It's been a while. This happens to me. About once a year, I stop reading for a month or so. I read newspapers, and sports statistics, and get into the footy finals and stuff like the Olympics and that, and the whole book thing winds down. But, I'll have two new book reviews next week... maybe even three (I'm on a novel, a science book and the Bible all at once).
In the meantime, because nobody asked me to, I'm going to be one of those 'list' people and I'm going to have a stab at my Top 11 novels. I have linked them all to Amazon, just in case you are swept away with interest and feel like buying them for yourselves (but please try to buy them at Readings first). I've also linked the authours to their wiki entry.
1. The Blind Owl by Sadegh Hedayat
2. Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
3. One Hundred Years Of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
5. The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima
6. Journey To The End Of The Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine
7. The Sound And The Fury by William Faulkner
8. L'assamoir by Emile Zola
9. Christ Recrucified by Nikos Kazantzakis
10. The Tree Of Man by Patrick White
11. Blindness by Jose Saramago
(Apologies to George Orwell, Red Badge Of Courage, every other Dostoyevsky novel, Auto da Fe, some Nabakov books, Enid Blyton, The Enormous Room, Steinbeck, For Whom The Bell Tolls and The Wizard of Oz... you all made the shortlist)
There's only so much one can say about another's list, so instead, please feel free to put your own Top 10 list in the comments (novels only).
If you think my list sucks, well, get fucked.