October 7th, 2011

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September 2011 reading

September reading:

31. The Iron Hunt, by Marjorie M. Liu (305 pages)
A little more in-depth and complicated than some of the urban fantasy I've read. I had to reread bits at times. But I actually enjoyed the complexities.

32. Songs of Love and Death (468 pages)
Anthology of star-crossed love tales, from sci-fi to historical fiction to fantasy. Really, not all of them were truly star-crossed, but most of them were good. The only one I didn't finish reading was the Tanith Lee one, because I really just didn't like it.

September book pages: 773

Total book pages: 9,462

Progress: 32/75


136. Lucky Star: Volume 2, by Kagami Yoshimizu (150 pages)
137. Case Closed: Volume 2, by Gosho Aoyama (184 pages)
138. Yotsuba&: Volume 2, by Kiyohiko Azuma (192 pages)
139. Fruits Basket: Volume 7, by Natsuki Takaya (192 pages)
140. Ouran High School Host Club: Volume 8, by Bisco Hatori (184 pages)
141. Phantom Dream: Volume 3, by Natsuki Takaya (208 pages)
142. Tegami Bachi: Volume 5, by Hiroyuki Asada (200 pages)
143. Locke and Key: Volume 1, by Joe Hill (152 pages)
144. Boys Over Flowers: Volume 2, by Yoko Kamio (176 pages)
145. Nabari no Ou: Volume 2, by Yuhki Kamatani (192 pages)
146. D.Gray-Man: Volume 3, by Katsura Hoshino (208 pages)
147. Wish: Volume 4, by Clamp (192 pages)
148. Crimson-Shell, by Jun Mochizuki (224 pages)
149. Bride of the Water God: Volume 1, by Mi-Kyung Yun (184 pages)
150. Dance in the Vampire Bund: Volume 1, by Nozomu Tamaki (208 pages)
151. Pandora Hearts: Chapter 65, by Jun Mochizuki (69 pages)

September comic/manga pages: 2,915

Total comic/manga pages: 29,897

Progress: 151/75

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1920s and 1930s teen fiction

I have just finished read 'The Luxe' by Anna Godbersen and absolutely loved it. I was wondering if anyone could suggest any similar authors or books? I am going to read the rest of the series and also the Bright Young Things series, but any other suggestions would be appreciated especially fiction set at the turn of the century or in the 1920s and 1930s.
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#98 Sense of an Ending - Julian Barnes (2011)

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Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.

Now Tony is in middle age. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

This is the second of this years booker shortlist that I have read. It is funny how, as a reader one can be affected by the book one has just finished as much as by the one currently being read. Previous to this novel I read 'Jamrach's Menagerie' another booker shortlisted book. A colourful adventure with memorable imagery and voices. Because of this I think, Julian Barnes novel 'Sense of an Ending' paled slightly. This is a huge shame, because it is a beautifully written novel, poignant, minutely and intelligently observed and very clever.

Sense of an Ending is a very slight novel, the only reason I didn't finish it before is because I was out till bedtime straight from work yesterday. I have read many reviews saying the reader read it in one sitting almost, and I wonder if I would have benefited from not reading it as slowly as I did.
Tony thinks he understands the past, but now in late middle age, retired a grandparent, he must look again at the things he was so certain of. History, memory and philosophy play a big part in this quiet and cerebral novel. I found Tony's relationship with Veronica, a one time girlfriend, baffling, she's spiky and difficult, seeming to use him when they are young. The second half of the novel becomes really quite a page turner, as Tony begins finally "to get it" as does the reader. There is a slight mystery at the centre of the story, and the ending - which I hadn't seen coming, was something of a shock.