The Polo/Khan sections of Invisible Cities are Calvino's very best writing IMO. The cities parts are fun but a bit tedious, but this book gets my vote.
Honorable mention to "August 1914" which is top tier Solzhenitsyn IMO.
That Dahl book is terrible.
― justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 23:16 (six months ago) link
One more IMO than I intended in that last post.
― justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 23:17 (six months ago) link
as a a big quin devotee have to say i struggled with triptricks
Yeah, I think it's her weakest. It feels like an attempt at furthering her style that just falls a bit flat. I always say it's her only properly post-modern novel, though that in itself isn't the problem, and I would probably still vote for it as a Good book that doesn't quite hit Great, but there are several other amazing things to vote for here.
Really tempted to give Mumbo Jumbo my vote, as its innovations are so effortless and fun and I fear it will be overlooked, but my heart belongs to Invisible Cities, honestly. Roadside Picnic and Watership Down both strong contenders too.
― emil.y, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 12:25 (five months ago) link
Shamefully I've only read "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator". By any reasonable standard its not one of Dahl's better books. He rarely wrote sequels but I guess he made an exception in this case, perhaps it had something to with "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" being his best-selling book. Perhaps to compensate, he made this one of his silliest books that I know of, indulging in more than the usual share of outright absurdity.
― o. nate, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 16:08 (five months ago) link
I read both to my kids last year, C&TGGE reads like it was put together in a single sitting without a plan, it's like the rubbish thing I produced when I did nanowrimo.
― A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 16:12 (five months ago) link
It's kind of Dahl doing self-parody. It prefigures David Walliam's success as an author of Dahl parodies for children.
― o. nate, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 16:15 (five months ago) link
yes, the random inconsequential space stuff and the uncalled-for involvement of the president of the USA do smack of the walliams.
― A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 16:18 (five months ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.
― System, Thursday, 3 June 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link
I thought number of books I'd read from a given year would increase as time went on. BUt still only a handful here . Oh well maybe I'm still reading other books from a given year.Have read 4 or 5 of these anyway or at least have them floating around my floor . Shame those 2 categories aren't automatically interchangeable.
― Stevolende, Thursday, 3 June 2021 09:20 (five months ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.
― System, Friday, 4 June 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link
No votes for The Farthest shore, not that surprising as it is a bit of a downer. Tombs of Atuan is the highlight of the original trilogy but I think that was displaced by The Lathe of Heaven.
The Miracle Game is a book I read because it was on my shelves, no idea where it came from but it was good enough to read twice.
― I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Friday, 4 June 2021 07:59 (five months ago) link
Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1973
― Daniel_Rf, Friday, 4 June 2021 10:57 (five months ago) link
I like The Farthest Shore a lot, actually, but I couldn't vote for anything but The Summer Book.
― Lily Dale, Friday, 4 June 2021 13:14 (five months ago) link
Gave up on it tbh.
― Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Friday, 4 June 2021 13:20 (five months ago) link