Best book listed?

SPQR   0 votes - 0 %
Bloodlands   0 votes - 0 %
Ruling the Void   0 votes - 0 %
The Three Body Problem   1 vote - 33 %
The Fifth Season   1 vote - 33 %
Touch   0 votes - 0 %
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August   0 votes - 0 %
The Girl With All The Gifts   0 votes - 0 %
Rage   0 votes - 0 %
Dietland   0 votes - 0 %
Invisible Man   0 votes - 0 %
WIPO   1 vote - 33 %
 
3 Total Votes
Three Body Problem by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Dec 23, 2016 at 06:20:16 PM EST
So, I voted for that because it was the only one I'd read. And it is the best novel of the year for basically the reasons you mention. I also liked Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice.

The most interesting book I read this year is probably An Engine Not A Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets, an intellectual history of finance theory. Though it is technically work related, I don't have a very deep connection to the field - it was the broader implications and the historic detail that was more interesting. Mackenzie also has a decent take on the idea of "performing theory", without being tedious about it.

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WIPO by R343L (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Dec 23, 2016 at 10:49:31 PM EST
There are four books in that list that I've read - Three Body Problem, The Fifth Season, Bloodlands and SPQR - and there is no way I could pick one as best. Cruelty.
Maybe I'll re-read them all someday. Actually except Bloodlands (shudder) I probably will.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
If I get through the next 100 pages this week ... by lm (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Dec 25, 2016 at 03:30:25 PM EST
... I might finish 2 books this year.

Probably an all time low for me.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic