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 Post subject: Re: 2018 50/50 Challenge - 50 Books & 50 Movies in One Year
PostPosted: Wed October 10, 2018 7:33 pm 
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Books: 20/50:
1. Ernest Hemingway on Writing
2. The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost
3. Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger
4. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
5. Pattern Recognition by Wiiliam Gibson
6. Ancient History - David Ives
7. Freedom - Jonathan Franzen
8. Crapalachia - Scott McClanahan
9. Exit Ghost - Philip Roth
10. The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin
11. To Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday - Sarah Ruhl
12. Universal Harvester - John Darnielle
13. Paris Nocturne - Patrick Modiano
14. The Cave - Jose Saramago
15. How To Win A War (first draft) - Brady Gerber
16. Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders
17. The Mars Room - Rachel Kushner
18. When Women Were Birds - Terry Tempest Williams
19. Needful Things - Stephen King
20. Adjustment Day - Chuck Palahniuk

Movies: 30/50:
1. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
2. What If
3. Logan
4. The Shape of Water
5. Call Me By Your Name
6. Phantom Thread
7. A Bad Moms Christmas
8. A Ghost Story
9. A Futile and Stupid Gesture
10. Black Panther
11. David Bowie: The Last Five Years
12. Annihilation
13. Girls Trip
14. The House
15. A Quiet Place
16. License to Wed
17. Kodachrome
18. Downsizing
19. Coco
20. Thor: Ragnarok
21. Disobedience
22. Tully
23. Solo: A Star Wars Story
24. Won't You Be My Neighbor?
25. Sorry to Bother You
26. Black Klansman
27. Crazy Rich Asians
28. A Simple Favor
29. A Star is Born (2018)
30. Game Night


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85/50 Books
    Son of Retro Pulp Tales by Joe R. Lansdale
    Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
    The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke
    A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson
    Cassandra French's Finishing School for Boys: A Novel by Eric Garcia
    We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher (AB)
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
    Null States by Malka Ann Older
    Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers (Red Dwarf #1) by Grant Naylor (AB)
    Better than Life (Red Dwarf #2) by Grant Naylor (AB)
    Backwards (Red Dwarf #4) by Rob Grant (AB)
    Last Human (Red Dwarf #3) by Doug Naylor (AB)
    Sleepwalk With Me and Other Painfully True Stories by Mike Birbiglia
    Shadow Moon (Chronicles of the Shadow War #1) by Chris Claremont, George Lucas
    Who Could That Be at This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions #1) by Lemony Snicket
    You're Saying It Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words by Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras
    Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
    When Did You See Her Last? (All the Wrong Questions #2) by Lemony Snicket
    Lord and Lady Bunny--Almost Royalty! by Polly Horvath
    File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents (All the Wrong Questions, #2.5) by Lemony Snicket
    Shadow Dawn (Chronicles of the Shadow War #2) by Chris Claremont, George Lucas
    1984 by George Orwell (AB)
    Moone Boy: The Blunder Years by Chris O'Dowd
    Dragonslayer by Wayland Drew
    Willow (Chronicles of the Shadow War) by Wayland Drew
    Moone Boy: The Fish Detective by Chris O'Dowd
    The Last Jedi by Jason Fry (AB)
    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein (AB)
    All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells (AB)
    The Smartest Book in the World by Greg Proops (AB)
    Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel (AB)
    Shadow Star (Chronicles of the Shadow War #3) by Chris Claremont
    20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (AB)
    Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo
    Shouldn't You Be in School? (All the Wrong Questions #3) by Lemony Snicket
    Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch
    Wayward (Wayward Pines #2) by Blake Crouch
    Horns by Joe Hill (AB)
    The Last Town (Wayward Pines #3) by Blake Crouch
    Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
    Mustache Shenanigans: Making Super Troopers and Other Adventures in Comedy by Jay Chandrasekhar
    Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? (All the Wrong Questions #4) by Lemony Snicket
    Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka
    FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven
    The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer
    Savage Season (Hap and Leonard #1) by Joe R. Lansdale
    The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne #1) by Mark Hodder
    Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk
    False Idols (The Dragon Lords #2) by Jon Hollins
    Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
    Night Shift by Stephen King
    Blindsight (Firefall #1) by Peter Watts (AB)
    The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie
    Gideon's Sword (Gideon Crew #1) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    Gideon's Corpse (Gideon Crew #2) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    The Hatching (The Hatching #1) by Ezekiel Boone
    The Lost Island (Gideon Crew #3) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    Beyond the Ice Limit (Gideon Crew #4) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    The Pharaoh Key (Gideon Crew #5) by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    The Authorities™ by Scott Meyer
    Frank Miller's RoboCop by Frank Miller (GN)
    Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (Deadpool Killogy #1) by Cullen Bunn (GN)
    Deadpool Kills Deadpool (Deadpool Killogy #3) by Cullen Bunn (GN)
    Deadpool vs. Carnage (Deadpool VS) by Cullen Bunn (GN)
    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: The Official Movie Novelization by Christie Golden (AB)
    Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
    A-Force Presents Vol. 1 by Nathan Edmondson (GN)
    Mechanical Failure (Epic Failure #1) by Joe Zieja (AB)
    A-Force Presents Vol. 2 by Nathan Edmondson (GN)
    A-Force Presents Vol. 3 by Nathan Edmondson (GN)
    Run Program by Scott Meyer (AB)
    Ghosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House #2) by Kate Milford
    The Elementals by Michael McDowell
    The Circle by Dave Eggers
    The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1) by Maryrose Wood
    Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command by W. Haden Blackman (GN)
    The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals by Aaron Mahnke
    The X-Files: Cold Cases (The X-Files (Audible Original) #1) by Joe Harris (AB)
    Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky (AB)
    The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues by Ellen Raskin
    Year Zero by Rob Reid (AB)
    The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #2) by Maryrose Wood
    Nightbooks by J.A. White
    The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) by Ellen Raskin

The X-Files audiobook was not good. At least it was free as part of their new monthly program? None of the principals sounded like they wanted to be there, but the supporting brought them up. I suppose it didn't help that I missed all of the seasons with Robert Patrick so I was a little out of the loop.

I felt like Chris Carter has fallen into a hole of "I can't explain this" and so it just gets more and more complicated. I read some wiki articles to try to catch up and it's just circles after circles, especially if it's true now that no one really dies and therefore nothing has any weight now. Just lazy storytelling.

Roadside Picnic is a book in the same vein as the Area X trilogy where aliens come to visit and you (the people in the story) are left wondering wtf just happened. It's about the unknowable truly alien encounters and how society deals with them with more government, more money, and the black market. It was read by Robert Forster and he did a pretty good job with it, I got a lot more out of it this time than when I read it myself.

The Tattooed Potato and The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon are both books that I got to read to my son. He really liked The Westing Game (it was his first book purchase even) so I was excited to get a chance to read some of her other 'mysteries'. Of the two, I like the Potato better because it actually was a mystery and was similar to The Westing Game in that all you had to do was pay attention and you could figure some of them out. What I didn't like about it (and to a great extent Leon) was the times when it was something the character in the book could see but didn't describe that was a clue so you had no idea what the clue actually was. And in Leon it kept giving you footnotes that "hey, there's a clue here in this section!" but then you weren't sure if it was the chapter itself, the mini chapter sub section, or what. In the end the mystery was solved by two kids who didn't share what they found in the books they read until they announced the solution, so they had access to information that the readers didn't. I don't know, maybe if I read it again I'd like it more but I have to say The Westing Game is still her best book.

Year ero was read by John Hodgman and it wa very interesting concept for a book: Aliens come to Earth to settle up their music piracy bill/pay for a license for all music created since 1977 and the wacky hijinks that ensue. There are a lot of references that date the book so some people see that as a hindrance but I'm the prime age for them so I thought it was hilarious. My favorite part of the book was the meta of John Hodgman ("Hi, I'm a PC) going to town against PCs and Windows here and there. I don't know if that was on purpose but I appreciated it all the more for it.

The second Incorrigible Children book was just as good as the first, which is to say fair to middling. However if you have a young one who likes to be read to they are great because there's a lot of irreverent humor that just sounds good when you read it aloud.

Nightbooks was a YA Arabian Nights (it's even brought up in the book) and the twist is done well enough, I certainly didn't see it coming. And it's not often that a bad/flawed person who you thought was redeemable actually isn't and is killed in the process. That was a fresh way to move the story, I thought.

50/50 Movies
    Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)
    The Dark Tower (2017)
    Kong: Skull Island (2017)
    Justice League (2017)
    Geostorm (2017)
    The Book of Henry (2017)
    Black Panther (2018)
    Being Canadian (2015)
    Willow (1988)
    Justice League Dark (2017)
    Despicable Me 3 (2017)
    Journey Through the Past (1974)
    Coco (2017)
    The Music of Strangers (2015)
    The Big Sick (2017)
    Chronicle (2012)
    Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
    Darkest Hour (2017)
    The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    Ready Player One (2018)
    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
    Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
    Peter Rabbit (2018)
    Paddington 2 (2017)
    The Greatest Showman (2017)
    Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
    Solo (2018)
    Annihilation (2018)
    Incredibles 2 (2018)
    The Shape of Water (2017)
    A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
    Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)
    Sherlock Gnomes (2018)
    CHiPS (2017)
    The Equalizer (2014)
    Bubble Boy (2001)
    Beerfest (2006)
    Best in Show (2000)
    Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)
    Inside Man (2006)
    Mission Impossible 2 (2000)
    Downsizing (2017)
    Collateral Beauty (2016)
    Mission Impossible 3 (2006)
    Teen Wolf (1985)
    Hellboy (2004)
    Star Trek Beyond (2016)
    The Monster Squad (1987)
    Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Finally 50/50 in my list. Teen Wolf...yikes. The movie itself isn't that bad but the exchange between Scott and Stiles when he reveals he's a werewolf is just bad. Like, really bad. Jeph Loeb wrote this?

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 50/50 Challenge - 50 Books & 50 Movies in One Year
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