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Books #29 & #30

Book #29 was "Soon I Will Be Invincible" by Austin Grossman. It's a novel set in  an alternate super-hero future, told from two viewpoints: Dr. Impossible, an evil supergenius and possibly the world's greatest villain, and Femme Fatale, a cyborg who has just joined a superhero team that was once disbanded and is now re-forming with most of the old members plus a few new recruits. I don't want to give any spoilers, but this has been the most fun read so far this year. I found the way he uses and then subverts the tropes of the superhero genre highly, highly amusing.

Book #30 was "For a Few Demons More" by Kim Harrison, Book 5 of "The Hollows" series. I usually am not into paranormal romance or urban fantasy, but I do get a kick out of this series. My husband and I listen to them when we do long roadtrips, and that was the case with this one as well. For all I like to mock these as brain candy, and for all my husband and I like to roll our eyes at the main character (and the author) at times, they are fun. I also have to credit Harrison with creating some real character development; I think that's what lifts these books a half step above other chick-oriented fantasy for me.





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
5. The Jehovah Contract [fiction]- Victor Koman
6. When the Phone Rings, My Bed Shakes: The Memoirs of a Deaf Doctor [non-fiction/memoir]- Philip Zazove
7. The Foreign Student [fiction]- Susan Choi
8. V for Vendetta [fiction/graphic novel]- Alan Moore and David Lloyd
9. City at the End of Time [fiction]- Greg Bear (unabridged audiobook)
10. Figuring: The Joy of Numbers [non-fiction]- Shakuntala Devi
11. Towing Jehovah [fiction]- James Morrow.
12. Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just [non-fiction]- Keith R. Manning
13. The Finster Effect [fiction]- Wednesday Lee Friday
14. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America [non-fiction]- Ronald Takaki.
15. The autobiography of my mother [fiction]- Jamaica Kincaid
16. Death du Jour [fiction]- Kathy Reichs (unabridged audiobook)
17. What Is My Cat Thinking?: The Essential Guide to Understanding Pet Behavior [non-fiction]- Gwen Bailey
18. God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything [non-fiction]- Christopher Hitchens (unabridged audiobook)
19. History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos [non-fiction]- Luis Francia
20. Feynman [non-fiction/graphic memoir]- Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick.
21. The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians series) [fiction]- Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
22. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World [fiction]- Haruki Murakami
23. Slowing Down to the Speed of Life [non-fiction]- Richard Carlson and Joseph Bailey
24. Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors [non-fiction]- Lizzie Collingham
25. Frankenstein [fiction]- Mary Shelley (unabridged audiobook)B
26. Empty Cradle: The Untimely Death of Corey Sanderson [fiction]- Emmy Jackson
27.  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil [non-fictioni]- John Berendt
28. Lucky [non-fiction/memoir]- Alice Sebold

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