Reflecting back on your year of reading, what were your favorite books of 2017?
A few ground rules for this thread:
Please include a few sentences about the work in question, what you liked about it, etc. These kind of lists are all about context.
I’m going to say your top five books as a starting point, but if you felt strongly about more or less than five, go for it.
Do comics count as books?
Do they have to have been published in 2017?
Ok, I’ll start us off:
The Paper Managerie, Ken Liu
Excellent collection of short stories. Various genres but leans towards sci-fi, playful and poetic prose.
My favorite quote from the book:
"I tried to put the feeling into words: ‘It’s like a gentle kitten is licking the inside of my heart’ "
-Mono No Aware
17776: What Football will look like in the Future, Jon Bois
Web based science fiction made up of youtube video, gifs, and text. In the distant future, sentient satellites watch humans playing football and speculate about what humanity has become. Very fun and humorous read.
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, Sonny Liew
The biography of a cartoonist from Singapore in comic book form, very intricate and beautiful in both story and art. After reading the book I found out the cartoonist was completely fictional and I was doubly impressed by this.
Children of Time, Adrian Tchaikovsky
Science fiction story with a dual narrative that follows a rapidly evolving alien civilization and a space ship ark with the last of humanity. This book continued to pleasantly surprise me until the very end so I won’t say more about the plot.
5)Monstress vol 1 and 2, Marjorie Liu. Volume two of this comic series impressed me so much, love the artwork and how the story has evolved. It follows a young woman who has been infected? possessed? by an eldrich god. There are living gods, dead gods, children of gods everywhere, it’s a complex pantheon that is slowly dished out to the reader.
Plus there are talking cats that apparently can raise the dead.
That’s it, hope this topic works, my first time trying this on this forum.