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05 January 2012 @ 11:56 am
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Werewolves in their Youth, Michael Chabon

I can't say I find divorce as a short-cut theme for the longer one of 'how to irrevocably fuck up your life in all its dimensions' particularly interesting. Every short story in this collection seems to be about marriages and how they suck, but I could be mistaken; it took me a long time to finish all of them, because I find reading short stories a very stop-start process, and also because they were all both boring and creepy. I didn't keep many details in my mind because few of them were worthy of it, which makes writing this ~review~ kind of shaky. I'm slightly freaked out by the elements of paedophilia and rape that litter the backstories of these characters, all of whom I found to be reprehensible caricatures. If this had been the first work of his I'd ever written, it would also be the last.

Round-Up 2011

GOD I AM DISGUSTED. I didn't even make 50. Every year up until now has shown an increase - and 2011, the first full year of work: precipitous drop. WORK SUCKS YOU GUYS.

In case anyone is looking for the full list of what I read - I was too lazy to actually make a links list, feeling mostly that I was doing well to even write about the damn books at all - I'll put it here, in bold if I liked it.


The Regency Companion, Sharon Laudermilk and Teresa L. Hamlin
World Without End, Ken Follett
Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, Carolyn Turgeon
The Changeover, Margaret Mahy
Arcadia, Tom Stoppard
Cryoburn, Lois McMaster Bujold
Miles, Mutants and Microbes, Lois McMaster Bujold
Memory, Lois McMaster Bujold

Romancing Mr Bridgerton, Julia Quinn
The Brightest Star in the Sky, Marian Keyes
Room, Emma Donoghue
The Perilous Gard, Elizabeth Marie Pope
Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver
A Dance with Dragons, George RR Martin
Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers
Mary Barton, Elizabeth Gaskell
The Final Empire (Mistborn Book One), Brandon Sanderson
Something From Tiffany's, Melissa Hil
The Help, Kathryn Stockett
Devilish, Maureen Johnson
Blackout, Connie Willis
The Road, Cormac McCarthy
The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney
Rumble on the Bayou, Jana DeLeon
Tam Lin, Pamela Dean
A Summer to Remember, Mary Balough
The Lady's Not For Burning, Christopher Fry
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennesse Williams
Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw
The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare
The Real Thing, Tom Stoppard
On Writing, Stephen King
A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan

All Clear, Connie Willis
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Kilmeny of the Orchard, L.M. Montgomery
The Golden Road, L.M. Montgomery
The Story Girl, L.M. Montgomery
Snuff, Terry Pratchett
The Magicians, Lev Grossman
A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness
Rainbow Valley, LM Montgomery
Spoiled, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan

Jazz in Love, Neesha Meminger
Werewolves in their Youth, Michael Chabon

... that is a pretty crap ratio, lol. Although, go me for reading a non-fiction book for once.
 
 
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l.m.: the hour; bel & hectorincandescent on January 5th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
♥ I still think that your list is impressive. (jsyk, you now have me writing little reviews of my own. it's fun!)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: mirror comicscoradh on January 5th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
A good few people started using my rant idea, which is good! Ranting should be universal. :D I only wish I'd managed to do more of it in 2011.
l.m.: got; jonincandescent on January 5th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
Admittedly, mine aren't so much rants. Still, I will master that. Eventually!
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Marie Antoinettescoradh on January 5th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Ha, true! Although that helped my TV viewing rather than my reading ... I stopped every 500 words for ten minutes of TV!