Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2015

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Poll Results

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The Sellout by Paul Beatty 5
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson 2
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro 2
Slade House by David Mitchell 1
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh 1
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 1
The Day The Sun Died by Yan Lianke 0
The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood 0
The Year Of The Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota 0
Sleeping On Jupiter by Anuradha Roy 0
The Green Road by Anne Enright 0
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg 0
The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien 0
Numero Zero by Umberto Eco 0
Under The Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta 0
Everything I Don't Remember by Jonas Hassen Khemiri 0
Among The Lost by Emiliano Monge 0
The Field Of The Cloth Of Gold by Magnus Mills 0
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson 0
Black Rock White City by A.S. Patríc 0
Dietland by Sarai Walker 0
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma 0
Season Of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim 0
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara 0
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee 0
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin 0
Based On A True Story by Delphine de Vigan 0
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie 0
Book Of Numbers by Joshua Cohen 0
God Help The Child by Toni Morrison 0
Bride And Groom by Alisa Ganieva 0


Daniel_Rf, Friday, 10 December 2021 17:48 (eleven months ago) link

The torrent of TV tie-in novels that started to dominate the wikipedia lists in the 90's are now being beaten back by a deluge of YA.

The Buried Giant was....ok? Don't think it does a good job of tackling the themes it sets itself out to tackle, but it does have vibes.

Recent LRB review made me curious about y Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 10 December 2021 17:51 (eleven months ago) link

Pretty sure it's gonna be strikeouts for me every year from here on out.

I bought a copy of A Little Life, but then everyone said it was terrible.

jmm, Friday, 10 December 2021 18:03 (eleven months ago) link

i resent that i finished A Little Life.

oscar bravo, Friday, 10 December 2021 18:11 (eleven months ago) link

but at least it was somewhat of a turning point for me in never again persisting with a book i was finding worthless and ever since i have been happy to pull the trigger more quickly with zero regrets.

oscar bravo, Friday, 10 December 2021 18:14 (eleven months ago) link

I'm kind of glad I finished it so I could have an opinion on it. And that opinion is... It's utterly ludicrous.

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Friday, 10 December 2021 18:15 (eleven months ago) link

This will be a strikeout for me. I read Eileen but found it profoundly unpleasant to get through, will probably never read it again.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 10 December 2021 18:16 (eleven months ago) link

I read Seveneves. It was a waste of time.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 10 December 2021 18:21 (eleven months ago) link

I've only read the Jemisin (it was okay, def overrated but worth reading if you like the genre) and will likely be a strikeout for the rest of the polls going forward. But I wanted to tell Daniel that these threads have been a really nice feature of ILX!

rob, Friday, 10 December 2021 18:26 (eleven months ago) link

Agree with Rob! I look forward to every new poll in this series.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 10 December 2021 18:46 (eleven months ago) link

"The Sellout" is the only one of these I've read. It's good enough to vote for. Houellebecq's "Submission" is another solid offering from this year, but my write-in vote would be for "The First Bad Man" by Miranda July.

o. nate, Friday, 10 December 2021 19:07 (eleven months ago) link

The Sellout is brilliant. Gets my vote.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 10 December 2021 19:13 (eleven months ago) link

read the Ottessa Moshfegh bcs of reviews; didn't like it, doubt I'll ever read anything else by her.

fetter, Friday, 10 December 2021 19:22 (eleven months ago) link

but my write-in vote would be for "The First Bad Man" by Miranda July. Was already thinking this! Should be on list! STOP THE STEAL

dow, Friday, 10 December 2021 19:37 (eleven months ago) link

The First Bad Man by Miranda July. So much of it's stayed with me. So good.

kraudive, Friday, 10 December 2021 19:59 (eleven months ago) link

first bad man is excellent made me change my mind about miranda july

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 10 December 2021 20:00 (eleven months ago) link

the sympathizer looked good but i have yet to read it

the hyped stuff from this year is godawful lol

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 10 December 2021 20:01 (eleven months ago) link

> I read Seveneves. It was a waste of time.

i enjoyed the first cataclysmic 1/3 and the second spacebound 1/3

only one i've read

koogs, Friday, 10 December 2021 20:09 (eleven months ago) link

oh, Slade House as well. first book i've read in about 20 years that i couldn't read before bed.

koogs, Friday, 10 December 2021 20:10 (eleven months ago) link

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro - as an Ishiguro stan I thought this was really bad, unsuccessful as fantasy and as whatever allegory or metaphor he was going for. Giving his protagonists amnesia effectively reduced them to complete ciphers.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara - ludicrous
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson - voting for this, my first KSR and it made me into an instant fan.
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee - disappointing
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin - ok but not really my cup of tea
Based On A True Story by Delphine de Vigan - her previous book was a celebrated and controversial memoir disguised as a novel, this is a thriller narrated by an author who has recently published a celebrated and controversial memoir disguised as a novel. it's pretty clear when it starts to diverge from reality though.
Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie - a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Friday, 10 December 2021 20:27 (eleven months ago) link

Also very much enjoyed Slade House.

kraudive, Friday, 10 December 2021 20:43 (eleven months ago) link

This was of course the year Morrissey's "List of the Lost" was published, a shocking and dare I say it deliberate omission from the poll.

the fifth housemate (Matt #2), Friday, 10 December 2021 22:23 (eleven months ago) link

Only read The Sellout but I'm skeptical anything here would beat it.

Chris L, Friday, 10 December 2021 22:49 (eleven months ago) link

This was of course the year Morrissey's "List of the Lost" was published, a shocking and dare I say it deliberate omission from the poll.

lol, guilty as charged!

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 11 December 2021 13:57 (eleven months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 13 December 2021 00:01 (eleven months ago) link

Not voting because I've read none of these yet.

Jaq, Monday, 13 December 2021 00:33 (eleven months ago) link

loved the sellout

flopson, Monday, 13 December 2021 00:34 (eleven months ago) link

yeah i’d like to change my vote to The First Bad Man

Piven After Midnight (The Yellow Kid), Monday, 13 December 2021 00:55 (eleven months ago) link

read the Ottessa Moshfegh bcs of reviews; didn't like it, doubt I'll ever read anything else by her.

Ha, this was my exact experience with “my year of rest and relaxation”.

Have only read the sympathizer and the sellout (“the sympathizer and the sellout” sounds like it could be the title of a pretty good novel itself), but loved the former so bored for that.

ed.b, Monday, 13 December 2021 15:31 (eleven months ago) link

^ Very good autocorrect

jmm, Monday, 13 December 2021 15:45 (eleven months ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 14 December 2021 00:01 (eleven months ago) link

I've heard a bot about the actual Field of the Cloth of Gold so wonder if the novel is a good narrative of it . Caught a few webinars on it last year, Tudor era revival of the kind of jousting competition from a couple of centuries earlier.

wow this i really recent and still I've only toucheda couple.
I remember the announcement and news coverage of the Harper Lee novel being rife.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 14 December 2021 10:29 (eleven months ago) link

lol, Mills is definitely using it as a metaphor, the thought of him writing straight historical fiction is quite funny

imago, Tuesday, 14 December 2021 10:52 (eleven months ago) link

2016?

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 22:20 (eleven months ago) link

In the New Year, busy with covid right now

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 23 December 2021 09:21 (eleven months ago) link

!

I didn’t know.

Feel better soon, Daniel!

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 23 December 2021 11:14 (eleven months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels Of 2016

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 31 December 2021 14:39 (eleven months ago) link

I liked A Little Life ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 14:32 (ten months ago) link

The Sellout is a worthy successor to Invisible Man, also it's funny af.

jimbeaux, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 18:25 (ten months ago) link


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