21st Century Fiction  2


Test your knowledge of some of this millennium’s hottest fiction.   All are classics, nothing obscure.  And nothing came out before 2011, so it’s all new and fresh. 

Have a go, and you’re in the running to receive a 30-euro (£25 / $40) gift certificate to spend at Amazon; in case of a tie, a name will be drawn.
Deadline: November. 1, 2013



Name the novel or short story:


1. He claims to be Commander Ga!


 2. “My name is Serena Frome (rhymes with 'plume') and almost 40 years ago I was sent on a secret mission for the British security service.”


3.A Nixon scholar must cope with his own shortcomings along with those of his mentally imbalanced brother, while helping a whole slew of others.
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4.To be effective, a self-help book requires two things.  First, the help it suggests should be helpful.  Obviously.  And second, without which the first is impossible, the self it’s trying to help should have some idea of what help is needed . . . So be honest here and ask yourself the following question.  Is getting filthy rich still your goal above all goals ...?


5.In this short story, a young boy falls into icy water and is saved by a man who happens to be on the scene to commit suicide.


6.Protagonist Jimmy, whom we met 26 years ago, is now married with four kids who affectionately call his website oldshite.com.


7.In part three of this dystopian trilogy, the progress is of a band of survivors in an unnamed northern continent is tracked after a global pandemic has wiped out most of humanity.


8.Novel about a North Korean invasion of the Japanese island of Kyushu, in April 2011, all beginning when a squad of ten crack soldiers take a baseball game hostage in Fukuoka.



9."I worked on a peak outside Bisbee, Arizona, where we were only eleven or twelve miles from the sun. It was a hundred and sixteen degrees on the thermometer, and every degree was a foot long. And that was in the shade. And there weren't no shade."


 10.Football novel of highly stylized prose about Liverpool FC's Bill Shankly.