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Reading, 2017.

Heavens, it's been a while. On the plus side, it looks like I'm doing what I set out to do!

24.Leopold von Sacher-MasochVenus In Furs(links to Wikipedia), via Gutenberg Press.
I wasn't quite sure I would be able to read through a classic of BDSM fiction, but I did and found it interesting, although it has an end that is a reflection of the author's misogynist views about women. It ends as a confirmation of oppression.

25(a)Lindsey DavisVesuvius By Night (link to the author's summary). So sad! She is open about the ending, it's possible she mentioned it in other books, but I had not remembered so it's heartbreaking.

Because it's a short story, I'm counting it as a half.
25.(b)Benjamin Law Moral Panic 101: Equality, Acceptance and the Safe Schools Scandal in Quarterly Essay 67. And OMG everyone should read this. Benjamin Law describes how a benign programme to support LGBTI kids in schools became the focus of a reactionary backlash and campaign of misinformation about its contents.

26. Steven SaylorThe Triumph Of Ceasar(link to the author's website). Yet another in the Roma Sub Rosa series of crime fiction novels. I think I bought this cheap on Kobo, without realising it is many volumes along from where I was at. But it was okay. It's not like I don't know what happened in Ancient Rome with Julius Ceasar and all.

I did it! I read what I arbitrarily consider to be 26 books for the year and it's only November!

Sorry about the wildly inconsistent formatting, but who cares, really?

27. Suzanne JohnsonThe Photographer's Wife (Kobo, this links to a review on the Historical Novel Society which I'd never heard of before). This has a low rating on Goodreads:2.7/5, people seem to have found the characters just too unsympathetic and the story just not strong enough. It did take me a while, but I did care for the main protagonist right from the start and I did get drawn in.

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Nov. 20th, 2017 10:22 am (UTC)
Doesn't happen very often these days that somebody openly states to have read a work by Sacher-Masosch who isn't involved in some subculture scene that treats these things as bibles...
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