Friday, December 22, 2017

The Undisputed Top 20 Rock Novels of All Time, 2017

2017 was one of the worst years for new rock novels in recent memory. I found only one new title to read this past year--published in 2013--and luckily it merits Top 20 consideration or I would have no changes to my list.

The new title is The King of Good Intentions by John Andrew Fredrick, and I slot it in at #19. A review is forthcoming.

Fredrick has also published a sequel, The King of Good Intentions II, which I will take a look at soon. Here's hoping it's an early addition to 2018's list.

Until then, keep me posted on any new rock novels you might come across. There is no central place to find out about these titles, so I'm counting on you to fill me in when merited.

I've already got time set aside for This is a Memorial Device by David Keenan, which comes out in America in 2018. Let's hope for even more rock fiction next year.

20 The Last Rock Star Book, Or: Liz Phair, a Rant by Camden Joy

19 The King of Good Intentions by John Andrew Fredrick

18 Big in Japan by M. Thomas Gammarino

17 You Don’t Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem

16 A and R by Bill Flanagan

15 Saguaro: The Life and Adventures of Bobby Allen Bird by Carson Mell

14 Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin

13 A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

12 Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo 

11 Great Jones Street by Don DeLillo

10 Vexation Lullaby by Justin Tussing

How the Mistakes Were Made by Tyler McMahon

8 Losing in Gainesville by Brian Costello 

The Blue Bourbon Orchestra by Carson Mell

The Wishbones by Tom Perrotta

5 Never Mind the Pollacks by Neal Pollack

Stone Arabia by Dana Spiotta

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby 

The Commitments by Roddy Doyle

Banned for Life by D. R. Haney

Yours in laying down the law,


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