Sunday, December 13, 2015

2015: A Year in Reviews

This year was stacked with some exceptional books, and below is a compilation of all the reviews I've put out there in 2015. This was a notable year for me in that I've started to expand my CV with some new publications, both in print and online. I'm particularly proud of the seven reviews I ran with Rain Taxi and the New Orleans Review, and intend to continue contributing to them in 2016. I am also very pleased to have transitioned from the now-defunct Contemporary Literature page to the far more stylish Run Spot Run and am thrilled to be a part of that crew. A lot of great reviews run there and they absolutely deserves a bookmark. Still, I'm consistently on the lookout for more outfits to write for, so if anyone has any recommendations please feel free to get in touch.

The below list is forty-five titles, and (of course) only features those books I've written about. Other notable reads of the year for me have been Between the World and Me, Lila, and over the summer I spent three wonderful weeks with The Count of Monte Cristo. Please take a look below and I hope you find something you like.

Originally appeared in the New Orleans Review:

Douglas Coupland, Kitten Clone
Carlos Gamerro, The Adventure of the Busts of Eva Peron
Michael Joyce, Foucault, in Winter, in the Linneaus Garden (forthcoming)

Originally appeared in Rain Taxi Review of Books:

Masahiko Matsumoto, The Man Next Door (Volume 20, Number 1, print edition only)
Alejandro Zambra, My Documents (Volume 20, Number 2, online edition)
Anders Nilsen, Poetry is Useless (Volume 20, Number 3, print edition only)
Jiří Karásek ze Lvovic, A Gothic Soul (Volume 20, Number 4, online edition [forthcoming])

Originally appeared on Run Spot Run, April - December 2015, and Contemporary Literature, from January - March 2015

Five stars:

Ludmila Ulitskaya, The Big Green Tent (forthcoming)
Adrian Tomine, Killing and Dying
Amitav Ghosh, Flood of Fire
John Banville, The Blue Guitar
David McCullough, The Wright Brothers
Tom McCarthy, Satin Island
Will Self, Shark
Ander Monson, Letter to a Future Lover

Four stars:

Paul Murray, The Mark and the Void
Julian Barnes, Keeping an Eye Open
Steve Toltz, Quicksand
Jesse Ball, A Cure for Suicide
Tadao Tsuge, Trash Market

Three stars:

Salman Rushdie, Two Years, Eight Moths and Twenty-Eight Nights
Patrick Modiano, So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood
Andrew O'Hagan, The Illuminations
Haruki Murakami, Wind/Pinball
Milan Kundera, The Festival of Insignificance
Mikhail Shishkin, The Light and the Dark
Sarah Hall, The Wolf Border
Anne Enright, The Green Road
Edward St. Aubyn, On the Edge
Ali Smith, How To Be Both

Two stars:

Edward St. Aubyn, A Clue to the Exit (forthcoming)
Umberto Eco, Numero Zero
Vladimir Sorokin, The Blizzard
Jonathan Franzen, Purity
Joshua Cohen, Book of Numbers
Mark Z. Danielewski, The Familiar
Toni Morrison, God Help the Child
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant
Peter Buwalda, Bonita Avenue
Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning
Mo Yan, Frog
Yu Hua, The Seventh Day

One star:

Jeanette Winterson, The Gap of Time
Margaret Atwood, The Heart Goes Last
Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, Hans Ulrich Obrist, The Age of Earthquakes

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