2. David Mitchell – The Bone Clocks (2014)
“The novelist who’s been showing us the future of fiction” (The Washington Post), David Mitchell delivers a kaleidoscopic, serpentine masterpiece that navigates between characters, eras, and realms of possibility to weave its astonishing spell.
An eloquent conjurer of intricate, interconnected tales…[Read more]
1. William Gibson – Agency (2020)
“ONE OF THE MOST VISIONARY, ORIGINAL, AND QUIETLY INFLUENTIAL WRITERS CURRENTLY WORKING”* returns with a sharply imagined follow-up to the New York Times bestselling novel The Peripheral.
William Gibson has trained his eye on the future for decades, ever since coining the term “cyberspace” and then popular…[Read more]
I’m aiming for 25 books this year.
15. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro (2015)
The extraordinary new novel from the author of Never Let Me Go and the Booker Prize–winning The Remains of the Day.
The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.
The Buried Giant begins as a co…[Read more]
For those who did Nano this year, how was your month?
I’d intended to complete a bunch of planning in October. This did not happen. I hit the ground running anyway, made good progress over the first five days before catching the dreaded common cold. This slowed me down for much of the next two weeks. Funnily, my lack of proper planning made…[Read more]
14. Our Kind of Traitor – John le Carré (2010)
In this exquisitely told novel, John le Carré shows us once again his acute understanding of the world we live in and where power really lies.
In the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and with Britain on the brink of economic ruin, a young English couple takes a vacation in Antigua. There t…[Read more]
13. Fury – Salman Rushdie (2001)
From one of the world’s truly great writers comes a wickedly brilliant and pitch-black comedy about a middle-aged professor who finds himself in New York City in the summer of 2000. Not since the Bombay of Midnight’s Children have a time and place been so intensely captured in a novel.
Salman Rushdie’s eight…[Read more]
12. The Testaments – Margaret Atwood (2019)
Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.
More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains i…[Read more]
I’ve been gathering background material and hyperlinks to news stories relevant to my novel’s topic. I’ve also identified the setting locations. I want to develop a bunch of characters and the main plot & subplots before November.
11. Elevation – Stephen King (2018)
The latest from legendary master storyteller Stephen King, a riveting, extraordinarily eerie, and moving story about a man whose mysterious affliction brings a small town together—a timely, upbeat tale about finding common ground despite deep-rooted differences.
Although Scott Carey doesn’t look any dif…[Read more]
10. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy (1896)
Jude Fawley, the stone-mason, whose academic ambitions are thwarted by poverty and the indifference of the authorities at Christminster, appears to find fulfillment in his relationship with Sue Bridehead. Both of them have fled from previous marriages, and together they share a ‘two-in-oneness’ rar…[Read more]
9. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr (2014)
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World…[Read more]
8. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami (2013)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage marks a new direction in Murakami’s fiction: a return to the lyrical realism not seen since his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood, but set against the social realities of contemporary Japan.
In high school, Tsukuru Tazaki…[Read more]
7. Quiet – Susan Cain (2012)
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great con…[Read more]
6. Texasville – Larry McMurtry (1987)
With Texasville, Larry McMurtry returns to the unforgettable Texas town and characters of one of his best-loved books, The Last Picture Show. This is a Texas-sized story brimming with home truths of the heart, and men and women we recognize, believe in, and care about deeply. Set in the post-oil-boom 1980s,…[Read more]
5. The Stone Sky – N.K. Jemisin (2017)
Humanity will finally be saved or destroyed in the shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed NYT bestselling trilogy that won the Hugo Award three years in a row.
The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two…[Read more]
4. The Obelisk Gate – N.K. Jemisin (2016)
Continuing the trilogy that began with the award-winning The Fifth Season
Winner of the Hugo Award
Shortlisted for the Nebula, Audie, and Locus Awards
The inaugural Wired.com book club book
New York Times Notable Book of 2015
This is the way the world ends, for the last time.
The season of endings…[Read more]
3. The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin (2015)
“Intricate and extraordinary.” – New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015)
The start of a new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award nominated author N.K. Jemisin.
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.
A season of endings has begun.
2. Around the World In 80 Days – Michael Palin (1989)
In the autumn of 1988 Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier. He had to make the journey in 80 days – accompanied by a BBC film crew – using only forms of transport that would have been available to…[Read more]
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