Three Favorites of 2012

 

 

Some Remarks by Neal Stephenson follows our intrepid novelist into the territory of journalism, literary criticism, rants, and oh yes, a one-line short story about hobbits.  If you love the dry humor, gee-whiz technology, and rambunctious storytelling of Stephenson’s novels, you’ll appreciate those qualities in Some Remarks. The essay on David Foster Wallace is not to be missed. (Also available as in e-book & audiobook formats.)

 

 

 

 

 

I hardly need to recommend Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel now that the Man Booker Prize has given it a shiny award. But if Booker Prize winners (or historical fiction novels in general) have let you down before, fear not, for Bring Up the Bodies is compulsively readable.  The complex characters, political upheavals, and awareness of death make it a very modern novel in some ways, while maintaining a marvelous sense of Tudor time and place.  (Also available in Chinese and in audiobook/e-audio formats.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

And as a children’s librarian, I can’t resist adding one young adult book that has much to interest grown-up readers too. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is dragon fantasy for literary fiction lovers, or maybe it’s Star Trek with dragons and symphonies, or maybe it’s a bildungsroman that just so happens to involve fire-breathing diplomats–in any case, it’s good.  Music, mathematics, politics, philosophy, identity, adventure, secrets, betrayals, and a delicate love story combine to make this my top teen read of 2012.  (Also available in e-audio format.)

 

Submitted by SPS at Collections

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