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(Slate)   Another 'Best Books of 2013' list--some of which you undoubtedly have heard of and may actually have read   (slate.com) divider line 42
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2013-12-01 07:04:06 PM  
Glad to see The Ocean at the End of the Lane on there. A beautifully written book.
 
2013-12-01 07:07:42 PM  

thisispete: Glad to see The Ocean at the End of the Lane on there. A beautifully written book.


It was. I was disheartened when I saw how thin the book was, but he packed so much story into that little space. Easily one of the best novels of the year. And I'm midway through Cartwheel; it's disturbingly entertaining.
 
2013-12-01 07:12:36 PM  
I bought Slow Getting Up after reading an excerpt in Slate. My brother loved it, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet.

I've read Sisterland and The Ocean at the End of the Lane and really liked both. I wound up buying The Silent Wife and You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me after finding this list earlier today.
 
2013-12-01 07:33:11 PM  
repeat link & headline
 
2013-12-01 08:42:16 PM  
Came out at the end of 2012 so I count it as this year:
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2013-12-01 09:06:57 PM  
Ahh, the annual reminder that I've read jack sh*t this year.
 
2013-12-01 09:27:39 PM  
Pretty sure at least two of these will be under our christmas tree this year.
 
2013-12-01 09:33:45 PM  

bdub77: Ahh, the annual reminder that I've read jack sh*t this year.


I haven't read a book since college.

Who am I kidding. I never learned to read.
 
2013-12-01 10:18:32 PM  
I've easily read over 100 books this year (not all of them new or for the first time, mind you), and I've not heard of most of the books on this list (except the Neil Gaiman one and the Stephen King one), and I've not read any of them.

I guess I just like bad books.

/which, I suppose is true enough. Almost nothing I've been reading would count as "literature"
//mostly detective stories, zombie stories, action thrillers, and sci-fi
 
2013-12-01 10:25:31 PM  
Artie Lange's Crash & Burn is a great non fiction from a hilarious man about fighting his addictions and coming back from a highly publicized suicide attempt. It's surprisingly well done and pretty heavy.
 
2013-12-01 11:37:21 PM  
repeat from last week
 
2013-12-01 11:40:49 PM  
I'm getting more than a little tired of authors trying to substitute shoegazing for plot construction and character development.
 
2013-12-01 11:42:16 PM  

Snowrise: repeat link & headline


The original thread was from Washington Post. This is from Slate and has a different list of books.
 
2013-12-01 11:44:12 PM  
"The Wheel of Time" ended this year and it was fantastic. Even better with brad sanderson saving the series.
 
2013-12-01 11:46:40 PM  
I see so many highly praised books turn into total turds in just a few years because they were liked by a few critics with wide circulations or well marketed. The real list of best books shouldn't be written until at least 5 years later, see what's still popular from that year.
 
2013-12-01 11:46:48 PM  

Shakes999: "The Wheel of Time" ended this year and it was fantastic. Even better with brad sanderson saving the series.


Not sure if trolling, but his name is Brandon Sanderson.
 
2013-12-01 11:47:29 PM  
I don't see Fifty Shades of Grey here.
 
2013-12-01 11:49:43 PM  

mamoru: I've easily read over 100 books this year (not all of them new or for the first time, mind you), and I've not heard of most of the books on this list (except the Neil Gaiman one and the Stephen King one), and I've not read any of them.

I guess I just like bad books.

/which, I suppose is true enough. Almost nothing I've been reading would count as "literature"
//mostly detective stories, zombie stories, action thrillers, and sci-fi


I've read the Gaiman and King books, Gaiman's was is worth reading and King's is more of a return to form but I'm surprised to see it listed as a top book of the year.

The Powder Mage Book One was great if you like action/fantasy.
 
2013-12-01 11:50:42 PM  
Very disappointed that none of the "best of" lists I've read mention "The Golem and The Jinni".
 
2013-12-01 11:51:13 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Snowrise: repeat link & headline

The original thread was from Washington Post. This is from Slate and has a different list of books.


michaelgraham.com
 
2013-12-01 11:51:33 PM  

bdub77: Shakes999: "The Wheel of Time" ended this year and it was fantastic. Even better with brad sanderson saving the series.

Not sure if trolling, but his name is Brandon Sanderson.


Nope, just drunk
 
2013-12-02 12:07:42 AM  

Mugato: bdub77: Ahh, the annual reminder that I've read jack sh*t this year.

I haven't read a book since college.

Who am I kidding. I never learned to read.


I have no idea what these symbols mean, so yes I like potatoes.
 
2013-12-02 12:10:03 AM  

Bareefer Obonghit: Artie Lange's Crash & Burn is a great non fiction from a hilarious man about fighting his addictions and coming back from a highly publicized suicide attempt. It's surprisingly well done and pretty heavy.


Glad someone else brought it up. Finishing it now. Written much better than his first book, very good.
 
2013-12-02 12:18:21 AM  

John Buck 41: Bathia_Mapes: Snowrise: repeat link & headline

The original thread was from Washington Post. This is from Slate and has a different list of books.

[michaelgraham.com image 320x240]


Heh!
 
2013-12-02 12:27:02 AM  
I read about the first third of "The Skies Belong to Us". Some of it was interesting but then the author started delving into the childhoods of a pair of hijackers and I got bored.
 
2013-12-02 12:34:08 AM  

Shakes999: bdub77: Shakes999: "The Wheel of Time" ended this year and it was fantastic. Even better with brad sanderson saving the series.

Not sure if trolling, but his name is Brandon Sanderson.

Nope, just drunk


Well anyway I agree with you, it was fantastic. If you haven't read his other stuff, Mistborn is pretty great even though the plotting in book 3 is completely transparent. I've just started reading Way of Kings but not far enough along to recommend it yet.
 
2013-12-02 01:05:05 AM  

bdub77: Shakes999: bdub77: Shakes999: "The Wheel of Time" ended this year and it was fantastic. Even better with brad sanderson saving the series.

Not sure if trolling, but his name is Brandon Sanderson.

Nope, just drunk

Well anyway I agree with you, it was fantastic. If you haven't read his other stuff, Mistborn is pretty great even though the plotting in book 3 is completely transparent. I've just started reading Way of Kings but not far enough along to recommend it yet.


Way of Kings is the best book he's written in my opinion.  He's very good at world building.
 
2013-12-02 02:02:05 AM  

Snapper Carr: Very disappointed that none of the "best of" lists I've read mention "The Golem and The Jinni".


That book rocked.
 
2013-12-02 02:18:40 AM  
Didn't read them. I misread 'Ike and Dick as 'I like Dick', which would have been a better read.

/I'm a dude so don't blow up my profile page.
//21st century writing is shiatty, self-indulgent drivel.
///Hemingway may have been an alcoholic, misogynistic jerk, but
my god I long for small words and short sentences.
 
2013-12-02 04:53:21 AM  
From the 1813 list: Pride and Prejudice.
 
2013-12-02 07:06:21 AM  
 Glad to see The Ocean at the End of the Lane on there. A beautifully written book.

eh, I thought it was decent, but took a relatively long time (for the short length) to get to the main plot.  It was good overall, but I hope he goes back to a more adult style with his next book.


HotWingAgenda: I'm getting more than a little tired of authors trying to substitute shoegazing for plot construction and character development.


so what you're saying is that you're without love for books whose plots go nowhere, leaves you wishing they raised the tension, and whose chapters house a slow dive into a buried life story?
 
2013-12-02 08:26:43 AM  

Snapper Carr: Very disappointed that none of the "best of" lists I've read mention "The Golem and The Jinni".


It's not here, but I've seen it on a few lists. It's definitely getting some love. I'll have to try that one at some point. My personal favorite of the year was Kate Atkinson's "Life After Life," which has also made a few of these year-end lists.
 
2013-12-02 08:53:17 AM  
Strategy in the American War of Independence: A Global Approach, by Donald Stoker

Strategies for the Human Realm: Crux of the T'ai-pai Yin-ching, by Ralph D. Sawyer
 
2013-12-02 09:45:41 AM  

SmurfsRnotSilver: bdub77: Shakes999: bdub77: Shakes999: "The Wheel of Time" ended this year and it was fantastic. Even better with brad sanderson saving the series.

Not sure if trolling, but his name is Brandon Sanderson.

Nope, just drunk

Well anyway I agree with you, it was fantastic. If you haven't read his other stuff, Mistborn is pretty great even though the plotting in book 3 is completely transparent. I've just started reading Way of Kings but not far enough along to recommend it yet.

Way of Kings is the best book he's written in my opinion.  He's very good at world building.


Obligatory:

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-02 11:41:24 AM  

bdub77: SmurfsRnotSilver: bdub77: Shakes999: bdub77: Shakes999: "The Wheel of Time" ended this year and it was fantastic. Even better with brad sanderson saving the series.

Not sure if trolling, but his name is Brandon Sanderson.

Nope, just drunk

Well anyway I agree with you, it was fantastic. If you haven't read his other stuff, Mistborn is pretty great even though the plotting in book 3 is completely transparent. I've just started reading Way of Kings but not far enough along to recommend it yet.

Way of Kings is the best book he's written in my opinion.  He's very good at world building.

Obligatory:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x425]


I was actually visably angry after reading that comic but ive never read any of his stuff other than his "Wheel of Time" stuff so who knows, maybe he does suck lol
 
2013-12-02 11:52:28 AM  

Shakes999: I was actually visably angry after reading that comic but ive never read any of his stuff other than his "Wheel of Time" stuff so who knows, maybe he does suck lol


He doesn't.  Not sure what the PA guys don't like about Sanderson's style but between him and other authors the Fantasy genre has grown beyond just copying Tolkien or people writing down their D&D campaigns.
 
2013-12-02 02:10:30 PM  

Lumbar Puncture: people writing down their D&D campaigns


Hey now, quit bagging on Erikson, Gardens of the Moon is great.
 
2013-12-02 04:21:40 PM  
This list needs more  Bleeding Edge.
 
2013-12-02 04:37:36 PM  

wildcardjack: I see so many highly praised books turn into total turds in just a few years because they were liked by a few critics with wide circulations or well marketed. The real list of best books shouldn't be written until at least 5 years later, see what's still popular from that year.


Popularity =/= quality.  If you're looking for popular books, 50 Shades of Grey and that Twilight crap will outrank just about everything.  If you're looking for quality -- well, that's what these lists are for.  It's what you *should* be reading, but not necessarily what you *are* reading.
 
2013-12-02 04:39:37 PM  

SharkaPult: Lumbar Puncture: people writing down their D&D campaigns

Hey now, quit bagging on Erikson, Gardens of the Moon is great.


It's certainly something.
 
2013-12-02 05:43:30 PM  
The third book in the king killer trilogy was awesome!

What? It wasn't released yet? Dammit Rothfuss! Stop taking career advice from martin and write the damned book.

At least the third book in the aspect emperor trilogy came out. No? Bakker is starting to slack off too? Dammit!

Abominable by Simmons was a good read. Not his best but I do have a new lazy-man's appreciation of mountain climbing.
 
2013-12-02 09:25:17 PM  
Seanan McGuire (and her alias Mira Grant) had a banner year, too. Parasite was brilliant, and I wish I didn't have to wait a whole year for the next one.  And Chimes at Midnight gave us the resolution of several excellent arcs and the beginning of new ones (plus we're getting a TV series!) Indexing was also a really neat concept - it worked well as a serial, and each 'episode' was like an episode of a tv show building to the season finale.  I hope we get a "season 2" of it.

I'm with you on Rothfuss though, McGrits.  Yes it's great that it's being a tv series done by the same people doing Game of Thrones but RELEASE THE NEXT BOOK FFS. It is a shame my friend who was his student has graduated, else I'd ask her to ask him wtf is taking so damn long (in the nicest way I mean, the guy is a sweet guy)
 
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