Sunday, June 22, 2008

The New Classic Books

Entertainment Weekly created their list of The 100 Best Books from 1983 to 2008. Using just their choices, here's my top six:
  1. The Road , Cormac McCarthy (2006)
  2. Mystic River, Dennis Lehane (2001)
  3. The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown (2003)
  4. On Writing, Stephen King (2000)
  5. Clockers, Richard Price (1992)
  6. Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (1986-87)
Wow. That's pretty bad, I guess. I've only read six out of EW's top 100. So I have to ask, where is Charlie Huston's Hank Thompson Trilogy? How about Dirty White Boys by Stephen Hunter? LA Rex by Will Beal? Cain by James Byron Huggins? Critical Space by Greg Rucka? The Blonde by Duane Swiercznski? And don't get me started on graphic novels: The Dark Knight Returns by Miller and Janson -- Batman: Year One by Miller and Mazzucchelli -- The Punisher graphic novels by Grant, Zeck and Beatty...


Rob Smith, Jr. said...

Certainly near the top of that 100 would have been Michener's last book, if he had lived to finish it, the sprawling tale of success, love and tragedy in Duckville, 'The Life of Baby Huey'.

... I understand this last book was a sequel to 'Centennial'...

...Apparently Michener was inspired by Capote, who had started to write a similar book about 'Little Quacker'. Half way through he decided to refocus the book and it became 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'.

Anonymous said...

thanx 4 sharing myy fellow soldier,peace CRAIG!