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Big update

So I’ve been slacking on updating my progress. I’ve been keeping up with my list though. Here’s what I’ve completed since my last entry on 12-8-09. I’ve read another 49 books, brining the grand total to 103. I sure am getting my tax dollars’ worth from my local library!

-The Collector – John Fowles
-Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
-The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
-Silk – Alessandro Baricco
-Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
-The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
-Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
-Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
-One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
-The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
-I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
-The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
-The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
-The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
-All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
-The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
-To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
-The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
-Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
-The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
-Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
-The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll
-Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
-Kim – Rudyard Kipling
-Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
-Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
-The Shining – Stephen King
-The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
-The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
-The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
-Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
-King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
-Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
-The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
-The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
-The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
-Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
-Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
-Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
-The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
-Justine – Marquis de Sade
-Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
-Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
-Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
-Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham
-Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
-Atonement – Ian McEwan
-The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
-Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev

Under the Net – Iris Murdoch

Finished last night. Easily read, and quite enjoyable. A story of drunkeness, life, and love.

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Finished four days ago. Very cleverly written. This is actually six stories that are told in a sort of stair-step fashion. Each era in which the story exists has its own unique style and verbiage. Complete with a twist.

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

Done mid-last week. This book was incredibly creepy. The main role was a filthy pervert, but the story was beautifully written. Nabokov is a very talented writer, but I think he’s got a few screws loose.

Saturday – Ian McEwan

Done last night. Very enjoyable throughout. It was one jam-packed day!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey

Great read. I’m a big fan of the flick, so checking out the book was fun. The perspective from which the story is told adds a whole new depth.

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

Finished 5 days ago. It took a few pages to become accustomed to the lingo. The story was dark, but great. I’ll have to check out the movie to see how it compares.

The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie

Finished 9 days ago. Intensely strange. Rushdie sure jumps around in this one. It was wacky, and a little long, but okay nonetheless.

The Shroud - John Banville

Completed a few days ago. Pretty good. The story jumped around a bit, but it was all within context.

Fury – Salman Rushdie

Finished last night. Definitely a different one. Very topical for when it was written.

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