Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2010

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Poll Results

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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell 3
A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan 2
The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano 2
Zero History by William Gibson 1
Death's End by Liu Cixin 1
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart 1
HHhH by Laurent Binet 1
Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist 0
What The Day Owes The Night by Yasmina Khadra 0
Oil On Water by Helon Habila 0
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco 0
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray 0
One Part Woman by Perumal Murugan 0
Tell Them Of Battles, Kings And Elephants by Mathias Énard 0
The Map And The Territory by Michel Houellebecq 0
In A Strange Room by Damon Galgut 0
Ali And Ramazan by Perihan Mağden 0
The Big Green Tent by Lyudmila Ulitskaya 0
Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua 0
LS6 by Mario Crespo 0
Brooklyn Heights by Miral al-Tahawy 0
The Detour by Gerbrand Bakker 0
The Dream Of The Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa 0
Gone by Mo Hayder 0
The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu 0
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes 0
The Kiss Of The Octopus by Patrick Grainville 0
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny 0
Nemesis by Philip Roth 0
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli 0
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen 0
The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin 0
Bitter In The Mouth by Monique Truong 0
Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks 0
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin 0
Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew by Shehan Karunatilaka 0
Point Omega by Don DeLillo 0
Sunset Park by Paul Auster 0
C by Tom McCarthy 0
Kraken by China Miéville 0
Hello Mum by Bernadine Evaristo 0
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson 0
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald 0
And The Land Lay Still by James Robertson 0
Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor 0
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor 0
Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohamed 0


Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 15:22 (one week ago) link

All I can say here is I was bored to death by The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 15:24 (one week ago) link

Absolutely zero! You guys have fun.

suggest bainne (gyac), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 15:25 (one week ago) link

Only read C, and found it a grave disappointment after Remainder

imago, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 15:36 (one week ago) link

Goon Squad was ilx book clubbed: ILX Book Club - Jennifer Egan: A Visit from the Goon Squad

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:32 (one week ago) link

My tourism is working out well: yet again, no prob voting for the only one I've read, which was, you guessed it,A Visit From The Goon Squad. Especially liked the last section, unlike those of so many other otherwise-enjoyable books (and other things). And (although this may have been a mental overstatement) remember thinking that each section was so set-piece sectional, that you could just snap it out and roll it overboard if you didn't like it--more like inter-related short stories than the usual novel, or so it seemed at the time.

dow, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 16:35 (one week ago) link

Zero History's nothing ending is set about a mile and a half from here.

(Pattern Recognition is a favourite, this isn't particularly)

koogs, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 18:57 (one week ago) link

What a year!

Many things I have read, some things I own but haven’t read yet, so little I enjoyed

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:17 (one week ago) link

Zero History is on my bedside book shelf waiting to really be cracked - the 2-3 times I’ve tried to tuck in it just kinda repelled me. Not the right moods, maybe.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:21 (one week ago) link

I think knew within like 10 pages that I’d never finish the Mitchell and would never need more than Cloud Atlas from him.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:24 (one week ago) link

I’ll sit this one out

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:28 (one week ago) link

hhhh is a really good book

goon squad sucks

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 21:57 (one week ago) link

the mitchell, i didn't love it as much as i should've given the subject matter

and the only other other thing was the Banks which i need to reread.

oh, and death's end, which i read earlier this year and there was almost too much in its 500 pages that things didn't get fully explored before the next thing came along

koogs, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 22:01 (one week ago) link

Only read the Mitchell. One of those postmodern pastiche novels I would occasionally slog through but would never pick up now.

Chris L, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 03:05 (one week ago) link

Oh, I did try Skippy Dies but didn't get very far.

Chris L, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 03:07 (one week ago) link

Have only read the Banks and Goon Squad, and the first page of The Prague Cemetery in a bookshop, it didn't make me want to read the rest.

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 10:18 (one week ago) link

I haven't read The Finkler Question, and don't set much store by Goodreads ratings, but at 2.8 it is by some distance the lowest rated Booker Winner. (I have read his next book J and it was staggeringly bad.)

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 10:25 (one week ago) link

I started The Finkler Question and it was bad enough that I never finished it and had zero guilt.

Jaq, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 14:57 (one week ago) link

All I've read was Goon Squad and that was bad.

hocus pocus, alakazam (PBKR), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 15:51 (one week ago) link

I know I read Kraken but it left no impression. Super Sad True Love Story I recall enjoying so it gets my vote.

Jaq, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 16:01 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 25 November 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

Do wonder if I ever read books from a current year or just not popular novels.
Still don't seem to have read many or any of these recent years ones. Maybe I read music histories and biographies when they come out and fiction I tend to pick up in sales or charity shops.
Think I have read other things by a few writers but not the books from.the year given. Of course you can never make a poll using all books from a given year even if you stick to fiction.

Stevolende, Thursday, 25 November 2021 07:49 (one week ago) link

Actually have read the Prague Cemetery by Eco cos I think I've read all of his novels. That's the one about the protocols of the Elders of Zion isn't it. Looking into its actual history as fiction in a fictional way? & I think I read a library copy back around the time or closer to it. I think it takes a while for libraries to get copies of things.

Stevolende, Thursday, 25 November 2021 07:55 (one week ago) link

i liked goon squad a lot!

haven't read anything else. not voting.

adam t. (abanana), Thursday, 25 November 2021 08:34 (one week ago) link

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

System, Friday, 26 November 2021 00:01 (six days ago) link

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Daniel_Rf, Friday, 26 November 2021 13:19 (six days ago) link

Missed this one. Really liked HHhH and this would have been the highbrow choice, but I cannot lie, Freedom made me feel more and I would have voted for it. I, like others above, started The Finkler Question on the strength of the Booker and quickly abandoned it when I found it was lousy.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 27 November 2021 00:28 (five days ago) link

I haven't read any of these.

o. nate, Sunday, 28 November 2021 00:44 (four days ago) link


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