SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #43-44

Book #43 was "The Club Dumas" by Arturo Pérez-Reverte. The main character is a book dealer and literary investigator Lucas Corso, who is hired to authenticate a chapter of Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers." During his investigation, he keeps running into people who seem to be characters from the "Musketeers," but the world of Sherlock Holmes also appears to be intruding, as a mysterious young woman named Irene Adler takes up with him, possibly as his bodyguard, maybe as a spy - Corso is never quite sure of her motivations. The book has wonderful illustrations and is a bit of a puzzle. It's been called "a beach book for intellectuals," and I can see why. It's mentally stimulating, especially for classic book lovers, but also just really, really fun. I can't recommend this highly enough, especially to anyone with a love for either the Sherlock Holmes stories or the Musketeer books. (This also inspired me to get an audiobook of "The Three Musketeers," which I'm currently listening to!)

Book #44 was "The Master" by Colm Toibin. The book is a fictionalized account of the life of the Henry James, the author of "Daisy Miller" and "The Turn of the Screw." My biggest complaint is that the title is stupid - really generic and doesn't do the book justice. Otherwise, though, it's wonderful. It's slow, quiet and closely-observed, just like a Henry James novel. It explores the meaningful moments and people in his life, how he got inspiration for his stories, and his struggles with sexuality (he may have been gay but also had some intense friendships with women). It doesn't seem like it should be as gripping as it is, because what tension it has is extremely subtle, and yet it did pull me in. I really enjoyed it and want to go back and re-read "Turn of the Screw" now.

1. The Battle of the Labyrinth [fiction] - Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
2. Ice Cold [fiction] - Tess Gerritsen
3. Snow Crash [fiction]- Neal Stephenson
4. The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge [fiction]
5. The Brontes - Juliet Barker [non-fiction/group biography]
6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks [non-fiction]- Rebecca Skloot (unabridged audiobook)
7. The Moon in Our Hands [fiction]- Thomas Dyja
8. The Algebraist [fiction]- Iain M. Banks
9. Moab is my Washpot [non-fiction/memoir]- Stephen Fry
10. The Last Olympian (Book Five in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) [fiction]- Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
11. Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer [non-fiction/memoir]- Lynne Cox
12. A Year in Provence [non-fiction/memoir/travel]- Peter Mayle
13. A Plague of Doves [fiction]- Louise Erdrich
14. Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles [non-fiction/memoir]- Anthony Swofford
15. White Witch, Black Curse [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
16. The Witches of Karres [fiction]- James H. Schmitz
17. Dawn (Lilith's Brood: Book 1) [fiction]- Octavia Butler
18. Things Fall Apart [fiction]- Chinua Achebe
19. The Bacchae and Other Plays [fiction/dramatic script]- Euripides
20. Meditations from a Moveable Chair [non-fiction/essays/memoir]- Andre Dubus
21. Trumpet [fiction]- by Jackie Kay
22. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea [non-fiction]- Charles Siefe
23. Fat: The Owner’s Manual – Navigating a Thin-Obsessed World with Your Health, Happiness, and Sense of Humor Intact [non-fiction]- Ragen Chastain
24. Alif the Unseen [fiction]- G. Willow Wilson
25. Black Magic Sanction [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged audiobook)
26. George Sand: A Woman's Life Writ Large [non-fiction/biography]- Belinda Jack
27. Adulthood Rites (2nd book in the "Lilith's Brood" trilogy) [fiction]- Octavia Butler
28. Isadore's Secret: Sin, Murder, and Confession in a Northern Michigan Town [non-fiction]- Mardi Link
29. A Canticle for Leibowitz [fiction]- Walter M. Miller Jr. (unabridged audiobook)
30. The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco [non-fiction]- Marilyn Chase
31. The Book of Sarahs: A Family in Parts [non-fiction/memoir]- Catherine E. McKinley
32. The Three Christs of Ypsilanti [non-fiction]- Milton Rokeach
33. Imago (3rd book in the "Lilith's Brood" trilogy) [fiction]- Octavia Butler
34. Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True [non-fiction]- Elizabeth Berg
35. Vanity Fair [fiction]- William M. Thackeray
36. What the Dog Saw - and other adventures [non-fiction]- Malcolm Gladwell
38. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster [non-fiction]- Jon Krakauer, Randy Rackliff, Daniel Rembert and Caroline Cunningham
39.-41. IQ84 (Books I, II & III) [fiction]- Haruki Murakami (unabridged audiobook)
42. The Best Seat in the House: How I Woke Up One Tuesday and Was Paralyzed for Life [non-fiction/memoir]- Allen Rucker


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