Ranking The First 55 Novels
Here’s my latest attempt to explain my highly subjective, totally meaningless, pretty much idiotic rankings of the first 55 books I’ve read from the Time list.
I try and do this every five books or so, so it’s about that time.
Here’s how I ranked the last several books and why I ranked them as I did.
Book #52: Pale Fire. Current Rank: 28. This book is a logistical nightmare, but if you’re up for that, it can be a fun challenge. I enjoyed Pale Fire much more than Nabokov’s other novel on the Time list, Lolita.
Book #53: Snow Crash. Current Rank 48. I was told Snow Crash might redeem my faith in cyberpunk and science fiction in general. One word on that: Barf. Neal Stephenson’s occasional humor has nothing on his long-winded and self-absorbed tangents.
Book #54: The Golden Notebook. Current Ranking: 41. Yeah, I really like Doris Lessing. But I’m not so fond of this novel. I appreciated her experimental style, but the novel just got repetitive in the last few hundred pages. What started as a book that I really enjoyed became a book I just wanted to finish.
Book #55: The Sun Also Rises. Current Rank: 8. By now, you should know I love Hemingway. I’ll view anything written by him through my Hemingway-colored glasses. That’s why these are my “highly subjective” rankings. The Sun Also Rises is top 10 now and should be a solid top 20 novel when I’m finished with the list.
If you’re interested in seeing how I rank all 55 books, here you go.
So whatcha think?
Spot on? Way off?
Tell me how much you hate my terrible rankings in the comments. Hooray for polite discourse!