Saturday, December 6, 2014

Steph's Amazing, Spectactular, Superlative, 2014 Book List Extravangaza!

In the spirit of the seven million end-of-the-year booklists currently circulating on and off the internet, I felt inclined to add to the noise and create my own. So here you go- I present to you, Steph Post's Most Important, Highly Essential, 2014 List of Books Extraordinaire...

(Note: Most of these books are already on actual, notable book lists, but that should make these awards no less important...)

Ryan Bradley's WINTERSWIM- Book most likely to be read by angry polar bears. Also, book most likely to kill you if dropped on your head (when frozen into a block of ice, as seen above).

Anthony Breznican's BRUTAL YOUTH- Best totemic imagery (I'm talking baby sharks in jars, people). Special award for characters most likely to stay with you long after you've finished reading.

Taylor Brown's IN THE SEASON OF BLOOD AND GOLD- Book most likely to renew your faith in the power of short stories. Monumental award for Best Short Story of the year for "Sin Eaters" as well.

Eric Shonkwiler's ABOVE ALL MEN- Best use of risk-taking dialogue.

Smith Henderson's FOURTH OF JULY CREEK- Best use of word re-appropriation. (Wyoming, oh Wyoming....)

Leonard Chang's TRIPLINES- Best use of a single line to convey the heartache of an entire story ("You killed my tree.")

Nayomi Munaweera's ISLAND OF A THOUSAND MIRRORS- Book most likely to break your heart and then put it back together again.

Tom Bouman's DRY BONES IN THE VALLEY- Best use of setting to create theme. Also, book most likely to convince you to make a squirrel pie.

Scott Cheshire's HIGH AS THE HORSES' BRIDLES- Best opening and closing scenes. Special award for best Star Wars reference.

Schuler Benson's THE POOR MAN'S GUIDE TO AN AFFORDABLE, PAINLESS SUICIDE- Best book design. Special award for a story with a Popple in a meth lab.

Sheldon Lee Compton's WHERE ALLIGATORS SLEEP- Best exhibition of honest, brutal, punch-you-in-the-face writing.

Matthew Gavin Frank's PREPARING THE GHOST- Best arrangement of bizarre topics that make perfect sense together. Also, book most likely to make you never, never eat calamari again.

Will Chancellor's A BRAVE MAN SEVEN STOREYS TALL- Book most likely to cause you to see the world differently. Special award for influencing me to research mythology.

Honorable mentions go to Will Boast's EPILOUGE and Mira Jacob's THE SLEEPWALKER'S GUIDE TO DANCING for being incredible debuts that I am currently in the process of reviewing.

The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Sam Kean for making me love science and whose TALE OF THE DUELING NEUROSURGENS is the Book most likely to make your jaw drop. 

Now that, my friends, is a book list. If you haven't read these gems, do so. Do so now. And always, review and spread the word....

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