50 Books We’re Looking Forward To in 2018 (Pt 5)

50pt5zzzZero Day by Ezekiel Boone – If you saw our review of Skitter, you’ll know that we got quite the kick out of the first two books in Ezekiel Boone’s proposed trilogy, and so, as you’d expect we are looking forward to Zero Day, in which all of the spider horror will no doubt reach a shuddery climax. (If you’ve yet to sample the delights of Ezekiel Boone, think James Herbert by way of Max Brooks, only better.)

The Tempest by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill – Alan Moore is apparently retiring from comics after The Tempest, the last volume of adventures featuring whichever incarnation of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen he and Kevin O’Neill decide to draw on this time. If we could have our wish, we’d have Moore bow out with a more conventional story that could be understood without footnotes and a glossary but maybe just maybe those days are gone forever.

Bad Likeness by Stephen Collins – According to Mr Collins’ website, Bad Likeness (currently a 20 page mini comic available through Gosh Comics) comprises “the first long form work by Stephen Collins since 2013, [and] is the story of 15 year old Liam Wogan, who lives with his dad Keith above their failing waxworks museum in Naresby-on-Sea. When a holidaying girl named Emma enters in the museum shop one day, Liam starts to glimpse a life beyond his dad’s shuttered world. ‘Bad Likeness’ is part of a longer story which will be published by Jonathan Cape in 2017 (by which time it’ll probably look very different and might be called something else).” Not 2017 then. But hopefully 2018.

Consent by Leo Benedictus – We loved Leo Benedictus’ first book, The Afterparty, and we have high hopes for this one, described as “an experiment”, between the writer and the reader, and “magnetic book pulls you in its wake even as you resist its force. Sometimes you don’t want to know what’s next…” This is one we don’t want to know too much about in advance. We’re happy, in a sort of awkward way, for Leo to take us by the hand….

The Melody by Jim Crace – Any year with a new Jim Crace book in it can’t be all bad  and his latest sounds intriguing: “lfred Busi, famed in his town for his music and songs, is mourning the recent death of his wife and quietly living out his days in the large villa he has always called home. Then one night Busi is attacked by a creature he disturbs as it raids the contents of his larder. Busi is convinced that what assaulted him was no animal, but a child, ‘innocent and wild’, and his words fan the flames of old rumour – of an ancient race of people living in the bosk surrounding the town – and new controversy: the town’s paupers, the feral wastrels at its edges, must be dealt with. Once and for all…”

50pt5ivThe Cloven by Bryan Catling – The Vorrh trilogy – you’ll remember we reviewed The Vorrh a wee while ago, never got a review copy of the second book, The Erstwhile and are now on the back foot somewhat for the third book, The Cloven – but we liked The Vorrh so much we’re  going to purchase a copy of the second book (and the third book if needs be!) and review them all together come May 2018. Here’s what The Cloven is about: “the colonial city of Essenwald gives up all its secrets, as the ancient forest seeks to reclaim what has been taken from it. Those who have been enslaved shall be no longer, and two heroes once thought dead shall re-emerge stronger than ever. A man will be split in two, and a young woman will rise to the height of her powers. Meanwhile, the threat of war looms over London. Germany is gearing up to begin the Blitz, and only Nicolas the Erstwhile senses the danger to come. Will he be able to save the man who saved him?”

Patient X by David Peace – Another book we are mightily looking forward to in 2018 is dppxPatient X, the latest by David Peace. Another Japanese novel – although not the proposed third book in Peace’s Tokyo Trilogy – Patient X is “a stunning work of fiction in twelve connected tales that take up the strange, brief life of the brilliant twentieth-century Japanese writer, Ryunosuke Akutagawa.” Akutagawa is most famously remembered as the author of ‘In a Grove’ which Akira Kurosawa used as the basis for his first classic movie, Rashomon.

Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami – Now this is more a “we really hope that the new Haruki Murakami is translated and published in 2018” than it is a “yes, this is definitely being published in 2018 by a reputable publisher in the UK” but the tale of “an unnamed protagonist, a painter specializing in portraits, separated from his wife, [and] living temporarily in an old house belonging to a famed artist named Amada Tomohiko, whose son is a friend from art school”, is one that we are greatly looking forward to – an anticipation only increased by the fact that it’s rumoured to be another long one in the vein of IQ84

From Lone Mountain by John Porcellino – We love the King Cat John Porcellino and this description is all we need to want this book just as humanly soon as we can: “From Lone Mountain collects stories from Porcellino s influential zine King-Cat John enters a new phase of his life, as he remarries and decides to leave his beloved second home Colorado for San Francisco. Grand themes of King-Cat are visited and stated more eloquently than ever before: serendipity, memory, and the quest for meaning in the everyday. Over the past three decades, Porcellino’s beloved King-Cat has offered solace to his readers: his gentle observational stories take the pulse of everyday life and reveal beauty in the struggle to keep going.”

17 hideoSeventeen by Hideo Yokoyama – Yokoyama’s Six Four was one of those strange cross-over successes, as likely to be read and enjoyed by fans of David Peace as fans of Jo Nesbo (we’re presuming that is two different groups of people). His latest concerns “an air disaster of unprecedented scale… an unimaginable horror, and a once-in-a-lifetime scoop.” Froom the sounds of things, if you pick this up expecting a straight down the line thriller, you might not quite get what you want; if you approach this expecting something in the vein of S5 of The Wire… well, you might just get yourself a treat.


And here’s the 50 in a single list:

1.The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
2.Alone by Chaboute
3.Last Stories by William Trevor
4.Pops by Michael Chabon
5.Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke
6.You Think It, l’ll Say It: Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld
7.The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
8.In the Pines by Erik Kriek
9.Outside Looking In by TC Boyle
10.Transcription by Kate Atkinson
11.Eat the Buddha by Barbara Demmick
12.Feel Free by Zadie Smith
13.Mothers by Chris Power
14.See What Can Be Done by Lorrie Moore
15.Hotel Silence by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir
16.The Unmapped Country by Ana Quinn
17.My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh
18.Room to Dream by David Lynch
19.The Only Story by Julian Barnes
20.The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
21.There There by Tommy Orange
22.The Hoarder by Jess Kidd
23.The Outsider by Stephen King
24.Census by Jesse Ball
25.The Adulterants by Joe Dunthorne
26.The Risen by Ron Rash
27.A Selfie as Big as the Ritz by Lara Williams
28.Don’t Skip Out on Me by Willy Vlautin
29.Her Body And Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
30.Frankenstein in Bagdhad by Ahmed Sadaawi
31.The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu
32.Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
33.The Drunken Sailor by Nick Hayes
34.Painter to the King by Amy Sackville
35.Break Up by Joanna Walsh
36.The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
37.The Fountain in the Forest by Tony White
38.The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews
39.A Long Way From Home by Peter Carey
40.The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow by Danny Denton
41.Zero Day by Ezekiel Boone
42.The Tempest by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
43.Bad Likeness by Stephen Collins
44.Consent by Leo Benedictus
45.The Melody by Jim Crace
46.The Cloven by Bryan Catling
47.Patient X by David Peace
48.Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami
49.From Lone Mountain by John Porcellino
50.Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama



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