Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

Fiction

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of his Window and Disappeared

Book Number: 
737
Date Fred Read: 
January 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Jonas Jonasson
Total Pages: 
384
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Year: 
2012

Jonas Jonasson was a journalist for many years, became a media consultant and later the founder of a sporting events production company for Swedish television. After selling his company, he moved abroad to work on his first novel. This book (737) was an international bestseller.  Read more

Island

Book Number: 
731
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Aldous Huxley
Total Pages: 
354
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Year: 
2009

This 1962 novel by Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) proposes the remote utopian Pacific island of Pala, which is his idea of what is required to achieve such an ideal nation. It includes a conspiracy of new “modern” events that lead to the end of the Palan way. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Animal Farm and 1984

Book Number: 
725
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
George Orwell
Total Pages: 
385
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Year: 
2003

The 100th anniversary of the birth of George Orwell (1903-1950) was the occasion for these two novels – AF (1945 & 84-pp) and 1984 (1949 & 301-pp) – being published together for the first time. George Orwell wrote literary and political commentary for British press/journals and American magazines. AF (“a fairy story”) became an animated movie; 1984 became a movie with humans.  Read more

Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited

Book Number: 
724
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Aldous Huxley
Total Pages: 
340
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2004

These books – BNR (1932) and BNWR (1958) – are published as a Harper Perennial Modern Classics. Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) was the author of many critically acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction. This edition – BNW (231 pp) and BNWR (108 pp) – also has a 17-pp P.S. section of Insights, Interviews, & More. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven: A Novel (Ballantine Reader’s Circle)

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Book Number: 
665
Date Fred Read: 
August 2016
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Fannie Flagg
Total Pages: 
359
Publisher: 
Ballantine Books
Year: 
2007

Fannie Flagg, once a standup comedian, became a writer after her second book – Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café – became a bestseller. As of 2016 she has written eleven books. My wife and I had read her first book. This book, her sixth, was a NYT bestseller.  Read more

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The Last Kind Words Saloon

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Book Number: 
641
Date Fred Read: 
February 2016
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Larry McMurtry
Total Pages: 
196
Publisher: 
Liveright
Year: 
2014

Larry McMurtry is an award-winning novelist, essayist, Oscar-winning screen-writer, and avid book collector. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, and the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Lonesome Dove (whose success inspired three related books: prequels and sequels). Book 641 was a New York Times Bestseller.  Read more

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The Book of the Dun Cow

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Book Number: 
640
Date Fred Read: 
February 2016
Fred's Rating: 
3
Total Pages: 
245
Publisher: 
Harper San Francisco
Year: 
2003

Walter Wangerin, Jr., a Lutheran minister and a professor at Valparaiso University, IN, teaches literature, theology, creative writing, and is writer-in-residence. This fantasy novel is loosely based upon the beast fable of Chanticleer and the Fox adapted from the story of "The Nun's Priest's Tale" from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. It was the 1978 winner of the National Book Award for Sci Fi.  Read more

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Enon

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Book Number: 
616
Date Fred Read: 
July 2015
Fred's Rating: 
2
Author: 
Paul Harding
Total Pages: 
236
Publisher: 
Random House
Year: 
2013

Pulitzer Prizing author of the 2010 novel Tinkers, this is Paul Harding’s second novel. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Pen/Robert Bingham Fellowship for Writers and was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Harvard University, and Grinnell College. This was a gift book.  Read more

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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Book Number: 
612
Date Fred Read: 
June 2015
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Randall Monroe
Total Pages: 
295
Publisher: 
HMH
Year: 
2014

Randall Monroe is an internet cartoonist, author, former NASA roboticist, and creator of the webcomic xkcd, which developed a cult following. After leaving NASA he became a 'professional webcomic artist.'  Read more

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The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future

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Book Number: 
598
Date Fred Read: 
March 2015
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Naomi Oreskes
Author: 
Erik M. Conway
Total Pages: 
89
Publisher: 
Columbia
Year: 
2014

Naomi Oreskes is a professor of history and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. Erik M. Conway is a historian of science at California Institute of Technology. They became well known for writing the nonfiction book (403) Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming in 2010. This science fiction book (598) was a gift book.  Read more

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