Monday, November 17, 2014

Kirkus hath spoken: the best fiction books of 2014 -- Part 3 in this year's "best of books" lists

Kirkus has gone all out with its version of the best of the year, offering its readers 100 books it has deemed "best fiction books of 2014."  Here's the full list, in alphabetical order.  Note: Euphoria, by Lily King, won the Kirkus Prize this year. Evidently, I'm reading all of the wrong books.

1. The Fever, by Megan Abbott
2. An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabih Alameddine
3. Song of the Shank, by Jeffery Renard Allen
4. Steles of the Sky, by Elizabeth Bear
5. Broken Monsters, by Lauren Beukes
6. The Bones Beneath, by Mark Billingham
7. Do or Die, by Suzanne Brockman
8. Night Heron, by Adam Brooks
9. The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton
10. One Kick, by Chelsea Cain

11. A Brave Man Seven Storeys Tall, by Will Chancellor
12. The Author and Me, by Eric Chevillard
13.  Monday,Monday, by Elizabeth Crook
14. Romancing the Duke, by Tessa Dare
15. Wolf in White Van, by John Darnielle
16. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
17. The Wilds, by Julia Elliott
18. Hiding in Plain Sight, by Nurudin Farrah
19.Kill My Mother, by Jules Feiffer
20. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, by Elena Farrante

21.  All I  Love and Know, by Judith Frank
22. The Secret Place, by Tana French
23.  The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith
24.  American Innovations: Stories, by Rivka Galchen
25.  The Stories of Jane Gardam, by Jane Gardam
26.  An Untamed State, by Roxane Gay
27.  The Word Exchange, by Alena Graedon
28.  Afterparty, by Daryl Gregory
29. The Magician's Land, by Lev Grossman
30. Tigerman, by Nick Harkaway

31.  In Your Dreams, by Kristan Higgans
32.  The Hour of Lead, by Bruce Holbert
33.  The Blazing World, by Siri Hustvedt
34. The Hunting Gun, by Yasushi Inoue
35. The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, by Mira Jacob
36. Three Weeks With Lady X, by Eloisa James
37. The Woman Who Borrowed Memories: Selected Stories of Tove Jansson, by Tove Jansson
38. A Map of Betrayal, by Ha Jin
39. Broadchurch, by Erin Kelly
40.  The Last Illusion, by Porochista Khakpour

41.  Euphoria, by Lily King
42. Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King
43.  Redeployment, by Phil Klay
44. My Struggle: Book Three: Boyhood, by Karl Ove Knaussgard
45. Those Who Wish Me Dead, by Michael Kortya
46. Valour and Vanity, by Mary Robinette Kowal
47. The Moor's Account, by Laila Lalami
48. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, by Sarah MacLean
49.  Bird Box, by Josh Malerman
50.  Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

borrowed from
51.  The Invention of Exile, by Vanessa Manko 
52. The Assassination of Margaret Thacher, by Hilary Mantel
53. The Other Language, by Francesca Marciano
54. The Killer Next Door, by Alex Marwood
55. A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride
56.   Thunderstruck and Other Stories, by Elizabeth McCracken
57.  The Children Act, by Ian McEwan
58. Defenders, by Will McIntosh
59. All Our Names, by Dinaw Mengestu
60.  Accidents of Marriage, by Randy Susan Meyers

61. Mermaids in Paradise, by Lydia Millett
62. The Red Road, by Denise Mina
63. The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
64.  Crown of Renewal, by Elizabeth Moon
65. Arcanum, by Simon Morden
66. The Secret Life of William Shakespeare, by Jude Morgan
67. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
68.  Florence Gordon, by Brian Morton
69. Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, by Alice Munro
70. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami

71.   The Son, by Jo Nesbo
72. Waiting for the Electricty, by Christina Nichol
73. Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyemi
74. Alphabet, by Kathy Page
75.  The Long Way Home, by Louise Penny 
76. Heroes are my Weakness, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
77. Lovers at the Chameleon Club, by Francine Prose
78. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, by Tom Rachman
79. In the Light of What We Know, by Zia Haider Rahman
80.  Lila, by Marilynne Robinson

81. Children of the Revolution, by Peter Robinson
82. The Remedy for Love, by Bill Roorbach
83. Reckless Disregard, by Robert Rotstein
84. Dominion, by CJ Sansom
85. Lock In, by John Scalzi
86. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, by David Shafer
87. Family Life, by Akhil Sharma
88. Shield of Winter, by Nalini Singh
89. How to Be Both, by Ali Smith
90. The Rhesus Chart, by Charles Stross

91. Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories, by Paul Theroux
92. All My Puny Sorrows, by Miriam Toews
93.  Nora Webster, by Colm Toibin
94. Barracuda, by Christos Tsiolkas
95.  The Cold Song, by Linn Ullmann
96.  The Tao of Humiliation, by Lee Upton
97.   Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer
98.  The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters
99. The Martian, by Andy Weir

and whew!

100. Eyrie, by Tim Winton

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