SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #17-18

Book #17 was "Permanence" by Karl Schroeder. I've read one novella and one other novel ("Ventus") by Shroeder and really liked them (and enjoyed hearing him speak on some panels at a con last year) and "Permanence" has been on my "to be read" list for a while. I really enjoyed this space romp. My only little criticism is that it starts out entirely from Rue Cassels viewpoint and abruptly changes viewpoint to Michael Bequith about 100 pages in. I wasn't expecting it and it was a little jarring, but overall, I really liked this story a lot. On the small scale, it's about Rue and her attempts to get away from her controlling half-brother and to find her place in the world. On the macro scale, it's about competing philosophies about how to keep a large, far-flung group of human colonies in touch with and trading with one another, and on an even bigger scale, about what makes us human. Highly recommended.

Book #18 was "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf" by Ntozake Shange. This is a very slim volume, less than 100 pages, and it's the first book of poetry I've read since I started logging my books on LiveJournal in 2006. She calls it a "Choreo-poem" because it includes stage directions for having 7 women dancers perform the poems. I was mildly put off by the slang she used in the introduction to the piece, where she tells about how it was developed when she was participating in an all-women's art collective in the 70s. Don't get me wrong - I'm fine with slang and other language shortcuts in the poems themselves but found it kind of pretentious in the prose introduction (I mean, how is "waz" even an abbreviation for "was"?). However, I loved the series of poems as a whole and would love to see this performed live. I liked some sections better than others, but as a whole, it's just amazing. Also highly recommended.

1. Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection Paperback [fiction/graphic short story collection]- Matt Dembicki -Ed.
2. Light Music [fiction]- Kathleen Ann Goonan
3. The Indian Clerk [fiction]- David Leavitt
4. The Diving Bell & the Butterfly [non-fiction/memoir]- Jean-Dominique Bauby
5. Clarence Darrow: American Iconoclast [non-fiction]- Andrew E. Kersten
6. Blue Champagne [fiction/short stories]- John Varley
7. A Person of Interest [fiction]- Susan Choi
8. Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country [non-fiction]- Louise Erdrich
9. Nobody Nowhere [non-fiction]- Donna Williams
10. The Three Musketeers [fiction]- Alexandre Dumas (unabridged audiobook)
11. The Narrative of John Tanner [non-fiction/biography]- as told by John Tanner, edited by Edwin James
12. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell [fiction]- Susanna Clarke
13. I Sold My Soul on eBay: Viewing Faith through an Atheist's Eyes [non-fiction]- Hemant Mehta
14. Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft [non-fiction]- Natalie Goldberg
15. No Name in the Streets [non-fiction/essay]- James Baldwin
16. The Hunger Games [fiction]- Suzanne Collins (unabridged audiobook)

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