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Duncan's 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Duncan » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:09 am

I tried for 50 books last year and made 47. I probably read too many because I can't remember most of them. I've read eight this year so far. I'll post them first.


Not a literary masterpiece but fairly well written and fun. Four stars if you just want a light fun read. Three if you are comparing it to more serious speculative fiction.

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Postby Duncan » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:10 am

The characters are flat and undeveloped. The writing style borders on annoying with a lot of description and frequent repetition of the subject's name.

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Postby Duncan » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:11 am

Begins as a 4/5. The action becomes too far fetched and some minor plot items are too contrived. This finishes the book as a 3/5.

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Re: Duncan's 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Duncan » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:12 am

Beautiful use of language. A very nice challenge.

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Postby Duncan » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:14 am

Very readable. An excellent narrative and introduction to the topic. It would benefit from the inclusion of a map. The lack of references will annoy some.

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Postby Duncan » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:29 am

Murakami is totally surreal. I read Kafka on the Shore a while back and decided to give his earliest stuff a go. His style is beautiful and the content is a real challenge. You can see that he began with a very surreal style of story telling and then just went with it in his later work.

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Postby Duncan » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:31 am

Pre-WWII Russian anti-Marxist dystopian literature. This is where Orwell got his ideas from.

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Re: Duncan's 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby McCoy » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:36 am

Great spread in style and genres there mate.
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Re: Duncan's 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Duncan » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:39 am

A memoir leading up to his father's death. Very open and absolutely brilliant. Wab Kinew is fairly well known in Canada. I'll include one of his videos. He is now running for the New Democratic Party in Manitoba.

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This was my introduction to Wab Kinew. They guy is amazing and has a lot of discussions on Youtube.

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Re: Duncan's 2016 Reading Challenge Log

Postby Duncan » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:43 am

Good stuff. Science fiction and politics. Earth has fallen into corporate control. A Mars outpost was abandoned because of lack of funding and lack of Earth governance. Now they have some technology that the Russians and the Americans want but the colony is no longer interested in Earth after being cut loose for so long.

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