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19 down and 31 to go

A few more books to report as I inch my way towards number 50:

No. 15: End in Tears, an Inspector Wexford mystery by Ruth Rendell. I love Rendell's psychological novels, both those written under her own name and the ones she writes as Barbara Vine. The Inspector Wexford mysteries, though, while good, are a little too bland for my taste. Well-written, though, so it definitely wouldn't be a waste of your time.

No. 16: Renfield: Slave of Dracula by Barbara Hambly. This was a thoroughly enjoyable telling of the Dracula story from the point of view of his human slave Renfield. One of the best parts of the book was that Dracula's three wives who never make more than a fleeting appearance in all other versions of the story, are made whole, rounded characters in this novel. Highly recommended.

No. 17: The Ghost at the Table, by Suzanne Berne. This isn't quite chick lit, but it's closer to that than anything else. The novel is about an estranged family and the nature of memory.

No. 18: The Marriage Diaries, by Rebecca Campbell. The novel is a series of alternating journal entries by a stay-at-home father and his working wife. Play groups, infidelity, and what's really important at the end of the day. Chick lit, and not recommended.

No. 19: The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides. The story of the five Lisbon sisters, and the boys who watched them fall apart and were never the same afterwards. Highly recommended.

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melialynn
Jul. 2nd, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
I haven't read The Virgin Suicides, yet, but I did see the movie. I thought it was very interesting, but the type of movie that probably wasn't as good as the book. I'm going to have to check that one out :)
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