Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2019

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Whitehead by default.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 21:44 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 13 January 2022 00:01 (one year ago) link

I think this is the first year where I've read (or finished) nothing. I did start The Topeka School, having enjoyed Lerner's previous two novels, but I couldn't get into it.

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 13 January 2022 00:06 (one year ago) link

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

System, Friday, 14 January 2022 00:01 (one year ago) link

damn this closed fast. black leopard, red wolf was the only of these i've read but it made enough of a mark on me that i would've thrown it a vote

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Friday, 14 January 2022 00:04 (one year ago) link

I can't remember whether I remembered to vote in this! Would have voted Lying Lives so if I DIDN'T vote then that's the unofficial winner.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 14 January 2022 01:06 (one year ago) link

Topeka School had its moments but didn't live up to 10:04 or Atocha Station for me, felt too much like Lerner taking a big windup and delivering his Big Book

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 14 January 2022 01:07 (one year ago) link

write in vote for nell zink's 'doxology'

roflrofl fight (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 18 January 2022 15:33 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

are we going to get to vote on 2020 and 2021?

for 200 anyone can receive a dud nvidia (ledge), Wednesday, 2 February 2022 11:22 (eleven months ago) link

write in vote for nell zink's 'doxology'

Same for me. Haven't read any of the others.

o. nate, Wednesday, 2 February 2022 13:48 (eleven months ago) link

I do have a couple of these that I picked up in charity shops but haven't read tehm
Have the Jeanette Winterson which I will eventually read , when i get through ordering books from teh interlibrary loan system at too great a speed.

Oh yeah, had teh Marlon James but took it back when I realised i wasn't going to get through both that and A short History of 7 Killings at teh same time within a month. I'm still slowly reading that several months later alongside about 10 other things at the same time.
Well, will eventually get through things and then get onto other things.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 2 February 2022 13:58 (eleven months ago) link

Oh my god reading both James books simultaneously might actually kill you! 7 Killings is the better book imo. They both sprawl, but BL,RW felt unfocused at times to me and the characters a little less vivid; though I'm looking forward to reading the sequel as the world is definitely enchanting. After reading it I picked up a copy of Maryse Condé's Segu but haven't started it yet, which might be up your alley too

rob, Wednesday, 2 February 2022 14:18 (eleven months ago) link

Co-sign rob’s take on Marlon James. BL RW is good, but I’m ambivalent about committing to two tome-sized sequels. On the other hand, I couldn’t get enough of BHo7K.

I’d like to see these polls keep up at the same pace, going right into future years, with entirely speculative options.

ed.b, Wednesday, 2 February 2022 16:38 (eleven months ago) link


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