Peter's Top Ten of 2014
I don't often read books, but when I do I put them in a Top Ten list.
Stay literate, my friends.
When I read an early copy of Station Eleven, back in May, I was immediately blown away. Here, the incredible promise Emily St. John Mandel had shown with The Singer's Gun and The Lola Quartet, had been fulfilled.
I was enchanted that wondered whether, as a long time fan of Emily's, I was perhaps biased. Was I seeing excellence where I wanted it to be. This book was good, but could it really be that good?
So I asked the rest of the staff to read it. They universally concurred with my judgement. We all love this book.
Station Eleven is a book that often demands an instant re-read to maintain the immersion in the hope filled world Emily creates. This is both a love song to the world we inhabit now and a testament to the enduring promise of humanity.
Rene Denfeld weaves a magical, eerie spell in The Enchanted, set in the Death Row basement of a decaying fortress/prison.
Rene works on death row. She knows of what she speaks. That's what makes this a remarkable, insightful, disturbing, and occasionally horrific novel.
Not to be missed.
Because it contains incredible photographs that only the abundantly talented Ken Scott could produce.
And because we have never sold so many copies of any one title, and we did it in record time.
And because Ken Scott is an absolute star and signs our books for us.
Beekle is just wonderful.
I'm sure this is a serious work of philosophical thought masquerading as a child's book.
It also has an awesome book trailer.
I know. It came out in 2013.
But it was the book we gave to 120+ VIPs at the Traverse City Film Festival as part of our sponsorship.
We've been big admirers of Mardi's work for years, so we were proud to share it with our TCFF visitors.
And because Mardi Link is an awesome lady in whom you can still glimpse a childlike wonder that people think her book is so good.
If it's tales of darkness and dread you're looking for. This is it. Delivers exactly what it says on the cover.
If you don't know Joyce Carol Oates, this is a tad extreme. but nevertheless a nice collection of short stories.
Colleen enjoyed this and suggested I read it before the movie.
I'm glad she did.
The book tells you more than the movie.
Yes, another kids book.
But this is quite Brilliant.
Try to find footage of adults reading this. And the kid's reactions.
While a Top Ten list insist on one bok per spot, I am declaring all the Dunes Reviews as being in the top ten for 2014.
The excellent Michigan Writers have been holding their launch readings at Brilliant Books for years, and the depth of talent on display from our own, often otherwise totally unsung, poets, is astonishing.
I have come to have a deeper, better appreciation of poetry from Dunes.