Monday, December 08, 2014

What New to You Writer Did You Most Enjoy This Year?

THE DINNER, Herman Koch

Certainly this is not a book for readers who like their characters pleasant or those who like a neat resolution to the plot. But if you can get past that, this is a marvelous character study of a family who increasingly amazes us with their actions. It all takes place over the course of a restaurant dinner. 

What about you? What writer, new to you, gave you the most pleasure? 


Anonymous said...

Patti - I'm not surprised you chose Herman Koch; he's quite talented. As to my top choice? I honestly haven't made up my mind yet.

Anonymous said...

Jeffrey Siger (mysteries set in Greece)
Jo Walton (sf/fantasy/alternate history)
Ivy Pochoda (Brooklyn mystery)
Martin Limon (mysteries about US soldiers in Korea)
Julia Dahl (Brooklyn mystery)
Adrian McKinty (Irish mystery)
Lauren Beukes
Gabrielle Zevin
Karen Joy Fowler

Jeff M.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Jeff-you put the rest of us to shame. McKinty would be my second choice. Reading his first right now.

George said...

Jo Walton's fiction and non-fiction is wonderful!

Chris said...

Ana Maria Spagna writes essays about wilderness, but, as the best of such always are, they are about much more than that.

I would also be remiss if I didn't mention Jon Keller, whose debut Of Sea and Cloud was great.

For a "classic" writer I read for the first time, I'll mention Leigh Brackett. Loved the Mars stuff of hers I read this year.

Gerard Saylor said...

I'll list three:
Philip Kerr - Bernard Gunther series.

pattinase (abbott) said...

So many of these I have meant to try. Kerry, I have tried-but only the first in the Gunther series. Wilderness writing sound just about right with WILD coming out.

J F Norris said...

Jeff just read Karen Joy Fowler for the first time this year? I would've expected him to have read any of her books long ago.

I enjoyed three new writers:

M. J. McGrath
Derek Miller
Keigo Higashino

And discovered these very good oldies for the first time:

G. M. Wilson
S. H. Courtier
Charity Blackstock
Michael Collins (aka Dennis Lynds)
Chester Himes
Charles Forsyte
Veronica Parker Johns
Boris Vian

pattinase (abbott) said...

And I haven't read a one of them, John. Even though Himes is a favorite of my daughter's.

Rick Robinson said...

Eudora Welty - hadn't read anything of her until short stories last spring.

I'll have more, but have to look at my books read list

seana graham said...

In the mystery world, I've been happy to discover Delores Hitchens, Anne Holt, Henry Wade, and newcomers J.M. Zen and Tom Crowley.

Paul D Brazill said...

Quite a few but Eva Dolan stands out.

Deb said...

Amy Bloom, whose book Lucky Us is my favorite book of the year so far. On one level, it's the story of two sisters during and after WWII, but on another it's about how America became the post-war melting pot.

Jeff Vandermeer, whose Annihilation (the first of a trilogy) was compulsively readable. I read it in two sittings.

Rick Robinson said...

I should have mentioned Jeffrey Siger, who Greek mystery series is excellent. We saw him at LCC in Monterey, CA and we both have read all six books in the series.

Kent Morgan said...

Wiley Cash and Ron McLarty are the only two new-to-me novelists who received three and one half stars in my up to four-star rating system. Right now I'm reading Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach and it could reach that rating. Gwen Florio, Owen Laukkanen and Nic Pizzolatto earned three stars so I want to read them again.

Anonymous said...

Jess Walter; I started with Land of the Blind, read all his others; no two are alike, all are wodnerful