This is where I have pretensions of having a mid-year "Best of 2013" list
June 26, 2013 § 3 Comments
1. Sinan Antoon, The Corpse Washer – Review later, but damn if I weren’t moved by this short novel.
2. Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah – Review later, but this will not leave you feeling indifferent.
3. William Gass, Middle C – Still haven’t been able to organize my thoughts to write a coherent review.
4. Karen Joy Fowler, We are all Completely Beside Ourselves – a definite must-read.
5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Arthur – Much better than LotR in terms of writing achievement.
6. José Ovejero, La invención del amor – Possible review later. 2013 Premio Alfaguara winner.
7. Nihad Sirees, The Silence and the Roar – might take a second read for its full effect to kick in.
8. Kate Atkinson, Life After Life – Might get around to reviewing this one day.
9. Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni – Might review this later as well.
10. Ron Currie, Jr., Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles – Clever yet honest. An intriguing combination in a metanarrative.
11. Ismail Kadare, The Fall of the Stone City – Kadare still mining gold from a rich vein of tragic history.
12. Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being – Touching. Already wrote a short review.
13. Jim Gavin, Middle Man – One of the two best short story collections read this year.
14. Jamaica Kincaid, See Now Then – Been too long since a Kincaid story. Already reviewed.
15. Angélica Gorodischer, Trafalgar – Interesting set of interconnected stories. Already reviewed.
16. Karen Russell, Vampires in the Lemon Grove – Another of the top collections released this year. Already reviewed.
17. (At this point I should note that positions below #1 are very fluid and might change with further consideration) George Saunders, Tenth of December: Stories – Moving. Already reviewed.
18. Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Debating still whether or not this is “good” or “mediocre” Gaiman.
19. Thomas Maltman, Little Wolves – Maybe the best werewolf novel of 2013 that I’ve finished to date?
20. Yoko Ogawa, Revenge – Very good story collection. Did intend to review it, but haven’t yet.
21. Ildefonso Falcones, La reina descalza – Third historical novel of his, third that I (mostly) liked.
OK, which of these have you heard about before this post? That’s the important question, not whether or not you liked any on this list.