John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
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Ten random things: June 29

Ten books I read in 2001 or 2002:

  1. Meredith Maran, Class Dismissed: A Year In The Life Of An American High School, A Glimpse Into The Heart Of A Nation
  2. F. Richard Ciccone, Royko: A Life In Print
  3. Richard, Lord Acton, A Brit Among the Hawkeyes
  4. Lawrence Block, Hope To Die
  5. Tom Perrotta, Joe College
  6. Arturo Pérez-Reverte, The Fencing Master
  7. Peter David, Spider-Man
  8. Tom Baker, The Boy Who Kicked Pigs
  9. Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
  10. Christopher Golden, Spike & Dru: Pretty Maids All in a Row

I found a list of books I read in 2001 on my computer. (ETA: Having looked into it further, the list also contains books I read in 2002.) Here's what I remember about them:

  1. An interesting study of life in an affluent suburban high school, notable for the way the author got the students to open up for her
  2. Not bad, but not as good as a collection of Royko's columns would have been (which is true of most of these, come to think of it)
  3. Fun fish-out-of-water tales
  4. Not one of the stronger Matthew Scudder novels
  5. A fun read, but not as good as Election (which is true of all Tom Perrotta books, with the obvious exception)
  6. A decent mystery, but I think I would have gotten more out of it had I known more about pre-Revolutionary Spain
  7. A forgettable adaptation of the first Spider-Man movie (which, let me remind you, was five million times less awesome than the scene where Superman catches the airplane in Superman Returns)
         NOTE: the phrase "pants-crappingly amazing" was borrowed from Tom Peyer
  8. A funny but very dark story about a horrid boy who gets what's coming to him
  9. A novel I continue to enjoy despite the best efforts of Xenocide and Children of the Mind to sour me on the series
  10. An entertaining novel set when Spike was a cool murderer and not a whiny wanker

It's two, two, two lists in one!

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