Adventures in Reading

FINISHED: R.I.P. challenge
October 24, 2008, 1:01 pm
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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Anne Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
& for some lighter reading Christopher Moore’s A Dirty Job

I have finished with the R.I.P. Challenge 2008 and it was a great time. I confess that I gave up on The Mysteries of Udolpho (second time now!) as I have been incredibly busy. But I completed Frankenstein, Dracula, and A Dirty Job. I’d like to thank Stainless Steel Droppings for hosting this challenge.


Challenge: J.-M.G. Le Clézio
October 19, 2008, 11:28 am
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When it was announced that Doris Lessing had won the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, I quickly delved into two of her shorter pieces: The Fifth Child and the sequel Ben, In the World. Always with the intention on reading more by Lessing, the year slipped away and here we are with a new Nobel Prize winner – J.-M.G. Le Clézio (“the Steve McQueen of French literature”). Being announced amidst some interesting Nobel hubbub after recent comments by Engdahl regarding American literature, I can’t say I was terribly surprised that I had never heard of Le Clézio before.

Over the next year I’m endeavoring to read as much Le Clézio as I can fit in and stand. My first two books of his are The Giants and The Flood.

100 Shots of Short Challenge
October 10, 2008, 10:49 am
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To replace the Newbery Challenge and to inject more short story goodness into my life, I am participating in the 100 shots of short challenge:

1. “Admiral” by T.C. Boyle
2. “The Year of Science” by Kevin Brockmeier
3. “Galatea” by Karen Brown
4. “Man and Wife” by Katie Chase
5. “Virgins” by Danielle Evans

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