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Post Top five novels of the last ten years?
2003 to 2013 (so far) in literature. Your five favorite novels from this period?

My list:

1. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
2. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan
3. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
4. 2666 by Roberto Bolaño
5. Ransom by David Malouf

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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
The only one I've read is Never Let Me Go, really enjoyed it, but it wouldn't quite make my list. I've come across Sweet Tooth and A Visit from the Goon Squad a number of times in bookstores, I'll remember your recommendations and hope to come across a used copy.

Hmmmm I'd have to think on this awhile. Some brainstorming for my list:

I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
Until I Find You by John Irving
In One Person by John Irving
World War Z by Max Brooks
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

hmmm that's 12..... I'll leave it like that for now.

Have you read 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami? I've been looking forward to reading it since I first came across it, but I'm waiting to find a used copy.

On deck:

Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff (just started)
People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

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Oh... for some reason I was thinking "Favorite Novels of the 21st Century".... which would eliminate The Corrections and Kavalier & Clay, giving me a top 10. Roughly in this order:

I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
Until I Find You by John Irving
In One Person by John Irving
World War Z by Max Brooks
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides


Also, since this forum seems to be comatose, I'll just keep my book jabber here. Has anyone else who loved The Corrections read Franzen's Freedom and just about hated it? Can't put my finger on why exactly, but it just seemed so forced.

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Have to add:

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre

absolutely fantastic satire about TV sensationalism and school violence. Very, very funny

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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
I just did a Top 10 of the 21st century.

01. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
02. The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
03. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
04. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
05. The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
06. Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud
07. The Golem's Eye by Jonathan Stroud
08. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
09. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
10. The Islands of the Blessed by Nancy Farmer

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08. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling


That'd be the HP on my list as well.

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I am not surprised that Corpse likes a Nancy Farmer and a Gaiman.


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I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
Until I Find You by John Irving
In One Person by John Irving
World War Z by Max Brooks
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling

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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
Until I Find You by John Irving
In One Person by John Irving
World War Z by Max Brooks
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Martian by Andy Weir
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling

I refuse to whittle down this list of amazing books. Regarding The Martian: DAAMNN that's some entertaining storytelling.... literally stayed up way too late 2 nights in a row to finish the whole thing from page 1. Could not put it down. An adventure to remember (I described it to roommate as Spielberg-level entertainment (Spielberg at his best). In book form) Kindof disappointed Ridley Scott is doing the movie now, wish Spielberg would've done it. Maybe. Or someone more awesome. Maybe some 'unknown' as a big-budget passion project.

Anyway, awesome book.

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I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
Until I Find You by John Irving
In One Person by John Irving
World War Z by Max Brooks
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
The Martian by Andy Weir

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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
I think I've read less than ten novels my whole life.


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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
Algren wrote:
I think I've read less than ten novels my whole life.

Novels are fun. You should read some.

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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
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Algren wrote:
I think I've read less than ten novels my whole life.

Novels are fun. You should read some.


Well, it's precisely why I haven't read more ... I don't find them fun at all. In fact, I find them a waste of time.

The novels I have read:

Demolition Man
First Blood
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Rambo III
Judge Dredd: A Junior Novelisation
Great Expectations
Lord of the Flies


I am struggling to think of more. And the last two I was forced to read as part of English class. I've not even read The Bible.


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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
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zwackerm wrote:
Algren wrote:
I think I've read less than ten novels my whole life.

Novels are fun. You should read some.


Well, it's precisely why I haven't read more ... I don't find them fun at all. In fact, I find them a waste of time.

The novels I have read:

Demolition Man
First Blood
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Rambo III
Judge Dredd: A Junior Novelisation
Great Expectations
Lord of the Flies


I am struggling to think of more. And the last two I was forced to read as part of English class. I've not even read The Bible.


Probably because you just haven't found books you like. And English class books will obviously be less fun than other books because you have to read them.

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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
Well, I've found plenty of books I like in non-fiction. ;)


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Well, I've found plenty of books I like in non-fiction. ;)


Non fiction is good too!

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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
Until I Find You by John Irving
In One Person by John Irving
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
World War Z by Max Brooks
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling
The Martian by Andy Weir

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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
I am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe
Until I Find You by John Irving
In One Person by John Irving
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
World War Z by Max Brooks
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling

adding:
Purity by Jonathan Franzen
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
V by Thomas Pynchon
House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Underworld by Don DeLillo


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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
Gamaur wrote:
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

I've read and loved other books from Stephenson, but stopped reading that one a third of the way through.... just was not enjoying it in the slightest and couldn't muster the effort to push through.

Infinite Jest, I must read at some point. Intrigued by the other 3 on your list, but probably won't read them.

Also none of those books came out anywhere near the last ten years. ;)

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Post Re: Top five novels of the last ten years?
Steve wrote:
Also none of those books came out anywhere near the last ten years. ;)


Yeah read David's OP properly after posting, but didn't care enough to change it. Someone else listed a few beyond 10 years so whatevs.

If you didn't get through Crypto I'll be interested to see how you go with Infinite Jest. It's an epic read, but well worth it, especially if you're as interested in language and philosophy as you are in a book's story. The narrative doesn't make much sense until about page 250, when Don Gately's storyline starts to interweave in equal measure. The prose vary in style, but for the most part it's his pioneering sincere-maximalism (post-post-modernism), which, once you've grown accustomed, becomes addictive reading - not a word or punctuation is wasted, and the writing itself is as virtuosic as anything written by James Joyce or Thomas Pynchon.

This New Yorker article, which chronicles the lead-up to his suicide, is well worth reading beforehand: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2009 ... unfinished


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