Thursday, December 30, 2010
9. 36 Arguments for the Existence of God by Rebecca Goldstein-- This book hurt my brain at first--and then I fell in love with it. Rebecca Goldstein does not pull any punches, and I can see many reasons why people would not like this book. Her writing is compelling and challenging, and she will make you think about the people you meet in your life, in a new way.
8. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson--Wilkerson chronicles the long migration of black citizens from the south to northern and western cities. Compelling and excellently written--I could not put this down.
7. Antony & Cleopatra by Andrian Goldsworthy--No, I did not read Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, mostly because I had already read this one. How many Cleopatra books can one person read in a year? Besides I love Goldsworthy, this is good, very, very good.
6. Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer--A retelling of the tempest using Steampunk as the background. Imprisoned in an airship above a city, Harold Winslow pens his memoirs as a disembodied voice haunts him. A great first novel.
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde--You may know Fforde from his Thursday next series, and if you love those don't skip this one. He has created a vast complex dystopian world, where everybody is organized into a colortocracy. This could easily be his most ambitious and accomplished series, I know I am eagerly waiting for book two.
4. How To Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu--Charles Yu is a time machine repair mechanic. He lives in a tiny time machine with his non-existent but real dog, Ed and TAMMY an operating system with low self-esteem, who he has hidden feelings for. After an incident that could have a paradoxical effect on the universe, Yu attempts to travel in time to locate his father. A mind bending read, highly recommended.