I just now finished reading Sharp Teeth, by Toby Barlow. Picked it up on a lark at the library, almost put it down when I saw it was written entirely in free verse, and am so glad I didn’t. It was tremendously compelling, possibly the best book I’ve read all year. (Well, I read Great Expectations this summer, so probably not the “best,” but the one I’ve enjoyed the most). Excellent modern-day fantasy!
Other books I’ve read this year and really enjoyed:
2) I’ll put all the Jim Butcher Dresden Novels in one pile. Great fun.
3) A War in Autumn, the third book in Daniel Abraham’s four-book-long series. Depressing, but really moves forward the plot of the series, and is beautifully written.
4) Where the Wild Things Are. Another modern fantasy in free verse, featuring terrifying monsters. I must have a soft spot for those things.
5) Spin. I think I read it this year–a very strong science fiction epic.
I wish I had better things to say about Great Expectations. Generally I aim for one classic novel a year, and often I love 'em: Treasure Island, The Count of Monte Cristo, these were great. But I dislike Dickens’s characterization, and his free hand with coincidences got really tiring, and the book’s cultural allusions were dense enough to make it exhausting to read; I only finished it out of grim determination and a grudging respect for his complex tying up of all loose ends.