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Feb. 4th, 2010 11:35 pm
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I found a record of a few that I'd missed the first time, and I'm adding a freshly read one.

Alias Madame DoubtfireAnne FineFiction199**A divorced man poses as a nanny in order to see more of his children.
The Nanny DiariesEmma McLaughlin/
Nicola Krause
Fiction 320 ****A single woman works as a nanny in order to see more of other people's children.
Myth AlliancesRobert AsprinScience fiction262**A wizard and his friends attempt to chase some scaly beings in power suits out of a castle.
Class Dis-MythedRobert Asprin/Jody Lynn NyeScience fiction300**A wizard trains young magicians for a reality show.
Something Myth-Inc.Robert AsprinScience fiction186**A wizard tries to convince the citizenry that he isn't out to overthrow anybody.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianSherman AlexieYoung adult fiction*288*****Junior Spirit leaves the reservation.

So, the last one gets a star by 'fiction', 'cos as I'd suspected, the work is largely autobiographical. There were entirely too many elements that rang true, so I found the author's web site and read his bio. I wasn't a bit surprised by what I found there.

So...I think that's all of them, now. I've got four more waiting; the one I'm reading now is called Wacky Chicks - I'm not sure of it yet. The author seems to be working too hard to sell his concept ('wacky-chickery').
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Since coming to the ATL, I've spent a fair lot of time on trains, as such, I've read more in the past five months than I've done in Some Good While.'s a bit of that (I think) :

Running With ScissorsAugusten BurroughsMemoir302***A chronicle of the childhood and adolescence of writer, Augusten Burroughs, (né Christoper Robison).
The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios Yann MartelShort fiction 228 ****Four short stories from the author's early career.
At Least In the City Someone Would Hear Me ScreamWade RouseMemoir320****A man and his partner set out to create their own version of Thoreau's Walden in coastal Michigan; hilarity ensues.
QuentinsMaeve BinchyFluff488***If it happened in Dublin, chances are they all know about it in Quentins.
The City of EmberJeanne DuPrauYoung adult speculative fiction288***Two children search for a way out of a doomed underground city
Freaky Green EyesJoyce Carol OatesYoung adult fiction368***Franky Pierson's life as the daughter of a sport reader.
The Red ConvertibleLouise ErdrichShort fiction512**Short story anthology.
The AlchemistPaulo CoehloFiction208**A man goes out to seek his fortune.
FoxfireJoyce Carol OatesFiction336*****'True confessions of a girl gang'.
I Am No-One You KnowJoyce Carol OatesShort fiction304***Short story anthology.
Are You Somebody?Nuala O'FaolainMemoir224****Nuala O'Faolain looks for love in all the wrong places.
The Young WanBrendan O'CarollFiction224***Agnes Browne as a young woman.
The MammyBrendan O'CarrollFiction176***Agnes Browne as a wife.
The ChisellersBrendan O'CarrollFiction192***Agnes Browne's children.
The GrannyBrendan O'CarrollFiction192***Agnes Browne in her sunset years.
The Dork of CorkChet RaymoFiction368****A memoir style story of a dwarf living in Ireland.
Remember Me?Sophie KinsellaFluff448**Lexi awakens after a blow to the head to find that things aren't as she left them.
Olivia Joules and the Overactive ImaginationHelen FieldingFluff305****Olivia sees terrorists. Everywhere.
Bridget Jones's DiaryHelen FieldingFluff288****The life of a woman in London.
Goodbye, LemonAdam DaviesFiction289****Jack comes to terms with himself and his family.

I'm sure I'm leaving something out. Ah well, it's a start, yeh?
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The third time did prove to be the charm. Alright, [ profile] brittlepoetry, you're next. Go read.

Last night and this morning, I was confused by the way the story worked out. A and B weren't summing to C in my mind. So I nipped off to the internets this morning to read a criticism of it. isn't that I misunderstood the book, but rather its magical realism quality had made me to expect something else. So, in a smallish way, I was ignoring the true theme. Well, not exactly ignoring it, but I'd shoved it over to the side and labelled it 'sub-theme'.

So...has anybody else out there read this one? What did you think of it? I'll screen comments so that nobody's first-time reading is spoilt.
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Because books are a better expression of language than is bashing two sticks together.

1. One book that changed your life?
Oh, likely The Dark Is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper. It's the typical epic story between good and evil...until it takes a wild turn for the existential at the end when the lead characters shrugged and said 'We've defeated the icky wickedness - you're on your own now' and walked away. Although Ishmael certainly made me think.

2. One book you have read more than once?
Various and sundry of the Harry Potter books - and no, I still haven't read the latest two.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?
[ profile] shaddowshoes's SAS Survival Guide, 'cos it isn't likely I'll be afforded the opportunity to lie on the beach and drink rum for three days.

4. One book that made you laugh?
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - any of them.

5. One book that made you cry?
I'm not keen on things that make me cry. I'd rather be amused, actually. Having said that, the scene in Light a Penny Candle in which Eileen O'Connor finds out that her silly son, Sean, has got himself blown up in the war was a bit hard.

6. One book you wish had been written?
The one whose current working title is 'Nibbles'.

7. One book you wish had never been written...?
There are many books that I wish I'd never read, but none that I wish had never been written - and yes, that includes the Bible, and Mein Kampf, and any other book that a person may use as justification to play havoc on the rest of humanity.

8. One book you are currently reading?
Silent Spring, and I've got to admit that it's been a few days since I picked it up. I've decided to alternate fiction with nonfiction 'cos it occurred to me recently that the most of my nonfiction comes from magazines. Admittedly, the one I read the most often is 'Discover' but still there's no excuse for it.

Ha. Doesn't it seem as though I'm well-read and intellectual? I'm not. There are scores of books that I've never read, and easily as many that I have read and have forgotten.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?
After Silent Spring...I don't know. I somehow managed to avoid reading The Catcher in the Rye, so perhaps I'll read that one - or better yet, I'll go back and finish A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.


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