Modern Fiction Book Reviews

Are you looking for a terrific modern fiction novel with quality writing?  Modern fiction includes a wide variety of novels.  The novels I favor include thrillers, police dramas, historical novels, and books that are often placed in the "literature" category.  The following reviews are listed in order of their overall rating based on my highly biased rating criteria.

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Modern Fiction Reviews by Rating:

  1. Replay by Ken Grimwood   4 stars
  2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey   4 stars
  3. Black Swan Green by David Mitchell   4 stars
  4. Complicity by Iain Banks   4 stars
  5. Sleepless by Charlie Huston   4 stars
  6. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes   4 stars
  7. The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers   4 stars
  8. Possession by A. S. Byatt   4 stars
  9. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami  4 stars
  10. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell  4 stars
  11. The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq   4 stars
  12. The Choirboys by Joseph Wambaugh  4 stars
  13. 7 Steps to Midnight by Richard Matheson  4 stars
  14. Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth  4 stars
  15. The First Man by Albert Camus  4 stars
  16. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell  3.5 stars
  17. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami  3.5 stars
  18. The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson  3.5 stars
  19. Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami  3 stars
  20. Skinner by Charlie Huston   3.5 stars
  21. Prodigy by Dave Kalstein   3.5 stars
  22. Light House by William Monahan 3.5 stars
  23. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole  3.5 stars
  24. House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe 3 stars
  25. A Crash Course on the Anatomy of Robots by Kent Evans 3 stars
  26. Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer 3 stars
  27. Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell  3 stars
  28. Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff 3 stars
  29. The Shotgun Rule by Charlie Huston 3 stars
  30. 9 Tail Fox by Jon Courtenay Grimwood   3 stars
  31. Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston   3 stars
  32. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami  3 stars
  33. A Brilliant Novel in the Works by Yuvi Zalkow  3 stars
  34. The Glitter Dome by Joseph Wambaugh  3 stars
  35. The Man of Maybe Half-A-Dozen Faces by Ray Vukcevich 3 stars
  36. The Black Marble by Joseph Wambaugh  3 stars
  37. Solar by Ian McEwan 2.5 stars
  38. Pattern Recognition by William Gibson  2.5 stars
  39. Who Shot the Water Buffalo? by Ken Babbs 2.5 stars
  40. Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb 2.5 Stars
  41. Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore  1 star