With this slideshow article, the master of horror gives us his list of the ten best books he read in 2008. He opens the article by pointing out that books still give you the best bang for your entertainment dollar and that these are all worth picking up.
10. The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
King tips his hat to one of his major competitors with this release. While he says that this isn’t Koontz’s best release (where he gives a shout out to Phantoms, a book I also enjoyed immensely). He does say that it’s Koontz’s Hitchcockiest, which isn’t too shabby all things considered.
9. Old Flames by Jack Ketchum
King sums this up as Fatal Attraction to the 10th power. Considering what an iconic classic that film is, that’s saying something.
8. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The first in a well renowned trilogy, King summarizes it as a “locked island” mystery. It was also recently adapted into a feature film.
7. Hollywood Crows by Joseph Wambaugh
6. HeartSick and Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain
King admits that these books shouldn’t work, but do as a result of Cain’s writing and humor.
5. Nixonland by Rick Perlstein
A non-fiction entry, King says that it still manages to have the sweep of an epic novel and cites it as the best history of the 60’s he’s ever read.
4. The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
3. When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson
While the narrative is complex and intricate to the point where King doesn’t even want to try giving a summary, he says that it won him over as both a reader and a novelist. He gives, what I believe the kids call “mad props” (note, he doesn’t actually use this term, I’m just using it to sum up his thoughts) for bringing all the tangled threads together and making it look easy.
2. The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III
1. The works of Robard Goddard
While King notes that In Pale Batallions was the work that got him hooked on the British author, he doesn’t specify a title to take the top spot, but seems to give it to Goddard’s library as a whole. King is so impressed by the man’s body of work that he can’t help but wonder who else he’s missed.
So, there you have it bibliophiles, a batch of potential reads for your consideration. If you feel like your to-read queue has been thinning, this should replenish it in no time. Heck, the number one spot alone ought to keep you busy for a while.