Another 50 books we’re looking forward to in 2014 (Part 1)

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  1. Eyrie by Tim Winton – “Tom Keely has lost his bearings. His reputation in ruins, he finds himself holed up in a flat at the top of a grim high-rise, looking down on the world he’s fallen out of love with. He has cut himself off, and intends to keep it that way, until one day he runs into some neighbours: a woman from his past and her introverted young boy. The encounter shakes him up in a way he doesn’t understand and, despite himself, Keely lets them in. But the pair come trailing a dangerous past of their own, and Keely is soon immersed in a world that threatens to destroy everything he has learnt to love.” We don’t need much encouragement to get excited about a new Tim Winton novel…
  2. The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham – “Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up; in the sky he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn’t believe in visions—or in God—but he can’t deny what he’s seen. At the same time, in nearby Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett’s older brother, a struggling musician, is trying to write a song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Tyler is determined to write a wedding song that will not be merely a sentimental ballad but an enduring expression of love.” We didn’t quite rub along with By Nightfall, Cunningham’s last, but we still have a lot of time for The Hours and we’re excited about this one too…
  3. How to be Happy by Eleanor Davies – The first graphic novel on our list! How to be Happy is the first collection of graphic/literary short stories from an artist who will be familiar to any regular readers of Mome. Compelling, elusive narratives in a range of graphic styles — sketchy drawing, polished pen-and-ink, and painted full colour.  About time, we say!
  4. This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki – “Every summer, Rose goes with her mum and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mum and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. It’s a summer of secrets and sorrow and growing up, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.” Another tantalising graphic novel…
  5. Andre the Giant by Box Brown – This is a graphic novel that made just about every ‘graphic novels to look forward to in 2014’ list you’d care to mention, the blurb runs: “Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who’d been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant. Box Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel.”
  6. Mr Mercedes by Stephen King – It wouldn’t be a year if we didn’t have a new Stephen King book to look forward to and 2014 is doubly blessed (if you’re a Stephen King fan) with two new novels. The first, Mr Mercedes, is being pushed as King’s first out and out thriller. The plot runs like so: “A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring a retired homicide detective who’s haunted by the few cases he left open, and by one in particular – the pre-dawn slaughter of eight people among hundreds gathered in line for the opening of a jobs fair when the economy was guttering out. Without warning, a lone driver ploughed through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes. The plot is kicked into gear when Bill Hodges receives a letter in the mail, from a man claiming to be the perpetrator. He taunts Hodges with the notion that he will strike again.”
  7. Travelling Sprinkler by Nicholson Baker – Some people have become a bit disenchanted with Nicholson Baker but not us. The man who thrilled us back in the day with the likes of The Mezzanine, The Fermata, Checkpoint and A Box of Matches, is back with a novel about a procrastinating poet from the looks of things. We already have a copy of this one and so you can expect a review to coincide with publication in early June.
  8. It Never Happened Again by Sam Alden – Webzine Comics & Cola told us, “2013 was  what people refer to as a ‘breakout’ year for Alden that saw him publish more than 6 new comics online – on Tumblr and his own website, proving hugely popular and garnering critical accolades. This year he has a few titles released with various publishers, and it’s time to see how that transference from online-superstar to published artist translates. It Never Happened Again is the first book he has coming out, containing his Hawaii 1997 comic, and a new work, Anime” – and it looks like a doozy.
  9. The Narrow Road  to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – Another book that is already sitting on our shelves waiting the time to be read, the new Flanagan comes emblazoned with an attractive quote from Evie Wyld: “Not just a great novel (she says), but an important book in its ability to look at terrible things and create something beautiful. Everyone should read it.”
  10. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley – A brand new graphic novel from the creator of Scott Pilgrim you say?! Yes please! Where do we sign up?!?

Coming up in pt 2 of our ‘Another 50 Books We’re Looking Forward to…’ list includes Martin Amis, Ali Smith, Nina Bunjevac, Lena Dunham and Paul Murray…


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