Time Enough At Last 3 (in 3-D!)

Melmoth is now, officially, off my list!  Now that it's all over, I can't say that I enjoyed much of it.  Sure there were some amazing passages here and there, sprinkled like bits of corn in this giant turd of a book.  Historical context aside, it's just not well written, the intertwined stories are not all that interesting, and I'm very happy to not be reading it any more.

So, back to the drawing board, AKA The List:

1) 2061: Odyssey Three by Arthur C. Clarke
2) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
3) Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
4) And the Ass Saw the Angel by Nick Cave
5) Better Than Sex by Hunter S. Thompson
6) Casino Royale by Ian Flemming
7) Confessions of a Dangerous Mind by Chuck Barris
8) Danse Macabre by Stephen King
9) Dracula by Bram Stoker
10) Fugitives and Refugees by Chuck Palahniuk
11) Gates of Eden by Ethan Coen
12) Ghosts of the Fireground by Peter M. Leschak
13) Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert
14) How to Be Good by Nick Hornby
15) I, Claudius by Robert Graves
16) Imajica by Clive Barker
17) Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie
18) Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
19) Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
20) Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way by Bruce Campbell
21) Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin
22) My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
23) Otherland: Mountain of Black Glass by Tad Williams
24) Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell
25) Psycho by Robert Bloch
26) Roanoke by Lee Miller
27) Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman by Walter Miller, Jr.
28) Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
29) Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock
30) Swords of Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber
31) The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
32) The End of the World: A History by Otto Friedrich
33) The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez Reverte
34) The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
35) The Guns of Avalon by Roger Zelazny
36) The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
37) The Hobbit (Annotated) by J.R.R. Tolkien
38) The Incredible Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson
39) The Kid Stays In the Picture by Robert Evans
40) The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
41) The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zambardo
42) The Monk and the Riddle by Randy Komisar
43) The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
44) The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean
45) The Sicilian by Mario Puzo
46) Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
47) Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
48) Tyrannosaurus Sue by Steve Fiffer
49) Valis by Philip K. Dick
50) Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore

With a roll of my trusty dice, I discover that the next book is...

28) Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card

All right!  This is a little more like it.  After slogging two long-winded doorstoppers, I finally draw a book from an author who knows how to keep pages turning without sacrificing substance.

Card's Ender books are all classic sci-fi, and his Shadow books are an interesting way to continue the series.  The first book, Ender's Shadow, takes the series back to square one, following the same story as Ender's Game, but from the perspective of a secondary character named Bean.  While a premise like that really ought to come off a perfunctory and a little goofy, it works.  Ender's Shadow may not be the equal of Ender's Game in terms of scope and importance, but it is a worthy addition to the series.

Which brings us to Shadow of the Hegemon, which is every bit as good and interesting as Ender's Shadow.  I can say that, because, as of this writing, I only have about 40 pages left until I'm finished.  It went quickly, and I found the whole thing fascinating (thought I may have to eat my words if the ending stinks, but I doubt that will happen).

So, I need another roll of the dice!  The next book is...

5) Better Than Sex by Hunter S. Thompson

With the election coming up, this one couldn't be better timed.  But before I can tackle it (or perhaps while I tackle it), I need to read The City of Ember before the movie comes out.  It comes highly recommended by my wife, and she's responsible for recommending a strong majority of the decent books I've read over the past few years.  And if it happens to be the rare exception, then at least it's short and will go quickly.

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