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Status Update

So I set forth a personal goal to read a specific list of 25 books through the course of 2011, and decided to call this goal The 25 Book Challenge of 2011. I’m still working through the list and I’m trying to figure out if I’m going to be able to finish this imposing list by the end of the year. I have read two volumes on the list – and the third one I picked was the most imposing, and most engrossing volume of the list. I’m slowly falling in a sort of love with Harlan Ellison. Maybe not love, because I have a feeling that he would chew me up, spit me out and look for something with more substance. I have that mentally-itchy feeling that tells me that I’m learning a lot and I’m getting impatient to use what I’ve learned. Even though I’m reading as fast as I can and still retain both the substance of the stories and an understanding of why what he’s doing works, it’s slow work. Ellison’s writing is dense and the volume is thick, making it less convenient to pull out and read whenever. I’m not giving up on my goal, because I know it’s very possible to achieve, and this is only one book that’s slowed me down, but I’m not as confident that I’ll get all 25 in before year end. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know…

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