2016 book recommendations

by panglott

I managed to read more than 100 books in 2016, though about half of them were graphic novels, novellas, and other short books. Some of them were really great! The ones I’d most recommend are: “Stories of Your Life and Others,” by Ted Chiang. It’s a beautifully written philosophical science fiction anthology, less interested in exploring the impact of technology than using speculation to explore philosophical questions suspensefully. There’s a Babylonian story of the Tower of Babel, a story where angelic visitations are commonplace but people are still as puzzled as ever. The title story is better than “Arrival” IMO. Also “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs,” by Johann Hari.