Sunday, November 27, 2011

TIME: 10 best novels of the past decade

yes! three of the books that i really like recently made it to TIME's "Top 10 Novels of the 2000s" (according to Lev Grossman): Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (one of my favorite books ever!); J.K. Rowling's HP and the Order of the Phoenix; Neil Gaiman's The American Gods.

here is the complete list:

Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)
The Known World (Edward P. Jones)
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Joanna K. Rowling)
Lush Life (Richard Prince)
Then We Came to the End (Joshua Ferris)
The American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

nope, i haven't read the other seven books (i guess i'm highly selective, or just plain pigheaded, that way). also, i have a minor beef about the selection of Order of the Phoenix, which is one of my least favorite HP books -- personally i would have gone withHP and The Half-Blood Prince, the one where Dumbledore died and many things slowly came into view.

all in all, though, i'm glad these three books were cited.

of note, some of these multi-awarded novels have been or in the process of being adapted into films (Never Let Me Go, Atonement, The Corrections, the Harry Potter saga) or HBO series (American Gods, upcoming).


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