50 Books We Are Looking Forward to in the Second Half of 2016 – Part 5


  1. So, we loved The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth, Isobel Greenberg’s pretty debut – to the extent that we called her “an exciting new talent”. Now, with the imminent publication of The One Hundred Nights of Hero we get to see if she’s hero or zero…
  2. Someone we already know is a hero is Tom Gauld – author of Goliath, You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack and The Gigantic RobotMooncop, as the title suggests, concerns a cop. On the moon. We don’t need to know more than that. And by way of demonstrating just how much we like Tom Gauld, Drawn & Quarterly don’t send us review copies – we actually BUY the books of Tom Gauld. That is high praise indeed from us cadging sorts.
  3. Sarah Glidden has two graphic novels out in the next few months: How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less and Rolling Blackouts which is subtitled Dispatches from Turkey, Syria and Iraq (which, given the news, makes what she has to say somewhat current, I’d expect). Her art looks like Rutu Modan but her positioning is far more Joe Sacco. One to watch, we reckon.
  4. “Dame Darcy is one of the sui generis artistic talents of the past two decades – musician, actress, fortune teller, dollmaker, Gen X/feminist icon and last but not least, cartoonist to the core – and has been bewitching readers for over 20 years with her neo-Victorian horror / humour / romance comic Meat Cake. The Meat Cake Bible collects every story from all 17 issues (1993-2008) – including Hungry Is the Heart, Darcy’s legendary collaboration with Alan Moore – as well as new stories from the unpublished 18th issue.” Nuff said.
  5. Otherworld Barbara by Motio Hagio is the first volume (of two), in which Tokio discovers a phantom island named Barbara. Then there’s a mysterious and missing geneticist, an eccentric clergyman, a grieving grandmother granted temporary youth, a psychologist killed by a freak tornado… Sign us up.
  6. After a great many years of liking Jonathan Lethem a great deal, his last book – Dissident Gardens – was the first that we really didn’t get along with. And it sort of sullied our enjoyment of his most recent book of short stories Lucky Alan too. What we need to know now is, have we gone off Jonathan Lethem? Or will his new novel, A Gambler’s Anatomy, set things right? It’s the tale of an international backgammon player who thinks he’s psychic so… You know, it sounds alright.
  7. “An autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir,” Moonglow by Michael Chabon is a deathbed confession that seeks to capture the history of a century “From the Jewish slums of prewar South Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of a New York Prison, from the heyday of the space program to the twilight of “the American Century”…”
  8. Known and Strange Things is a collection of nonfiction by Teju Cole, the author of Open City and Every Day is for the Thief. You can read our interview with Teju Cole here.
  9. On an average day in America, seven young people, aged nineteen or under, will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning Guardian journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost on one random day—November 23, 2013… One for fans of Ghettoside
  10. “I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was, says Bottom. I have had a dream, and I wrote a Big Book about it, Arno Schmidt might have said.” So begins the Dalkey Archive description of the 1,496 magnum opus of Arno Schmidt known as Bottom’s Dream. Bigger than the latest Annie Proulx. Bigger than the new Alan Moore. Almost as big as Robert Musil’s Man Without Qualities. I think we can safely say that this will not be for everyone but for those who like to spend some time in the company of a large book, Bottom’s Dream is where it’s at in 2016.


Tune in tomorrow for all the 50 books in one sweet and simple little list.


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