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The Next 5 Novels Shall Be…

I always try and keep you guys posted on what I’m reading ahead of time. That way, you can read along with me if you choose to.

When I finish with this next round of 5 novels, the 101 Books project will basically be two-thirds of the way complete. That’s insane! I can’t believe it.

You already know about A Death In The Family, as I previewed it last week. But here are the other four novels that are on the way–in no particular order.

The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth (1960): I’ve been warned about this one. It’s one of the longer novels on the list. And it’s also been called tedious. The novel is a satire, and you know I love a good satire. But it’s also written in the style of a 17th Century writer. So I’m intrigued by this one but also a little intimidated.

Loving by Henry Green (1945): I know nothing about this novel, but at first glance it sound like it has a little Downton Abbey feel to it. It’s about life as a servant in an Irish Country House during World War 2.

A Passage To India by E.M Forster (1924): This is the oldest novel on the Time list. The novel is based on Forster’s experiences in India.

Ubik by Philip K. Dick (1969): I thought I was finished with science fiction when I read Snow Crash, but I obviously wasn’t paying attention to the rest of the list. Lev Grossman called it “a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you’ll never be sure you’ve woken up from.”

So what do you think about the next five novels, including A Death In The Family?

What’s good? What’s bad?

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  1. I haven’t read any of the other books but I really liked A Passage to India. At the time I read it, it was one of the first books of its kind that I read.

    After that, I read a lot of novels on the same theme and I don’t know how I”ll feel if I read the book now.

    Looking forward to your thoughts as you read this book.

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    July 22, 2013
  2. I didn’t like A Passage to India as much as I thought I would. I really liked A Room With a View, so I was a bit disappointed in A Passage to India. Frankly, I found it just boring.

    I’ve always wanted to read Sot Weed Factor and I even have a copy….I just don’t know where it is lol.

    Goodluck!

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    July 22, 2013
  3. I tried to read Ubik once but only got a few chapters; the writing style just made the story seem completely incomprehensible to me; I remember thinking I would return to it but I’ve always got something new to read.

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    July 22, 2013
    • Uh oh. Another science fiction novel that I might hate.

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      July 23, 2013
  4. A Passage to India is perennially on my “should read” list — maybe I’ll get around to it now! I haven’t read the other four, but, as usual, interested to hear what you think!

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    July 22, 2013
  5. teresa #

    Loved Loving. It was very funny. Enjoyed A Passage to India, but not as much as A Room with a View and Howard’s End which are two of my favorite books. You may remember me ranting about Sot Weed Factor. I’ll say no more about it – other than I hope you like it. I have not read Ubik. I appreciate Dick’s ideas, (I like science fiction) but find his books hard to read. I’m hoping to read Ubik with you, but I am under deadline to complete a book I am writing (self-regulation in children) and have put my hobby of reading fiction on the shelf, so to speak.

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    July 22, 2013
    • Yes, the Sot Weed Factor has been much maligned here. I can’t say I’m looking forward to it, especially because of its length, but it was time to get one of the longer novels out of the way.

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      July 23, 2013
  6. Don’t know these but Ubik sounds promising. And holy cow you’re almost done!? That’s amazing

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    July 22, 2013
    • Well, if you count 60 books as “almost”, still have 40 to go so a lot of reading left.

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      July 23, 2013
  7. Marc Hutchison #

    Ubik is one of my favorite books. Dick is deeply philosophical and very religious – though you wouldn’t think so if you only saw the movies based on his books. I suggest an essay written by the polish writer Stanislaw Lem, entitled “Science Fiction, a Hopeless Case – With Exceptions”. His analysis of Philip K. Dick’s work, and especially Ubik, is very interesting.

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    July 22, 2013
    • How would you compare it to Neuromancer and Snow Crash, assuming you’ve read those?

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      July 23, 2013
  8. Reagan K Reynolds #

    I may read some of these with you! Loving sounds especially interesting, I have also wanted to read Forster. I love what you’re doing. I think I may read through your list gradually from the beginning.

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    July 22, 2013
  9. I’ve never heard of any of them, but the one about India sounds great. I’ll have to look into a few of those. In the meantime, I can’t wait to see what you think!

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    July 22, 2013
  10. Wow! You are a book reading beast! I’m very impressed. I’d be interested to know about Loving since I am a big Downton Abbey fan.

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    July 23, 2013
  11. A Passage to India is one of my favorite books of all time. Forster shows amazing empathy for people in vulnerable positions who are turned against each other.

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    July 23, 2013

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