G (slickmc) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 78 - 83/100

78. Every Which Way But Dead (The Hollows, Book 3) - Kim Harrison 
                The third book in the series.  I don't have much to say.  It's a good book, very much like Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, but with plot.  It's clear, though, that the book is only spell checked and not read through by a human editor, since there were some really funny typos. " Scared wrists", instead of "scarred".  "Gravely voice", instead of "gravelly".

79. The Gypsy Morph (Genesis of Shannara, Book 3) - Terry Brooks
                 The last book in the Genesis of Shannara trilogy which connects Brooks' The Word and the Void trilogy and the rest of the Shannara books.  Not bad.

80. A Mercy - Toni Morrison
            This book is set in the American colonies before the Revolutionary War and is primarily about a young slave girl, Florens, who is sold away from her mother at a young age.  Interestingly enough, since I think this is the first book in which this is the case, the story includes the voices of the English and Dutch owners of Florens, the Native American servant who lives with them, and other characters who come in contact with Florens throughout the story.  I was surprised to find a white person's point-of-view, and I don't know if this is because it almost never happens in Morrison's writings, or if that's just my perspective of Morrison's books.
             If it's not just my perspective, then I wonder why Morrison chose to write this way in her most recent book.  What sort of story was she trying to tell?  I also think that this is the earliest, chronologically in the story, book that she's ever written.  If you are a writer of the stories of black Americans, how does setting your story in the 1600s and 1700s change the way the story is written?  

81. A Fistful of Charms (The Hollows, Book 4) - Kim Harrison
                 The fourth book in the series.  This one seemed the weakest so far, in terms of having a good, fast-paced plot, and it also reminded me more strongly of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series.  I think I felt this way because there was a great deal of internal-monologue agonizing by the narrator, and I have a really low tolerance for that in my trashy fiction books.  If an author is fantastic (Hemingway, Steinbeck, et al) then the agonizing is done well and it adds a lot to the story.  If the author is not one of the best of her day (no offense intended, Ms. Harrison), then the agonizing is just repetitive and irritating, and why would I want to go through 300 pages of that when all I wanted was a good trashy read?

82. Dune - Frank Herbert
              I felt like a really poor sci-fi geek when I hadn't yet read any of the books in the Dune series.  Now I've read it!
              I enjoyed it, but was faintly amused the entire time by all the mystical stuff, with the voice control and all that.  Also, "jihad" has different connotations now.

83. Rabbit, Run - John Updike               About Harry Angstrom, nicknamed Rabbit, who one day decides to leave his wife, kids, job, and entire life behind.  
               It took me a little while to get into this book, but I loved the ending.  Rabbit is a fascinating character, because of his utter lack of guilt or concern for others.  The story is almost all from his point-of-view, so you see Rabbit's actions through this film of blithe uncaring.  
Tags: african-american lit, dystopia, fantasy, fiction, horror, sci-fi

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