Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2006

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Against The Day by Thomas Pynchon 8
The Damned Utd by David Peace 4
The Road by Cormac McCarthy 4
Mother's Milk by Edward St.Aubyn 1
Wizard Of The Crow by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o 1
Everyman by Philip Roth 1
Kingdom Come by J.G. Ballard 0
The Light Of The Evening by Edna O'Brien 0
Life And Death Are Wearing Me Out by Mo Yan 0
Dream Of Ding Village by Yan Lianke 0
Restless by William Boyd 0
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters 0
Nova Swing by M. John Harrison 0
Run With The Wind by Shion Miura 0
Theft: A Love Story by Peter Carey 0
The Elegance Of The Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery 0
Day Of The Oprichnik by Vladimir Sorokin 0
Camera Obscura by Nejc Gazvoda 0
Blooms Of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld 0
The Bastard Of Istanbul by Elif Shafak 0
The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa 0
Autofiction by Hitomi Kanehara 0
Ancestor Stones by Aminatta Forna 0
The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson 0
Your Republic Is Calling You by Kim Young-ha 0
Disobedience by Naomi Aldermann 0
Carpentaria by Alexis Wright 0
The Observations by Jane Harris 0
Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas 0
The Looming Fog by Rosemary Esehagu 0
In The Country Of Men by Hisham Matar 0
Icelander by Dustin Long 0
The Gospel According To Adam by Muhammad Aladdin 0
Diary Of An Oxygen Thief by Anonymous 0
DeNiro's Game by Rawi Hage 0
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn 0
The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker 0
Where They Were Missed by Lucy Caldwell 0
Rainbows End by Vernor Virge 0
The Privilege Of The Sword by Ellen Kushner 0
Lisey's Story by Stephen King 0
The Keep by Jennifer Egan 0
The Inheritance Of Loss by Kiran Desai 0
Grief by Andrew Holleran 0
Apex Hides The Hurt by Colson Whitehead 0
World War Z by Max Brooks 0
The Alchemy Of Desire by Tarun Tejpal 0


Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 14:12 (four weeks ago) link

Also released this year: Giles Coren's Winkler.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 14:12 (four weeks ago) link

Here we find the summative work by an American master, a monumental text that synthesises themes of fate, modernity and adventure into a transcendent whole.

We also find The Road

imago, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 14:15 (four weeks ago) link

big fan of Lisey's Story then, imago?

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 14:15 (four weeks ago) link

All I'm finding are the most boring ways to talk about a book.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 14:56 (four weeks ago) link

one would have thought a keen reader would spot the artful deployment of Reviewer Cliche to make a slightly crass point

imago, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 14:59 (four weeks ago) link

mother's milk

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 15:00 (four weeks ago) link

anyway, I might genuinely prefer ATD to Gravity's Rainbow, it really is the most generous of books, it will give you everything

imago, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 15:01 (four weeks ago) link

i would like to have enough years in my life to get around to against the day tho xp

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 15:01 (four weeks ago) link

one would have thought a keen reader would spot the artful deployment of Reviewer Cliche to make a slightly crass point

― imago, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 bookmarkflaglink

I'd believe this if it was coming from anybody else. But as you called your last post artful I don't.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 15:07 (four weeks ago) link

one would have thought a keen reader would understand when words like 'artful' are artfully used with self-knowing archness

imago, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 15:16 (four weeks ago) link

Keep trying to use your brain and you might succeed.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 15:23 (four weeks ago) link

stop it both of you

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 15:57 (four weeks ago) link

I've only read The Road--which, meh. I gave up a few episodes into the Apple adaptation of Lisey's Story.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 16:01 (four weeks ago) link

"Gravity's Rainbow" was a huge formative influence on my reading, but I haven't read any new Pynchon since "Vineland". I guess I'd probably start with "Inherent Vice" since its less of a commitment. I haven't read any of the books listed, but I have read a few other things from 2006: "The Echo Maker" by Richard Powers (meh), "The Emperor's Children" by Claire Messud (not bad), "King Dork" by Frank Portman (not bad for a YA novel).

o. nate, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 16:18 (four weeks ago) link

Either Everyman or The Road, not sure which.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 20:41 (four weeks ago) link

Against the Day I own but (as with so much Pynchon on my shelf) haven’t cracked yet

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 20:42 (four weeks ago) link

Probably The Damned Utd, but not a crowded field.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 21:02 (four weeks ago) link

These past two polls have been the first where I don't even get to 50 choices. More books to sift through than ever but since canonization hasn't taken hold yet less obvious choices. Encourage everyone even more than before to let me know yr upcoming faves!

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 3 November 2021 09:47 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah I might have voted for Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie if it had been on here, other than that I think maybe I've read World War Z but not sure ¯\(°_o)/¯ - will send you a list for future years.

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Wednesday, 3 November 2021 10:08 (three weeks ago) link

In my defense that one wasn't on the list, would totally have included it if it had been!

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 3 November 2021 10:11 (three weeks ago) link

Just please make sure my old mate Magnus and his cruel bird make it back for 2011 :)

imago, Wednesday, 3 November 2021 10:13 (three weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 4 November 2021 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

Of these, I've only read World War Z and The Girl Who Played With Fire. If I were to vote I'd go with the zombie epic as displaying an impressive imagination, but in truth neither one rates as a "favourite", so I will not vote.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 4 November 2021 00:46 (three weeks ago) link

Enjoyed the half of World War Z that I listened to on audiobook, but the author's grasp of writing characters with different nationalities feels like it comes from an 80's X-Men comic - Chinese character talks about the Middle Kingdom, Israeli character talks about being used to being surrounded by enemies, German character says he will not go "quietly like some good Hitler Youth".

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 4 November 2021 10:15 (three weeks ago) link

I experienced WWZ as an audiobook too but barely remember it

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 4 November 2021 10:25 (three weeks ago) link

i've seen the WWZ film...

the only two i've read are listed together
Rainbows End by Vernor Virge
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

koogs, Thursday, 4 November 2021 11:39 (three weeks ago) link

Did you get my ilxmail daniel?

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Thursday, 4 November 2021 16:12 (three weeks ago) link

oh just saw it, thanks!

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 4 November 2021 16:39 (three weeks ago) link

I’ve only got two here, against the day & damned utd. Love both & could vote for either

siffleur’s mom (wins), Thursday, 4 November 2021 16:43 (three weeks ago) link

Oh wait I’ve also read world war z (ok for what it is) and liseys story (really detest this)

siffleur’s mom (wins), Thursday, 4 November 2021 16:49 (three weeks ago) link

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

System, Friday, 5 November 2021 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2007

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 5 November 2021 13:42 (three weeks ago) link


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