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Book 16

  1. Pohl, Frederik — Gateway (278 pages)
  2. Clement, Hal — Mission of Gravity (193 pages)
  3. Benford, Gregory — Timescape (499 pages)
  4. O'Hare, Mick (editor) — Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? and 114 Other Questions (232 pages)
  5. Dos Passos, John — Number One (218 pages)
  6. Heller, Joseph — Catch-22 (457 pages)
  7. St. John of the Cross — Dark Night of the Soul (119 pages)
  8. Day, Dorothy — The Long Loneliness (286 pages)
  9. Allen, Ted, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez — Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better (250 pages)
  10. Whittemore, Carroll E., ed. (William Duncan, illus.) — Symbols of the Church (59 pages)
  11. Hardy, Thomas — Jude the Obscure (507 pages)
  12. Lee, Harper — To Kill a Mockingbird (278 pages)
  13. Mann, Thomas (Helen T. Lowe-Porter, transl.) — Death in Venice (73 pages)
  14. Kempis, Thomas à — The Imitation of Christ (165 pages)
  15. West, Canon Edward N. — Outward Signs: The Language of Christian Symbolism (232 pages)
  16. Alexander, Lloyd — The High King (253 pages)

Page count: 4,099 of targeted 12,500.

I finally finished The Chronicles of Prydain only to find that there is another book of tales. I'm not sure how much I'll enjoy the tales without Taran and Gurgi and Fflewddur and friends…BUT…I know what you all will have to say on that, and Tales of Earthsea were no poorer for missing a little Sparrowhawk.

Taran Wanderer is still my favorite of the five books, but The High King comes a close second. They're much different beasts, though. I love the skill with which Alexander (or was it Orddu) wove all the different threads from the preceding stories together into a rich tapestry as Taran continued to grow and gain wisdom from previous lessons learned. This was a fantastic ending to the series.

My only quibble is the strong parallel to the end of The Lord of the Rings. Really, the similarities—departure of Sons of Don and Dallben to that of Elves and Gandalf, fall of Annuvin to fall of Mordor, etc.—were too close. I don't think Alexander would intentionally copy Tolkien: the latter is too well known, both to adults and his target audience. So Tolkien and Alexander must have been paralleling existing myth, folklore, and legend. I'm just not well enough versed in that area to speculate further.

I'm a bit disappointed in numbers right now. Despite my recent reading spree, the daily average required to reach 12,500 pages by the end of the year has only dropped one page from 43 to 42. I was hoping to make up more ground, as not everything I read between now and the end of the year will go by so quickly.
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