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To start us off, here are a few "best of 2017" book lists.
Thanks for posting.
We've been discussing this. Boyne makes a case, while being amusing.
I won't link the articles ones by one... tor.com did a marvelous work doing that. I am very sad :(
Le Guin was the author that convinced me that women can write genre fiction. Joan D. Vinge was the first one I read but it was Le Guin that convinced me that it was not one off... (at the time I could read only in Bulgarian and translations were not so numerous, let alone from women SF writers; she is also one of the authors I had read in 3 languages...)
That's awesome. :)) Speaking of great women of SF(F), have you read Nnedi Okorafor? I've only read one of her novels so far, but man, it blew me away.
The cartoon about Joyce reminds me of a quote attributed to his wife, "Jimmy, why don't you write books people can read?" Might be apocryphal, but I like it.
PS - https://www.librarything.com/topic/277920 this is probably the more applicable thread for the question, should the need arise in the future. ;)
Any thoughts on who will be the Golden Booker Prize winner?
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Ophelia by Lisa Kline (and Wm Shakespeare, of course)
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, limited series due 2019
The Alienist limited series on TNT, can't find the writer credit, but I'll assume it's Caleb Carr.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History by Stephen Talty (nonfiction)
These can all be found on IMDB.
*Good Omens has been updated
Carr, of course, was the son of the notorious Beat hanger on, Lucien Carr.
Other strong candidates: Tove Jansson, Magda Szabo, Monika Maron, Sara Lidman, Marlen Haushofer, Irmgard Keun, Ilse Aichinger, Fred Vargas, Irmtraud Morgner, Violette Leduc, Marie Vieux-Chauvet, Laura Esquivel, Carmen Laforet, Amélie Nothomb, Hella S. Haasse, ...
I like a lot of the authors on there, but I'm a little cynical, I guess.
>52 lilisin: Names, please! One of my favorite books is the journal of Lady Murasaki.
Something completely different: Rhianna Pratchett on her late father as a Tove Jansson fan: https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2018/mar/12/terry-pratchett-moomins-...
It turns out I actually only have a few female Japanese authors in translation as lately I've been reading more female authors but in Japanese. But these two were excellent:
Ayako Miura: Lady Gracia: A Samurai Wife's Love, Strife and Faith
Fumiko Enchi: The Waiting Years
Banana Yoshimoto is very famous for her work Kitchen which I feel you might already be familiar with. I'm actually not a big Yoshimoto fan but I can't deny the popularity of her works.
As for the comment I made about female Japanese authors on a trend towards publication you can see Pushikin Press's recent novella releases.
But, there is one more author I'm super excited about but I'm going to withhold from you for a couple more days because a) I still have 60 pages left before I finish this book, and b) it fits every category in your thread about "old adult" literature, and that makes me very excited to share the book with you. I'll be posting there as soon as I finish this book!
Since we sometimes discuss cover illustrations, here's an interesting (and depressing) article about books set in Africa.
Forget Frankenstein, what else are snowflake students getting wrong about classic literature?
Wondering if there are similar cues on books by authors from East Asia, the Subcontinent, Australia, or even parts of Europe.
Lately I have seen have seen Robert Campin's "Portrait of a Woman" used on covers of books about nuns (Julian of Norwich, a book about the beguines, etc.). The woman is not a nun.
Spanish publisher subverts court gag by using Don Quixote to recreate banned book :
And as much as your library also represents an idea of yourself that you present to the world, it is also, I think, an idea of yourself for yourself, something private, perhaps not even articulated to yourself. And that is why it is so hard to combine them.
No mention of any involvement in the death of Roland Barthes, for the moment at least...
“Whenever he felt these collisions of incubus and succubus, he punched his way out of the proletariat with the purposeful inputting of covert codes, thereby drawing distraction through Scottsdale deployments, dodging the ambush of innocents astray, evading the viscount vogue of Viagratic assaults on virtual vaginas, or worse, falling passively into prosaic pastimes.” ― page 36
“Behind decorative gabion walls, an elderly neighbor sits centurion on his porch watching Bob with surreptitious soupçon.” ― page 71
As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early 40s, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it.
LOL and that is why I love me some Nabokov. Like the article's author, I don't agree with all of his opinions (not the least because he found all women's writing worthless), but he was absolutely brilliant and he had no use for filters. He will always be one of my number one authors.
If I had seen this 5 years ago I would have most definitely applied.
I've read three of the fiction nominees and think that two of them really deserve to be there.
And now for that most wonderful time of the year - when all the "best of" lists are published and our lists of books we'd like to read begins to get out of hand.
For those who enjoy crime novels, this was a superlative list of books, compiled from the favorites of editors, bookstore owners and writers.
And here's a general one from The Library Journal
My personal favorite, The Morning News Tournament of Books list of the best books of 2018
A short, but well-chosen list from The New Yorker
npr goes with a different approach -- using their Book Concierge, they invite you to use them to find the perfect book for you.
And, finally, here's LitHub's list.
Are there any year-end lists that you find especially noteworthy?
- some interesting-looking titles, the only one I’ve read in his list is The map of love.