2017 in Books (1/x?)

The Haven didn’t do jack shit this year as a societally helpful literary entity, but I’m pretty sure everyone read a lot of books. At least I did! Not counting ones I worked on for Six Gallery Press or Low Ghost Press or read drafts of, & counting graphic novels/novellas, here they are:

Ada, or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov

Atta by Jarett Kobek

Atonement by Ian McEwan

A Song of Stone by Iain Banks

The Stonemason by Cormac McCarthy

The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell

Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver

Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber

The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred by Greg Egan

Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia McKillip

Black River by Josh Simmons

Wizzywig by Ed Piskor

Cosplayers by Dash Shaw

All You Need Is Kill by Nick Mamatas & Lee Ferguson, based on the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

The Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka, tr. Mari Morimoto

Super Extra Grande by Yoss, tr. David Frye

The Doorposts of Your House and On Your Gates by Jacob Bacharach

Carpenter’s Gothic by William Gaddis

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

The Mountains of Parnassus by Czeslaw Milosz, tr. Stanley Bill

The Teeth of the Comb by Osama Alomar, tr. C. J. Collins

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Zama by Antonio di Benedetto, tr. Esther Allen

Fun Home by Allison Bechdel

Revenger by Alistair Reynolds

Entanglements by Crispin Sartwell

Entanglements by Rae Armantrout

Muskrat Friday Dinner by Scott Silsbe

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Universal Harvester by John Darnielle

The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost

Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson

Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban (reread)

Doctors by Dash Shaw

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas

Instead of Work by Bob Black

Death’s End by Cixin Liu, tr. Ken Liu

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion by Margaret Killjoy

The Literary Conference by Cesar Aira, tr. Katherine Silver

Kindred by Octavia Butler

The Abbess of Castro by Stendhal, tr. C. K. Scott Moncrieff

Quarantine by Greg Egan

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Leech Girl Lives by Rick Claypool

Tampa by Alissa Nutting

Arkansas Ghoulash by Scotty Lewis

Also read some Grixly & Dan McCloskey comics & the Free Comic Book Day: World’s Greatest Cartoonists 2017 anthology (h/t Bill Boichel & Copacetic Comics), along w/ a bunch of short stories & articles & whatnot on the cyber. Thanks to everyone who rec’d, loaned, gave, sold, &/or wrote any of the books on this list (you know who you are); & for another great year of reading, which is not nothing.


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