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66. Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets; 67. Shadow Puppets

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
by David Simon

Started: May 25, 2011
Finished: June 1, 2011

One of the best true crime books ever written. I've read it two or three times before over the last five years and it is still enthralling. I kind of wish Simon would go back and write another book about his personal experiences during the year he spent following the Baltimore police homicide department writing this book. I bet he has some great stories to tell. 599 pages. Grade: A+
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Shadow Puppets
by Orson Scott Card

Started: May 25, 2011
Finished: June 3, 2011

This was not a very good book. It was by far the weakest of the Ender/Bean books that I've read so far. My main complaint was that from the very first page, Bean and Petra seemed like totally different characters than they'd ever been before. Their dialogue with each other was putrid. Achilles was no longer the great villain that he was in previous books, just a shadow of himself really. I could care less about reading the next book except that my OCD when it comes to finishing book series is going to make me go forward. 345 pages. Grade: C
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Total # of books read in 2011: 67
Total # of pages read in 2011: 17,642
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