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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
John Weightman, Doreen Weightman, Patrick Wilcken, Claude Lévi-Strauss
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Labyrinths
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger
The Man on the Balcony - Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö This music somehow suits this book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWFYSjWJRfQ

The problem with mysteries is that they are normally written in series, and one kinda has to start at the beginning..., not only because characters are introduced there, but because character development itself occurs more over the course of the series than over the course of the individual story. On the other hand, many of these writers take several books before they learn... *really* learn... to write. Even Ross Macdonald said that he didn't really break out until he had written the Doomsters -- which was his seventh Lew Archer book -- so one has to have some patience. If you give up with the first book of a series, you may be losing out on something fine. Of course, you don't know that until... until you know that - because sometimes the writers really do stink.

At any rate, readers who have judged Sjöwall and Wahlöö on the basis of Roseanna (which I almost did) will be making a big mistake. For here, with their 3rd book... even though the Man Who Went Up In Smoke is very good..., Sjöwall and Wahlöö have finally found their breakout book - this book is tender and rich and nuanced and quite a brilliant crime novel.