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Next Up: The Lord Of The Rings

If you don’t like The Lord of the Rings, you might hate my blog over the next couple of months because it’s about to get all Gollum up in here for a while.
The Lord of the Rings Read-Along begins today!

Orcs, hobbit feet, angry dwarves, beautiful, mysterious elves—that’s what we’ll be talking about around here. Don’t worry, if you truly don’t like The Lord of the Rings, I’ll still have normal bookish posts unrelated to the novel.

I also want to open the blog up for some guest posts during this period. So touch base with me at if you might be interested. I’m thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of 3-5 guest posts, and I already have one lined up, so I’ll only be selecting a few.

Anyway, enough about all that. Let’s take a brief, completely underwhelming look at a few facts about LOTR and its author, J.R.R. Tolkien. Read more

Next Up: The Death Of The Heart

The brief, enjoyable reading that was Red Harvest is now behind me, and it’s time to move on to my 71st book. Next up on the Time list is The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen.

Bowen tells the story of a 16-year-old orphan girl who moves to London to live with her half-brother and ends up falling in love with her sister-in-law’s friend. That’s a brief one-sentence description, but here are a few quick facts about The Death of the Heart and Elizabeth Bowen: Read more

Next Up: Red Harvest

Breathe, Robert. Breathe.

I’m finally done with Possession and can once again enjoy reading and writing on this blog. And there’s no better way to follow up a stuffy, academic novel about Victorian poets than with a 200 page detective novel.

Enter Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett. Great name, by the way.

Here’s a few facts about Red Harvest and Mr. Dashiell Hammett: Read more

Next Up: Possession

The title of today’s post sounds a little like you guys should be expect an exorcism on the blog soon. But let’s hope things don’t get that dramatic.

Possession is a “romance” novel between two Victorian poets! How fabulous!

That’s what I get with A.S. Byatt’s Possession, my next novel from the list. But, really, there’s much more to it than that.

The novel was written as a response to John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman, a novel I reviewed back in August 2011.

So here are a few facts about Possession and its author, A.S. Byatt:

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Next Up: Their Eyes Were Watching God

I read Their Eyes Were Watching God back in college, and I remember being really impressed with the novel.

The Wikipedia entry about the novel says it “has come to be regarded as a seminal work in both African-American literature and women’s literature.” Screw that. Let’s just say it’s a seminal work in literature. Period.

This novel is the real deal, and I’m excited to read it again.

Here are a few facts about Their Eyes Were Watching God and Zora Neale Hurston:

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Next Up: Money

You know, I’ve read several novels during this adventure that have made me feel like showering afterwards.

There’s Lolita, Portnoy’s Complaint, Dog Soldiers and Deliverance. And I still have novels like Naked Lunch and Tropic of Cancer left to read.

It’s just the burden I bear for 101 Books. So it’s not surprising that another shower-inducing novel has come my way. This one is Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis.

I don’t know much about this one, except that it’s a pretty dirty read. Hooray.

Wish me luck.

Here are some quick facts about Money and its author, Martin Amis.

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Next Up: The Day Of The Locust

I thought this title sounded like a real pick-me-upper to read over the Christmas holidays. I’ll say I have zero familiarity with The Day of the Locust and its author, Nathanael West. So I’m coming in completely cold on this one.

It’s a short book. My version is just 150ish pages, so that’s good.

The story is about a group of struggling artists trying to make a living in 1930s Hollywood.

Other than that trivial fact, I know nothing about this book. But here’s a few facts about The Day of the Locust and Nathanael West that I gathered from some quick research.

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Who Do You Write Like?

Yes, grammatically, the title of this post should be “Whom do you write like?”

But, blah.

I thought this little widget is interesting, though I have no idea how accurate it is.

Copy a couple of paragraphs from your writing, paste them into the text box on this page, and the “I Write Like” site will tell you what famous author you write like.

According to these guys, I write like Cory Doctorow. I don’t know what to think about that, as I’ve never read his work. I do know I wasn’t a big fan of his dad’s novel, Ragtime.

So, hooray, Cory Doctorow.

Anyway, who do you write like?

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Next Up: Call It Sleep

At the time of this writing, I’ve read the prologue to Call It Sleep by Henry Roth. The prologue is about 10 pages, and it almost made me cry.

Of course, had I cried I would have cried manly, Chuck Norris tears, but that’s neither here nor there.

So to say that Call It Sleep starts strong is an understatement. The book details a family of Jewish immigrants and their experiences in New York city in the early 1900s. In just the prologue, Roth conveys the sense of isolation and “foreignness” that these immigrants must have felt in “The Golden Land” of New York.

Anyway, here are some facts about Call It Sleep and its author, Henry Roth:

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Next Up: Ubik

Science Fiction.

Science fiction and I have a checkered past. I really despised Neuromancer. Snow Crash wasn’t much better. After those two books, I thought I was done with this genre. But I was sorely mistaken.

Enter Ubik by Philip K. Dick.  (Sidenote: I’m even more leery of my search terms after writing about an author with the last name “Dick.”)

I’m prepared to hate science fiction even more. I honestly know zero about this book going in, but here are a few facts about Ubik and its author, Philip K. Dick.

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