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April 8: Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read (maybe the MC was really different, maybe it was the way it was written, a very unique spin on a genre or topic, etc.)
1.The Book Thief; Markus Zusak. Books have been narrated by Death before, but never like this–a very unique voice for a being ‘haunted by humans.’
2. The City and The City; China Miéville. Two cities, which are geographically overlapping each other–but the citizens act as if they are separated by an ocean. Intentional blindness makes for some interesting characters.
3. Cloud Atlas; David Mitchell. Stories layered on themselves, with each related by a complex web of coincidence and reincarnation.
4. Embassytown; China Miéville. A different way of looking at language–an alien species that has no abstract language, and how humans try to communicate with them.
5. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; Jonathan Foer. Nine-year-old Oskar has a different way of looking at the world, and of telling his story. As he tries to find clues left behind by his father, he wends a very circuitous way through life.
6. House of Leaves; Mark Danielwski. Sideways, diagonal, colored print–words running every which way, mimicking the maze-like nature of the house.
7. Reboot; Amy Tintera. I’ve read quite a few zombie-related books before–virus spread by air or bite, zombies that aren’t actually dead, fast zombies, slow zombies… But never something quite like this, where the longer you stay dead, the better you are when you come back.
8. S.; J.J. Abrams. With handwritten notes in the margins, and postcards, notes, and photocopies tucked into the pages, this book is several stories at once.
9. South of the Border, West of the Sun; Haruki Murakami. If it’s possible for books to be unique if they’re all different in the same way–as if they come from a peculiar world, with rules that don’t quite make sense–then all Murakami’s books are unique.
10. Stranger in a Strange Land; Robert Heinlein. Anything this weird has to stand by itself–proudly, proclaiming itself Martian, most likely.