Best Books of the Decade: 1980's

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message 1: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular It wouldn't let me vote for Bukowski's Ham on rye which was published in 1982.


message 2: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Ah, fixed it now. Good old librarian status.


message 3: by Jan C (new)

Jan C Why is John Steinbeck's The Pearl on this list? I read it in the '60s so how can it be on a best list of the '80s?


message 4: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Just removed it. The first date of publication was set at 1945 so it must have been an error that someone had already corrected but not noticed that it appeared on this list.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, certainly does not belong on this list - it was first published in 1933.


message 6: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Susanna wrote: "Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, certainly does not belong on this list - it was first published in 1933."

done.


message 7: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I have NO idea when the 80's occurred, wasn't it some time ago ? I know it was after the 60s but other than that I have no clue. I have, it seems, a kind of Billy Pilgrim past, just a big lake of s-- stuff in which we are all just paddling around.
Am surprised they had books then, and good books too judging from this list. I voted for a bunch of them.....What about Ellis Peters' "A Morbid Taste for Bones" Tell the truth when I hear her name I just think of Derek Jacobi in his Benedictine pharmacy (apothecary ?).


message 8: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Oct 09, 2009 11:54AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Why not A Morbid Taste for Bones? Because it was first published in 1977. It would be eligible for the 1970s list. Where I just added it, actually.


message 9: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Thom wrote: "I have NO idea when the 80's occurred, wasn't it some time ago ? I know it was after the 60s but other than that I have no clue. I have, it seems, a kind of Billy Pilgrim past, just a big lake of..."

Well don't you have a bizzarre sense of humour(?)


message 10: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Killthepopular wrote: "Thom wrote: "I have NO idea when the 80's occurred, wasn't it some time ago ? I know it was after the 60s but other than that I have no clue. I have, it seems, a kind of Billy Pilgrim past, just ..."

Dear Kill, I am 68. My kids (kids no longer) talk about "80s music" and I have small notion of what they mean by it, or when they say "Oh that's so 80's !" Am afraid I will embarrass them (prob. have) by acting "80s" without even knowing it. Assume you are British because you spell the word "humoUr". Yeah....You probably put petrol in the lorry and take the lift to the underground. Don't mind me---am about to be consigned to the dustbin of history. PeaceOut, Thom D.


message 11: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Never before has someone so conclusively put me in my place for belonging to a country that has a marginally different dialect from the bastard state that it fathered.

Sir, i am humbled.


message 12: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn You should not be. I am always impressed when I hear English. As Professor Henry Higgins said, and quite rightly, "In America they haven't spoken it for years". Better a lorry than "Maa rig". Good Thoughts, Thom


message 13: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular porno for marx wrote: "wanted to get serpent & the rainbow by wade davis up here but it told me it wasn't published in the 80s. wrong again, goodreads!"

I've edited the publication date to 1985. You can add it now.


message 14: by Anita (new)

Anita Larry McMurtrys' novel Lonesome Dove won the Pulitzer in 1986 so it had to be published that year or the one before. It should be included on this list. Where else can one find such a sweeping, boldly honest epic of the old west?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yeah, I agree, 1920 as an Original Publication Date for Lonesome Dove is fairly ridiculous.

Fixed.


message 16: by Chris (new)

Chris Johnson Watchmen's the best piece of art the 80's saw, but when it comes to NOVELS, "Beloved" or "Blood Meridian" ahhhhhhhhhh my gosh! Can go back and forth on which one is the best of the decade.


message 17: by Chris (new)

Chris Johnson more people need to vote on this 80's list.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

Snow in April, by Rosamund Pilcher (1972)


message 19: by Myles (new)

Myles Deleted Tangerine (1997)


message 20: by Callum (new)

Callum fantastic site


message 21: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Man I love this site I found so many I wanted to read. I could be in paradise for along time just reading. I can't wait.


message 22: by Sebastian (new)

Sebastian I thought the eighties were pretty cool. Good movies, comics were well written, and music was better. I'm not sure if you were talking about the 80s being a giant river of shit people were paddling around or if you were referring to you your own life (I'm not trying to be rude, I literally think that's what your figuratively talking about).


message 23: by Victor (new)

Victor Antonov The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was published on Oct 12, 1979 and it should be removed from this list (#11 as of Nov 23, 2012). It is already #1 in 1970s :)


message 24: by Donna (last edited Nov 05, 2013 02:09PM) (new)

Donna Davis I am amazed at how many outstanding books came out during this time period. I voted for the two more recent decades, which were good, and then I clicked on this one. Bonanza!


message 25: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ruedin The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy removed. Published in 1979.


message 26: by Julian (new)

Julian Meynell The King James Version of The Bible is #100 on this list. I think it might have been written earlier than the 1980s. Perhaps the 40s? Should be removed.


message 27: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ruedin Julian wrote: "The King James Version of The Bible is #100 on this list. I think it might have been written earlier than the 1980s. Perhaps the 40s? Should be removed."

*snort*


message 28: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Ran check for duplicates: none found.

Removed: King James' Bible (published 1611); Renault's Funeral Games (pub. 1958); Vaniegem's Revolution (pub. 1967); Jeffers' Collected Poetry 1920-28 (pub. in separate volumes 1920-28).


message 29: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed: Sheridan, School for Scandal etc. (pub. 1777);
Mahfouz, Children of the Alley (pub. 1959); Ionesco, The Lesson (pub. 1951).


message 30: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed.


message 31: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed.


message 32: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 5 books removed.


message 33: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 8 books removed.


message 34: by Justin (new)

Justin Goodrich Where is "SWAN SONG" by Robert McCammon? Best Post Apocalyptic Novel EVER WRITTEN.


message 35: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 19 books removed.


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