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January 24, 2007

2 Down, 50 To Go (52 Books, 52 Weeks) ("Black Swan Green")

David Mitchell's novel, Black Swan Green, transported me to being 13 years old again, complete with the schoolyard hierarchies and personal insecurities that age brings. In a book that has been compared to both The Catcher in the Rye and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mitchell proves again why he is regarded as one of the greatest writers of fiction writing today (by myself, at least). The characters are cleverly drawn with depth, and the plot, though straightforward, is subtle and filled with Mitchell's characteristic lot of odd and interesting characters. For my first novel of the year, I couldn't have made a better choice.

For the next two weeks, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title (this special will be available for every "52 Books, 52 Weeks" book I read this year).

My next book is The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins.

see also:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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