All Reviewed Novels
94Beloved by Toni Morrison
Sethe – a woman who escaped slavery by crossing the Ohio River barefoot with a newborn child in her arms – lives with her daughter in an old house in Cincinnati, years after the Civil War. When another former slave from the same, Kentucky plantation shows up at her door, soon followed by a distraught and lonely girl escaping an unknown danger, Sethe’s story is fully revealed in all of its horror and spleandor.
93The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
A Southern family, once wealthy and respected by their town, drives itself into financial and moral ruin. Led by an abusive, hypochondriac mother and her spiteful youngest son, the family tries to redirect the course of their inevitable demise. Their rigid morals and stubbornness only bury them deeper.
92Death in Spring by Mercè Rodoreda
In a village secluded in the mountains, a young boy confronts the bizarre rituals of his society. He is aware of its cruelty and obsession with suffering, but it is all he has, and will, ever know.
91Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Blood Meridian is a harrowing, violent tale of a boy who joins a band of mercenaries hired to hunt and kill Apache Indians in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. It is an epic novel conceived from historical memoirs that will haunt and inspire us both in its horror and in its beauty for ages to come.
88The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
The Broken Earth #3
In the final book of the Broken Earth Trilogy, Essun realizes that her daughter seeks to destroy the Earth to end the endless suffering of Schaffa, the Stone Eaters, and all humanity. Essun rushes across the world to stop her, but Nassun refuses to listen to the woman that left her all alone in this cruel world.
86Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
After an unexpected divorce with his wife, the narrator moves into his friend's mountain home to get away from the city. He quits his mundane job as a portrait painter and decides to pursue his own artistic passions. He soon comes across a powerful painting in the attic of the house that kicks off a mysterious series of events.
85The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness is a wonderfully dense novel with layers and layers of beautifully imaginative landscapes, poignant social commentaries and political intrigue.
84Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
Janina Duszejko lives in a small Polish town on the border with the Czech Republic. She finds her neighbor dead in his home, having choked on a chicken bone. But a series of murders of well-known, local hunters occurs, and Janina believes them to be a form of retribution.
84The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov is an immense novel that takes place in an unfamiliar 19th century Russian countryside. But if the 21st century reader makes the effort to dive into its historical context and Dostoevsky's tough writing, a remarkable story emerges that explores the ethical and moral questions of injustice, hatred, love, and the fundamentals of human nature.
83Gasoline by Quim Monzó
Heribert is an established artist who can't seem to find his drive in life. His days revolve around romantic flings – even though he's married to his wife Helena – and exploring the bizarre depths of his own imagination. Monzó’s writing is comical and thought-provoking, creating an unconventional novel that's a pleasure to read and a great addition to his vast array of stories.
82Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Stormlight Archive #3
Odium, the god of passion, leads an army of Parshendi to lay siege to Roshar. Dalinar Kholin must unite the kingdoms under a new order of Knights Radiant before their cities are captured. But he is plagued by his past mistakes, and he must come to terms with them and save himself before he can save others.
82Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Stormlight Archive #2
Kaladin has saved Bridge Four from the clutches of Torol Sadaes’s bridge runs. Dalinar begins to have visions from the Almighty warning him of an impending Desolation. Shallan must make her way to the Shattered Plains while coming to terms with her past and discovering her powers.
82The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Stormlight Archive #1
The world's guardians have left humanity to petty rivalries and deceit. Highprince Dalinar Kholin must unite his kingdom before the Voidbringers return. Kaladin must escape slavery and find his true calling. Shallan must save her house from ruin while discovering the truth of the world and what is to come.
81Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
David Mitchell's masterful storytelling and control of language produced a shockingly innovative novel, filled with wisdom, suspense and creativity.
80The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
The Broken Earth #2
In the second installment of N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy, a Fifth Season descends on the Stillness. Essun must defend her comm from a siege while her daughter, far across the continent, must discover the extent of her innate power.
80Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
Different moments in time hang in space like sheets, like screens lit up by one moment; the world is made up of these frozen moments, great meta-images, and we just hop from one to the next.
79Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Hyperion Cantos #1
Hyperion is an intricate space opera that manages to blend detailed character development with an epic storyline. Through stories told from an array of characters, Simmons weaves a complex universe for a satisfying adventure.
78A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly is a somber narrative that looks into the psychological and socioeconomic effects of drug addiction. Although the story itself falls somewhere on the spectrum between crime and science fiction, how drug abuse affects cognition, perception and ultimately the well-being its users is the focal point of the novel.
76Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
Asymmetry is a flurry of beautiful, comical, and somber ideas that are bound together by a mysterious force the reader must come to discover. Lisa Halliday’s debut novel sidesteps the structural norms of conventional fiction and delivers a thoughtful journey that is elegantly composed.
72The Hand of Oberon by Roger Zelazny
The Chronicles of Amber #4
In the fourth book of the Chronicles of Amber, Corwin looks to thwart his sibling’s plots to redraw the Pattern and remake Amber in his or her own image.
70Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven is a modest speculation on the way culture would transform after a pandemic eradicates the majority of human population.