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Books 45 & 46

Book #45 was "The Gate to Women's Country" by Sheri Tepper. I'm a Tepper fan and have read probably 8-10 of her books, but hadn't read this one, which was one of her earliest novels and one that got her noticed. I see why after reading it- it pulled me in and I found it very compelling. I can forgive any flaws in a novel if the characters are well-rounded and interesting, and they definitely were in this novel. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world where women and men live in separate areas of the same cities, with women running day-to-day affairs in Women's Country and men living in the Warrior's barracks. The women raise their boy children to age 5 and then give them over to the warriors. The boys can decide at age 15 if they want to stay with the warriors or come back through the gate to women's country to live peacefully with the women.

Book #46 was "The Good, The Bad, and the Undead" by Kim Harrison. Her supernatural adventure/mystery novels are pretty fluffy but fun. This was entertaining during a long car trip, though some parts of her writing, both in this book and the first in the series, irritate me. For instsance, she often clobbers you over the head with foreshadowing. On the other hand, this book had more twists and surprises than the first in the series, and I liked that. It's pretty much brain candy.

1. King Solomon's Mines [fiction]- H. Rider Haggard (unabridged book on CD)
2. The Private Life of Plants [non-fiction]- David Attenborough
3. Anna Karenina [fiction]-  Leo Tolstoy
4. The Forever War [fiction]- Joe Haldeman
5. Negotiating with the Dead: A writer on writing [non-fiction]- Margaret Atwood
6. Best of Technology Writing 2007 [non-fiction]- ed. Steven Levy
7. July's People [fiction]- Nadine Gordimer
8. The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2005 [non-fiction]- various authors, ed.  Jonathan Weiner
9. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes [fiction/short stories]- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang [fiction]- Joyce Carol Oates
11. Dead Witch Walking [fiction]- Kim Harrison (unabridged book on CD)
12. The Mineral Palace [fiction]- Heidi Julavits
13. Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries [non-fiction]- Neil deGrasse Tyson
14. Titan [fiction]- John Varley (unabridged book on CD).
15. Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight [non-fiction]- Linda Bacon Ph.D
16. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay [fiction]- Michael Chabon
17. The Return of Sherlock Holmes [fiction]-  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
18. Stardance [fiction]- Spider and Jeanne Robinson
19. Indian Killer [fiction]- Sherman Alexie
20. Between, Georgia [fiction]- Joshilyn Jackson
21. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to his White Mother [non-fiction]- James McBride
22. The Art of Happiness: A handbook for living [non-fiction]- Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler
23. Wizard [fiction]- John Varley (unabridged book on CD)
24. Middlesex [fiction]- Jeffrey Eugenides (unabridged book on CD)
25. The Twentieth Century: A People's History [non-fiction]- Howard Zinn
26. Little Brother [fiction]- Cory Doctorow
27. Stars in my Pocket Like Grains of Sand [fiction]- Samuel R. Delany
28. The Bingo Palace [fiction]- Louise Erdrich
29. Broken Angels [fiction]- Richard K. Morgan (unabridged book on CD)
30. Futureland [fiction/short stories]- Walter Mosley
31. The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano [non-fiction/memoir] - Olaudah Equiano
32. Daughter of Fortune [fiction]- Isabel Allende
33. The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power [non-fiction]- Jeff Sharlet
34. Rabit, Run [fiction]- John Updike

35. The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness [non-fiction]- Karen Armstrong
36. Demon [fiction]- John Varley (unabridged book on CD)
37. A Fire Upon the Deep [fiction]- Vernor Vinge

38. Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies [non-fiction]- Charlene Li and Josh BernoffBook
39. Kingdom of Cages [fiction]- Sarah Zettel
40. The Reader [fiction]- Bernhard Schlink (unabridged book on CD)
41. The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dustbowl [non-fiction]- Timothy Egan (unabridged book on CD)
42. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain [non-fiction]- Maryanne Wolf
43. The Franchise Affair [fiction]- Josephine Tey
44. Me and the Fat Man [fiction]- Julie Myerson
 

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