Number 6. Isabel Greenberg – The One Hundred Nights of Hero.
When I was young, I was a HUGE mythology fan, probably my favourite aspect was how one action has its consequences on other mythological characters in the future. It’s nice to know that there are some authors who believe in the power of the myth. Isabel Greenberg’s The Hundred Nights of Hero fulfills that.
This graphic novel is a companion to Greenberg’s previous work, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth. There are some of the same characters but this time the details in the first novel are expanded upon. Once again Greenberg deftly creates multiple layers of plotlines and ties them up cleverly. With such a distinctive world being constructed, I can’t wait to see what her next move will be. Full review here.
Number 5. George Saunders – Lincoln in the Bardo.
George Saunders first novel is brilliant: Abraham Lincoln’s son dies and the soul is trapped in the Bardo and has to wait til his dad accepts his death til he can move on to heaven.
This is a story that encapsulates a plethora of emotions from grief to laughter, told as a series of conversational snippets between the lost souls of the Bardo interspersed with chunks of trivia about Abraham Lincoln, this novel is the ultimate unique reading experience. Review here.