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As the first decade of the 21st century come to close, Japanese master of magical realism Haruki Marukami published 1Q84 Novel that can only be defined as Eastern version of 1984, but on acid. Marukamis Novel starts in 1984, when a woman named Aomame assassinates a guest at a glamorous hotel. Soon after, however, she faces reality check quite literally, as she finds herself in an alternate, dystopian Tokyo she calls 1Q84. Hundreds of pages long and published in three separate volumes, this epic story defies categorization. But it fills one category perfectly: that of Great Novel. This eerie, mystical depiction of violence and death in Juarez was published posthumously. Its influential Chilean author Robert Bolano died the year before it was release, and its plot is clear meditation on mortality. 2666 follows five different threads, ALL of which seem initially disconnected except for their relation to hundreds of unsolved homicides that target impoverished women in Juarez. However, there turns out to be a lot more in common between literary critic, professor of philosophy, American journalist, and mysterious writer than meet eye and things take a turn for cosmic. But once the dust settles, only one story remain: 2666, massive and tragic accomplishment, and easily one of the best novels of the 21st century. These days, more people watch Game of Thrones than read Song of Ice and Fire, series of epic fantasy novels that popular TV show was based on. But books have garnered a ravenous fanbase themselves, ever since the first installment came out in the 90s. In a series with hundreds of characters scattered across the entire medieval world, it is probably hard for those fans to agree on much, but most will tell you that of five books published so far, Storm of Swords is best. Spoil prince and his estranged grandfather compete for the highest throne of the kingdom Westeros. Meanwhile, lord of a powerful northern city declares independence and threatens to secede. And if that was enough, band of natives from outside the kingdom walls launched an attack on Westeros, with only a scarce Night Watch in place to protect it. Like the rest of the series, Storm of Swords is told from multiple perspectives following every significant character individual plot lines. This novel just happens to cover the best ones. What is it with these great novels telling loosely connect stories? This Pulitzer-Prize-winning work from Jennifer Egan could almost be considered a collection of short stories if the author herself didnt insist it was a novel. But whether its kleptomaniac confessing her vice to therapist, Night of partying in NYC that ends in disaster, or an ill-fat gig for punk band Flaming Dildos, 13 chapters of Visit from Goon Squad do eventually amalgamate into a single story: one of connections make and lose in World of rock and roll.

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12. Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex (2002)

What are the greatest novels of the opening years of this tumultuous century? In search of collective critical assessment, BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled several dozen book critics, including New York Times Book Review Parul Sehgal, Time magazine's Book editor Lev Grossman, Newsday Book editor Tom Beer, Bookslut founder Jessa Crispin, C Max Magee, founder of Millions, Booklist's Donna Seaman, Kirkus Reviews' Laurie Muchnick and many more. We asked each to name the best novels published in English since 1 January 2000. Critics named 156 novels in all, and based on votes, these are the top 12. I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974, Eugenides writes in the opening lines of his novel. At 14, Calliope Stephanides discovers she has a rare recessive mutation that renders her a pseudo-hermaphrodite. Claiming her male brain, she shifted genders and became Cal. In often exuberant language, Eugenides layers questions of fate and free will onto Cals ' coming-of-age story and the tale of the entrepreneurial rise of his parents, Desdemona and Lefty. Ultimately, Cals conditions give him a near mythic gift-ability to communicate between genders, to see not with monovision of one sex but in stereoscope of both. Middlesex bridged the gap between critical and commercial acclaim, as well, winning Pulitzer and selling Millions of copies.

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