Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2005

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No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy 5
On Beauty by Zadie Smith 3
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro 3
A Feast For Crows by George R. R. Martin 2
Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel 1
From The Fatherland, With Love by Ryu Murakami 1
The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino 0
The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie 0
The Sea by John Banville 0
The Mehlis Report by Rabee Jaber 0
Notes From A Coma by Mike McCormack 0
The Man from Chinnamasta by Indira Goswami 0
The Last Quarter Of The Moon by Chi Zijian 0
Saturday by Ian McEwan 0
The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto 0
Shame by Karin Alvtegen 0
John Crow's Devil by Marlon James 0
The House Of The Mosque by Kader Abdolah 0
The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson 0
Get A Life by Nadine Gordimer 0
Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta 0
Death With Interruptions by José Saramago 0
Dancing In The Dark by Caryl Phillips 0
The Blue Hour by Alonso Cueto 0
Spud by John van de Ruit 0
Brothers by Yu Hua 0
Soul Tourists by Bernadine Evaristo 0
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 0
Europe Central by William T. Vollman 0
The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster 0
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer 0
A Short History Of Tractors In Ukranian by Marina Lewcyka 0
The People Of Paper by Salvador Plascencia 0
Officer Down by Theresa Schwegel 0
Misfortune by Wesley Stace 0
Beasts Of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala 0
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler 0
The March by E.L. Doctorow 0
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman 0
Learning The World by Kan MacLeod 0
Explorers Of The New Century by Magnus Mills 0
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes 0
Air by Geoff Rhyman 0
The Accidental by Ali Smith 0
Slow Man by J.M. Coetzee 0
Seeker by Jack McDevitt 0
The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw 0

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 29 October 2021 14:12 (seven months ago) link

It's Zadie Smith for me.

I've noticed that I seem to be more attuned to the UK literary scene of the 00's than the US one (in the sense of knowing who's rated, not really in the sense of enjoying them), even though I hadn't moved here.

The 00's seem to have a very large amount of holocaust novels which, judging by their covers (haw haw), seem emotionally manipulative and not at all up to the task of tackling the subject.

For some reason the Sonic X anime is listed in the 2005 novels category on wikipedia. I approve.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 29 October 2021 14:17 (seven months ago) link

Is Saturday the one where an angry burglar is stopped in his tracks by a reading of Matthew Arnold's Dover Beach? Jesus wept.

I really like Beyond Black. It's Mantel at her most scabrous.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 29 October 2021 14:31 (seven months ago) link

Quite amusing that Remainder was just mentioned on the film poll, as that's my ironclad write-in here

imago, Friday, 29 October 2021 14:35 (seven months ago) link

I didn't put 2&2 together! Same here - Remainder is excellent.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 29 October 2021 14:38 (seven months ago) link

Beyond Black

It's Real England: the novel

Number None, Friday, 29 October 2021 15:31 (seven months ago) link

I'm striking out again. The only 2005 published novel that I can turn up that I've read is "Indecision" by Benjamin Kunkel, which seemed to get some attention at the time, but maybe since has faded from collective memory.

o. nate, Friday, 29 October 2021 15:42 (seven months ago) link

“No Country For Old Men,” the only one I’ve read.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 29 October 2021 15:45 (seven months ago) link

According to my goodreads page, the only fiction I read this year was the Saunders novella Reign of Phil which I hated, and Charles Burns's Black Hole which has great art but I don't remember the story of it.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 29 October 2021 15:56 (seven months ago) link

Huh, I didn't think of doing that. While I haven't put *everything* I've read into goodreads, I have been fairly thorough, and apparently the only things I read that were first published in the '00s were philosophy books and one friend's book. Kind of makes sense (I was voraciously reading modernists & post-war experimentalism, and studying stuff for college & university, so no time or interest in contemporary fiction) but does mean I have to wait until the '10s to have anything worth saying.

emil.y, Friday, 29 October 2021 16:25 (seven months ago) link

I keep a list of my reading but don't do Goodreads. the ux and design bug me out, i want to get the fuck off those pages faster than stay on them, for whatever reason. it's too bad, too, because i read a lot of books.

I'm a sovereign jizz citizen (the table is the table), Friday, 29 October 2021 17:21 (seven months ago) link

Agreed. I wish someone would make a better website for book nerds to rate their books.

o. nate, Friday, 29 October 2021 17:36 (seven months ago) link

I quit goodreads just because I felt like there didn't need to be yet another thing I'm supporting amazon on.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 29 October 2021 18:14 (seven months ago) link

goodreads is the worst website ever. but i do use it to keep track of my reading and take notes on books

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 29 October 2021 18:16 (seven months ago) link

i haven't read any of these books but almost felt like voting for twilight just bc of how much i like the first film adaptation lol

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 29 October 2021 18:17 (seven months ago) link

This year is a total blank for me, but having just read Octavia Butler's Kindred, the chances are high I'll get around to Fledgling in the next year.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Friday, 29 October 2021 18:25 (seven months ago) link

Never Let Me Go is the worst book I've ever finished. It makes me angry just thinking about it. Voting for Beyond Black which I'm reading now, as it happens.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 29 October 2021 18:48 (seven months ago) link

i didn't know amazon owned goodreads. i use it for cataloging what i've read and not much else.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 29 October 2021 18:52 (seven months ago) link

Sorting by publication year in goodreads seems completely worthless, is there some way of doing it that’s accurate?

JoeStork, Friday, 29 October 2021 18:58 (seven months ago) link

xxp I knew there would be some extreme anti ishiguro opinions here. I like it. The setup is classic ishiguro, putting people in a situation that they cannot see is absurd and watching how they deal with it.

Would like to read The Sea to see if Banville's sad middle aged bachelor schtick still does anything for me, at the time it was my favourite booker winner whose title is "The Sea" one or more times. Saturday is, as noted, embarrassing.

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Friday, 29 October 2021 18:59 (seven months ago) link

JS: I was using the "date pub" column. It seemed to work OK for recent years.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 29 October 2021 20:21 (seven months ago) link

the only two I've read here are the Vollman and the Zadie Smith, so I won't vote, but if I did, Vollman by a million miles.

I'm a sovereign jizz citizen (the table is the table), Friday, 29 October 2021 21:04 (seven months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 1 November 2021 00:01 (seven months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 00:01 (seven months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2006

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 14:12 (seven months ago) link

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