Books I've read 2010, v.1

A Listmania! list by B. Black "bblack17" (California)
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The list author says: "I'll update this list as the year goes on."
Crime and Punishment
1.  Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The list author says:
  "Crazy intense, a wild ride, funny and scary and sometimes nauseating.  Some of the best dream sequences ever."
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Report On Probability A
2.  Report On Probability A by Brian W. Aldiss
The list author says:
  "A remarkable book--several characters observe a house and its occupants, while themselves being observed.  The observers are observed too, and so on.  Very little happens, yet the reader is compelled to keep reading; in fact the book moves fairly quickly.  Subtle hints reveal that the world of the story is slightly off.  A mysterious, engaging, unexpected book."
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Pale Fire (Penguin Modern Classics)
3.  Pale Fire (Penguin Modern Classics) by Vladimir Nabokov
The list author says:
  "Gorgeous prose, wild characters, a book about books and reading books.  Every English major should read this book.  A laugh on every page."
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The Kennedy Assassination--24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson’s Pivotal First Day as President
4.  The Kennedy Assassination--24 Hours After: Lyndon B. Johnson’s Pivotal First Day as President by Steven M. Gillon
The list author says:
  "Unique in that it's the history of a single day.  Enjoyable as a picture of the times and a snapshot of a very specific political climate that we have forgotten.  The Kennedys appear in a very unflattering light, and you learn a lot about LBJ--a truly larger than life character."
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Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
5.  Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman
The list author says:
  "Previously read.  See my list for 2009, v.2 for my review of this book."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)

No One Writes to the Colonel: and Other Stories (Perennial Classics)
6.  No One Writes to the Colonel: and Other Stories (Perennial Classics) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  "A chance to see Garcia Marquez in a non-magical realism mode (mostly).  "Big Mama's Funeral" is the standout of this collection--a rollicking, joyful story that ends on a dark, brooding note that makes you rethink what you've just read."
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Don't Know Much About Literature: What You Need to Know but Never Learned About Great Books and Authors (Don't Know Much About Series)
7.  Don't Know Much About Literature: What You Need to Know but Never Learned About Great Books and Authors (Don't Know Much About Series) by Kenneth C. Davis
The list author says:
  "Fun, informative, forgettable.  Junk food for the brain, trivia!"
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2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Superman: Red Son
8.  Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar
The list author says:
  "What a great idea, this book.  I am disturbed, however, about the fact that I can't remember how it ends.  Not even a hint."
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All Fires the Fire
9.  All Fires the Fire by Julio Cortazar
The list author says:
  "Excellent short story collection!  If you like Blow-Up, you've got to get this one.  "The Southern Throughway"--people adjust to life in a traffic jam--is a remarkable story.  Every story is a winner."
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Max and the Cats
10.  Max and the Cats by Moacyr Scliar
The list author says:
  "A simple book about a German man whose life is haunted by big cats.  Too simple?"
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Reader's Block
11.  Reader's Block by David Markson
The list author says:
  "I thought this book would be mildly annoying and mildly entertaining.  Instead I found the gradual buildup of literary references and furtive attempts at writing a story resulted in a stunning, heartbreaking climax.  The best of Markson's weird little collage-books."
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Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
12.  Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
The list author says:
  "A truly unique reading experience.  Violent, chaotic, mesmerizing, infused with the supernatural--and I'm just talking about the writing style.  The story is that plus more.  Judge Holden is a character who will only grow in literary importance as time goes on."
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Tales Designed to Thrizzle: Volume 1
13.  Tales Designed to Thrizzle: Volume 1 by Michael Kupperman
The list author says:
  "A fun and silly book.  Once you get into it and let it take you where it wants, you'll have fun."
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Envy (New York Review Books Classics)
14.  Envy (New York Review Books Classics) by Iurri Karlovich Olesha
The list author says:
  "A funny, weird book.  I loved the first half where the main character simply seethes with loathing for his antagonist.  There is some amazing writing there.  The second half was more bizarre, avant-garde.  The story gets very chaotic and free-form, and I must admit that I basically got totally lost.  Still, worth reading for that first section and the overall story arc and writing style."
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This is Not a Novel
15.  This is Not a Novel by David Markson
The list author says:
  "The weakest of Markson's collage-novels, but fun nevertheless.  I read Markson not out of interest in his extremely self-conscious "experimental writing" style, but for his inexhaustible supply of great literary anecdotes and the peculiar obsessions of his mind."
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Vanishing Point: A Novel
16.  Vanishing Point: A Novel by David Markson
The list author says:
  "More of the same."
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The Book of Imaginary Beings (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
17.  The Book of Imaginary Beings (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) by Jorge Luis Borges
The list author says:
  "Borges having fun with culture and history in his trademark joyful, academic, bookwormish way.  That's what I like best about Borges--he shows us that academicness, interest in dusty books and people and ideas is actually quite lively and fun and interesting.  Of course the trademark Borges obsessions appear, sometimes all at once: tiger, mirror, labyrinth."
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Microfictions (Latin American Women Writers)
18.  Microfictions (Latin American Women Writers) by Ana María Shua
The list author says:
  "Very interesting, a fun read.  Some of these stories are so short and rely so much on a twist ending that they're almost jokes--but they elevate the joke format to the level of art.  This collection will put your brain in an interesting place.  (A werewolf goes to the dentist)"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Last Novel
19.  The Last Novel by David Markson
The list author says:
  "The last of the same."
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Maus: A Survivor's Tale
20.  Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
The list author says:
  "Excellent Holocaust story.  Great characters, great voice, moving and interesting and not afraid to show all sides of a story we've all heard before.  Read it!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

In Watermelon Sugar
21.  In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan
The list author says:
  "Another of Brautigan's simple, quirky, quiet novels.  This one's set in a strange otherworldly commune and deals with separatism and revolution and suicide."
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Monsieur Pain
22.  Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolaño
The list author says:
  "An odd little book, at times ominous, at times perplexing.  I'm never quite sure what Bolano is trying to do, but I enjoy the ride."
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The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon
23.  The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
The list author says:
  "I figured it was time I read these children's classics.  Fun, inventive, eye-catching.  Read them while you're still a kid!"
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Love in Infant Monkeys: Stories
24.  Love in Infant Monkeys: Stories by Lydia Millet
The list author says:
  "I was at the same time enthralled with the various voices in this collection and appalled at the almost too casual voice in some of them.  Neverthless, a worthwhile collection, especially for the final story "Walking Bird"--a mysterious story about a trip to the zoo that will tug at a part of your heart you don't quite recognize."
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Moby-Dick (Dover Thrift Editions)
25.  Moby-Dick (Dover Thrift Editions) by Herman Melville
The list author says:
  "One of the greatest works ever written.  Maddening, explosive, wildly experimental, and above all very very funny, this intimidating tome is actually a sly series of playful tricks and delightfully crazy situations.  Go along with Melville as he breaks all the rules of narrative.  Let the book carry you where it will and you'll enjoy it immensely."
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Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School
26.  Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School by Adam Ruben
The list author says:
  "A humorous take on graduate school life.  Very accurate--the author's been there.  Probably longer than you."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

Memories of My Melancholy Whores
27.  Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The list author says:
  "A remarkable little book from the master!  A narrative voice that's different from his other work, and a story which takes you in one way before gently surprising you at the end and making you reconsider the whole thing.  The most unexpectedly surprising book I read this year."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Stitches: A Memoir
28.  Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
The list author says:
  "A grotesque memoir of an almost gothic childhood.  Parenting gone waaaay wrong, but the author seems to have survived all right.  Great illustration style, too."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Ransom: A Novel
29.  Ransom: A Novel by David Malouf
The list author says:
  "Didn't quite live up to my expectations, but it was still highly readable.  More about Priam's journey to meet Achilles than the actual meeting between the two."
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Poems and Antipoems
30.  Poems and Antipoems by Nicanor Parra
The list author says:
  "Fun antic poems from an old Chilean poet."
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Mother Night: A Novel
31.  Mother Night: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
The list author says:
  "Fun Vonnegut with serious subject matter, as usual.  I believe he stole his plot from an older German novel, however.  The name of that book escapes me."
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The Waves (Paperback)
32.  The Waves (Paperback) by Virginia Woolf
The list author says:
  "A beautiful exploration of the lives of six characters told in long monologues interspersed with descriptions of the sea.  Woolf's sentences are a joy to get lost in."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

Light Boxes: A Novel
33.  Light Boxes: A Novel by Shane Jones
The list author says:
  "An interesting idea, some good characters and emotional resonance, but doesn't quite hold up at the end.  Nevertheless I'm looking forward to this author--as his writing matures he may produce great things."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

Grooks
34.  Grooks by Jens Arup
The list author says:
  "A joyous discovery at a used bookstore.  These little poems are funny and wise and will make you think.  A charming little line drawing accompanies each one.  I bought and devoured all six books, and still return to them for rereading when I'm in a situation that requires a particular one.  Apparently these little poems were subversive in WWII, in that sly unobtrusive way the Danes have."
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Grooks 2
35.  Grooks 2 by Piet Hein
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Grooks 3
36.  Grooks 3 by Piet Hein
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Grooks 4
37.  Grooks 4 by Piet Hein
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Grooks V: Mist and Moonshine (His Grooks, 5)
38.  Grooks V: Mist and Moonshine (His Grooks, 5) by Piet Hein
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Grooks VI (Grooks, VI)
39.  Grooks VI (Grooks, VI) by Piet Hein
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The Dwarf
40.  The Dwarf by Pär Lagerkvist
The list author says:
  "The interesting tale of an evil little man.  Reminds me of Pale Fire, Notes from Underground, The Plague."
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