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In which I ventured into Russia

31. It Isn’t Cheating if He’s Dead by Julie Frayn

I was unimpressed by this book, and it had way too much sex in it for me (I just don’t enjoy reading sex scenes in books, and not because I’m a prude, trust me).  The main character’s husband, who has schizophrenia, disappears for years.  Finally he turns up, murdered, but the woman has trouble letting go.  Meanwhile, she starts to fall in love with the officer who has been in charge of the case…

32. Death and the Penguin by Andrey Kurkov

A writer gets a job for a newspaper creating obituaries for famous people who are not yet dead.  Meanwhile, the people he is writing these obituaries for start dying shortly after he completes his work.  With a few other twists thrown in – the main character is responsible for an Emperor penguin that he rescued from the zoo, and a six year old daughter of an acquaintance,

I had a little bit of trouble with the writing style of this book, but it could’ve been the translation.  It wasn’t as funny as I had hoped and I was a little confused at parts, but it wasn’t completely unenjoyable.

33. All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon

I had trouble getting into this book initially because it is very wordy, but I’m glad I stuck with it because I really enjoyed the story.  It follows several different characters all impacted by the Chernobyl disaster.  For some reason I have a strange interest in this topic, partly because I just can’t wrap my head around how the Soviet Union dealt with the aftermath (hiding it from their people, hiding it from the world, cover up cover up cover up).  I felt the ending was a little abrupt and it didn’t finish the story line for all of the characters, so I was a little miffed at that, but overall I really liked it.  The essay at the end is also definitely worth reading.