Saturday, 10 November 2007

Reviews: Death of a Gossip, Death of a Hussy, Death of an Outsider, Death of a Prankster by M.C. Beaton

This is the final chapter in the Hamish Macbeth saga (for me anyway). Three of my four remaining M. C. Beaton books have been mooched so I've read them all to get it all over and done with.

What is there to say that I haven't already said before?

Well, one thing that reading these four books together highlighted was another common character in the Beaton books - a young, generally insecure female character who inevitably:
  • is not the killer
  • is jealous of/dislikes Priscilla because of her cool, blond, capable ways (and sometimes also because of her relationship to Hamish)
  • develops a crush on Hamish
  • also gets involved with (and in some cases sleeps with) some unsuitable *other* character (a cad), often expecting that they will get married, despite the fact they have known each of ther for but days (dude!)

I find this character irritating in the extreme.

On a positive note, one book I actually didn't mind was Death of an Outsider, which differs from the other Hamish books in a couple of ways. For a start, Hamish in not in Loch Dubh but has been seconded to another village becuse the bobby there has gone on holiday. Hamish actually has a relationship with someone other than Priscilla! And, although he is wet enough to think having slept with her on three occasions really does mean he has to ask her to marry him, she is not so wet to believe this (therefore differing from the irritating female as described above, although to be fair she is deluded about her art and only leaves hamish cos she's going back to her husband). This is also one of the first books in the series and so the storyline (the murder) was used in the TV show and I have vivid memories of one particular scene when the murder was discovered. Awww... memories.

Anyway, anyone who's interested in a hot pink hussy should get in touch ASAP, as that's all I got left now.

(PS: If you've read 'Death of a Gossip', you've pretty much read 'Death of a Glutton'. And vice versa. The End :-)

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

I was really surprised when this booked ended, as there's a couple of pages of author's notes at the back and so I was expecting a couple more pages of denouement, but there wasn't.

It just stopped.

By this, I mean things are not neatly tied up at the end - we get to a certain point and that's it. There's nothing wrong with this technique, per se, but I did feel that the whole final section of the story is a bit aimless. The drive of the first sections has gone, and perhaps this reflects that Kavalier and Clay have lost their youthful drive as well.

Still there's lots of great things about this story (even if it does peter out at the end). Prague! A city that I have visited and so those early sections when Joe is still in the city, before getting to New York, held special resonance for me. Joe's battle against his guilt at him having escaped Prague, whilst the rest of his family suffer in Terezin was also very moving. Comics! (which is just as well, given they're a huge part of the story :-). I've never really read comics, but I do draw so the descriptions of Joe's art was particularly interesting. I also loved the descriptions of subtext in the comics as well - firstly as a means for fighting Hitler in WW2 and then, to a lesser extent, dealing with issues of sexuality (I'd say more but it might ruin the story. Even saying this is probably too much!). FINALLY, I really love books that deal in alternate histories. I know technically all stories are alternate histories cos, you know, it never happened. However, by alternate history here I mean those stories that are so wide reaching that real events (WW2, the history of comic books) are absorbed and changed seamlessly so you don't know which bits are real and which bits aren't. 'Kavalier and Clay' does this exceptionally well (complete with footnotes), particularly for the comics (and I'd love to know which bits are true and which are not).

In saying all this I haven't even mentioned the strands of the story involved with magic, Houdini, and the rather unexpected - but perfectly natural at the time - section set in Antarctica. I'm also still wondering about the significance of what happens to the Golem in the end (i have theories). In summary, a fat book but an easy read. I'd definitely seek out other works by Michael Chabon based on this one.

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Reviews: Death of a Glutton, Death of a Cad, Death of a Snob by M.C. Beaton

Mooching has been very slow (non-existant) recently and I had though that perhaps nobody was interested in acquiring my unwanted Hamish books. However, with three mooches this week, I'm now wondering if the recent restructure of the site has helped. Like before, I've given the mooched a final read. They only take an hour each so it's an easy task and I thought I'd review them altogether because, frankly, they're all the same book anyway - just with slightly different settings and characters. Reading three in quick succession has reinforced a couple of things:
  1. Most of characters in the books are caricatures. Hamish and Priscilla aren't, as well as most of the locals and the lesser police. However, the party of suspects in each book are usually pretty one-dimensional and this is exacerbated for any character that the reader is supposed to dislike, which routinely includes the murder victim, Blair the inspector from Strathbane (and Hamish's nemesis), and Priscilla's father Colonel Halliburton-Smythe. Those characters are *boring*.

  2. The main interest in each book is Hamish/Priscilla love affair. It's the one part of the story that develops with each book, although there's still a lot of repetition. In one book (Death of a Cad) they've actually altered the 'teaser' text inside the front cover from the passage it's lifted from to imply that something more is going on between them than really is.

  3. Part of the charm of the series was the fact that the locals were characters in their own right - TV John, Rory and Esme, Lachlan McCrae and Lachie Junior. None of these people exist in the books and the books are poorer for it.

I read these three out of order, which doesn't really matter, but since then I've found a list on the internet and discovered they're still being written!!!!! I had thought that the eight I owned was it, but instead it looks like these were just the ones put out before the TV series and that M. C. Beaton will be putting out her twenty fourth in the series next year. I am both deeply fascinated and repelled.

I kinda want to get the other 16 to see whether the TV series had any impact on the later books, and also to see what happens to Hamish and Priscilla. On the other hand, I do think it would be more sensible to just mooch the books I have and close the chapter. They are excellent books for mooching, small and light and in very good condition.

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Review: Death of a Perfect Wife by M.C. Beaton

I loved Hamish Macbeth. What with the show's general quirkiness and Robert Carlyle's smouldering smoulderingness, what was there not to love??

So perhaps it was not much a surprise that, when entering the ABC shop with a $25 in gift vouchers and finding the whole series reduced to $2 each, I bought the set of books upon which the TV series was based (well at least 8 of them). Unfortunately, the books did not grab me. At all. Apart from Hamish, many of the other characters are not there, or are greatly altered. Alex exists as the rather proper Priscilla Halburton-Smythe and there's no Isobel to speak of. Priscilla's father is a very one dimensional foe who disapproves of Priscilla's friendship with Hamish. Hamish's superior Blair is much the same - blustering and stupid and boring. Hamish is a ginger!!!

(Actually I don't care about that, I'm upset because he's so wet when it comes to Priscilla! And he's not Robert Carlyle...)

Worst of all, the books are so very very twee.

I read them all, but then they languished on my shelf for the better part of 10 years. I was unwilling to read them, but also unwilling to break up the set by bookcrossing them. However, I realised on the weekend that they're all in excellent condition and therefore very moochable. I put em all up and 'Death of a Perfect Wife' was mooched yesterday. I reread it that evening just to check.

Unfortunately it hadn't improved with age, but at least it was a quick read.

Friday, 24 August 2007

Review: Seven Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly

I've been interested in reading a Matthew Reilly ever since he came to fame as a self publisher made good. I'd probably preferred to read 'Ice Station' or 'Contest' - one of his first works, rather than 'Seven Ancient Wonders', which is rather a later book. However, someone lent me SAW and there you are.

I wasn't expecting much from the book - I though it would be something on par with 'The DaVinci Code' by Dan Brown (which, by the way, is referenced a couple of times in the book). But!! zOMG! It's MUCH MUCH WORSE than the DaVinci Code. IT's AWFUL. So awful, in fact, that even after a couple of pages I was seriously contemplating whether to continue or not. (In the end I did - partly cos I didn't think reading the book would take that long and the novelty value of the awfulness was... novel).

If it was just a very Hollywood storyline, I probably wouldn't be so scandalised by the awfulness. What really got me was the writing. The sentences. Are not complete.

In fact. Often the end of the sentence.
Is on a completely new line.
There are italics. And diagrams! Many diagrams.
Presumably because written description would have been incomprehensible....

The few redeeming features were that the token female commando girl did not turn into a love interest for Captain Jack West (uber hero with high tech mechanical arm and amazing ability to Not Die, when he really should have). And Reilly's conception of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon was very cool.

But other than that... zOMG!!

Saturday, 11 August 2007

Review: Black Sheep by Ben Peek

This is not a happy book, but I think it is realistic - not because of the events it portrays but the way it portrays them. For most of the part we see only what Isaao Dazai sees and he creeps to understanding very slowly; the ending is largely unresolved. But - Yo! Dystopian! When was it ever gonna be happy? On the surface 'Black Sheep' is a story about racial segregation, with each city split into three - asian (where most of the action happens), african and caucasian. However in Asian Sydney, caucasians and africans are so remote that they might as well be aliens. Thus segregation occurs on a much finer scale - Asian Tokyo versus Asian Sydney[1]. I think this probably illustrates that people will always look to find differences between each other, no matter how alike they apparently are. In 'Black Sheep' the only people who are truly the same are the 'Assimilated', bleached of all colour and self will.

The government's (and UN's) role in controlling the cities and enforcing the 'No Multiculturalism' rules remains shadowy, but is very reminiscent of George Orwells '1984'. The faceless 'Segregators'[2] are not quite as omniscient the Thought Police, but they are in pursuit of thoughtcrime. It is not apparent if those in real control believe their own propaganda, or if they are using it to forward their own interests. One of the things I noted was that, even in this extreme society, the passage of time showed it becoming even more extreme. Things can always get worse...

Isaao Desai, a history teacher, is ambivilent about his home city, Asian Tokyo, and even more so about his adopted city Asian Sydney. He's a pawn in lots of games. The government uses him to test out new entrapment laws, his wife uses him to assuage her own guilt, while Peek uses him to explore the rights of the individual versus the benefit to society. Initially I found Issao a bit whiny and lacking in charm (possibly a little unsympathetic of me). However, ultimately I did care what happened to him and I am left worried that he'll get home ok.

In summary: well written and prose flows nicely[3]. It's not as accomplished as 26 Lies/One Truth but, given 26 Lies is the more recent book, that's probably a good thing.

[1]It's not clear if Australia as a nation or nationalism still exists. While there's mention of Australian languages, there's no mention of any of the other Australian capitals, suggesting that each city has become it's own separate enclave. Or perhaps Peek is Sydney-centric...

[2] I don't know that Peek would be very happy if he knew that every time I read 'Segregators', I thought 'Dementors'. The urge did lessen as I got further into the book :-)

[3]I have one of the special not-formatted-quite-ezactly-right versions of the book. Knowing this, I found no difficulties in reading the text or following the story. If I didn't I might have been a bit more 'wtf??', but I'd have probably just attributed it to Art.

Saturday, 7 July 2007

Bookrings I Have Participated In

In approximate order of reading:

February 2006: Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
June 2006: The Portrait of Mrs Charbuque by Jeffery Ford
July/August 2006: Abhorsen by Garth Nix
August 2006: Lucky by Alice Sebold
October 2006: The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
November 2006: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
November 2006: Breakfast at Tiffanys by Truman Capote
February 2007: The Don't Judge a Book-Box
February 2007: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
March 2007: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
June/July 2007: Wilderness Tips by Margaret Atwood
July 2007: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
July 2007: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
August 2007: The Art of Arrow Cutting by Stephen Dedman
November 2007: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
December 2007: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
December 2007: The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books
January 2008: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
January 2008: Surprise Fiction Bookbag
March 2008: Adrian Mole Bookbag
April 2008: Urn Burial, Kerry Greenwood
April 2008: Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
August 2008Until I Find You by John Irving
September 2008: Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
January 2009: In the Forest by Edna O'Brien
February 2009: The Radiant Way by Margaret Drabble
April 2009: Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith and Weedon Grossmith
May 2009: My Israel Question by Antony Lowenstein
June 2009: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
August 2009: Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson

Still awaiting:
The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
Passing by Nella Larson
The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugresic
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Women, T.C. Boyle

Bookrings I Have Started

These are the book rings, rays and spirals that I am running through Bookcrossing. Please contact me (KLL) through the Bookcrossing PM system if you would like to join.

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
International spiral. Started February 7th 2007.

The Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld: Uglies, Pretties, Specials.
International spiral. Started June 6th 2007.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman.
International ring. Started February 13th 2007.

1001 Books to Read Before You Die Australian Book Bag
Started January 10th 2007.

The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan: The Magician's Guild, The Novice, The High Lord.
Australian Bookring. Starting May 2009.

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

2007 Booklist

Wot I read in 2007. I was aiming to read an average of one book a week - 52 for the year, which I totally passed :-)

  1. The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood (*excellent*)
  2. The Princess Bride, abridged by William Goldman (lovely!)
  3. What Maisie Knew, Henry James (sharp, clever)
  4. Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain (charismatic!)
  5. the five people you meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom (meh)
  6. Love and Freindship and Other Early Works, Jane Austen (jane!)
  7. The Passion of New Eve, Angela Carter (wow. *crazy*)
  8. The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, Eva Rice (pleasant)
  9. The Hottest State, Ethan Hawke (tedious *and* pretentious!)
  10. The Unadulterated Cat, Pratchett & Jolliffe (amusing fluff)
  11. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (pretty good, ok)
  12. The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon (not bad)
  13. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (also *excellent*)
  14. My Brilliant Career, Miles Franklin (not at all what I was expecting, but glad to have read it)
  15. Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Elizabeth von Arnim (unexpectedly charming)
  16. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides (a good solid read)
  17. The Man in the Ice, Konrad Spindler (fascinating stuff!!)
  18. The Garden Party, Katherine Mansfield (the best short story collection I have read)
  19. Enchanted Places, Christopher Milne (charming nostalgia fix)
  20. The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe (gothic stodge)
  21. The Enormous Room, e. e. cummings (I wish I knew French!)
  22. Illywhacker, Peter Carey (really good!)
  23. Ghost World, Daniel Clowes (graphic novel. does it count??)
  24. Frost in May, Antonia White (excellent, but the Catholics scared me!)
  25. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway (war is bad, but sparse)
  26. The Tin Drum, Günter Grass (highly original, but insane)
  27. Wilderness Tips, Margaret Atwood (more excellent shorts)
  28. c0ck (Adventures in Masculnity, Andrew Macrae and Keith Stevenson, eds.(reread for review)
  29. Put on by Cunning, Ruth Rendell (sub-par murder mystery)
  30. The Etched City, K.J. Bishop (regretably almost bored out of my mind!)
  31. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk (i can not talk about Fight Club)
  32. The Secret History, Donna Tartt (compelling)
  33. The Well of Loneliness, Radclyffe Hall (the bible of lesbianism!)
  34. Where Angels Fear to Tread, E. M. Forster (impressive)
  35. Black Sheep, Ben Peek (dystopian)
  36. The Art of Arrow Cutting, Stephen Dedman (fun but slight)
  37. Seven Ancient Wonders, Matthew Reilly (zOMG! AWFUL!!)
  38. The Wife of Martin Guerre, Janet Lewis (morally interesting)
  39. In My Father's Den, Maurice Gee (literary new zealand)
  40. Divine Secrets of the Ya-ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells (mixed bag)
  41. Death of a Perfect Wife, M. C. Beaton (disappointing pretty much covers it...)
  42. The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides (pointless? fascinating)
  43. North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell (politics *and* sex!! ok, not *sex* sex...)
  44. The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy (wessex tragedy)
  45. The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction, Justine Larbalestier (read for review)
  46. Round Ireland with a Fridge, Tony Hawks (good mostly clean fun)
  47. Death of a Glutton, M. C. Beaton (wet)
  48. Death of a Cad, M. C. Beaton (wet)
  49. Death of a Snob, M. C. Beaton (wet)
  50. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon (KAPOWIE!!!)
  51. THEM, Jon Ronson (far out!)
  52. Kesrith, Book 1 of the Faded Sun Trilogy, C. J. Cherryh (eh)
  53. The Fat Man in History, Peter Carey (good flash fiction actually exists!!)
  54. A Keeper of Sheep, William Carpeneter (mebbe a bit... self important. and no quotation marks!!)
  55. Chicks 'n Chained Males, Esther Friesner, ed. (fluff of variable quality)
  56. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (fun romp)
  57. Death of a Hussy, M. C. Beaton (fee)
  58. Death of a Prankster, M. C. Beaton (fie)
  59. Death of a Gossip, M. C. Beaton (foe)
  60. Death of an Outsider, M. C. Beaton (fum)
  61. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou (*real* - and uplifting)
  62. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4, Sue Townsend (trip back in time)
  63. The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, Sue Townsend (more nostalgia)
  64. Postcards from the Edge, Carrie fisher (sweet without schmaltz)
  65. Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood (v. good, accomplished)
  66. True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole, Sue Townsend (non-plussed, again)
  67. White Tiger, Kylie Chan (sub-standard)
  68. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper (good!)
  69. The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books, ed. J. Peder Zane (mmm... listy!)

1001 List of Books: What I've Read

I've decided to keep better track of which of the 1001 Books To Read Before You Die that I've read, plus colour code them for easy reference :-)

Colour coding:

Gold: OMFG! I think this book is brilliant!
Green: A good or very good book, but not making my OMFG list.
Blue: OK. Meh. Whatever. I have nothing against this book.
Brown: I did not like this book.

I've also put in links to my BC entries, where they exist. Some comments are more informative than others :-) Some books will have comments from others too and I'm not necessarily the first.

  1. Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. Saturday – Ian McEwan
    On Beauty – Zadie Smith
    Slow Man – J.M. Coetzee
    Adjunct: An Undigest – Peter Manson
    The Sea – John Banville
    The Red Queen – Margaret Drabble
    The Plot Against America – Philip Roth
    The Master – Colm Tóibín
    Vanishing Point – David Markson
    The Lambs of London – Peter Ackroyd
    Dining on Stones – Iain Sinclair
    Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
    Drop City – T. Coraghessan Boyle
    The Colour – Rose Tremain
    Thursbitch – Alan Garner
    The Light of Day – Graham Swift
    What I Loved – Siri Hustvedt
  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Mark Haddon (i feel it is slightly tragic that this floating round in a lift in Hampshire :-/)
    Islands – Dan Sleigh
    Elizabeth Costello – J.M. Coetzee
    London Orbital – Iain Sinclair
    Family Matters – Rohinton Mistry
    Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
    The Double – José Saramago
    Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  4. Unless – Carol Shields
    Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
    The Story of Lucy Gault – William Trevor
    That They May Face the Rising Sun – John McGahern
    In the Forest – Edna O’Brien
    Shroud – John Banville
  5. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
    Youth – J.M. Coetzee
    Dead Air – Iain Banks
    Nowhere Man – Aleksandar Hemon
    The Book of Illusions – Paul Auster
    Gabriel’s Gift – Hanif Kureishi
    Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald
    Platform – Michael Houellebecq
    Schooling – Heather McGowan
  6. Atonement – Ian McEwan
    The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen
    Don’t Move – Margaret Mazzantini
    The Body Artist – Don DeLillo
    Fury – Salman Rushdie
    At Swim, Two Boys – Jamie O’Neill
    Choke – Chuck Palahniuk
  7. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
    The Feast of the Goat – Mario Vargos Llosa
    An Obedient Father – Akhil Sharma
    The Devil and Miss Prym – Paulo Coelho
    Spring Flowers, Spring Frost – Ismail Kadare
    White Teeth – Zadie Smith
    The Heart of Redness – Zakes Mda
    Under the Skin – Michel Faber
    Ignorance – Milan Kundera
    Nineteen Seventy Seven – David Peace
    Celestial Harmonies – Péter Esterházy
    City of God – E.L. Doctorow
    How the Dead Live – Will Self
    The Human Stain – Philip Roth
  8. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
    After the Quake – Haruki Murakami
    Small Remedies – Shashi Deshpande
    Super-Cannes – J.G. Ballard
    House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
    Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates
    Pastoralia – George Saunders
    Timbuktu – Paul Auster
    The Romantics – Pankaj Mishra
    Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson
    As If I Am Not There – Slavenka Drakuli?
    Everything You Need – A.L. Kennedy
    Fear and Trembling – Amélie Nothomb
  9. The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie
    Disgrace – J.M. Coetzee
    Sputnik Sweetheart – Haruki Murakami
    Elementary Particles – Michel Houellebecq
    Intimacy – Hanif Kureishi
  10. Amsterdam – Ian McEwan
    Cloudsplitter – Russell Banks
    All Souls Day – Cees Nooteboom
    The Talk of the Town – Ardal O’Hanlon
    Tipping the Velvet – Sarah Waters
  11. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
    Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis
    Another World – Pat Barker
    The Hours – Michael Cunningham
    Veronika Decides to Die – Paulo Coelho
    Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon
  12. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy (I liked this one so much, I bought it twice!)
  13. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
    Great Apes – Will Self
  14. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
    Underworld – Don DeLillo
  15. Jack Maggs – Peter Carey (so very nearly gold)
    The Life of Insects – Victor Pelevin
    American Pastoral – Philip Roth
    The Untouchable – John Banville
    Silk – Alessandro Baricco
    Cocaine Nights – J.G. Ballard
    Hallucinating Foucault – Patricia Duncker
    Fugitive Pieces – Anne Michaels
    The Ghost Road – Pat Barker
    Forever a Stranger – Hella Haasse
    Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
    The Clay Machine-Gun – Victor Pelevin
  16. Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
    The Unconsoled – Kazuo Ishiguro
    Morvern Callar – Alan Warner
  17. The Information – Martin Amis
    The Moor’s Last Sigh – Salman Rushdie
    Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth
    The Rings of Saturn – W.G. Sebald
    The Reader – Bernhard Schlink
  18. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry (fucking depressing at the end though)
    Love’s Work – Gillian Rose
    The End of the Story – Lydia Davis
    Mr. Vertigo – Paul Auster
    The Folding Star – Alan Hollinghurst
    Whatever – Michel Houellebecq
    Land – Park Kyong-ni
    The Master of Petersburg – J.M. Coetzee
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
    Pereira Declares: A Testimony – Antonio Tabucchi
    City Sister Silver – Jàchym Topol
    How Late It Was, How Late – James Kelman
  19. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres (average book, but end was stoopid)
    Felicia’s Journey – William Trevor
    Disappearance – David Dabydeen
    The Invention of Curried Sausage – Uwe Timm
  20. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
  21. Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh (although not *actually* my favorite of Welsh's)
    Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
    Looking for the Possible Dance – A.L. Kennedy
    Operation Shylock – Philip Roth
  22. Complicity – Iain Banks
    On Love – Alain de Botton
    What a Carve Up! – Jonathan Coe
  23. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth (long!)
    The Stone Diaries – Carol Shields
  24. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
    The House of Doctor Dee – Peter Ackroyd
    The Robber Bride – Margaret Atwood
    The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald
  25. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
    Life is a Caravanserai – Emine Özdamar
    The Discovery of Heaven – Harry Mulisch
    A Heart So White – Javier Marias
    Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
    Indigo – Marina Warner
  26. The Crow Road – Iain Banks
    Written on the Body – Jeanette Winterson
    Jazz – Toni Morrison
    The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje
  27. Smilla’s Sense of Snow – Peter Høeg (got a bit weird in the end)
    The Butcher Boy – Patrick McCabe
    Black Water – Joyce Carol Oates
    The Heather Blazing – Colm Tóibín
    Asphodel – H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
    Black Dogs – Ian McEwan
    Hideous Kinky – Esther Freud
    Arcadia – Jim Crace
  28. Wild Swans – Jung Chang
  29. American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis (*nasty*)
    Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis
    Mao II – Don DeLillo
    Typical – Padgett Powell
    Regeneration – Pat Barker
    Downriver – Iain Sinclair
    Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord – Louis de Bernieres
    Wise Children – Angela Carter
    Get Shorty – Elmore Leonard
    Amongst Women – John McGahern
    Vineland – Thomas Pynchon
    Vertigo – W.G. Sebald
    Stone Junction – Jim Dodge
  30. The Music of Chance – Paul Auster
    The Things They Carried – Tim O’Brien
    A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
    Like Life – Lorrie Moore
  31. Possession – A.S. Byatt
    The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi
    The Midnight Examiner – William Kotzwinkle
    A Disaffection – James Kelman
    Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson
  32. Moon Palace – Paul Auster
    Billy Bathgate – E.L. Doctorow
    Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
    The Melancholy of Resistance – László Krasznahorkai
  33. The Temple of My Familiar – Alice Walker
    The Trick is to Keep Breathing – Janice Galloway
    The History of the Siege of Lisbon – José Saramago
  34. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel (I liked the movie better :-O)
  35. A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
    London Fields – Martin Amis
    The Book of Evidence – John Banville
    Cat’s Eye – Margaret Atwood
    Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco
    The Beautiful Room is Empty – Edmund White
    Wittgenstein’s Mistress – David Markson
  36. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
    The Swimming-Pool Library – Alan Hollinghurst
  37. Oscar and Lucinda – Peter Carey
    Libra – Don DeLillo
  38. The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks
    Nervous Conditions – Tsitsi Dangarembga
    The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul – Douglas Adams
    Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – Douglas Adams
  39. The Radiant Way – Margaret Drabble
    The Afternoon of a Writer – Peter Handke
    The Black Dahlia – James Ellroy
    The Passion – Jeanette Winterson
    The Pigeon – Patrick Süskind
    The Child in Time – Ian McEwan
    Cigarettes – Harry Mathews
  40. The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe (bit of a non-event for me)
    The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster
    World’s End – T. Coraghessan Boyle
    Enigma of Arrival – V.S. Naipaul
    The Taebek Mountains – Jo Jung-rae
  41. Beloved – Toni Morrison
    Anagrams – Lorrie Moore
    Matigari – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
    Marya – Joyce Carol Oates
    Watchmen – Alan Moore & David Gibbons
    The Old Devils – Kingsley Amis
    Lost Language of Cranes – David Leavitt
    An Artist of the Floating World – Kazuo Ishiguro
    Extinction – Thomas Bernhard
    Foe – J.M. Coetzee
    The Drowned and the Saved – Primo Levi
    Reasons to Live – Amy Hempel
    The Parable of the Blind – Gert Hofmann
    Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel García Márquez
    Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
  42. The Cider House Rules – John Irving (book is way better than the movie)
    A Maggot – John Fowles
    Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
    Contact – Carl Sagan
  43. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
    Perfume – Patrick Süskind
    Old Masters – Thomas Bernhard
    White Noise – Don DeLillo
    Queer – William Burroughs
    Hawksmoor – Peter Ackroyd
    Legend – David Gemmell
    Dictionary of the Khazars – Milorad Pavic
  44. The Bus Conductor Hines – James Kelman
    The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis – José Saramago
    The Lover – Marguerite Duras
  45. Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
  46. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
    Nights at the Circus – Angela Carter
  47. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
    Blood and Guts in High School – Kathy Acker
    Neuromancer – William Gibson
    Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes
    Money: A Suicide Note – Martin Amis
  48. Shame – Salman Rushdie
    Worstward Ho – Samuel Beckett
    Fools of Fortune – William Trevor
    La Brava – Elmore Leonard
    Waterland – Graham Swift
    The Life and Times of Michael K – J.M. Coetzee
    The Diary of Jane Somers – Doris Lessing
    The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek
    The Sorrow of Belgium – Hugo Claus
    If Not Now, When? – Primo Levi
    A Boy’s Own Story – Edmund White
  49. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
    Wittgenstein’s Nephew – Thomas Bernhard
    A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
    Schindler’s Ark – Thomas Keneally Not going to read
  50. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
    The Newton Letter – John Banville
    On the Black Hill – Bruce Chatwin
    Concrete – Thomas Bernhard
    The Names – Don DeLillo
    Rabbit is Rich – John Updike
    Lanark: A Life in Four Books – Alasdair Gray
    The Comfort of Strangers – Ian McEwan
    July’s People – Nadine Gordimer
    Summer in Baden-Baden – Leonid Tsypkin
    Broken April – Ismail Kadare
    Waiting for the Barbarians – J.M. Coetzee
  51. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
    Rites of Passage – William Golding
    Rituals – Cees Nooteboom
    Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
    City Primeval – Elmore Leonard
  52. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
    The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
    Smiley’s People – John Le Carré
    Shikasta – Doris Lessing
    A Bend in the River – V.S. Naipaul
    Burger’s Daughter - Nadine Gordimer
    The Safety Net – Heinrich Böll
    If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler – Italo Calvino
  53. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
    The Cement Garden – Ian McEwan
  54. The World According to Garp – John Irving (probably only gold cos of sentimental value)
    Life: A User’s Manual – Georges Perec
    The Sea, The Sea – Iris Murdoch
    The Singapore Grip – J.G. Farrell
    Yes – Thomas Bernhard
  55. The Virgin in the Garden – A.S. Byatt
    In the Heart of the Country – J.M. Coetzee
  56. The Passion of New Eve – Angela Carter (a really interesting read. the story is very original. I've never read anything quite like it before...)
    Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin
  57. The Shining – Stephen King
    Dispatches – Michael Herr
    Petals of Blood – Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  58. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison (not sure I really 'got' this one :-O)
    The Hour of the Star – Clarice Lispector
    The Left-Handed Woman – Peter Handke
    Ratner’s Star – Don DeLillo
    The Public Burning – Robert Coover
  59. Interview With the Vampire – Anne Rice (it'd probably go up to green, if you consider books 2 and 3 as well)
    Cutter and Bone – Newton Thornburg
    Amateurs – Donald Barthelme
    Patterns of Childhood – Christa Wolf
    Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel García Márquez
    W, or the Memory of childhood – Georges Perec
    A Dance to the Music of Time – Anthony Powell
    Grimus – Salman Rushdie
    The Dead Father – Donald Barthelme
    Fateless – Imre Kertész
    Willard and His Bowling Trophies – Richard Brautigan
    High Rise – J.G. Ballard
    Humboldt’s Gift – Saul Bellow
    Dead Babies – Martin Amis
    Correction – Thomas Bernhard
    Ragtime – E.L. Doctorow
    The Fan Man – William Kotzwinkle
    Dusklands – J.M. Coetzee
    The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – Heinrich Böll
  60. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John Le Carré
    Breakfast of Champions – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
    A Question of Power – Bessie Head
    The Siege of Krishnapur – J.G. Farrell
    The Castle of Crossed Destinies – Italo Calvino
  61. Crash – J.G. Ballard
    The Honorary Consul – Graham Greene
    Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
    The Black Prince – Iris Murdoch
    Sula – Toni Morrison
    Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino
    The Breast – Philip Roth
    The Summer Book – Tove Jansson
    G – John Berger
  62. Surfacing – Margaret Atwood (really good, but it went *weird* at the end!)
    House Mother Normal – B.S. Johnson
    In A Free State – V.S. Naipaul
    The Book of Daniel – E.L. Doctorow
  63. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson (they're not *sensible* people, but it's good fun ;-)
    Group Portrait With Lady – Heinrich Böll
    The Wild Boys – William Burroughs
    Rabbit Redux – John Updike
    The Sea of Fertility – Yukio Mishima
    The Driver’s Seat – Muriel Spark
    The Ogre – Michael Tournier
    The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
    Goalie’s Anxiety at the Penalty Kick – Peter Handke
  64. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
    Mercier et Camier – Samuel Beckett
    Troubles – J.G. Farrell
    Jahrestage – Uwe Johnson
    The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard
    Tent of Miracles – Jorge Amado
    Pricksongs and Descants – Robert Coover
    Blind Man With a Pistol – Chester Hines
    Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  65. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles
    The Green Man – Kingsley Amis
    Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  66. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
    Ada – Vladimir Nabokov
    Them – Joyce Carol Oates
    A Void/Avoid – Georges Perec
    Eva Trout – Elizabeth Bowen
    Myra Breckinridge – Gore Vidal
    The Nice and the Good – Iris Murdoch
    Belle du Seigneur – Albert Cohen
    Cancer Ward – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
    The First Circle – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
    2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
  67. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
    Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend is Laid – Malcolm Lowry
    The German Lesson – Siegfried Lenz
    In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan
    A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines
    The Quest for Christa T. – Christa Wolf
    Chocky – John Wyndham
    The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
    The Cubs and Other Stories – Mario Vargas Llosa
  68. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
    The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
    Pilgrimage – Dorothy Richardson
    The Joke – Milan Kundera
    No Laughing Matter – Angus Wilson
    The Third Policeman – Flann O’Brien
    A Man Asleep – Georges Perec
    The Birds Fall Down – Rebecca West
    Trawl – B.S. Johnson
    In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
    The Magus – John Fowles
    The Vice-Consul – Marguerite Duras
    Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
    Giles Goat-Boy – John Barth
    The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
    Things – Georges Perec
    The River Between – Ngugi wa Thiong’o
    August is a Wicked Month – Edna O’Brien
    God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – Kurt Vonnegut
    Everything That Rises Must Converge – Flannery O’Connor
    The Passion According to G.H. – Clarice Lispector
    Sometimes a Great Notion – Ken Kesey
    Come Back, Dr. Caligari – Donald Bartholme
    Albert Angelo – B.S. Johnson
    Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
    The Ravishing of Lol V. Stein – Marguerite Duras
    Herzog – Saul Bellow
    V. – Thomas Pynchon
    Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
    The Graduate – Charles Webb
    Manon des Sources – Marcel Pagnol
    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carré
    The Girls of Slender Means – Muriel Spark
    Inside Mr. Enderby – Anthony Burgess
  69. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath (this *could* probably be green, but i didn't really connect with it)
    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
  70. The Collector – John Fowles (the fact I did it in school probably made me appreciate it more than I would otherwise have)
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
    A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
    Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
    The Drowned World – J.G. Ballard
    The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing
    Labyrinths – Jorg Luis Borges
    Girl With Green Eyes – Edna O’Brien
    The Garden of the Finzi-Continis – Giorgio Bassani
    Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert Heinlein
    Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
    A Severed Head – Iris Murdoch
    Faces in the Water – Janet Frame
    Solaris – Stanislaw Lem
    Cat and Mouse – Günter Grass
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark
  71. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
    The Violent Bear it Away – Flannery O’Connor
    How It Is – Samuel Beckett
    Our Ancestors – Italo Calvino
    The Country Girls – Edna O’Brien
  72. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
    Rabbit, Run – John Updike
    Promise at Dawn – Romain Gary
    Cider With Rosie – Laurie Lee
    Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse
    Naked Lunch – William Burroughs
  73. The Tin Drum – Günter Grass
    Absolute Beginners – Colin MacInnes
    Henderson the Rain King – Saul Bellow
    Memento Mori – Muriel Spark
    Billiards at Half-Past Nine – Heinrich Böll
  74. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote
    The Leopard – Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
    Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring – Kenzaburo Oe
    A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
    The Bitter Glass – Eilís Dillon
    Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – Alan Sillitoe
    Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris – Paul Gallico
    Borstal Boy – Brendan Behan
    The End of the Road – John Barth
    The Once and Future King – T.H. White
    The Bell – Iris Murdoch
    Jealousy – Alain Robbe-Grillet
    Voss – Patrick White
  75. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham
    Blue Noon – Georges Bataille
    Homo Faber – Max Frisch
  76. On the Road – Jack Kerouac (interesting that the book was written cts-ly on a typewriter, but I could only disapprove of the main character's actions)
    Pnin – Vladimir Nabokov
    Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
    The Wonderful “O” – James Thurber
    Justine – Lawrence Durrell
    Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
    The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon
    The Roots of Heaven – Romain Gary
    Seize the Day – Saul Bellow
    The Floating Opera – John Barth
  77. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Talented Mr. Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
    Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
    A World of Love – Elizabeth Bowen
    The Trusting and the Maimed – James Plunkett
    The Quiet American – Graham Greene
    The Last Temptation of Christ – Nikos Kazantzákis
    The Recognitions – William Gaddis
    The Ragazzi – Pier Paulo Pasolini
    Bonjour Tristesse – Françoise Sagan
    I’m Not Stiller – Max Frisch
    Self Condemned – Wyndham Lewis
  78. The Story of O – Pauline Réage (i didin't hate it, but I was a bit wtf...)
    A Ghost at Noon – Alberto Moravia
  79. Lord of the Flies – William Golding (brutal stuff!)
    Under the Net – Iris Murdoch
    The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley
    The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler
    The Unnamable – Samuel Beckett
    Watt – Samuel Beckett
    Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
    Junkie – William Burroughs
    The Adventures of Augie March – Saul Bellow
    Go Tell It on the Mountain – James Baldwin
  80. Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
    The Judge and His Hangman – Friedrich Dürrenmatt
    Invisible Man – Ralph Ellison
    The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
    Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor
    The Killer Inside Me – Jim Thompson
    Memoirs of Hadrian – Marguerite Yourcenar
    Malone Dies – Samuel Beckett
  81. Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
  82. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
    The Opposing Shore – Julien Gracq
  83. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
    The Rebel – Albert Camus
    Molloy – Samuel Beckett
    The End of the Affair – Graham Greene
    The Abbot C – Georges Bataille
    The Labyrinth of Solitude – Octavio Paz
    The Third Man – Graham Greene
    The 13 Clocks – James Thurber
    Gormenghast – Mervyn Peake
    The Grass is Singing – Doris Lessing
    I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
    The Moon and the Bonfires – Cesare Pavese
    The Garden Where the Brass Band Played – Simon Vestdijk
    Love in a Cold Climate – Nancy Mitford
    The Case of Comrade Tulayev – Victor Serge
    The Heat of the Day – Elizabeth Bowen
    Kingdom of This World – Alejo Carpentier
    The Man With the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren
  84. Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell
    All About H. Hatterr – G.V. Desani
    Disobedience – Alberto Moravia
    Death Sentence – Maurice Blanchot
    The Heart of the Matter – Graham Greene
    Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton
    Doctor Faustus – Thomas Mann
    The Victim – Saul Bellow
    Exercises in Style – Raymond Queneau
    If This Is a Man – Primo Levi
    Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry
    The Path to the Nest of Spiders – Italo Calvino
  85. The Plague – Albert Camus (bleak!)
    Back – Henry Green
    Titus Groan – Mervyn Peake
    The Bridge on the Drina – Ivo Andri?
  86. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
  87. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  88. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck
  89. The Pursuit of Love – Nancy Mitford (luvverly)
    Loving – Henry Green
    Arcanum 17 – André Breton
    Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi
    The Razor’s Edge – William Somerset Maugham
    Transit – Anna Seghers
    Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges
    Dangling Man – Saul Bellow
  90. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (I have friends who *love* this book. I've never been fussed...)
    Caught – Henry Green
    The Glass Bead Game – Herman Hesse
    Embers – Sandor Marai
    Go Down, Moses – William Faulkner
    The Outsider – Albert Camus
    In Sicily – Elio Vittorini
    The Poor Mouth – Flann O’Brien
    The Living and the Dead – Patrick White
    Hangover Square – Patrick Hamilton
    Between the Acts – Virginia Woolf
    The Hamlet – William Faulkner
    Farewell My Lovely – Raymond Chandler
    For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
    Native Son – Richard Wright
    The Power and the Glory – Graham Greene
    The Tartar Steppe – Dino Buzzati
    Party Going – Henry Green
    The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
    Finnegans Wake – James Joyce
    At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
    Coming Up for Air – George Orwell
    Goodbye to Berlin – Christopher Isherwood
    Tropic of Capricorn – Henry Miller
    Good Morning, Midnight – Jean Rhys
    The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler
    After the Death of Don Juan – Sylvie Townsend Warner
    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – Winifred Watson
    Nausea – Jean-Paul Sartre
    Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
    Cause for Alarm – Eric Ambler
    Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
    U.S.A. – John Dos Passos
    Murphy – Samuel Beckett
    Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
    Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
  91. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Years – Virginia Woolf
    In Parenthesis – David Jones
    The Revenge for Love – Wyndham Lewis
    Out of Africa – Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen)
    To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
    Summer Will Show – Sylvia Townsend Warner
    Eyeless in Gaza – Aldous Huxley
    The Thinking Reed – Rebecca West
  92. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (many many pages!! but pretty readable :-)
    Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell
    Wild Harbour – Ian MacPherson
    Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner
    At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
    Nightwood – Djuna Barnes
    Independent People – Halldór Laxness
    Auto-da-Fé – Elias Canetti
    The Last of Mr. Norris – Christopher Isherwood
    They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Horace McCoy
    The House in Paris – Elizabeth Bowen
    England Made Me – Graham Greene
    Burmese Days – George Orwell
    The Nine Tailors – Dorothy L. Sayers
    Threepenny Novel – Bertolt Brecht
    Novel With Cocaine – M. Ageyev
    The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain
    Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller
    A Handful of Dust – Evelyn Waugh
    Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  93. Thank You, Jeeves – P.G. Wodehouse (beautifully absurd)
    Call it Sleep – Henry Roth
    Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West
    Murder Must Advertise – Dorothy L. Sayers
    The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas – Gertrude Stein
    Testament of Youth – Vera Brittain
    A Day Off – Storm Jameson
    The Man Without Qualities – Robert Musil
    A Scots Quair (Sunset Song) – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
    Journey to the End of the Night – Louis-Ferdinand Céline
  94. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  95. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
    To the North – Elizabeth Bowen
    The Thin Man – Dashiell Hammett
    The Radetzky March – Joseph Roth
    The Waves – Virginia Woolf
    The Glass Key – Dashiell Hammett
    Cakes and Ale – W. Somerset Maugham
    The Apes of God – Wyndham Lewis
    Her Privates We – Frederic Manning
  96. Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh
    The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett
    Hebdomeros – Giorgio de Chirico
    Passing – Nella Larsen
  97. A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
    Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett
    Living – Henry Green
    The Time of Indifference – Alberto Moravia
  98. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
    Berlin Alexanderplatz – Alfred Döblin
    The Last September – Elizabeth Bowen
    Harriet Hume – Rebecca West
    The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
    Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau
    Look Homeward, Angel – Thomas Wolfe
    Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille
  99. Orlando – Virginia Woolf (i probably didn't get it all...)
  100. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence (not as scandalous as I was hoping for)
  101. The Well of Loneliness – Radclyffe Hall
    The Childermass – Wyndham Lewis
    Quartet – Jean Rhys
    Decline and Fall – Evelyn Waugh
    Quicksand – Nella Larsen
    Parade’s End – Ford Madox Ford
    Nadja – André Breton
    Steppenwolf – Herman Hesse
    Remembrance of Things Past – Marcel Proust
    To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
    Tarka the Otter – Henry Williamson
    Amerika – Franz Kafka
    The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
    Blindness – Henry Green
    The Castle – Franz Kafka
    The Good Soldier Švejk – Jaroslav Hašek
    The Plumed Serpent – D.H. Lawrence
    One, None and a Hundred Thousand – Luigi Pirandello
  102. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie (not my favorite, but I understand why this is here)
    The Making of Americans – Gertrude Stein
    Manhattan Transfer – John Dos Passos
    Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  103. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (not fussed really)
    The Counterfeiters – André Gide
    The Trial – Franz Kafka
    The Artamonov Business – Maxim Gorky
    The Professor’s House – Willa Cather
    Billy Budd, Foretopman – Herman Melville
    The Green Hat – Michael Arlen
    The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
    We – Yevgeny Zamyatin
  104. A Passage to India – E.M. Forster (a bit depressing)
    The Devil in the Flesh – Raymond Radiguet
    Zeno’s Conscience – Italo Svevo
    Cane – Jean Toomer
    Antic Hay – Aldous Huxley
    Amok – Stefan Zweig
  105. The Garden Party – Katherine Mansfield
  106. The Enormous Room – E.E. Cummings (almost gold!)
    Jacob’s Room – Virginia Woolf
  107. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
    The Glimpses of the Moon – Edith Wharton
    Life and Death of Harriett Frean – May Sinclair
    The Last Days of Humanity – Karl Kraus
    Aaron’s Rod – D.H. Lawrence
    Babbitt – Sinclair Lewis
    Ulysses – James Joyce
    The Fox – D.H. Lawrence
    Crome Yellow – Aldous Huxley
  108. The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton (read it cos I'd seen the movie)
    Main Street – Sinclair Lewis
    Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
    Night and Day – Virginia Woolf
    Tarr – Wyndham Lewis
    The Return of the Soldier – Rebecca West
    The Shadow Line – Joseph Conrad
    Summer – Edith Wharton
    Growth of the Soil – Knut Hamsen
    Bunner Sisters – Edith Wharton
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
    Under Fire – Henri Barbusse
    Rashomon – Akutagawa Ryunosuke
    The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford
    The Voyage Out – Virginia Woolf
    Of Human Bondage – William Somerset Maugham
    The Rainbow – D.H. Lawrence
  109. The Thirty-Nine Steps – John Buchan (Buchan does good adventure)
    Kokoro – Natsume Soseki
    Locus Solus – Raymond Roussel
    Rosshalde – Herman Hesse
    Tarzan of the Apes – Edgar Rice Burroughs
    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Robert Tressell
    Sons and Lovers – D.H. Lawrence
  110. Death in Venice – Thomas Mann (how can such a short book be made into such a mindlessly boring movie??)
    The Charwoman’s Daughter – James Stephens
    Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
    Fantômas – Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre
  111. Howards End – E.M. Forster
    Impressions of Africa – Raymond Roussel
    Three Lives – Gertrude Stein
    Martin Eden – Jack London
    Strait is the Gate – André Gide
    Tono-Bungay – H.G. Wells
    The Inferno – Henri Barbusse
  112. A Room With a View – E.M. Forster
    The Iron Heel – Jack London
    The Old Wives’ Tale – Arnold Bennett
    The House on the Borderland – William Hope Hodgson
    Mother – Maxim Gorky
    The Secret Agent – Joseph Conrad
    The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
    Young Törless – Robert Musil
    The Forsyte Sage – John Galsworthy
    The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton
    Professor Unrat – Heinrich Mann
  113. Where Angels Fear to Tread – E.M. Forster
    Nostromo – Joseph Conrad
    Hadrian the Seventh – Frederick Rolfe
    The Golden Bowl – Henry James
    The Ambassadors – Henry James
    The Riddle of the Sands – Erskine Childers
    The Immoralist – André Gide
    The Wings of the Dove – Henry James
  114. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  115. The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    Buddenbrooks – Thomas Mann
    Kim – Rudyard Kipling
    Sister Carrie – Theodore Dreiser
    Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
    Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. – Somerville and Ross
    The Stechlin – Theodore Fontane
    The Awakening – Kate Chopin
    The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  116. The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
    The Invisible Man – H.G. Wells
  117. What Maisie Knew – Henry James
    Fruits of the Earth – André Gide
  118. Dracula – Bram Stoker (a bit, you know, gothic :-)
    Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz
    The Island of Dr. Moreau – H.G. Wells
    The Time Machine – H.G. Wells
    Effi Briest – Theodore Fontane
    Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
    The Real Charlotte – Somerville and Ross
  119. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    Born in Exile – George Gissing
  120. Diary of a Nobody – George & Weedon Grossmith
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    News from Nowhere – William Morris
    New Grub Street – George Gissing
    Gösta Berling’s Saga – Selma Lagerlöf
    Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
    The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
    The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
    La Bête Humaine – Émile Zola
    By the Open Sea – August Strindberg
    Hunger – Knut Hamsun
    The Master of Ballantrae – Robert Louis Stevenson
    Pierre and Jean – Guy de Maupassant
    Fortunata and Jacinta – Benito Pérez Galdés
    The People of Hemsö – August Strindberg
    The Woodlanders – Thomas Hardy
    She – H. Rider Haggard
    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson
  121. The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy
    Kidnapped – Robert Louis Stevenson
    King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
    Germinal – Émile Zola
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
    Bel-Ami – Guy de Maupassant
    Marius the Epicurean – Walter Pater
    Against the Grain – Joris-Karl Huysmans
    The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy
    A Woman’s Life – Guy de Maupassant
    Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
    The House by the Medlar Tree – Giovanni Verga
    The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
    Bouvard and Pécuchet – Gustave Flaubert
    Ben-Hur – Lew Wallace
    Nana – Émile Zola
    The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
    The Red Room – August Strindberg
    Return of the Native – Thomas Hardy
    Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
    Drunkard – Émile Zola
    Virgin Soil – Ivan Turgenev
    Daniel Deronda – George Eliot
    The Hand of Ethelberta – Thomas Hardy
    The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Gustave Flaubert
    Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
    The Enchanted Wanderer – Nicolai Leskov
    Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
    In a Glass Darkly – Sheridan Le Fanu
    The Devils – Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Erewhon – Samuel Butler
    Spring Torrents – Ivan Turgenev
  122. Middlemarch – George Eliot
    Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There – Lewis Carroll
    King Lear of the Steppes – Ivan Turgenev
    He Knew He Was Right – Anthony Trollope
    War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
    Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert
    Phineas Finn – Anthony Trollope
    Maldoror – Comte de Lautréaumont
    The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  123. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  124. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (it was fine when I was younger, but since I grew up, 'Little Women" has only pissed me off)
    Thérèse Raquin – Émile Zola
    The Last Chronicle of Barset – Anthony Trollope
  125. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Jules Verne
  126. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  127. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  128. Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens (my favorite Dickens)
    Uncle Silas – Sheridan Le Fanu
    Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  129. The Water-Babies – Charles Kingsley
    Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
    Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev
    Silas Marner – George Eliot
  130. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
    On the Eve – Ivan Turgenev
    Castle Richmond – Anthony Trollope
    The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot
  131. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
    The Marble Faun – Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Max Havelaar – Multatuli
  132. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
    Oblomovka – Ivan Goncharov
    Adam Bede – George Eliot
    Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  133. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
    Hard Times – Charles Dickens
    Walden – Henry David Thoreau
    Bleak House – Charles Dickens
    Villette – Charlotte Brontë
    Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
    Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lonely – Harriet Beecher Stowe
    The Blithedale Romance – Nathaniel Hawthorne
    The House of the Seven Gables – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  134. Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
  135. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
    David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
    Shirley – Charlotte Brontë
    Mary Barton – Elizabeth Gaskell
  136. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Brontë (Brontës aren't normally my thing but I didn't mind thisactually)
  137. Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë (thought was very fucking stupid first time I read it, not so bad the second time)
    Agnes Grey – Anne Brontë
  138. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë (Brown on principle! Jane Eyre is a moron!)
  139. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
    The Count of Monte-Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
    La Reine Margot – Alexandre Dumas
  140. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
    The Purloined Letter – Edgar Allan Poe
    Martin Chuzzlewit – Charles Dickens
    The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
    Lost Illusions – Honoré de Balzac
    A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
    Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol
    The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
    The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe
  141. The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Charles Dickens
    Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
    The Nose – Nikolay Gogol
    Le Père Goriot – Honoré de Balzac
    Eugénie Grandet – Honoré de Balzac
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
    The Red and the Black – Stendhal
    The Betrothed – Alessandro Manzoni
    Last of the Mohicans – James Fenimore Cooper
    The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner – James Hogg
    The Albigenses – Charles Robert Maturin
    Melmoth the Wanderer – Charles Robert Maturin
    The Monastery – Sir Walter Scott
    Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott<
  142. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (not really for me...)
  143. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen (love Jane, but feel this is her 'slightest' book. yes, I know it's poking fun at the gothic romance novels)
  144. Persuasion – Jane Austen
    Ormond – Maria Edgeworth
    Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
  145. Emma – Jane Austen
  146. Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
  147. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
    The Absentee – Maria Edgeworth
  148. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
    Elective Affinities – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Castle Rackrent – Maria Edgeworth
    Hyperion – Friedrich Hölderlin
    The Nun – Denis Diderot
    Camilla – Fanny Burney
    The Monk – M.G. Lewis
    Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  149. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe (need to read 'Northanger Abbey' again now I've read this)
    The Interesting Narrative – Olaudah Equiano
    The Adventures of Caleb Williams – William Godwin
    Justine – Marquis de Sade
    Vathek – William Beckford
    The 120 Days of Sodom – Marquis de Sade
    Cecilia – Fanny Burney
    Confessions – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  150. Dangerous Liaisons – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
    Reveries of a Solitary Walker – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Evelina – Fanny Burney
    The Sorrows of Young Werther – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    Humphrey Clinker – Tobias George Smollett
    The Man of Feeling – Henry Mackenzie
    A Sentimental Journey – Laurence Sterne
    Tristram Shandy – Laurence Sterne
    The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
    The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
    Émile; or, On Education – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Rameau’s Nephew – Denis Diderot
    Julie; or, the New Eloise – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    Rasselas – Samuel Johnson
    Candide – Voltaire
    The Female Quixote – Charlotte Lennox
    Amelia – Henry Fielding
    Peregrine Pickle – Tobias George Smollett
    Fanny Hill – John Cleland
  151. Tom Jones – Henry Fielding (good fun)
    Roderick Random – Tobias George Smollett
    Clarissa – Samuel Richardson
    Pamela – Samuel Richardson
    Jacques the Fatalist – Denis Diderot
    Memoirs of Martinus Scriblerus – J. Arbuthnot, J. Gay, T. Parnell, A. Pope, J. Swift
    Joseph Andrews – Henry Fielding
    A Modest Proposal – Jonathan Swift
    Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
    Roxana – Daniel Defoe
    Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
    Love in Excess – Eliza Haywood
    Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
    A Tale of a Tub – Jonathan Swift
    Oroonoko – Aphra Behn
    The Princess of Clèves – Marie-Madelaine Pioche de Lavergne, Comtesse de La Fayette
    The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
    Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
    The Unfortunate Traveller – Thomas Nashe
    Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit – John Lyly
    Gargantua and Pantagruel – Françoise Rabelais
    The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
    The Golden Ass – Lucius Apuleius
    Aithiopika – Heliodorus
    Chaireas and Kallirhoe – Chariton
    Metamorphoses – Ovid
    Aesop’s Fables – Aesopus