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Book 27

  1. Grossmith, George & Weedon — The Diary of a Nobody (166 pages)
  2. McCarthy, Cormac — Blood Meridian (334 pages)
  3. Moore, Alan & Dave Gibbons — Watchmen (399 pages)
  4. Moore, Christopher — Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal (507 pages)
  5. Murger, Henri — The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter (381 pages)
  6. Walk with Me: A Lenten Journey of Prayer for 2009 (98 pages)
  7. Douglas, Lloyd C. — The Robe (438 pages)
  8. Robinson, Marilynne — Gilead (281 pages)
  9. Jerome, Jerome K. — Three Men in a Boat (182 pages)
  10. Satrapi, Marjane — Persepolis (343 pages)
  11. Dodge, Jim — Fup (121 pages)
  12. Bauby, Jean-Dominique — The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly (114 pages)
  13. Fleming, Ian — Casino Royale (219 pages)
  14. Blake, Quentin — Clown (30 pages)
  15. Weigel, George — The Courage To Be Catholic (249 pages)
  16. Ishiguro, Kazuo — The Remains of the Day (255 pages)
  17. Orwell, George — Animal Farm (125 pages)
  18. Garner, James Finn — Politically Correct Bedtime Stories (81 pages)
  19. Robinson, Marilynne — Home (339 pages)
  20. Opera Magazine — Basses in Opera: Profiles of thirteen great basses (96 pages)
  21. Beaumarchais, Pierre-Augustin Caron de — The Figaro Trilogy (David Coward, transl.) (335 pages)
  22. Keyes, Daniel — Flowers for Algernon (217 pages)
  23. Bök, Christian — Eunoia (94 pages)
  24. Zweig, Stefan — Chess (76 pages)
  25. Kinney, Jeff — Meet the Wimpy Kid (55 pages)
  26. Lovecraft, H.P. — At the Mountains of Madness (188 pages)
  27. Blatty, William Peter — The Exorcist (307 pages)

Page count: 6030.

This was a surprisingly quick read (mostly because I didn't want to put it down, at the expense of sleep and practice), so there's hope yet I'll be able to get my Halloween reading done in a somewhat timely way. Yay, I'll have managed one of my reading goals this year! I may catch Mendoza yet!

I wasn't sure what to expect from The Exorcist, but I was pleased. The story was well developed, the characters distinctive and memorable, and of course the demonic possession was pretty freaky shit. The story had a sense of authenticity to it, probably due to Blatty's Catholic background, and the plot moved along at a good pace, thanks no doubt to Blatty's experience as a screenwriter.

The one thing that disappointed me was the ending, which I thought was a bit of a copout. Blatty took so much care in building everything up, setting the mood perfectly, yet the ending was so abrupt and not at all in line with what Merrin and Karras had been discussing about faith. And the epilogue that followed the ending was just plain cheesy and unnecessary.

And then, of course, I watched the movie, to refresh my memory. Only it turns out I hadn't seen it, just thought I had. I guess that's not a surprise with a classic movie: The really memorable bits are in our collective cultural consciousness. Anyway, the movie's great, of course. Sure, they had to sacrifice a subplot and some character development to get the movie to two hours, but they kept all the essential bits and were remarkably faithful to the novel — unsurprising, as Blatty also wrote the screenplay. Really, the only faults I found with the movie were identical to those with the book.

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