Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2006

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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 (two months ago) link

Keep trying to use your brain and you might succeed.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 2 November 2021 15:23 (two months ago) link

stop it both of you

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

Either Everyman or The Road, not sure which.

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

Probably The Damned Utd, but not a crowded field.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 2 November 2021 21:02 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 4 November 2021 00:01 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

I experienced WWZ as an audiobook too but barely remember it

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

Did you get my ilxmail daniel?

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

oh just saw it, thanks!

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 4 November 2021 16:39 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

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

System, Friday, 5 November 2021 00:01 (two months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2007

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 5 November 2021 13:42 (two months ago) link


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