being away from it, and about the state of the American short story. I'm not quite finished the book yet, but from the few short stories I've read thus far, I don't think King has much to worry about. His grasp of the intrinsic formula of the short story hasn't faltered, and in fact, many aspects of his story and character construction have improved over the years. Granted, I'm a bit biased, as I have many strong childhood and teenage memories of reading early King, but years later, but I feel I'm safe in saying that King has improved with age rather than declined as some of his detractors have stated.

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