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November 2004: Book Reviews

This is an archive of my shorter book reviews and notes, which historically have been posted over at the 50 Book Challenge on LiveJournal, but which I’m starting to move over here. I’m posting them with altered date-stamps, but they might show up in my LiveJournal cross-post anyway. Bear with me, please.

Note: Many of these books also have full reviews available in the book review podcast (RSS).


I finished “reading” the audiobook (unabridged) of Sabriel, by Garth Nix. I enjoyed this book, though I wish I’d had more time to listen to it. Very dark fantasy, especially for a young adult novel.


I finished reading Chris Baty’s No Plot? No Problem! last night. It’s kind of the “user manual” for doing NaNoWriMo. This is my third year doing NaNoWriMo, and much of the advice in the book was stuff I’ve heard before or learned along the way, but it’s definitely a different kind of writing advice guide. Very funny and heartfelt, and never really gives you suggestions on how to craft your prose. Just how to find time and ways and energy and creative impetus to do it. Kind of a guide to fixing the butt-in-chair problem, I guess. Great book, wonderful challenge, both the writing one, and the 50bookchallenge that this book wraps up for me this year. Yay!

Thanks everyone for giving me the space and personal challenge to read a ton of books this year. I’ve enjoyed the process, and it’s reminded me that reading is something I love to do. I’ll be finding ways to do more of it next year, too. 🙂

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