SarahMichigan (sarahmichigan) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books #27-28

Book #27 was "Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony" by Eoin Colfer as an audiobook. I really like this series, and this was another fun addition. I was joking that it should have been called "Artemis Fowl vs. Puberty" since our main character is 14 and very distracted by girls. Artemis Fowl once again gets entangled with the fairy folk as members of the fairies' "lost tribe" of demons starts appearing at random times and locations around the globe and then disappearing again. Artemis runs up against girl adolescent mastermind who is also onto the demon issue. but she wants to kidnap one for nefarious purposes. The main demon character is hilarious, but I don't want to say too much and spoil it. As with any time travel storyline, you will drive yourself crazy if you try to make all the pieces fit logically together, but it was still a lot of fun. The ending was a bit traumatic for Artemis, so it will be interesting to see how the implications play out in the next book.

Book #28 was "Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing" by May Sarton. I'd seen this on some best of LGBT fiction lists and I'd read interviews with Sarton in the past that made her sound like a really interesting character. The book's structure is very simple - the main character is an elderly woman poet, and the story starts on the morning two interviewers are coming to talk to her about her work, including a recent very popuplar volume of poetry. She is also mentoring a young man in the neighborhood who has had an unhappy love affair and is teaching him to work his issues out by writing poetry. I really liked the book a lot, and particularly her observations about being an independent woman artist in the world, how people change us and affect us and become our muses. I felt the pacing in the last half of the "interview" section of the book was off and it got bogged down a little, but that's really my only complaint. Overall, I really loved this book and would like to read more by the author, particularly her memoirs.

1. The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood [non-fiction]- James Gleick
2. Stones from the River [fiction]- Ursula Hegi
3. The Penelopiad [fiction]- Margaret Atwood
4. Woman Warrior [non-fiction/memoir]- Maxine Hong Kingston
5. The Son of Neptune [ficiton]- Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
6. The Poe Shadow [fiction]- Matthew Pearl
7. Nat Turner [non-fiction graphic "novel"]- Kyle Baker (illustrator)
8. Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception [fiction]- Eoin Colfer (unabridged audiobook)
9. The Daughter of Time [fiction]- Josephine Tey
10. Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) [non-fiction/biography]- Stacy Schiff
11. Gilgamesh: A New English Version [literary criticism/epic poetry]- Stephen Mitchell
12. Back When We Were Grownups [fiction]- Anne Tyler
13. Red Azalea [non-fiction/memoir]- Anchee Min
14. The Mark of Athena (#3 in the "Heroes of Olympus" series) [fiction]- Rick Riordan (unabridged audiobook)
15. The Mosquito Coast [fiction]- Paul Theroux
16. The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis [non-fiction]- Arthur Allen
17. The City of Devi [fiction]- Manil Suri
18. The Lovely Bones [fiction]- Alice Sebold (unabridged audiobook)
19. The Office of Mercy [fiction]- Ariel Djanikian (unabridged audiobook)
20. A Thousand Acres [fiction]- Jane Smiley
21. The Snow Queen [fiction]- Joan Vinge
22. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian [fiction]- Sherman Alexie
23. Memoirs of a Survivor [fiction]- Doris Lessing
24. Moral Disorder, [fiction/short stories]- Margaret Atwood (unabridged audiobook)
25. Eden's Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father [non-fiction]- John Matteson
26. The Wasp Factory [fiction]- Iaian Banks

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