Merry Christmas Eve! For your holiday reading pleasure, here’s a round-up of some of my favorite book reviews posted on HTMLGIANT in 2012, in reverse chronological order of post date:
HIS STACK OF PALIMPSESTS
Tyler Flynn Dorholt on The Recognitions by William Gaddis
This is a monster review for a monster book. Maybe one of the best pieces of writing you’ll read on The Recognitions.
25 Points: Strange Cowboy
Joseph Riippi on Strange Cowboy: Lincoln Dahl Turns Five by Sam Michel
25 Points: The Book of Monelle
Janice Lee on The Book of Monelle by Marcel Schwob; Trans. by Kit Schluter
I know. This is my review. Really I’m including it in this list because I’m not doing a Top Books of 2012 list or anything like that this year, and instead, I’m recommending you just this one book. Seriously. I’m recommending just one book to all of you this year, and it is this one, so check it out.
Dreams for Kurosawa/Raul Zurita (trans. Anna Deeny)/A View
Carrie Lorig on Dreams for Kurosawa by Raúl Zurita; Translated by Anna Deeny
It’s really beautiful to see the wear of a well-read book. Carrie’s personal review helps to portray the brilliance of Raul Zurita’s poetry.
Needing Don DeLillo
Grant Maierhofer on the work of Don DeLillo
The Map Of The System Of Human Knowledge
Leif Haven on The Map of the System of Human Knowledge by James Tadd Alcox
The Importance of Being Ben Kopel
Megan Volpert on Victory by Ben Kopel
This review starts out, “Ben Kopel is stupid. Ben Kopel deliberately refuses to believe that people may not always be inherently good at heart, despite the steady influx of evidence piling up at his feet.”
I’LL DROWN MY BOOK: Part 4: Why Nobody’s Going to Read This Review, or That Book—The Fate of Conceptual Writing by Women in an Age of Corporate Blood Lust, State Mayhem, Social Retardation, and Personal Horror
Janey Smith on I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women Edited by Caroline Bergvall, Laynie Browne, Teresa Carmody, & Vanessa Place
Yeah. Just read it.
On Elegance While Sleeping
Chris Moran on On Elegance While Sleeping by Viscount Lascano Tegui
Brian Libgober on God Head by Leonard Cline
(!x==) Book 1 Volume 1 by .UNFO
Travis Diehl on (!x==) Book 1 Volume 1 by .UNFO
The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard
Nicholas Grider on The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard by Joe Brainard
“There are several Joe Brainards you may or may not know.”
Jared Woodland on Big Questions by Anders Nilsen
A wonderful write-up of a brilliant graphic novel.
IQ84: Three Reviews
Sara Finnerty on IQ84 by Haruki Murakami
I actually liked this review more than I liked reading the book. Also check out her review of two books by women (Anne-Marie Kinney &Karolina Waclawiak).