Native American Literature: November 2017
Weekly Recommendation Thread for the week of November 24, 2017
Neil Gaiman leads authors demanding action to halt decline of school libraries 'falling provision risks consigning children to: ‘a lifetime of low achievement’
It's time for the annual Bad Sex in Fiction awards! Here are the extracts from this year's shortlist
I read Adonis Violence and Islam, it completely changed my view of myself, and now I might have an identity crisis.
What is The Myth Of Sisyphus advocating?
Pushing through the first 200 pages of Dune was a great decision
George Orwell is officially my favorite writer
Shout out for the legendary Terry Pratchett!
Novels that Break All the Rules
The protagonist of The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells is way more likeable and interesting than the protagonist of The War of the Worlds and it vastly improves my enjoyment of the novel.
Reading fluency and books
The Dialogue in No Country for Old Men was some of the best I've read this year!
The Goblet of Fire still terrifies me
Diderot’s encyclopedia
What book did you dislike so much that you couldn't bring yourself to finish it?
The US Embassy in Germany published a richly detailed outline of American literature, from the earliest times up to the 1980s
Study finds that "SF doesn’t really make you stupid. It’s more that if you’re stupid enough to be biased against SF you will read SF stupidly."
Another 100 best books list for 2017, this one a bit less mainstream. How many have you read?
[SPOILERS] Unpopular Turtles All The Way Down opinion (sorry)
SPOILER: A Streetcar Named Desire discussion about the ending concerning Blanche
Do you consider manga and light novels as books?
Never used an e-reader before, is the Kobo Aura ONE worth the price?
Does ir bother you to find that a book was poorly translated?
Get a kid to read
I bought a used book with a heartfelt note written on the inside cover
Which book would you give to a 15 y/o kid living in a poor rural area, and why that one?
How a Young Ernest Hemingway Dealt with his First Taste of Fame
Parents, please let your kids read whatever they like
2017 Costa Book Awards Shortlist Announced
Five Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books That Need To Be TV Shows
Ready Player One feels very similar to the anime Sword Art Online.
How WWII popularized the paperback
YA click cliches
What was your favorite childhood book?
My 7yo doesn't like reading, has anyone else encountered this, and did your children decide they did like to read eventually?
A website we would really need
Has anybody here read "Letters to a german princess", written by Leonard Euler?
Anybody else excited for the Barnes & Noble collectible hardcovers this Friday?
The art of Terry Pratchett's Discworld – in pictures
Join the Battle for Net Neutrality!! We need to stop them from allowing ISPs to charge us extra fees to access ebooks, games or anything else!
The Kindle is Ten Years Old
20 pearloz My thoughts on the shortlist: [**Lincoln in the Bardo**]( An amazing book of depth and emotion--and very weird. Felt like a Beckett play throughout. [**4321**]( is pretty ambitious novel, really long, I'm only about a third of the way through, and the story within the novel feels like Philip Roth-light. It's honestly quite captivating however, and I find each the four distinct Ferguson's compelling in their own ways. [**Exit West**]( was fantastic in premise but I found it fatally short. I coulda done with a lot more pages. It skimmed too much across the top of the story I think, it felt like a news report of a much more interesting novel. [**History of Wolves**]( was rough, it got me in the feels quite a bit. Novels with children imperiled always put me ill at ease and this was no different, just felt tense and angry throughout. [**Elmet**]( was a surprisingly good book, not remotely what I was expecting (the cover is deceiving, and I was half-expecting a slow, family in the woods type story set in the 19th C., but this was contemporary or at least late 20th C.) It was a kinda minute story with small town rivalry, and a plot didn't really get cooking until the halfway point. By then, though, the rest of the narrative felt...inevitable, and the conclusion was far from what I expected. I only got the Ali Smith to go. Here are my thoughts on the rest of the longlist that didn't make the cut. **Home Fire** was a lot better than the premise outlined. I felt immediately attached to the characters. It did feel a little dated (it honestly could've been written any time in the last 15 years and been appropriate). It was an interesting mix of drama, romance, with a hint of political culture, and either highlights the complex existence of practicing Muslims living in the UK, or really simplifies it. In either case, I found the novel affecting and well written. This was my favorite book that didn't make the cut. **Reservoir 13** I found disappointing, I'm bitter I spent 5 or so days on it. **Ministry of Utmost Happiness** felt jumbled and messy and failed to impress. **Solar Bones** was challenging but so good--stream of consciousness never really worked for me, but this was so richly sincere, and there were enough breaks in thoughts that it didn't really *feel* like a book length sentence even though it was constructed like one. 2nd favorite that didn't make it. **Days Without End** was a quick brutal jaunt--much like North Water last year but without the gravitas. It was a lot more jovial. And the plays with gender and gender expression were interesting. **Swing Time** was a great story of two friends and their lives. I feel like they grew up too fast (in terms of narrative, not experience), and I was less interested in their adult selves. Damn fine writing though. **Underground Railroad** was a good novel. It's a little gimmicky for my taste but it was an interesting exercise. I generally do not like Whitehead's books but this one was alright. Reminded me a bit of Chabon's Yiddish Policeman's Union. I'm going to reread it eventually as I feel the praise and awards warrant it but I just didn't get it.
6 enfieldstudios Interested in hearing everyone's opinions on what they've read from this list. I've only read two: Exit West unfortunately didn't click for me. There was some moments that caught me off guard that really made me pause, but the piece as a whole wasn't enough for me to think it has a chance of winning (it would be hard for me to even recommend it, truthfully). Lincoln in the Bardo was really great. I won't lie it took me a while to figure out what was going on but it was worth the effort. The central themes of redemption and making sense of who you are, or were, were really effective to me. These are the types of books that I associate with the man booker: works that do something new and different, while at their core telling a strong and meaningful story.
6 beautifulquestions I managed to read 12/13 (Mozley's 'Elmet' doesn't release in the U.S. until tomorrow) and I felt like Saunders' 'Lincoln in the Bardo', Smith's 'Autumn', and Auster's '4 3 2 1' were a cut above the rest. Really enjoyed 'Days Without End' as well, and would have loved to see that make the shortlist. Was surprised to see 'Swing Time' and 'The Underground Railroad didn't make it on, too. I like the odds of Saunders winning the whole thing.
3 sciboybn Disappointed that Arundhati Roy's wasn't picked! I liked it better than her previous novel!
4 [deleted] *Underground Railroad* fails to make the cut. Haven't read any of the shortlist books but they must be damn fine.
3 BritishHobo Gutted not to see Reservoir 13 or Home Fire on there. But while I disagree with a few of them, I'm glad; I believe the judges have gone for what they truly believed to be the best.