Kevin's Watch Forum Index
 HomeHome   MemberlistMemberlist   RegisterRegister   SearchSearch   ProfileProfile   FAQFAQ   StatisticsStatistics  SudokuSudoku   Phoogle MapPhoogle Map 
 AlbumAlbum StoresStores   StoresItems Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Good Reads Best Books 2014

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Kevin's Watch Forum Index -> General Literature Discussion
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Avatar
Immanentizing The Eschaton


Joined: 02 Aug 2004
Posts: 56002

Thanks: 72
Thanked 160 Times in 157 Posts

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
23882 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Pantheon Veteran


PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:20 am    Post subject: Good Reads Best Books 2014 Reply with quote

http://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2014

Of course I have read none of them. Very Happy

--A
_________________
Don't believe everything you think.



Last edited by Avatar on Thu Dec 04, 2014 4:51 am; edited 1 time in total
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Phoogle Map
Orlion
Clairvoyant

MaleRanyhyn
Joined: 26 Aug 2007
Posts: 6498

Thanks: 17
Thanked 57 Times in 56 Posts

Location: Getting there...
7213 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Dalek1 Member of Linden's Army1 SRD's Green Rock


PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 5:48 am    Post subject: Re: Good Reads BEst Books 2014 Reply with quote

Avatar wrote:
http://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2014

Of course I have read none of them. Very Happy

--A
That's because they are garbage! Razz
_________________
'Tis dream to think that Reason can
Govern the reasoning creature, man.
- Herman Melville

I am Lazarus, come from the dead,
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all!

"All creation is a huge, ornate, imaginary, and unintended fiction; if it could be deciphered it would yield a single shocking word."
-John Crowley
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Yahoo Messenger MSN Messenger Phoogle Map
I'm Murrin
Aren't you?


Joined: 08 Apr 2003
Posts: 15364

Thanks: 7
Thanked 41 Times in 39 Posts

Location: North East, UK
22243 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Rubber Duck


PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a "who has the most vocal fanbase" contest. Nothing particularly wrong with that, mind you. Just means the best books get left among the nominees.
_________________
Inspiration Struck.

Mod of the General Fantasy/Sci-Fi Forum
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
wayfriend
whilom witling

Male
Joined: 21 Apr 2004
Posts: 18875

Thanks: 11
Thanked 216 Times in 199 Posts

Location: The world of the Bowling Green Massacre
43237 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
3 Member of Linden's Army


PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing in that list I particularly want to read.
_________________
    FEAR:
Yet hearken well, aspirant bold!
I, tho' a stranger, but whilom friend,
Hold the odds against thee now.
Straightly be adjured, witling:-
- The Finding of the Gnosis, or, Apotheosis of an Ideal
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
aliantha
18k or bust!

Female
Joined: 05 Mar 2002
Posts: 17551

Thanks: 28
Thanked 73 Times in 72 Posts

Location: Arlington, VA
14467 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Aliantha Berries1 Andelain1 SRD's Green Rock


PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got a copy of "Red Rising" in my WFC book bag this year. Will have to give it a whirl.

I keep looking at those Deborah Harkness books and stepping away from them. They seem a little lightweight to me. But maybe I'm wrong.

The Gabaldon has been on my TBR list (but not actually purchased yet) since it came out.

Which is all to say that I haven't read any of them, either. Laughing Also, what Murrin said. Winning any crowdsourced award requires a vocal and mobilized fan base, which the best book in the contest may not have.
_________________



EZ Board Survivor

"Dreaming isn't good for you unless you do the things it tells you to." -- Three Dog Night (via the GI)

http://www.hearth-myth.com/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Phoogle Map
I'm Murrin
Aren't you?


Joined: 08 Apr 2003
Posts: 15364

Thanks: 7
Thanked 41 Times in 39 Posts

Location: North East, UK
22243 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Rubber Duck


PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anway, looking at nominees:

Fantasy: City of Stairs is very good. I've not read The Goblin Emperor yet but I've been hearing it praised all over the place.

SciFi: Annihilation is great. Scalzi's latest is good. Ancillary Sword is one of the best books of the year.

Horror: Broken Monsters is a good one. I've not read the rest but The Girl with All the Gifts is on my long list of 2014 releases I've heard good things about and need to read. (The winner, Ann Rice, is on my unofficial "don't touch with a ten foot pole" list.)

Comics: Saga! Locke & Key! Ms Marvel! Wonder Woman! Sex Criminals! Seconds! This One Summer! Rat Queens! Through The Woods! Chew! Pretty Deadly! I have read half of the things on this list and they are all brilliant. Which suggests I need to try the others on the list.

I've not read anything from the other categories, although I've heard good things about Brown Girl Dreaming from the middle grade/childrens section.
_________________
Inspiration Struck.

Mod of the General Fantasy/Sci-Fi Forum
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
peter
the spider from Mars


Joined: 25 Aug 2009
Posts: 7429

Thanks: 38
Thanked 50 Times in 49 Posts


28563 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:


PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best book I read in 2014 [or was it 2013 - anyway....] was Les Miserables by Hugo but more importantly to note, in the Norman Denny translation. I can't read the french version [alas] but Denny, rather than sticking literally with a 'word for word' translation opted to keep more in the 'spirit' of the original and in doing so retained the 'poetry' of the french text in the translated prose. The result was a staggering sucess. It was a beautiful rambling illogical mess of a book that by turns educated, enlightened, and wrenched one through the lives of 'the wretched' whose story it told. One finishes the work with a deeper and enriched understanding of why our world so often fails to live up to its promise and a greater sympathy for those who struggle aginst a yoke of poverty from which they can never break free.
_________________
http://jhfv.blogspot.co.uk/

....and the glory of the world becomes less than it was....
'Have we not served you well'
'Of course - you know you have.'
'Then let it end.'

We are the Bloodguard
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
michaelm
Kevin's Watchmaker

Male
Joined: 20 Aug 2014
Posts: 1454

Thanks: 13
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts

Location: location, location
3559 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Covenant's Novels1 Earthblood1 Skyweir


PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peter wrote:
Best book I read in 2014 [or was it 2013 - anyway....] was Les Miserables by Hugo but more importantly to note, in the Norman Denny translation. I can't read the french version [alas] but Denny, rather than sticking literally with a 'word for word' translation opted to keep more in the 'spirit' of the original and in doing so retained the 'poetry' of the french text in the translated prose. The result was a staggering sucess. It was a beautiful rambling illogical mess of a book that by turns educated, enlightened, and wrenched one through the lives of 'the wretched' whose story it told. One finishes the work with a deeper and enriched understanding of why our world so often fails to live up to its promise and a greater sympathy for those who struggle aginst a yoke of poverty from which they can never break free.

I've read it a couple of times, but not in a recent translation. What irritated me about the translation I read was that the two chapters that interrupt the 'action' that are often moved out of sequence were indeed moved to the back of the book.

It's a hell of a book and having seen the musical (which I assume is most people's exposure to it) the spirit of the book is not captured at all. I would assume the same is true for the various film versions.

It's a very, very moving book and it's so easy to get emotionally carried away with situations, especially those that take a long time to resolve. While I generally hate death bed scenes for the fact that they are so often a blunt and ill-executed implement to tug on the heart strings (cf. Oscar Wilde's comments about Little Dorrit's death bed scene), Valjean's death bed scene is incredibly moving, particularly his reconciliation with Cosette.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
aliantha
18k or bust!

Female
Joined: 05 Mar 2002
Posts: 17551

Thanks: 28
Thanked 73 Times in 72 Posts

Location: Arlington, VA
14467 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Aliantha Berries1 Andelain1 SRD's Green Rock


PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need to read more Scalzi. I've only read a couple of his books, but I liked them a lot.

(Oh gods -- Anne Rice.... Laughing )
_________________



EZ Board Survivor

"Dreaming isn't good for you unless you do the things it tells you to." -- Three Dog Night (via the GI)

http://www.hearth-myth.com/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Phoogle Map
deer of the dawn
On a mission from God

FemaleRanyhyn
Joined: 11 Feb 2008
Posts: 6217

Thanks: 48
Thanked 54 Times in 52 Posts

Location: Jos, Nigeria
9420 White Gold Dollars
Tokens
HP

User Items:
1 Soaring Woodhelvin1 Oath of Peace1 Member of Linden's Army


PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't read any either, but the Atwood book has possibilities (haven't read Atwood in decades). Thank God no "50 Shades" made the cut!!
_________________
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle. -Philo of Alexandria

ahhhh... if only all our creativity in wickedness could be fixed by "Corrupt a Wish." - Linna Heartlistener

Photobucket is a bunch of everloving chickenpluckers. Rumfudgery!!! Cussing

May the I that is truly I
Sing to the Thou that is truly Thou.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website Phoogle Map
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Kevin's Watch Forum Index -> General Literature Discussion All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by Earthpower © Kevin's Watch