December 9th, 2010 / 1:51 pm
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I think if I had to say one book I read this year that killed me the hardest, it would be Pierre Guyotat’s Tomb for 500,000 Soldiers [1967]. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since. What were your favorite reads of 2010, published in 2010 or otherwise?

67 Comments

  1. Cassandra Troyan

      You will not be disappointed, though I would say Tomb for 500,000 Soldiers annihilates more, mostly due just to the breadth of the novel. It definitely induces a different kind of intensity.

  2. William Owen

      The ones before were new books, but two other’s what rocked me were Strange Wine by Harlan Ellison and The Voice Imitator by Thomas Bernhard.

  3. David

      Worse Than Myself by Adam Golaski

  4. Kevin Sampsell

      My big discovery this year was Leonard Michaels. The Men’s Club was particularly outstanding.

  5. Kevin Sampsell

      Scott McClanahan too. My favorite new novel may have been The Ask.

  6. rk

      Ohle’s Age of Sinatra or Kimball’s Dear Everybody.

  7. ZZZZZIPPP

      SURE THING TIM

      CAN’T WAIT TO LEVEL UP

  8. Budnewman

      to those that have read both Eden and Tomb, how is the latter in terms of density. i can’t deny that Eden left an impact on my psyche but the suffocation got a bit white noise boring after a while, which made it sort of an obligation to finish. glad i did of course….

      what i’m asking is, does Tomb have more space?

  9. Budnewman

      fav book of the year was Despair by Nabokov #fyi

  10. Jesse Hudson

      I discovered Derrida this year after ages of being under the impression that he was impenetrable. Fortunately, I was proven wrong. And his “Of Grammatology” would be the book that blew my mind the most this year.

  11. Anonymous

      Of the authors that I’ve read and then had to read everything else by them because I was so amazed, it’d be George Saunders, DFW, and Bolano. I’m reading Barthelme now, and I think it will be the same way. Oh, and Thom Jones. I also read Lydia Peelle’s RFAAOB, and it’s definitely the best new collection I’ve read this year. I feel lame though because all you people are so diverse in your readings. My wishlist just from my few months reading here at HTMLG has increased ten-fold.

  12. Anonymous

      Of the authors that I’ve read and then had to read everything else by them because I was so amazed, it’d be George Saunders, DFW, and Bolano. I’m reading Barthelme now, and I think it will be the same way. Oh, and Thom Jones. I also read Lydia Peelle’s RFAAOB, and it’s definitely the best new collection I’ve read this year. I feel lame though because all you people are so diverse in your readings. My wishlist just from my few months reading here at HTMLG has increased ten-fold.

  13. Guest

      In later summer 2010, I read The Remains of the Day by Ishiguro… a perfect book, really. Not a false note anywhere. Complete and whole and rich and unexpectedly moving. More than any other, it stays with me. Lots of great books in the comments here…

  14. Ty

      Duncan the Wonder Dog was my favorite book that came out this year, and Grace Paley’s Collected Stories was my favorite that didn’t.

  15. Tina Suarez

      wow Bud, i am totally in the same boat as you. alternately enjoyed and was bored by Eden, would like to get into Tomb but interested in what others think of it first………….?

  16. John Holten

      I’m really glad this is out in the US. One of the more interesting books I read last year in the British edition. His follow up, the 5 volume Min Kamp is redefining what the novel can do and has overtaken the literary world in Norway and Sweden.

  17. Adrian M

      Distemper by james nulick. Disturbing in every sense.