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Claire Fuller, Our Endless Numbered Days

Highgate, London, November 1985 This morning I found a black-and-white photograph of my father at the back of the bureau drawer. He didn't look like a liar. My mother, Ute, had removed the other pictures of him from the albums she kept...Show More Summary

Kelly Link, Get in Trouble

Kelly Link has been one of my favorite short fiction writers ever since I read her debut collection, Stranger Things Happen, back in 2003. There is something about her fiction that is hard to describe as a common thread, yet when reading...Show More Summary

A few reviewish things for this weekend

Although I only just finished my Best of 2014 posts earlier this week, I already have a couple of books that I'm going to be reviewing this weekend. First up will be Kelly Link's upcoming collection, Get in Trouble, followed by Sait Faik Abas?yan?k's A Useless Man: Selected Stories (it comes out on Tuesday; the Link in early February). Show More Summary

2015 Releases I Plan on Reading and Reviewing

Since the 2014 edition turned out nicely, with an eventual 165 books listed by late December that each received some form of review, I thought I would do something similar (albeit on a likely smaller scale, since I likely won't haveShow More Summary

2015 Goals

Unlike previous years, I aim to make 2015 a simpler year for me in terms of goals. No wait, actually, I'm going to have fewer goals, but these might prove to be very difficult to accomplish.I did fairly well with my goals in 2014. I aimed to read at least 50 books each in Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. Show More Summary

Top 50 releases of 2014: #1-20

Was a bit too busy yesterday to post #11-20, so I decided to combine it all together for the final 20 of 2014. Appropriate anyways, as it would have been very difficult to decide which belonged in which subgroup of ten. The differences between #1 and #20 are miniscule, as each of these are excellent works, featuring many new writers. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Debuts

2014 was a good year for debut novelists. Out of the 26 debut novels/collections that I read this year, 12 made my Top 50 releases of 2014 list, with 6 in the Top 20 (to be posted shortly). Here they are, with brief descriptions:12. David Cronenberg, ConsumedOne of the more unusual, atmospheric novels I've read this year.11. Show More Summary

Luis Leante, Mira si yo te querré

Desde el barracón que hacía las veces de calabozo, el cabo Santiago San Román llevaba todo el día observando un movimiento anormal de tropas. Cuatro metros de anchos por seis de largo, un colchón sobre un somier con cuatro patas, una mesa, una silla, una letrina muy sucia y un grifo. Show More Summary

Xavier Velasco, Diablo Guardián

No lo puedo creer. La última ve que hice esto tenía un sacerdote enfrente. Y tenía una maleta llenísima de dólares, lista para salvarme del Infierno. ¿Sabes, Diablo Guardián? Te sobra cola para sacerdote, y aun así tendría que mentirte para que me absolvieras. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Foreign Language Releases

I read 18 books this year that were published in a language other than English. The majority of these were nominated for prestigious national awards such as the Premio Strega, Premio Alfaguara, Prix Médicis, and the Prix Goncourt. Others were SF anthologies published in Spanish and Portuguese. Show More Summary

Top 50 releases of 2014: #21-30

#41-50#31-40Now that we're getting a little past the halfway point in this Top 50 list, the differences between these novels is shrinking ever more.30. Can Xue, The Last Lover (translated from Chinese by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen)One of the best experimental, surrealist fictions from one of my favorite short story writers.29. Show More Summary

Top 50 releases of 2014: #31-40

#41-50Here's the second grouping of ten for the Top 50 releases of 2014 that I read. It's getting to be a bit harder to rank these, as these are some high-quality works.40. Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing WorldBooker Prize-longlisted story of art and sexism in the industry.39. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Short Story Collections

I read 22 short story collections and anthologies that were published in the US in 2014. Since I only read 6 anthologies and didn't want to do a truncated section with them (as well as there being five stronger single author collections to fill out a Top 5 list), I thought I would note here that there won't be any anthologies on this year's list. Show More Summary

Top 50 releases of 2014: #41-50

For the rest of the year, I'm going to release in groups of ten my Top 50 releases of 2014 that I read. It was tough to reduce 165 reads down to 50 (a great many of these books have been featured on several prominent Best of Year lists), but these works should be of interest to most, if not all, readers.50. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Translated Fictions

I only read twelve 2014 releases that were translations from other languages. Some of these were published prior to 2014 in the UK, but since I am an American citizen, I'll go by US release dates here. It was tough choosing which books to list here, in part because out of the thirteen read, nine were selected for my overall Top 50. Show More Summary

Best of 2014: Most Disappointing/Worst Releases

What better way to kick off covering the year that was (and for a few days, still is) than by listing those few 2014 releases that left me either disappointed or just were that bad? I tend to vet the books I choose to read/review, so there's a lot of mediocre to poor works that are eliminated from consideration before I purchase and/or read them. Show More Summary

Final nine 2014 releases reviewed

Although there were times that I wasn't for sure if I would be able to do it, I've finally managed to write something about each of the 165 books listed on this 2014 releases post. Although these will be barely 100-150 words in comparison...Show More Summary

End of year posting plans

Only a week to go in 2014 and it looks like I will indeed manage to achieve most, if not all, of my 2014 reading/reviewing goals. I'll be starting the Best of 2014 posts in earnest shortly, but for those who are curious about what I'll...Show More Summary

And on the penultimate day before Christmas, ten mini-reviews to delight even anti-squirrelists

Hard to believe, but before the week is over, I will have written something about every single 2014 release that I have listed here. Unfortunately, I haven't had much energy for reviewing at length, reserving that for finishing out the...Show More Summary

Final four foreign language 2014 releases reviewed

I have reviewed more current foreign language works this year (17; not counting pre-2014 releases) than I have in any previous year. These works, published in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian, have included some nominees and winners for major literary awards (Premio Alfaguara, Premio Strega, Prix Médicis). Show More Summary

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