Stewart O'Nan, Last Night at the LobsterMordecai Richler, Barney's VersionLewis Shiner, Collected Stories and GlimpsesCharles Portis, True GritJoe R. Lansdale, All the Earth, Thrown to the SkyStephen King, 11/22/63Jeff M.
If we're talking mysteries it will be tougher to narrow it down. Here are a handful:Wallace Stroby, Cold Shot to the HeartDeon Meyer, Thirteen HoursBrett Battles, The CleanerDavid Gordon, The SerialistFrank Bill, Crimes in Southern Indiana (ss)Jeff M.
Almost all my recreational reading was reported in FFB posts...hard to narrow it to five...
Interesting to see how Bill's novel Donnybrook is.That means you read exclusively older books, Todd.
I liked EMILY ALONE a lot but RED LOBSTER was his best (IMHO).
Yes. And I came close to doing Jules Feiffer's autobiography (and did post about it and the first volume of the Complete POGO by Walt Kelly), and did do Carol Emshwiller's retrospective collection THE COLLECTED SHORT FICTION V. 1, among my FFB citations, among books issued in the last two years. I'm not quite as flexible as George with my insertions, but like him will bend that rule hard for small-press, particularly brilliant small-press items.
Reading the fiction magazines always gives me a few new folks to look out for...in the copious free time...Alice Sola Kim was one of last year's "discoveries" for me...
Diane read EMILY ALONE and loved it. I read THE MOVIEGOER years ago and loved it. My choices for FAVORITE BOOKS, MOVIES, etc. will be on my blog next week.
Non-crime? That narrows my list down to almost nothing.One Soldier's War (2007) by Arkady Babchenko.The Silent Men (2002) by Richard H Dickinson.Chronicles of Prydain (1964-1968) by Lloyd Alexander.Sarah Court (2010) by Craig Davidson.
These are all new titles for me. Will look into them.I'll be waiting to see, George.
The Islanders by Christopher PriestDevil Red by Joe LansdaleA Drop of the Hard Stuff by Lawrence BlockThe Devil All the Time by Donald Ray PollockWyatt by Gary DisherPrague Fatale by Philip KerrThe Drop by Michael ConnellyRegicide by Nicholas RoyleCollected Stories by Carol, Emshwiller
I began blogging this year, which prevented me from looking at non-crime books, such as the Artemis Fowl series (stuck halfway through it), but allow me to make a recommendation for next year: Michael Ende's The Never-Ending Story. It's simply an amazing story and should be considered as a modern classic. Note to self: bring back the variety in my reading habits and don't allow my blog/mystery addiction derail me from that. I will be strong, resolute and stalwart!
"A Rip through time!:"
Yes, Roth's Nemesis is a very good novel. Made my last year's top.
I am going to have a nice list when this is done.
just read WE THE ANIMALS...there's so many others...but that one is definitely in the top 5 along with EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE. so much crime and mystery...gah.
Kieran-how I have missed you!! Haven't heard of this book but I will check on it. Can't wait to see the movie of EL&IC although Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock have me worried.
Since I subscribe to Jane Smiley's assertion that every novel is at heart a mystery in that something unknown is always being uncovered, I can't really separate my favorites by mystery v. non-mystery, but here are my favorite fictional reads of 2011 (most of them, indeed, "mysteries"):Patrick Hamilton - 20,000 STREETS UNDER THE SKY (three interconnected short novels about London in the late 1920s).Jessica Mann - A PRIVATE INQUIRYLouise Penny - BURY YOUR DEADGeorges Simenon - MAIGRET'S BOYHOOD FRIENDLynn Freed - THE MIRRORAllison Pearson - I THINK I LOVE YOU (this is a great book for any woman born in the late 1950s/early 1960s who had a crush on David Cassidy of the Patridge Family).Kate Atkinson - STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOGBen Elton - DEAD FAMOUSGraham Joyce - THE SILENT LANDHolly LeCraw - THE SWIMMING POOLFavorite non-fiction:Elizabeth Hess - NIM CHIMPSKYKeith Richards - LIFE (although some would assert that all of Richards's life is a wild fiction).Jeff Gunn - GO DOWN TOGETHER (about Bonnie & Clyde, the decidedly non-glamorous side).Jessie Sholl - DIRTY SECRET (memoir of growing up with a hoarder mother).Judy Collins - SWEET [sic] JUDY BLUE EYES
Have never read that Simenon. If I were to make a list of my favorite crime novels, the Atkinson book would be on it. Jackson Brody is swoon-worthy. And I forgot about Judy's bio. Thanks for the reminder.
I left off one.1Q84 by Murakami-probably my favorite non genre writer right now.
A friend just recommended that to us last night.
I read the first four Factory novels by Derek Raymond, and the first, HE DIED WITH HIS EYES OPEN, was my favorite and probably the best book I read this year.Now I can't wait for the fifth "lost" novel, DEAD MAN UPRIGHT.
I have the first one. It waits.
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