Chuck Palahniuk is one of those writers with such a clear, distinctive voice that a reader hardly needs to see his name on the cover to know a book is his. His bitterly sarcastic, wacky characters are completely unlike anything else out there. Choke reads much like Fight Club. Victor, the main character of Choke isn’t a mirror image of the narrator/Tyler Durden, but he definitely has similar quirks. . . .
Michael Crichton died last week, and the world lost another great writer. Over his long career he published over 20 books, one which will be released posthumously next year. Many of his books were brought to the big screen, including Jurassic Park, Sphere, and most recently The Andromeda Strain. Not only did his books become movies, but he helped make movies. . . .
Ian McEwan is a genius. He is a bestselling author, he has won awards, and no one can deny that his prose is fantastic. His 2001 novel Atonement has recently been turned into an award-winning film. And he’s done it again. In 2007 his novel On Chesil Beach was published and it is just as memorable as his other novels. . . .
Anne Enright’s The Gathering is about family, guilt, alcoholism, love and death. Enright follows the troubles of a large Irish family, specifically 39 year-old Victoria, as they deal with the death of their brother, Liam. Victoria tries to uncover the reasons behind her brother’s suicide, and in the process has to deal with hard truths about her family and childhood. . . .
Battle Royale is a horrifying, bloody, and completely wonderful book. Koushun Takami’s highly controversial, and violent, first novel was translated into English by Yuji Oniki in 2003 and has since seen much success. . . .
Everyone knows the story. It sports numerous adaptations and retellings, its characters have become legendary, and it dwells in the heart of every child who is just a bit reluctant to grow up, or every adult who still clings to the memories of childhood and perhaps would not mind becoming a child once more, given the opportunity. . . .
Finally English speakers can read Roberto Bolaño’s masterpiece novel “The Savage Detectives. Translated into English in 2007 by Natasha Wimmer, “The Savage Detectives” is an epic story spanning two decades and multiple continents. . . .