Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1990

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Vineland by Thomas Pynchon 8
Vertigo by W.G. Sebald 5
The Buddha Of Suburbia by Hanif Kureischi 2
Use Of Weapons by Iain M. Banks 2
L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy 2
Rabbit At Rest by John Updike 1
Kaddish For An Unborn Child by Imre Kertész 1
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman 1
Age Of Iron by J.M. Coetzee 1
Amongst Women by John McGahern 0
Circle Of Friends by Maeve Binchy 0
NP by Banana Yoshimoto 0
Rubber by B. Jeyamohan 0
Affiliate by Sergei Dovlatov 0
Lives Of The Saints by Nino Ricci 0
Bamboo In The Wind by Azucena Grajo Uranza 0
Wives And Concubines by Su Tong 0
When Adam Opens His Eyes by Jang Jung-il 0
The Stone Of Laughter by Hoda Barakat 0
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian 0
The Sorrow Of War by Bảo Ninh 0
Russian Beauty by Viktor Yerofeyev 0
Inshallah by Oriana Fallaci 0
The Flanders Panel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte 0
Fear by Anatoly Rybakov 0
The Black Book by Orhan Pamuk 0
Take Back Plenty by Colin Greenland 0
Possession by A.S. Byatt 0
Joy by Marsha Hunt 0
Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut 0
Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard 0
The Fall Of Hyperion by Dan Simmons 0
Because It Is Bitter, And Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates 0
Bearheart by Gerald Vizenor 0
The South by Colm Tóibín 0
Redemption by Tariq Ali 0
Postmortem by Patricia Cornwall 0
The Mambo Kings Play Songs Of Love by Oscar Hijuelos 0
Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan 0
The Music Of Chance by Paul Auster 0
Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin 0
Lies Of Silence by Brian Moore 0
The Innocent by Ian McEwan 0
The Gate Of Angels by Penelope Fitzgerald 0
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling 0
Bones And Silence by Reginald Hill 0
The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold 0
Through The Arc Of The Rain Forest by Karen Tei Yamashita 0
Only Begotten Daughter by James Morrow 0
Once Were Warriors by Alan Duff 0

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 11:01 (five months ago) link

Buddah Of Suburbia for me, a funny, sexy and touching novel.

Final list might not reflect this but literary fiction now totally swamped by mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, etc. novels in the wiki page. Genre fans just a lot more dilligent, or maybe literary fiction fans are less loyal towards their faves.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 11:04 (five months ago) link

Might vote for Possession

i wish i had cuck feet (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 3 August 2021 11:05 (five months ago) link

could vote for four or five here, but might have to go for Buddha of Suburbia too.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 3 August 2021 11:11 (five months ago) link

Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
Vertigo by W.G. Sebald

Vineland though I don't feel like voting. Quite like to read Soul Mountain one day

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 12:57 (five months ago) link

It’s been ages since I read it but Through the Arc of the Rainforest was really cool.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 15:17 (five months ago) link

I've only read "The Difference Engine", "Vineland" and "Vertigo", all of which I enjoyed to some extent, but none of which I remember extremely well. Not sure how I'd vote.

o. nate, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 15:20 (five months ago) link

vertigo is the least of sebald's major works and it's the only book on this list i've read lol

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 3 August 2021 15:24 (five months ago) link

Same, heh.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 15:28 (five months ago) link


Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu Rob Thomas (PBKR), Tuesday, 3 August 2021 15:29 (five months ago) link

I should probably big up the Banks as I campaigned for his inclusion but I'm not sure I'm in the mood. I'll always <3 the culture and the interleaved forwards and backwards chapters structure works, but the big reveal and the stuff about the chair always struck me as a bit off, not really sure what Banks was going for in making his hero a war criminal. Good Omens is one of those kids/YA books I'd be tempted to reread just to see how it holds up (I didn't see the recent BBC version). The Innocent is the only other one I've read.

Believe me, grow a lemon tree. (ledge), Tuesday, 3 August 2021 15:40 (five months ago) link

Good Omens is easily my favourite thing from either of the authors, still wouldn't vote for it but think it stands up ok.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 3 August 2021 15:46 (five months ago) link

Just finished Vineland last month, liked it a lot.

Chris L, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 20:27 (five months ago) link

Hm. After boosting Kitchen in one of the old threads, I think NP is the only one of these I've read, and iirc it's the weird incesty one that I didn't like much. Still say Yoshimoto is a good writer, but wouldn't recommend this one.

emil.y, Wednesday, 4 August 2021 15:55 (five months ago) link

The big question I'm left with re this list is whether The Vor Game is in fact an early example of Vore.

emil.y, Wednesday, 4 August 2021 15:56 (five months ago) link

Sebald by a country mile for this year

Neil S, Wednesday, 4 August 2021 15:58 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 5 August 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link

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

System, Friday, 6 August 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1991

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 6 August 2021 12:43 (five months ago) link

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