The Best of Books, 2009–2010

This almost slipped by me. As 2009 drew to a close, The New York Times post­ed two annu­al lists. First, its list of 100 Notable Books and then its 10 Best Books of 2009. 5 Fic­tion. 5 Non­fic­tion. It’s a pret­ty good dis­til­la­tion of the bet­ter works pub­lished last year. But enough about ’09. What’s com­ing in 2010? The Mil­lions has pre­viewed the most antic­i­pat­ed books (all fic­tion) set for pub­li­ca­tion this year.

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  • Christiana Dupree says:

    The New York Times final­ly got it right. I just read “The Liq­uid City” by Cur­tis J Hopfen­beck and it was tout­ed to be…funny, smart, sus­pense­ful and uplift­ing. The wit­ti­est and most com­pelling sto­ry-telling and char­ac­ter devel­op­ment I’ve read in years. As a woman, I final­ly got a chance to laugh, cry and fall in love all in the same book. As far as I’m con­cerned, The Liq­uid City is the best book of the decade! And the author is equal­ly as compelling…Wink! Wink!

  • I agree whole-heart­ed­ly. The Liq­uid City by Cur­tis J Hopfen­beck was the most fun I’ve had read­ing a book in decades. Just when I thought all the great Amer­i­can Humorists were deceased, Hopfen­beck gives me faith once more in the lit­er­ary regen­er­a­tion that is Fic­tion. If you love smart, fun­ny, tough, fast-paced fic­tion then this is the best book you’ll ever read. Final­ly, a book that isn’t about vio­lence, human woe or vam­pires. Just an extreme­ly well-writ­ten ride down the humor/mystery avenue! This is one time when the crit­ics are cor­rect… The Liq­uid City is the best fic­tion of the year!

  • FarClaire says:

    There is much praise for Liq­uid City to be found online. On the strength of this, I ordered some sam­ple chap­ters from Ama­zon … and was aghast at how bad the writ­ing was. This seems to be a ter­ri­ble book, bad­ly writ­ten, cliched and clum­sy. So what gives? I sus­pect the author is engaged in writ­ing as many words in sup­port of his hor­ri­ble book as he used to pen it.

  • FarClaire says:

    Oh yes, re: the above com­ment, none of the author’s cita­tions checks out, either — GQ, NYT etc. A sil­ly con job, I fear

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