Time Enough at Last...Really?

The problem with broadcasting to the universe that you finally have enough time to do a thing is that, sooner or later, the universe will step in to fill that time with something else. Or, in my case, a string of something elses. One else after another, after another, after another. My new son Benjamin is, hands-down the best of those elses. And the worst of those elses are, I hope, finally behind me and my family. So, what better time than now to revisit this project, which turns one year old in less than two months?

Looking at the list, one might be led to believe that I've read only a handful of books in the past year. Far from it. I've only gotten to a handful from this list, but I've still been reading. When things are hectic, I tend to favor the short, distilled bursts of story in graphic novels. So I've been catching up on my Spider-Man and Star Wars, while revisiting some old Conan stories that passed me by when I was in my youth.

Novel-wise, I've similarly opted for lighter fare, catching up on the New Jedi Order series (can you tell I'm a Star Wars fan?) I've also capitalized on the large amount of driving time I've had to do by knocking back some audiobooks (Dexter in the Dark, Elmore Leonard's The Hot Kid, and a few others).

But none of those get me closer to finishing the list. Well, none except for Anansi Boys, which I found on audio. So, let's see where things stand...

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

Only a pitiful handful so far. Time to get cracking. So, a roll of the dice to find my next target, and...

31) The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

This is one of a small number of re-reads in the list, books that I want to look upon with fresh eyes, or just plain experience again. The Big Sleep is definitely in the former category, a book I read in my early teens and, doubtless, didn't appreciate fully. Fresh eyes, however, are impossible, because I'm seeing Bogart in every line. That's not a bad thing, though, and I'm enjoying the humor, the callous violence, and the sex appeal of this book much more than I did at thirteen.

So there we go. Life is starting to calm down somewhat, so I'm hoping to start making some faster progress from this point forward.

Wait. Did I say that out loud?

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