April 7th, 2011

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Book 24 for 2011

Anarchy and Old Dogs by Colin Cotterill. 258 pages

Fourth in the Dr Siri series.

Enjoyable enough, but not as much as the preceding books, I think. Dr Siri's spirit visitors are much less in evidence in this one and the story is more serious. A blind dentist is killed by a logging truck leading to the discovery of a major plot. Siri and his best friend Civilai travel to the southern town of Pakse to investigate and are drawn into a second investigation once they get there.

This book had a tranvestite as a minor character and I was uncomfortable about the language used in referring to them - at one point Siri says " Listen young man, or young lady, or both, if you prefer" - but on the other hand, the book is set in the 1970s in a country whose attitudes to gender identity I know nothing about, so it may be an accurate representation of how people there and then would have behaved. I think it's because it some via Siri, who is generally the moral compass for the books that it seems off.
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Book #21 -- Tacitus, Germania, 28 pages.

Ok, I know I'm kinda cheating calling this a "book" but what the hell. One of the things I need to do is get a companion to this to see if it makes more sense annotated. Otherwise, there were some interesting bits, but the vast majority seemed to be along the lines of "And the Sjifoians lived beyond the Aaihofians, and they were warlike barbarians. And the Nzefisians lived beyond the Aaihofians, and they were warlike barbarians." You get the idea.

Progress toward goals: 96/100 = 26.3%

Books: 21/100 = 21.0%

Pages: 6573/30000 = 21.9%

2011 Book List

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The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction
Pages: 374
Summary from Goodreads (linked to above): In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Comments: I really enjoyed the first book of this series. I thought the characters were very relatable and I wanted to keep reading it to find out what the outcome would be. I was a little disappointed with the way the novel ended but since it had sequels it wasn't a huge turn off. It did feel like it ended very abruptly though.


Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction
Pages: 391
Summary from Goodreads (linked to above): Collapse )
Comments: I thought this was an excellent sequel! I still cared very much about the characters I'd rooted for throughout the first book. I even liked getting to know more of President Snow's personality and see how manipulative he could be. I did find this book to be a tad predictable though.


Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction
Pages: 390
Summary from Goodreads (linked to above): Collapse )
Comments: I thought this book was very disappointing. After enjoying the first two books of the series I was excited to read the wrap up but I found that this book really dragged for me. It was much harder to get into than the first two and honestly I struggled to finish it.


3 / 50 books. 6% done!


1155 / 15000 pages. 8% done!