SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #5 & #6

Book #5 was "The Jehovah Contract" by Victor Koman. My husband and I both read the book 10 or 12 years ago and loved it and decided to re-read it together. The premise of the book is that the protagonist, Dell Ammo -- an assassin who masquerades as a private detective -- is given a contract to kill God. The book is really a lot of philosophy wrapped up in a crime noirish slightly alternative future setting. There's a psychic pre-teen prostitute, a beautiful femme fatale that nobody but Dell can seem to see, an angry, murderous cadre of ministers, imams and rabbis called the Ecclesia and blasphemy a-plenty. Very fun book. I'm glad we bought it and added it to our private library.

Book #6 was "When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes: The Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor" by Philip Zazove. Zazove was one of the most profoundly hard-of-hearing young men to be mainstreamed into regular school as a child and had to fight for his education each step of the way, finally becoming a family practice doctor in Utah. His tales of his patients issues, big and small, are entertaining, all told in a very homey, down-to-earth manner. I liked this book quite a bit, and he's a local-to-me-author since he now resides and practices in Michigan.

1. Blue Light [fiction- Walter Mosley
2. Titus Alone [fiction]- Mervyn Peake
3. "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" [non-fiction]- Beverly Tatum
4. Never Let Me Go [fiction- Kazuo Ishiguro


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