Bestselling Translated Short Stories in 2020
Best Short Stories of Dostoevsky
Les Miserables (Signet Classics)
- Used Book in Good Condition
Weathered Blossom (Modern Korean Short Stories)
Short Stories in Japanese: New Penguin Parallel Text (Japanese Edition)
- Penguin Books
The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by Lemony Snicket
- Houghton Mifflin
The Fir Tree
- Ten Speed Press
My Struggle: Book 5: Some Rain Must Fall
- Farrar Straus and Giroux
The End of Eddy: A Novel
Fever Dream: A Novel
- Riverhead Books
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa
- Penguin Classics
Zama (New York Review Books Classics)
- New York Review of Books
The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse
Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel
Novel of 2020: Artemis Fowl - These Fairies Aren't from Bedtime Stories...
An article describing my personal favorite book of 2020, the 'Artemis Fowl' series.
Artemis believes that he knows the fairie's rules...but what happens when they stop playing by them? Well, this series goes above and beyond the impossible to prove that the faerie people are a force to be reckoned with. They have SWAT teams (Recon One) and stun guns (The Neutrino 2000 and 3000), as well as camouflage armor. They even have specialized cameras that fit into one's eye like a contact lens. Needless to say it seems they are better equipped than our own U.S Military force. When you think about it, it seems that Artemis has his work cut out for him.
At first, Artemis is presented as a twelve year old, criminal genius with a cruelty streak. He felt nothing when he kidnapped Holly at first, but as the series progresses he grows not just as a character but as a man. He grows up, if you will. By the 7th book in the series, Artemis is almost 20 years of age and has become friends with The People, assisting them as a consultant of sorts. He also takes down several villains of the faerie world, namely Opal Koboi, a megalomaniacal pixie who goes to great lengths to conquer The People, even going so far as to turn herself human to turn the humans against her own kind. Of course, her plan is thwarted, but that doesn't stop her from having a revenge streak a mile long. She constantly lies in wait, preparing for vengeance against Artemis Fowl and his companions. Each and every time she attempts to enact said revenge however, she ends up being brought down, thus proving that good always manages to conquer evil in the end...even though it seems that the good guy has his own bad side on occasion. After all, he did start out as a kidnapping, thieving little brat. Sometimes that little brat does shine through, especially when he uses witty remarks and that infamous 'vampire smile'.
In essence, this series takes what most people know about fantasy and tips it over, creating new approaches to science fiction and fantasy staples, making it into a series that certainly earns its place as my favorite novel of 2020.