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REVIEW: 2001 A Space Odyssey

Title: 2001 A Space Odyssey
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Finished: November 16, 2011
Pages: 320
Published: 1968
Format: audiobook

Another audiobook since sci-fi isn’t always my most favorite genre to read.

The book was created in conjunction with the movie version by Kubrick and according to Wikipedia is based on a series of short stories.

It’s been long enough since I listened and it wasn’t a favorite, that without quoting directly from a website, I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. The tale of a spaceman who begins to run into a series of issues with his ship and begins to believe that the onboard robot is sabotaging the mission on purpose.

It was definitely interesting when I got to the heart of the story, but still I felt there were slower parts.

*challenges: 11 in 11 reading challenge, 100+ reading challenge

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REVIEW: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams
Finished: November 5, 2011
Pages: 216
Published: 1979
Format: audiobook

I choose this one for audiobook because I wasn’t really sure if I would enjoy the genre as much as others but overall it was quite enjoyable to listen to versus actually reading.

The futuristic story tells us of Arthur as his world is demolished and he is taken by an alien as the lone Earth survivor. He makes his journey and learns to live among a new colony, unsure of what his future holds.

Definitely a very interesting story and great to listen to.

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REVIEW: The Maltese Falcon

Title: The Maltese Falcon
Author: Dashiell Hammett
Finished: April 23, 2011
Pages: 224
Published: 1930
Format: audiobook

My first 1,001 book in quite some time (I actually finished this review and it didn’t save so here I am starting from scratch again).

A great book, adapted to film, very interesting and intriguing.

I listed to this one on audiobook as a dramatization versus regular audio and it kept my attention for every minute.

The general premise is that a private detective and his partner are approached by a woman who wants them to follow an unknown man. At every turn they become more suspicious of her true intentions.

Highly recommend this one!

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The Hours

Title: The Hours
Author: Michael Cunningham
Finished: April 20, 2011
Pages: 230
Published: 1998
Format: paperback

I have watched the film based on this book, a long time ago, and for some reason I don’t think I enjoyed it, so I worried I would have the same the response to this book. However, I picked up this book and I just couldn’t seem to put it down.

The Hours was a magical piece of work, following three generations of women surrounding a story by Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf is working on her story, Mrs. Dalloway, while struggling with mental illness, fear, change, and wondering where to go next.

Mrs. Brown is nearly suffering the safe feelings of Virginia Woolf, preparing for her husband’s birthday, taking care of her young child, and generally unhappy in her life and having no way of finding out how to survive the feelings and her life.

Clarissa is a portrait of Mrs. Dalloway, a near mirror image, struggling with the task of throwing a party for a dear friend dying of Aids, while maintaining the relationship with her lover and daughter.

It was an amazing story of transformation, making tough decisions, parallel lives, and interconnected feelings all surrounding this book.

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REVIEW: Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters

Title: Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters
Author: Jane Austen & Ben Winters
Finished: March 26, 2011
Pages: 343
Published: 2009
Format: paperback & audio

I’ve had this one on the shelf for awhile but found it in audio at the library so I thought it might be fun to listen and read at the same time.

While generally the same romantic love story that we are used to, I felt this one encompassed it’s quirky side a little more than Pride & Prejudice & Zombies did. Right from the start there were signs of sea creatures, the ocean, boats and underwater cities.

Being my second favorite Austen story, I was able to easily follow and enjoy this tale just as much as its original.

The Dashwood sisters find themselves in a new home after the death of their father, leaving them nearly poor and their mother wondering if they will ever have the chance to marry fine young men. It doesn’t help when they are relocated to a mysterious island that begins to take a life of its own, in more ways than one.

Great adventure and story. Almost like reading a whole new book.

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REVIEW: Wuthering Heights

Title: Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Bronte
Finished: December 31, 2010
Pages: 212
Published: 1847
Format: ebook

The only novel written by poet, Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights is a classic story of love, missed opportunities, hate and family.

The story begins with childhood friendship and forbidden love between Heathcliff and Catherine. As the story progresses, we see Heathcliff turn from innocent child in love with his best friend (who he can’t have) to a grown up holding grudges against his childhood caretakers and nemesis.

It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the movie so the story wasn’t quite so familiar, but I very much enjoyed the heartbreak, love and storytelling of Bronte, especially for her one and only novel.

The lifespan of the characters is so telling, vivid and the multiple narratives create a once in a lifetime story for history and romantics everywhere to read and I highly suggest it to everyone.

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REVIEW: The Last of the Mohicans

Title: The Last of the Mohicans
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Finished: December 27, 2010
Pages: 377
Published: 1826
Format: ebook

I think this is a story that I understand better in movie form than in written form. Historical novels have always been a challenge for me, but I have been wanting to read this one for quite some time and glad that I did.

Taking place during the Seven Years War, this historical classic brings to life the tale of a Mohican tribe as they struggle to survive and continue the bloodline.

Like some books I’ve read recently, I feel like in the future I may enjoy this book more a second time than I did this time.

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