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Fifty Book Challenge - Part 29 thru 38

The League of Extraordinary Gentlereaders has declared that 2005 will be the year we will read at least 50 books for the betterment of ourselves, and the people surounding us.

Each time I finish a book I will note it here, with a little description, my opinion and the lessons I drew from it, which I can use for the betterment of myself and world around me.

Haven't posted in a while, so here are a lot of them at once.

Book(s) I am currently reading
- The Novice, by Trudi Canavan

Book(s) I have recently finished reading
29. The Year of Our War, by Steph Swainston
30. No Present Like Time, by Steph Swainston
31. Cart and Cwidder / Drowned Amment, by Diana Wynne Jones
32. The Spellcoats / The Crown of Dalemark, by Diana Wynne Jones
33. Jailbird, by Kurt Vonnegut jr
34. Iron Council, by China Mieville
35. Archer's Goon, by Diana Wynne Jones
36. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, by JK Rowling
37. Knees up Mother Earth, by Robert Rankin
38. The Black Magician, by Trudi Canavan

Lessons learned
29. An addict can be the main character of a fantasy novel.
30. Doubt can drive one to back to one's addiction.
31. Power can reside in a musical intrument and in one's self or in the dieties.
32. Power can even reside in weaving or in railroad tracks.
33. Socialism leads to Capitalism.
34. You can hijack a train and run with it.
35. Appearance can decieve.
36. The obvious can not be.
37. With enough magic even sleeping carnies can win.
38. Sometimes some people are as bad as you think they would be.


Opinions
29. The Year of Our War, by Steph Swainston
30. No Present Like Time, by Steph Swainston
Books one and two of a trilogy set in a world being invaded by Insects.
The main character Jant is a drug addict which means he can 'travel' to different dimensions.

The books are quite a nice read and have been compared to China Mieville.
Unfortunately for Steph this story doesn't manage to obtain CM's level though.

31. Cart and Cwidder / Drowned Amment, by Diana Wynne Jones
32. The Spellcoats / The Crown of Dalemark, by Diana Wynne Jones
These 4 stories (here in 2 collections) are all set in Dalemark, although
The Spellcoats is set in the prehistory of the Dalemark, and part of
the Crown of Dalemark is set in it's future.

Diana Wynne Jones is a very good storyteller and these stories prove as
enjoyable as previous books I've read.

The Crown of Dalemark sees characters of all three other books.

33. Jailbird, by Kurt Vonnegut jr
In Jailbird an old ex-goverment employee is released from prison and
sets of to New York to seek his fortune, and meets up with an old flame.

Strange strange byt powerfull read.

34. Iron Council, by China Mieville
As always China Mieville spins an interesting if weird story.
In this story railroad workers decided to highjack a train a make a
run for it. Meanwhile revolution breaks out in New Crobuzon.

35. Archer's Goon, by Diana Wynne Jones\
This is a story about a boy living in a town rules by a family of powerfull
wizards, and whose father is forced to write 2,000 a week.
The plot thickens when the words go missing and each wizard start to claim
that they are their words......

Fun read.

36. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, by JK Rowling
JK is a very good storyteller and provides good plot twists.
Halfway through I was sure who the HBP was. It was sooooo obvious.
But I was wrong. The person dieing wasn't a surprise to me.

37. Knees up Mother Earth, by Robert Rankin
Robert Rankin is indeed the master of Far-Fetched Fiction.
In this story evil must be twarthed by Brendford United winning the FA Cup.
All this with help from magic and time travel, but hampered by black magic
and Chuthulu.

Robert Rankin is one of my most favorite writers.

38. The Magician's Guild, by Trudi Canavan
A nice story about a slum girl who discovers he magical ability just when
she's lobboing a rock at a magician protected by a force field.
She flees before the frentic serach of the Magician's Guld, but is starting
to lose control of her powers.





Book(s) I have already read, and reviewed earlier
01. Dr. Ernest Drake's Dragonology, by Dugald A. Steer (Dutch)
02. Shadowheart, by James Barclay
03. Demonstorm, by James Barclay
04. Utopia, by Lincoln Child
05. Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City,by Phil & Kaja Foglio
06. The Dragon Never Sleeps, by Glen Cook
07. Newton's Wake, by Ken Macleod
08. GURPS Fantasy, by William Stoddard for SJGames
09. New Spring, by Robert Jordan
10. Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson
11. Cartomany, by Mary Gentle
12. Ministry of Space graphic novel, by Ellis, Weston & Martin
13. Crash Priority, by Mongoose for Paranoia XP
14. Innocents Aboard, by Gene Wolfe.
15. 1610, A Sundial in a Grave, by Mary Gentle
16. Mothership, by John Broshnan
17. The Fire-Maker's Daughter, by Philip Pullman
18. De Draak van de Donken, Adriaan Heinen publishers
19. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susan Clarke
20. Just a Geek, by Will Wheaton
21. Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
22. Castle in the Air, by Diana Wynne Jones
23. Ringworld's Children, by Larry Niven
24. A Hat Full of Sky, by Terry Pratchett
25. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, vol I, by Diana Wynne Jones
26. The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, vol 2, by Diana Wynne Jones
27. The Opal Deception, by Eion Colfer
28. The Artemis Fowl Files, by Eion Colfer
29. The Year of Our War, by Steph Swainston
30. No Present Like Time, by Steph Swainston
31. Cart and Cwidder / Drowned Amment, by Diana Wynne Jones
32. The Spellcoats / The Crown of Dalemark, by Diana Wynne Jones
33. Jailbird, by Kurt Vonnegut jr
34. Iron Council, by China Mieville
35. Archer's Goon, by Diana Wynne Jones
36. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, by JK Rowling
37. Knees up Mother Earth, by Robert Rankin
38. The Magician's Guild, by Trudi Canavan




I started reading on: 01-01-2005.
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