Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Six top intelligent, page-turning, genre-bending classics

Hailed as “one of the best thriller writers working today” by Lee Child and “a wonderful writer” by Michael Connelly, Chris Mooney is the international bestselling author of over one dozen novels. His fourth book, The Missing, the first in the Darby McCormick series, was a main selection of the International Book of the Month Club and an instant bestseller in over thirteen countries. The Mystery Writer’s Association nominated Mooney’s third book, Remembering Sarah, for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. Foreign rights to his novels have been sold to twenty-eight territories. He has sold nearly two million copies of his books.

Mooney teaches writing courses at Harvard and the Harvard Extension School, and lives in the Boston area with his wife and son. His new novel is Blood World.

At CrimeReads, Mooney tagged six "genre-bending classics that prove the merit of mixing things together for spectacular results," including:
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Another literary powerhouse, Ishiguro blends a dystopian sci-fi novel with a coming of age story that takes place in England, during the late 1990s. Kathy H. narrates her memories of growing up with her two friends, Tom and Ruth, at an exclusive boarding school insulated in the countryside. Teachers are known as guardians, and the children, who are monitored and create art projects instead of studying, have no family history. When they get older, they learn that they’re clones and will soon confront the harsh reality of their new life as a “donor,” where they will give away their organs, one at a time, until they die. Ishiguro’s brilliant use of language demands a slow and focused reading, but this award-winning book, with its themes of friendship, nostalgia, and grappling with identity, is well worth your time and attention.
Read about another entry on the list.

Never Let Me Go is on James Scudamore's top ten list of books about boarding school, Caroline Zancan's list of eight novels about students and teachers behaving badly, LitHub's list of the ten books that defined the 2000s, Meg Wolitzer's ten favorite books list, Jeff Somers's lists of nine science fiction novels that imagine the future of healthcare and "five pairs of books that have nothing to do with each other—and yet have everything to do with each other" and eight tales of technology run amok and top seven speculative works for those who think they hate speculative fiction, a list of five books that shaped Jason Gurley's Eleanor, Anne Charnock's list of five favorite books with fictitious works of art, Esther Inglis-Arkell's list of nine great science fiction books for people who don't like science fiction, Sabrina Rojas Weiss's list of ten favorite boarding school novels, Allegra Frazier's top four list of great dystopian novels that made it to the big screen, James Browning's top ten list of boarding school books, Jason Allen Ashlock and Mink Choi's top ten list of tragic love stories, Allegra Frazier's list of seven characters whose jobs are worse than yours, Shani Boianjiu's list of five top novels about coming of age, Karen Thompson Walker's list of five top "What If?" books, Lloyd Shepherd's top ten list of weird histories, and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best men writing as women in literature and ten of the best sentences as titles.

--Marshal Zeringue