Casey (lastbestchance) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

252. Measure For Measure; 253. New Hope For the Dead; 254. The Two; 255. ...Walking Dead, Vol. 2...

Measure For Measure
by William Shakespeare

Started: December 21, 2010
Finished: December 28, 2010

I guess this was a slight bit better than many of the other Shakespeare "comedies" I've been reading lately. The plot almost made sense and didn't sound exactly like every bad sitcom script from the last fifty years. Still, I can't say that enjoyed this much overall. I'm ready to get out of the Shakespeare comedies and into the tragedies. 26 pages. Grade: C
New Hope For the Dead
by Charles Willeford

Started: December 25, 2010
Finished: December 28, 2010

Elmore Leonard and Harry Crews are two of my favorite authors. I really don't get their love for this author, Charles Willeford. I had the same problems with this second book in his Hoke Moseley detective series that I did with the first one, Miami Blues. The dialogue isn't realistic at all. Willeford doesn't know how to write female characters at all. The actual story being told isn't bad but some of the plot machinations are hard to believe. All that being said, this wasn't a horrible book because the basic story is pretty good and there's a good central character buried somewhere in Hoke Moseley. I would have loved to see what an author like Elmore Leonard would have done with the same character and basic story. 244 pages. Grade: C+
The Two
by Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace

Started: December 26, 2010
Finished: December 28, 2010

I'd read this great biography of Chang and Eng, the original "Siamese twins," once before years ago. It's a very well-written, seemingly well-researched piece of history. An enjoyable, quick read. 339 pages. Grade: B+
The Walking Dead, Volume 2: Miles Behind Us
by Robert Kirkman

Started/Finished: December 28, 2010

Dammit, I wish my friend had loaned me the next six or so volumes of this because I could stay up another few hours reading them. Another great story and an completely awesome cliffhanger ending. 136 pages. Grade: A
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 255
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 63,208

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