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Book 19

  1. Meredith, Martin — The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence (736 pages)
  2. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o — Wizard of the Crow (766 pages)
  3. Coetzee, J.M. — Life & Times of Michael K (182 pages)
  4. Saint-Exupery, Antoine de — The Little Prince (101 pages)
  5. Brunner, John — Stand on Zanzibar (661 pages)
  6. Dahl, Roald — Fantastic Mr Fox (79 pages)
  7. Walker, Barbara — TEENY-TINY and the Witch-Woman (29 pages)
  8. Shakespeare, William — A Midsummer Night's Dream (23 pages)
  9. Powers, Richard — The Time of Our Singing (631 pages)
  10. McEwan, Ian — In Between the Sheets (134 pages)
  11. Ishiguro, Kazuo — A Pale View of Hills (182 pages)
  12. Niven, Larry — Ringworld (284 pages)
  13. Anderson, Poul — Tau Zero (184 pages)
  14. Eisenberg, Bryan & Jeffrey, with Lisa T. Davis — Call to Action: Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results (273 pages)
  15. Andrews, Stephen E. and Nick Rennison — 100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels (205 pages)
  16. Andrews, Stephen E. and Nick Rennison — 100 Must-Read Fantasy Novels (197 pages)
  17. Niles, Steve and Ben Templesmith — 30 Days of Night (103 pages)
  18. Terkel, Studs — And They All Sang: Great Musicians Talk about Their Music (321 pages)
  19. Andrews, Stephen E. and Duncan Bowis — 100 Must-Read Books for Men (200 pages)

Page count: 5188.

Despite a fascinating foreword by Toby Litt, 100 Must-Read Books for Men didn't live up to the same standard as the other two books I've read in this series. I must conclude that Mr. Rennison's contributions in the previous two installments were invaluable and Mr. Bowis just wasn't up to the task.

There were some great, or at least thought-provoking, suggestions in the book. Certainly some things that I've already read, I already own, or were already on my radar. But also a few that sound fascinating that I'd never heard of.

(A brief aside: A colleague recommended a book to me recently as life-changing, one of the best books he's ever read, an immediate must read. Two days later I encountered it in 100 Must-Read Books for Men (and apparently it's also listed in 100 Must-Read Life-Changing Books). That weekend, in Bristol, I encountered it in four different used-book sales. That's just too many rolls of the dice to be coincidence. What are the odds of that! I had no choice but to buy it, right? The book? Luke Rhinehart's The Dice Man.)

However, I found there were just a few too many suggestions for books about football (a.k.a. soccer) or cricket or rock music for my liking. I had expected more Westerns, crime noire, and spy novels, very much in the minority. I was shocked by the exclusion of John Steinbeck and to a lesser extent Dashiell Hammett. But I suppose that's the nature of such books as this.

I probably won't read nearly as many of the entries in this book as in the Science Fiction and Fantasy installments, but overall it's still a useful and mostly enjoyable reference. And I look forward to reading the other two installments I own at some point next year.

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