Books Read So Far in October: Part 2

11) Why I Write, George Orwell (bad)- pretentious political essay about how Britain needed to adopt socialism to survive WW2, and other snooty essays

12) Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton (good)- an adventure in the Caribbean that could be an extension of the Horatio Hornblower series

13) Without You, There Is No Us, Suki Kim (great)- an excellent memoir by a woman who spent several years recently teaching English to sons of the elite in North Korea

14) Tortuga, Rudolfo Anaya (great)- autobiographical novel about spending a season as a recovering cripple in a children’s ward

15) Gregory’s Game, Jane A. Adams (good)- a decent but not outstanding spy thriller

16) The Enormous Crocodile, Roald Dahl (good)- a classic kids’ picture book about a crocodile who wants to eat kids, very cute

17) Relentless, Cherry Adair (bad)- sexist, clumsy, contrived attempt at meshing an adventure novel and a steamy romance

18) Elvis Presley: A Southern Life, Joel Williamson (good)- a really good new biography on Elvis that also is about race and class and gender in the South in the 50’s and since

19) The Circuit: Executor Rising, Bruno Rhett (good)- a decent sci-fi space opera that may lead to a pretty decent series, very sexist and reminds me a lot of Ben Bova novels, with a dose of Asimov’s robots.

20) Alburquerque, Rudolfo Anaya (good)- a young man finds out he’s adopted and seeks his biological father.

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