I failed miserably this year to keep up with all the good fiction reads coming out. I was distracted by research reading, my son’s wedding and the urge to be outside in the (short) summer. As a result I missed many good books, alas. The pile of books by my bed is undiminished.
Here are some novels that vastly entertained, intrigued, or in the case of a couple of them, gave me a kick like a mule. The last two are older books. In no particular order:
The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi. Science Fiction.
This wonderful story gives a one-two punch: brilliant milieu combined with taut narration, sharp dialogue and intriguing indirection. Here is Bangkok in a post-oil future, a deliciously intelligent extrapolation. The engine of this story for me is the premise of how genetic disaster and manipulation drive the characters to desperate acts.