A question about Knausgaard

51TfzLcO3BL._AC_SY400_ML2_So in the middle section of The End, the sixth and final volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle, are we supposed to notice all the parallels between Hitler’s youth and his own early years, even though he never draws explicit attention to them, and thus be grateful he is merely making hilariously lofty claims for the significance of his work by subjecting us to 450 interminable pages of poorly argued and banal literary-philosophical-historical-aesthetic-theological exegesis, rather than, say, invading Poland or committing genocide?

Asking for a friend.

My top 23 (or 34) books of 2019

01Evaristo2-superJumboOf the 260 books I read this year (245 for the first time), these are my top 23 (or 34, depending on how you count them)

Novels
Bernadine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (2019)
Abdelrahman Munif, Cities of Salt trilogy (1984–89)
Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport (2019)
Annie Proulx, Barkskins (2013)
Richard Powers, Orfeo (2014)
Marlon James, The Book of Night Women (2009)
Leni Zumas, Red Clocks (2018)
Paul Auster, 4321 (2017)
Amitav Ghosh, The Glass Palace (2000)
Stephen Graham Jones, Mongrels (2016)
Francis Spufford, Red Plenty (2010)
Chester Himes, The Third Generation (1954)
Larissa Lai, The Tiger Flu (2018)
Wu Ming, Altai (2009)

Comics
Richard McGuire, Here (2014)
Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, volume one (2017)
Yeon-Sik Hong, Uncomfortably Happily (2012)
Laura Redniss, Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (2011)
G. Willow Wilson, et al, Ms. Marvel, volumes 1–10 (2013–15)
Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivelä and Jason Wordie, Abbott (2018)

Critical works
Jennifer Fay, Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene (2018)
Mark Fisher, k-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004–2016) (2018)
Philip Mirowski and Dieter Plehwe, eds, The Road from Mont Pelerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective (2015

The full list of titles is below, but first the stats:
all of the world except 112… (but only 47 women)
…straight white men writing in English 82
multi-authored or otherwise don’t fit 66

The full 260
Basma Abdel Aziz, The Queue (2013)
Dan Abnet, Andy Lanning et al, Guardians of the Galaxy: Legacy (2008)
–. Guardians of the Galaxy: War of Kings, Book 1 (2009)
–. Guardians of the Galaxy: War of Kings, Book 2 (2009)
–. Guardians of the Galaxy: Realm of Kings (2010)
Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivelä and Jason Wordie, Abbott (2018)
Naomi Alderman, The Power (2016)
Martin Amis, Night Train (1997)
Steven Amsterdam, Things We Didn’t See Coming (2009)
Charlie Jane Anders, The City in the Middle of the Night (2019)
Edward Anderson, Thieves Like Us (1937)
Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves (1972
Jane Austen, Mansfield Park (1814)
–. Northanger Abbey (1818)
Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009)
Paul Auster, 4321 (2017)

Paolo Pacigalupi and Tobias S Buckell, The Tangled Lands (2018)
Aimee Bahng, Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times (2018)
James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk (1974)
James Baldwin and Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro (2017)
JG Ballard, The Drowned World (1962)
Gary Barker and Michael Kaufman, The Afghan Vampires Book Club (2015)
Aaron Bastani, Fully Automated Luxury Communism (2019)
Samit Basu, Turbulence (2012)
–. Resistance (2014)
Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility (2017)
Sebastian Berger, The Social Costs of Neoliberalism: Essays on the Economics of K. William Kapp (2017)
Hassan Blasim, The Madman of Freedom Square (2009)
Olivier Bocquet and Jean-Marc Rochette, Snowpiercer 3: Terminus (2016)
Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene: The Earth, History and Us (2013)
Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006)
Eric Brown, Penumbra (1999)
Ken Bruen, Purgatory (2013)
Kenneth Bulmer, ed., New Writing in SF 29 (1976)
Daisy Butcher, ed., Evil Roots: Killer Tales of the Botanical Gothic (2019)
Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979)

Pedro Cabiya, Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel (2016)
Bill Campbell, David Brame and Damian Duffy, Baaaaad Muthaz, volume one (2019)
Ramsey Campbell, The Influence (1988)
–. Obsession (1985)
John Carnell, ed., New Writings in SF 3 (1964)
–. New Writings in SF 4 (1965)
–. New Writings in SF 5 (1965)
–. New Writings in SF 6 (1965)
–. New Writings in SF 7 (1966)
Arthur C. Clarke, The Deep Range (1957)
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman (2015)
Stanley Cohen, States of Denial: Knowing about Atrocities and Suffering (2001)
Carlo Collodi, The Adventures of Pinocchio (1883)
James S.A. Corey, Cibola Burn (2014)
–. Nemesis Games (2015)
Clive and Dirk Cussler, Arctic Drift (2008)

Didier Daeninckx, Murder in Memoriam (1984)
William Davies, ed., Economic Science Fictions (2018)
Anthony Del Col, Jahnoy Lindsay and Ian Herring, Luke Cage: Everyman (2018)
Damian Duffy and John Jennings, Octavia Butler’s Kindred (2017)
Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers (1844)

Esi Edugyan, Washington Black (2018)
George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871-72)
Erle C. Ellis, Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction (2018)
Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport (2019)
Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, This is How You Lose the Tie War (2019)
Frederik Engels, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (1880)
Bernadine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other (2019)

Michel Fabre and Robert F Skinner, eds, Conversations with Chester Himes (1995)
Brian Fagan, The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present and Future of Rising Sea Levels (2013)
Christa Faust, Gary Phillips and Andrea Camerini, Peepland (2017)
Jennifer Fay, Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene (2018)
Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, volume one (2017)
Mark Fisher, k-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher (2004–2016) (2018)
–. The Weird and the Eerie (2016)
Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon, 1636: The Vatican Sanction (2017)
Eric Flint and Alistair Kimble, Iron Angels (2017)
Eric Flint, Gorg Huff and Paula Goodlett, The Alexander Inheritance (2017)
Philip S. Foner and Alexis Buss, eds, The Letters of Joe Hill (2015)
Seshu Foster, Atomik Aztex (2005)
Carl Freedman, ed., Conversations with Isaac Asimov (2005)
–., ed., Conversations with Ursula K. Le Guin (2008)
Max Frisch, Man in the Holocene (1979)

Jostein Gaarder, The World According to Anna (2013)
Maggie Gee, The Flood (2004)
Steve Gerber et al., The Man-Thing: The Complete Collection, volume 1 (1970–74)
–. The Man-Thing: The Complete Collection, volume 2 (1974)
Amitav Ghosh, The Circle of Reason (1986)
–. The Calcutta Chromosome (1996)
–. The Glass Palace (2000)
–. The Hungry Tide (2004)
–. Sea of Poppies (2008)
–. River of Smoke (2011)
–. Flood of Fire (2015)
–. The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016)
–. Gun Island (2019)
Axel Goodbody and Adeline Johns-Putra, eds, Cli-Fi: A Companion (2019)
Greg Grandin, The Empire of Necessity: The Untold History of a Slave Rebellion in the Age of Liberty (2014)
Boris Groys, ed., Russian Cosmism (2018)

Paul Hawken, Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins, Natural Capitalism: The Next Industrial Revolution (1999)
Arthur Herzog, Heat (1977)
Elina Hirvonen, When Time Runs Out (2015)
Jack Halberstam, Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (2018)
Clive Hamilton, Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change (2010)
Frances Hardinge, The Lie Tree (2015)
Thomas Hardy, The Woodlanders (1877)
Aleksander Hemon, The Making of Zombie Wars (2015)
Chester Himes, The Third Generation (1954)
Philip Hoare, Leviathan or, The Whale (2008)
Mike Hodges, Bait, Grist and Security (2018)
Yeon-Sik Hong, Uncomfortably Happily (2012)
Saad Z. Hossain, Escape from Baghdad! (2012)

Rita Indiana, Tentacle (2015)
Simon Ings, The Weight of Numbers (2006)
Emmi Itäranta, Memory of Water (2012)

Marlon James, The Book of Night Women (2009)
Daisy Johnson, Fen (2016)
Stephen Graham Jones, Mongrels (2016)

William Melvin Kelley, A Different Drummer (1962)
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Red Tree (2009)
Paul Kingsnorth, Beast (2016)
–. Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist (2017)
–. One No, Many Yeses: A Journey to the Heart of the Global Resistance Movement (2003)
–. Real England: The Battle Against the Bland (2008)
Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behaviour (2012)
Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal, Robot… (2011)
Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle 1: A Death in the Family (2009)
–. My Struggle 2: A Man in Love (2009)
–. My Struggle 3: Boyhood Island (2010)
–. My Struggle 4: Dancing in the Dark (2010)
Eduardo Kohn, How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human (2013)
Mary Robinette Kowal, The Calculating Stars (2018)

Larissa Lai, The Tiger Flu (2018)
Joe R. Lansdale, The Elephant in the Room (2019)
Bruno Latour, Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climate Regime (2017)
Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams, eds, The People’s Future of the United States (2019)
Ann Leckie, Provenance (2017)
Dennis Lee, Civil Elegies and Other Poems (1972)
Benjamin LeGrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, Snowpiercer 2: The Explorers (1999–2000)
Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, Snowpiercer 1: The Escape (1982)
Jeff Loveness and Brian Kessinger, Groot (2015)
Roger Luckhurst, Alien (2014)

Gregory McDonald, Snatched (1980)
–. Safekeeping (1985)
Richard McGuire, Here (2014)
Kristi McKim, Cinema as Weather: Stylistic Screens and Atmospheric Change (2013)
Pierre Macherey, A Theory of Literary Production (1966)
Sophie Mackintosh, The Water Cure (2018)
Ken MacLeod, Newton’s Wake (2004)
Nick Mamatas, I Am Providence (2016)
Bill Mantlo, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, et al., Rocket Raccoon and Groot: Complete Collection (1959–2013)
James Vance Marshall, Walkabout (1959)
Richard Matheson, Someone is Bleeding (1953)
–. Fury on Sunday (1953)
–. Ride the Nightmare (1959)
Farah Mendlesohn, The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein (2019)
Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor, eds, Anthropocene Readings: Literary History in Geologic Times (2017)
Jim Miller, Flash: A Novel (2010)
Wu Ming, Altai (2009)
Philip Mirowski and Dieter Plehwe, eds, The Road from Mont Pelerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective (2015)
Pankaj Mishra, Age of Anger: A History of the Present (2017)
Rosa Montero, Tears in Rain (2011)
Alan Moore, Stephen Bisette and John Totleben, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book one (1983–84)
Alan Moore, Stephen Bisette and John Totleben, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book two (1984–85)
Alan Moore, Stephen Bisette and John Totleben, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book three (1985)
Alan Moore, Stephen Bisette, John Totleben and Stan Woch, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book four (1985–86)
Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, John Totleben and Alfredo Alcala, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book five (1986–87)
Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, John Totleben and Alfredo Alcala, Saga of the Swamp Thing, book six (1987)
Jason W. Moore, ed., Anthropocene or Capitalocene?Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (2016)
James Morrow, The Asylum of Dr Caligari (2017)
Oli Mould, Against Creativity (2018)
Fiona Mozley, Elmet (2017)
Abdelrahman Munif, Cities of Salt (1984)
–. The Trench (1986)
–. Variations on Night and Day (1989)
Haruki Murakami, The Elephant Vanishes (1993)

Fred Nadis, The Man from Mars: Ray Palmer’s Amazing Pulp Journey (2013)
Kim Newman, An English Ghost Story (2014)

Craig Oldham, ed., They Live (2018)

Christian Parenti, Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence (2011)
Adrian Parr, The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change (2013)
Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (2018)
Jamie Peck, Constructions of Neoliberal Reason (2010)
Petrocultures Research Group, After Oil (2016)
Leigh Phillips, Austerity Ecology and the Collapse-Porn Addicts: A Defence of Growth, Progress, Industry and Stuff (2014)
Leigh Phillips and Michael Rozwarski, People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation for Socialism (2019)
Karen Pinkus, Fuel: A Speculative Dictionary (2016)
J Posadas, Flying Saucers, the Process of Matter and Energy, Science, the Revolutionary and Working-Class Struggle and the Socialist Future of Mankind (1968)
Richard Powers, Orfeo (2014)
Vijay Prashed, Red Star Over the Third World (2019)
Robert N. Proctor and Londa Schienbinger, eds, Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance (2008)
Annie Proulx, Barkskins (2013)
Annie Proulx, Barkskins (2013)

Chen Qiufan, Waste Tide (2013)

Laura Redniss, Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (2011)
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things (1997)
–. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017)
Nicholas Royle, The Uncanny (2003)

Hiroshi Sakurazaka, All You Need Is Kill (2004)
George Saunders, Fox 8 (2013)
–. Lincoln in the Bardo (2017)
James C. Scott, Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest State (2017)
Michel Serres, Malfeasance: Appropriation through Pollution (2008)
Andrew Shaffer (with Fin Shepard and April Wexler), How to Survive a Sharknado and other Unnatural Disasters (2014)
Ntozake Shange, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf (1976)
–. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf (1976)
Ali Shaw, The Trees (2016)
Sue Short, Darkness Calls: A Critical Investigation of Neo-Noir (2019)
Georges Simenon, The Stain on the Snow (1948)
–. Maigret and the Dead Girl (1954)
Upton Sinclair, The Flivver King (1937)
Johanna Sinisalo, The Blood of Angels (2011)
Nihad Sirees, The Silence and the Roar (2004)
Quinn Slobodian, Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism (2018)
Ben Smith, Doggerland (2019)
Scott Smith, The Ruins (2006)
Zadie Smith, Swing Time (2016)
Francis Spufford, Red Plenty (2010)
Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. (2017)

J.P. Telotte, Animating the Science Fiction Imagination (2018)
Rupert Thomson, Divided Kingdom (2005)
Tade Thompson, The Rosewater Insurrection (2019)
Lavie Tidhar, The Vanishing Kind (2018)
Samo Tomšič, The Capitalist Unconscious: Marx and Lacan (2015)
Duncan Tonatiuh, Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight (2018)
Ilija Trojanow, The Lamentations of Zeno (2011)
Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan and Nils Bubandt, eds, Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghost and Monsters (2017)
Antti Tuomainen, The Healer (2010)

John Updike, Rabbit, Run (1960)

Catherynne M. Valente, The Refrigerator Monologues (2017)
Juan Gabriel Vásquez, The Sound of Things Falling (2011)
Jules Verne, Backwards to Britain (1989)
–. Robur the Conqueror (1886)
Sherryl Vint, Science Fiction: The Essential Knowledge (2020)
William T. Vollmann, No Immediate Danger: Volume One of Carbon Ideologies (2018)

Howard Waldrop, Horse of a Different Color: Stories (2013)
David F. Walker, Guillermo Sanna and Marcio Menyz, Luke Cage: Caged! (2018)
Edgar Wallace, The Green Rust (1919)
Rosie Warren, ed., Salvage 7: Towards the Proletarocene (2019)
Mike Wayne, Marxism Goes to the Movies (2020)
Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson, Nestor Redondo, The Bronze Age Swamp Thing, volume one (1973–74)
Andy Weir, Artemis (2017)
Harald Welzer, Climate Wars: Why People Will Be Killed in the 21st Century (2008)
Tommy Wieringa, These Are the Names (2012)
G. Willow Wilson, The Bird King (2019)
G. Willow Wilson, et al, Ms. Marvel, volume one: No Normal (2013–14)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume two: Generation Why (2014)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume three; Crushed (2014)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume four: Last Days (2014)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume five: Super Famous (2015)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume six: Civil War II (2015)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume seven: Damage Per Second (2015)
–. Ms. Marvel, volume eight: Mecca (2015)
Ariel S. Winter, The Twenty-Year Death: Malniveau Prison (2014)
–. The Twenty-Year Death: The Falling Star (2014)
–. The Twenty-Year Death: Police at the Funeral (2014)
Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World (2015)
Matthew J Wolf-Meyer, Theory for the World to Come: Speculative Fiction and Apocalyptic Anthropology (2019)

George M Young, The Russian Cosmists: The Esoteric Futurism of Nikolai Fedorov and His Followers (2012)
Lidia Yuknavitch, The Book of Joan (2017)
Kathryn Yusoff, A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None (2018)

Jan Zalasiewicz, The Earth After Us: What Legacy Will Humans Leave in the Rocks? (2008)
Leni Zumas, Red Clocks (2018)

Some unexpected praise for Martin Amis

51E21ChU8mL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_I am no fan of Martin Amis, but kudos for the truly incredible piece of confessional writing that is his 2011 intro to Ballard’s THE DROWNED WORLD, which goes: I don’t understand sf, I don’t understand Ballard, I don’t understand this novel, I don’t understand climate science, I don’t understand DeLillo (but I do have a crush on him), I don’t understand introductions, and I’m less than 100% on the placement of commas, but I do understand I get paid the same if I pad this out with long quotes, and I do understand spoilers – and to prove it I’ll end with a really big one:

The Tower of Babel: a guide for wall-builders, border-champions and their ilk

91blanq0xbl“You must know that the houses of Constantinople were built by mixed teams of workers. The reason is clear to see. Turkish carpenters are very good at working and sawing wood, but they can’t carve stone. And a house without a stone foundation is an unstable house. That’s why we turn to Armenian, Greek, and Arab stonecutters. So some of the people dig the foundation: the others build the upper stories and the roof. … Of course, you know the Bible story of the Tower of Babel. Well, many people think the Lord scattered the tongues of men to punish them, but it’s exactly the opposite. He saw that uniformity made them proud, dedicated to enterprises as excessive as they were useless. Then he realized that humanity needed a corrective ad he made us the gift of differences. So the masons, of different customs and faiths, have to find a modus vivendi that allows them to conclude their construction of the building. And for that you need not a conceded, flaunted tolerance, like the tolerance of the powerful, but an experienced tolerance, lived out every day, lived with the awareness that if it is lost, the house will fall down and you will be left without shelter.”

from Wu Ming, Altai (London: Verso, 2103), p.73.

My top 31 books of 2018

This year I have read 258 books, 234 for the first time. Of those 234, these are my top 31 books of 2018

61kUJty1grL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Novels
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace (1869)
Thomas Mann, The Magic Mountain (1924)
Richard Powers, The Overstory (2018)
George Eliot, Felix Holt: The Radical (1866)
Sesshu Foster, Atomik Aztex (2005)
Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake (2013)
Luther Blissett, Q (2000)
Kim Stanley Robinson, New York 2140 (2017)
Hari Kunzru, White Tears (2017)
Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl (2012)
Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach (2000)Screen_Shot_2018-07-26_at_11.56.41
Carola Dibbell, The Only Ones (2015)
Paul Kingsnorth, Beast (2016)
William T. Vollmann, The Royal Family (2000)

Novellas
Roy De Carava and Langston Hughes, The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955)
Tade Thompson, The Murders of Molly Southbourne (2017)
Stephen Graham Jones, Mapping the Interior (2017)81cOosPO8-L

Comics
Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese (2006)
Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew, The Shadow Hero (2014)

Poetry
Danez Smith, Don’t Call Us Dead (2017)

 Non-fiction
Andrea Gibbons, City of Segregation: One Hundred Years of Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles (2018)
Annie McClanahan, Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and Twenty-First-Century Culture (2017)51TBLRhw+5L
Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World (2001)
CLR James, Beyond a Boundary (1963)
Anindita Bannerjee and Sonja Fritzsche, eds, Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East (2018)
Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016)
Allyson Nadia Field, Jan-Christopher Norak and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, eds, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (2015)
Roger Luckhurst, The Mummy’s Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy (2012)
David McNally, Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism (2011)
Mark C. Jerng, Racial Worldmaking: The Power of Popular Fiction (2018)
Louis Chude-Sakei, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (2016))

For anyone intereseted, here is the full list
James Agee and Walker Evans, Cotton Tenants: Three Families (2013)
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010)
Sherman Alexie, Flight (2008)
Zainab Amadahy, Resistance (2013)
Jonathan Ames, You Were Never Really Here (2013)
Stephen Amidon, Human Capital (2004)
Isaac Asimov, Asimov’s Mysteries (1967)
Margaret Atwood, Payback: Debt and the Shadowside of Wealth (2008)
Jane Austen, Persuasion (1817)

JG Ballard, High-Rise (1975)
–. Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, An Autobiography (2008)
Anindita Bannerjee and Sonja Fritzsche, eds, Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East (2018)
Andy Beckett and Roger Luckhurst, The Disruption (2018)
Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street (2007)
Madison Smartt Bell, Waiting for the End of the World (1985)
Luther Blissett, Q (2000)
Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man (1952)
–. Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847)
Gwendolyn Brooks, In the Mecca (1968)
Wendy Brown, Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (2015)
Tobias S. Buckell, Arctic Rising (2012)
–. Hurrican Warning (2014)
Edward Bunker, Mr Blue: Memoirs of a Renegade (1999)
Octavia E. Butler, Fledgling (2005)
Monica Byrne, The Girl in the Road (2016)

Ramsey Campbell, The Nameless (1981)
John Carnell, ed., New Writings in SF 1 (1964)
–, New Writings in SF 2 (1964)
Angela Carter, Several Perceptions (1968)
–. Love (1971)
–. Fireworks (1974)
–. Black Venus (1985)
Erica Cazdyn, The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture, and Illness (2012)
Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union (2007)
Peter Chapman, Jungle Capitalists: A Story of Globalisation, Greed and Revolution (2007)
Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen, eds, Evil Empire: A Reckoning with Power (2018)
Paolo Cherchi Usai, The Death of Cinema: History, Cultural Memory and the Digital Dark Age (2001)
Brigid Cherry, Horror (2009)
Wesley Chu, The Lives of Tao (2013)
–. The Deaths of Tao (2014)
–. The Rebirths of Tao (2015)
Louis Chude-Sakei, The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics (2016))
Daniel and James Clarke, Kariba (2018)
James S.A. Corey, Leviathan Wakes (2011)
–. Caliban’s War (2012)
–. Abaddon’s Gate (2013)
André Couvreur, Une Invasion des Macrobes/An Invasion of Macrobes (1909)
Alex Cox, 10,000 Ways to Die: A Director’s Take on the Spaghetti Western (2009)
Jim Crace, Continent (1986)
Paul Crosshwaite, Peter Knight and Nicky Marsh, eds, Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present (2014)

Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves (2000)
Edwidge Danticat, Claire of the Sea Light (2013)
Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World (2001)
Ashley Dawson, Extinction: A Radical History (2016)
Roy De Carava and Langston Hughes, The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955)
Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis (2003)
Eça de Queríoz and Ramalho Ortígão, The Mystery of the Sintra Road (1870)
Carola Dibbell, The Only Ones (2015)
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Cédric Durand, Fictitious Capital: How Finance Is Appropriating Our Future (2014)

Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2017)
Junius Edwards, If We Must Die (1963)
George Alec Effinger, The Nick of Time (1985)
–. The Bird of Time (1986)
David Eggers, The Circle (2013)
George Eliot, Felix Holt: The Radical (1866)
JG Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur (1973)
Jack Fennell, ed., A Brilliant Void: A Selection of Classic Irish Science Fiction (2018)
Allyson Nadia Field, Jan-Christopher Norak and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, eds, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (2015)
Eric Flint, 1636: The Ottoman Onslaught (2017)
Eric Flint and Griffin Barber, 1636: Mission to the Mughals (2017)
Eric Flint and Walter H. Hunt, 1636: The Cardinal Virtues (2015)
John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff, The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (2009)
Sesshu Foster, Atomik Aztex (2005)
Karen Joy Fowler, The Science of Herself, Plus… (2013)
–. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (2013)
Matthew Freeman, Historicising Transmedia Storytelling: Early Twentieth-Century Transmedia Storyworlds (2017)

John Gardner, Grendel (1971)
Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tide (2004)
–. The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (2016)
–. The Shadow Lines (1988)
Andrea Gibbons, City of Segregation: One Hundred Years of Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles (2018)
Ryan Gilbey, It Don’t Worry Me: Nashville, Jaws, Star Wars and Beyond (2004)
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On re-reading Lord of the Rings for the first time in 35 years, part one

The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring_coverBlimey, the idiocy of rural life.

Blimey, the misogyny of rural life.

Blimey, Tom Bombadil. What a twat.

Blimey, this is pedestrian. And I don’t just mean all the walking.

Blimey, these elves are even more insufferable than I remembered.

Blimey, Gandalf’s dead. Or is he?

Blimey, these elves are even more insufferable than the last lot.

So Rivendell is Granta and Lorién The New Yorker?

Jajajajajajaja. Wetwang.

Blimey, Orcs shoot bows the way Imperial Stormtroopers fire blasters.

Blimey, that Boromir’s a wrong ’un.

Well, that whole fellowship thing didn’t last long, did it?

 

(For my last adventure in rereading Tolkien, start here, though this is the best of those posts.)