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(Onion AV Club)   The best books of 2013--so far   (avclub.com) divider line 31
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2013-07-05 09:09:57 PM  
The Love Song of Johnny Valentine was great, as was The Tenth of December. I'd add to that list The Shining Girls, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Interestings.
 
2013-07-05 11:26:39 PM  
What the hell is a book?  Is that some new slang for the guy you give your bet to?
 
2013-07-05 11:26:45 PM  
I enjoyed Ocean at the End of the Lane but it read more like a novella.
 
2013-07-05 11:30:35 PM  
I am only halfway through it, but Joyland is a good read so far.
 
2013-07-05 11:50:30 PM  
I've rarely been one to go get new books. The books I get tend to be used and even when new tend to be reprintings. Of the books actually published this year, far and away I recommend A Disposition To Be Rich, a biography of Gilded Age swindler Ferdinand Ward, who is about as close as the world is going to get to a literal real-life Snidely Whiplash.

That in mind, some of the better pre-2013 books I have bought this year:

The Thief At The End Of The World
Around India In 80 Trains (published December 16, so almost qualifies)
No Applause, Just Throw Money
This Love Is Not For Cowards
 
2013-07-05 11:58:04 PM  

baufan2005: I am only halfway through it, but Joyland is a good read so far.


Seconded. Joyland is King's best book in years. Really makes up for everything post-Tommyknockers.
 
2013-07-06 12:18:02 AM  

Znuh: baufan2005: I am only halfway through it, but Joyland is a good read so far.

Seconded. Joyland is King's best book in years. Really makes up for everything post-Tommyknockers.


11/22/63 was his best book in years.
 
2013-07-06 12:26:13 AM  
Looking for one of my books on that list...
 
2013-07-06 12:29:02 AM  
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2013-07-06 12:38:53 AM  

The English Major: The Love Song of Johnny Valentine was great, as was The Tenth of December. I'd add to that list The Shining Girls, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Interestings.


I'll second The Love Song of Johnny Valentine and The Tenth of December, and I'm currently enjoying  The Shining Girls.  Also  Vampires in the Lemon Grove (I'm a huge Karen Russell fan),  The Last Girlfriend on Earth (Simon Rich), and  Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell).  As great as all of those were, though, Kate Atkinson's  Life After Life is my top pick.  I really loved that book.
 
2013-07-06 01:15:43 AM  

TheManofPA: I enjoyed Ocean at the End of the Lane but it read more like a novella.


That;s because it started out as a short story he was writing for someone, but he realized he couldn't contain it as such so it grew. Speaking of which, I don't think anyone in this article has read The Ocean at the End of the Lane yet, or they'd list it as one of the best of the year.

/is seeing Neil Gaiman on Wednesday
//wonders what he should bring to sign since he can bring one extra item
 
2013-07-06 01:46:38 AM  
There are so many shiat books out there i have a 20-year rule before reading. Cuts out a lot of the crap that nerver even makes a second printing.
 
2013-07-06 01:52:42 AM  

ParagonComplex: TheManofPA: I enjoyed Ocean at the End of the Lane but it read more like a novella.

That;s because it started out as a short story he was writing for someone, but he realized he couldn't contain it as such so it grew. Speaking of which, I don't think anyone in this article has read The Ocean at the End of the Lane yet, or they'd list it as one of the best of the year.

/is seeing Neil Gaiman on Wednesday
//wonders what he should bring to sign since he can bring one extra item


I had him sign my Sandman #1 last week as my extra.
 
2013-07-06 02:21:55 AM  
Absolutely none of the books on that list appealed to me, at least as they describe them. Any kind souls care to offer me a recommendation? My favorite authors, in no particular order, are Larry Niven, Lois McMaster Bujold, Mark Danielewsky, Neal Stephenson (only Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon), Neil Gaiman (only American Gods and Anansi Boys) and William Gibson.

I'd pick up Varley's Gaea trilogy and read it for the 8th time if I could actually find a copy of all three for my Kindle. I already read as many of John Ringo's books as I could stomach without feeling the urge to turn myself in to the police (man, that guy got creepy fast). I read as many of William Dietz' Legion of the Damned series as were available before the book industry imploded.

The best book I came across recently was Gladiator-at-Law by Pohl.
 
2013-07-06 02:41:54 AM  
Warren Ellis's gun machine is awesome. should be read by all.
 
2013-07-06 04:30:05 AM  
 

HotWingAgenda: Absolutely none of the books on that list appealed to me, at least as they describe them. Any kind souls care to offer me a recommendation? My favorite authors, in no particular order, are Larry Niven, Lois McMaster Bujold, Mark Danielewsky, Neal Stephenson (only Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon), Neil Gaiman (only American Gods and Anansi Boys) and William Gibson.

I'd pick up Varley's Gaea trilogy and read it for the 8th time if I could actually find a copy of all three for my Kindle. I already read as many of John Ringo's books as I could stomach without feeling the urge to turn myself in to the police (man, that guy got creepy fast). I read as many of William Dietz' Legion of the Damned series as were available before the book industry imploded.

The best book I came across recently was Gladiator-at-Law by Pohl.

You seem to read the kinds of books I like.  I have enjoyed John Scalzi's Old Man's war series of books.
And, as always, Peter Hamilton.

/csb
I was in Barnes and Noble one afternoon, and a somewhat attractive woman asked me for help to find the new book by Hamilton.  Sensing my time of greatness thrust upon me, I immediately handed her Fallen Dragon.  She seemed somewhat confused.  She then saw Lauren Hamilton and switched books.  I facepalmed and walked away.
/csb
 
2013-07-06 04:34:39 AM  

delathi: I had him sign my Sandman #1 last week as my extra.


I'll probably just have him sign American Gods. If I had a Sandman #1 I definitely would have him sign that. How long did everything last?
 
2013-07-06 05:03:33 AM  
Volume 18 of The Walking Dead was really great!
 
2013-07-06 05:24:02 AM  
I haven't read it yet. But from the title,  I think it takes place in ancient Rome....

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2013-07-06 06:49:29 AM  
The best book is the movie
 
2013-07-06 07:13:05 AM  

hooligan sidekick: Vampires in the Lemon Grove (I'm a huge Karen Russell fan),


I'm sadly behind, but I do have Swamplandia on my pile at home; I remember running across "St. Lucy's Home For Children Who Were Raised By Wolves" in whatever Best American Short Stories was edited by Stephen King and thinking, "My god, who is this woman?"  She has an interesting, weird way of looking at things.
 
2013-07-06 07:53:59 AM  
Awesome, love threads like this - I need some good titles to add to my reading list.
 
2013-07-06 08:04:24 AM  

JosephFinn: hooligan sidekick: Vampires in the Lemon Grove (I'm a huge Karen Russell fan),

I'm sadly behind, but I do have Swamplandia on my pile at home; I remember running across "St. Lucy's Home For Children Who Were Raised By Wolves" in whatever Best American Short Stories was edited by Stephen King and thinking, "My god, who is this woman?"  She has an interesting, weird way of looking at things.


Swamplandia is kind of uneven and doesn't necessarily work as a whole, but there's so much good stuff in it that it was still one of my favorite books in recent years. I think Russell will write an even better novel someday, which is saying something. Her short story collections are probably both easier places to start, but once you have a taste for her style, there's so much to love in Swamplandia.
 
2013-07-06 08:12:41 AM  

ParagonComplex: delathi: I had him sign my Sandman #1 last week as my extra.

I'll probably just have him sign American Gods. If I had a Sandman #1 I definitely would have him sign that. How long did everything last?


The reading and Q&A went about an hour, then the signing line probably too three or more hours. I was able to skip the line due to having a 5 year old with me and no one wanting to deal with that potential for three hours.

The kid got her copy of Blueberry Girl signed and thanked him for writing a book about her. He was great with her.
 
2013-07-06 08:24:22 AM  

LemSkroob: There are so many shiat books out there i have a 20-year rule before reading. Cuts out a lot of the crap that nerver even makes a second printing.


That's not a terrible plan, as long as you can make exceptions for some of the really great recent stuff.  Most of my favorite authors are still writing books now, with two of them published this year (though I have to wait until next year for the English version of one of them).

The next book I buy will be Pynchon's The Bleeding Edge, and I'll be getting the new one by Murakami as soon as it's available.  My reading queue is too long for me to add much else, though.
 
2013-07-06 08:41:01 AM  
Soon to come if it is anywhere close to her other work

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2013-07-06 09:11:33 AM  

JosephFinn: Znuh: baufan2005: I am only halfway through it, but Joyland is a good read so far.

Seconded. Joyland is King's best book in years. Really makes up for everything post-Tommyknockers.

11/22/63 was his best book in years.


Yeah these last few have definitely been great. I hope Dr. Sleep is good too.
 
2013-07-06 10:16:07 AM  

hooligan sidekick: JosephFinn: hooligan sidekick: Vampires in the Lemon Grove (I'm a huge Karen Russell fan),

I'm sadly behind, but I do have Swamplandia on my pile at home; I remember running across "St. Lucy's Home For Children Who Were Raised By Wolves" in whatever Best American Short Stories was edited by Stephen King and thinking, "My god, who is this woman?"  She has an interesting, weird way of looking at things.

Swamplandia is kind of uneven and doesn't necessarily work as a whole, but there's so much good stuff in it that it was still one of my favorite books in recent years. I think Russell will write an even better novel someday, which is saying something. Her short story collections are probably both easier places to start, but once you have a taste for her style, there's so much to love in Swamplandia.


When I was in the hospital last year, I read Swamplandia and The Sisters Brothers. Those were two of my favorite books from 2012, along with Jonathan Tropper's One Last Thing Before I go.

And Vampires in the Lemon Grove was great. I'm midway through Max Barry's Lexicon.
 
2013-07-06 11:27:03 AM  
FTA:

Claire Zulkey
I took a long hiatus from fiction for a while, thinking it had nothing to offer me, .....


That right there is why critics are thought of as arrogant, pompous twats.  Think of the mentality it takes to write a sentence like that.  Not "I'm burned out on fiction," or "I haven't been interested in any of the fiction I've read for a while," but claiming that in all of the fiction of humankind, there's nothing that is good enough for her.

I am really glad I don't know this person.
 
2013-07-06 11:31:34 AM  

Orgasmatron138: FTA:

Claire Zulkey
I took a long hiatus from fiction for a while, thinking it had nothing to offer me, .....

That right there is why critics are thought of as arrogant, pompous twats.  Think of the mentality it takes to write a sentence like that.  Not "I'm burned out on fiction," or "I haven't been interested in any of the fiction I've read for a while," but claiming that in all of the fiction of humankind, there's nothing that is good enough for her.

I am really glad I don't know this person.


I met someone like that once. They claimed to never read fiction since it was just made up stories.
 
2013-07-06 03:26:22 PM  

HotWingAgenda: Absolutely none of the books on that list appealed to me, at least as they describe them. Any kind souls care to offer me a recommendation? My favorite authors, in no particular order, are Larry Niven, Lois McMaster Bujold, Mark Danielewsky, Neal Stephenson (only Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon), Neil Gaiman (only American Gods and Anansi Boys) and William Gibson.

I'd pick up Varley's Gaea trilogy and read it for the 8th time if I could actually find a copy of all three for my Kindle. I already read as many of John Ringo's books as I could stomach without feeling the urge to turn myself in to the police (man, that guy got creepy fast). I read as many of William Dietz' Legion of the Damned series as were available before the book industry imploded.

The best book I came across recently was Gladiator-at-Law by Pohl.


If you're willing to branch out into urban fantasy, I cannot recommend Seanan McGuire's books highly enough.  She has two series - InCryptid (shades of American Gods, in that it deals with folklore and myths, as well as cryptids living in modern society) and Toby Daye (murder mysteries in the fae courts of the Pacific Northwest, excellent use of folklore and very compelling storylines).  She also has a Kindle serial called Indexing that's really good.

Mira Grant is also very good - her Newsflesh series is probably the best thing I've ever read about zombies. Shades of World War Z meets the scientific realism of The Hot Zone, with excellent worldbuilding.  The short stories set in the same universe are just as good as the books themselves, and she has a new novella set in Australia coming out in a week or so.  Zombie koalas have been promised.

John Scalzi is also good.  I really liked The Android's Dream.
 
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