January 30th, 2010

El Corazon

68. The Lost Beatles Interviews; 69. Tintin and the Picaros; 70. Wilco: Learning How to Die

The Lost Beatles Interviews
by Geoffrey Giuliano and Brenda Giuliano

Started: January 29, 2010
Finished: January 30, 2010

A collection of press conference transcriptions and other assorted radio/television interviews with the Beatles plus a bunch of interviews with people on the periphery of the Beatles fame like relatives and hangers-on. There's nothing truly earth-shattering here, most of the really good information has appeared in much better books, but I guess it was an OK read. Nothing special. 382 pages. Grade: B-
Tintin and the Picaros
by Herge

Started/Finished: January 30, 2010

This was another boring Tintin adventure. Only one more to go! 64 pages. Grade: C-
Wilco: Learning How to Die
by Greg Kot

Started: January 29, 2010
Finished: January 30, 2010

The Wilco part of this biography was just decent, nothing I hadn't really read before in a hundred different music magazines/websites over the last nine years, but the first half of the book was a great detailed history of Uncle Tupelo, with a lot of info that I hadn't read before. 244 pages. Grade: B+
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 70
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 14,559

Listen to those silly words, darling.

5) Obedience by Will Lavender

I’m usually not a big fan of mysteries or thrillers, but my best friend shoved this book into my hands and said that I just HAD to read. I admit, grudgingly, that she was right. It was a very fast paced book that kept me intrigued and mystified. I believe that books should be read with no major idea of what will or should happen, so I leave the rest up to you.

♥ Book #4: From Dead to Worse ♥


Title: From Dead to Worse
Author: Charlaine Harris
Copyright date: 2008
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
How many pages: 303 pgs
How long it took me to read: 5 days
Category: Fiction
I learned about this book from: Reading the other books in the series

This book was purchased at: Coles
This book is: okay, but not the best.
Other books by this/these author(s): Sookie Stackhouse series
Favorite characters: Sookie Stackhouse, Eric Northman,
When and Where the story takes place: Bon Temps, Louisiana, Shreveport, Renard Parish, Hot Shot

Plot in a nutshell: After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina and the manmade explosion at the vampire summit, everyone—human and otherwise—is stressed, including Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who is trying to cope with the fact that her boyfriend Quinn has gone missing. It’s clear that things are changing—whether the weres and vamps of her corner of Louisiana like it or not. And Sookie—Friend to the Pack and blood-bonded to Eric Northman, leader of the local vampire community—is caught up in the changes. In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death, and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood finished flowing, her world will be forever altered.
Main characters: Sookie Stackhouse
What I liked best: Answers to Sookie's ancestors' past. Sookie's just as sick of the weres as I am. The new chip on Sookie's shoulder. Pam and Amelia together - it's just so normal. Sookie deciding what to do with Quinn. Sookie feels the same way about her friends being married and having babies.
What I liked least: Quinn just drives me nuts, he needs to go away...okay, he's missing, that's close. Tanya's back. More werewolf storyline. Alcide being a dick to Sookie. How Frannie was conceived. Frannie gets on my nerves, just like her brother. Sookie not protesting to pregnant Crystal for ordering a beer. Quinn's family coming to harrass Sookie for breaking up with him, it was pretty white trash of them.

Overall rating: This wasn't the best book out of the series. A lot of stuff happened but it was all jumbled up into one book...it was like everything happened really quick and they took care of everything right away...not much to figure out.
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5/50 Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

     Finally finished this series, at least what's been published so far. I hear that another book is in the works. I am glad to been done with this story for now. I need a break from vampires and werewolves and enduring eternal teenage love. The story does have some surprising twists and turns that keep you engaged and thinking. I like Bella better. I don't really agree with happily-ever-after-now-that-perfect-man-loves-me thing, but I guess it isn't any worse than Disney perpetuating these ideas.  Big read though, this book is actually 2 books and checks in at over 750 pages.

3/5 stars (because I got tired of the story in the middle)
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71. Young Lonigan; 72. Carter Beats the Devil

Young Lonigan
by James T. Farrell

Started: January 29, 2010
Finished: January 30, 2010

I love this novel--a real, honest look into the mind of an Irish teenager growing up in 1910s Chicago. Looking forward to reading the last two books in this trilogy since it's been probably 8 or 9 years since I last read them. 175 pages. Grade: A+
Carter Beats the Devil
by Glen David Gold

Started: January 28, 2010
Finished: January 30, 2010

What an entertaining read! Fantastic plot, interesting but believable characters, good writing. This was a great book. 480 pages. Grade: A+
Total # of Books Read in 2010: 72
Total # of Pages Read in 2010: 15,314
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Book 11: I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe.

Book 11: I am Charlotte Simmons
Author: Tom Wolfe, 2004.
Genre: Comedy/Drama. Satire. Contemporary. Coming-of-age.
Other Details: Hardback. 676 pages.

The beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons has long dreamed of attending New England's prestigious DuPont University. Her intelligence and hard work resulted in her winning a full scholarship to DuPont. Raised in a small rural town in North Carolina, her life to date has been very sheltered. To her mounting dismay she soon learns that her fellow coeds at DuPont are far more interested in sex, drugs, kegs and being 'cool' than academic achievement. Will her need for acceptance outweigh her upbringing and values or will she grasp the power of her difference and master her environment?

Although this is mainly Charlotte's story she shares the novel with other leading characters whose lives inter-mingle with hers. These include her ghastly wealthy room mate, Beverley, who regularly 'sexiles' Charlotte from their dorm room; Jojo Johanssen, the only white starting player on DuPont's godlike basketball team, who begins to question the soft academic ride given to star athletes; Hoyt Thorpe, whose sense of entitlement and social domination ensures his top position in one of DuPont's fraternities; and finally Adam Geller, one of the 'Millennial Mutants', who run the university's "independent" newspaper and who consider themselves the last bastion of intellectual endeavour on the sex-crazed, jock-obsessed campus.

This was one of those books that I found was somewhat hit and miss. Overall, I did enjoy it but did not feel that it matched the dazzling satirical heights of Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities. At times the narrative rather dragged. Still Wolfe scored a few direct hits as in his examination of out-of-control political correctness on campus. One scene in particular had me laughing out loud when a militant feminist and a jock square off against each other.

Charlotte was an appealing protagonist and although we are separated by a number of decades I could relate to her desire to seek out the 'life of the mind' and dismay at the realities of campus life and behaviour of her fellow coeds. Her acute loneliness is portrayed very effectively as she finds herself as much isolated at university as she was in her high school. I was constantly cheering her on to embrace her difference rather than conform. So really Charlotte carried the book for me more than any other aspect and I suspect if I hadn't recognised aspects of my younger self in her innocence and love of learning then I might have grown frustrated with the length and density of the novel.