TOP SIX 'NOVELS' I READ IN 2016
I didn't read a lot of pure fiction this year. 😬Previously: TOP SIX NOVELS I READ IN 2015
- 1.Moonglow by Michael ChabonProbably more accurately described as fictional nonfiction, or an autobiographical memoir, it's a loving and novelistic biography of the author's grandfather and his quest for the moon (and so, so much more). It's so good I'm still slow reading the second half to make it last. Chabon is one of my favorite writers and this lives up to my high expectations.
- 2.Wait Till I'm Dead by Allen GinsbergNot a novel: a collection of previously unpublished and uncollected poems. He died nearly 20 years ago so we finally get these to read.
- 3.Persepolis and Persepolis 2 by Marjane SatrapiNot a novel: the graphic autobiographies about growing up female in Iran in the 1970s and 1980s that I finally got a chance to read. So good, so interesting.
- 4.Patience by Daniel ClowesNot strictly a novel: A cosmic time warp death-trip to the primordial psychedelic infinite of everlasting love? A time traveler working to solve a mystery, drawn by a proclaimed master of the graphic novel? I came with high expectations and I wanted to love it but I merely liked it a lot, downgraded mainly because the unlikeable (to me) lead character was hard to empathize with.
- 5.The Phillip K Dick ReaderNot a novel: A collection - an uneven collection - of 24 of the sci-fi giant's short stories, mostly written 1953-1956 and in many cases horribly dated. But the six or eight good stories are very good, surreal takes on personal identity.
- 6.The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim ButcherYes! A novel! Swashbuckling futuristic dystopian steampunk? Written by a fantasy legend? K suggested I would love it, but again I merely liked it. I probably won't continue the series. Makes this list only because...
- 7.~EXCUSES: ... I usually read 20-25 novels a year and an equal number of non-fiction books, but between spending so much time on Li.st this year and my full-time embed in the history-making nature of 2016 itself, I found I didn't have a big appetite for fiction. I only read 10 fiction/poetry books this year, so the bottom couple on this list may not have made a different year's list. 🙄
- 8.So... I'm taking suggestions for great fiction to read in 2017!