Stephen King a publié la liste de ses dix oeuvres littéraires favorites de 2005 et à la cinquième position se trouve Harry Potter et le Prince de Sang-Mêlé. Voici ce que l’auteur, souvent qualifié comme étant le Maître de l’horreur nous dit :
« Ce qu’il y a de miraculeux dans la saga Harry Potter c’est qu’elle ne cesse de devenir meilleure. Le génie de Madame Rowling a été sa décision (probablement pas sérieusement envisagée au début) de suivre Harry tout au long de sa scolarité. Et ainsi, les fans de Harry n’ont jamais décroché, sont toujours restés près de lui. Maintenant la question est de savoir si Madame Rowling restera à jamais attachée à lui jusqu’à l’étouffement tout comme Arthur Conan Doyle qui n’a pas pu se libérer de l’emprise de Sherlock Holmes. »
La liste est :
10. THE GODFATHER RETURNS, Mark Winegardner Reviews in the mainstream press were mixed, but I believe the late Mario Puzo would have loved this full-blooded continuation of the Corleone saga…if only for the spectacular death of Pete Clemenza. I mean, holy hot stove, Batman.
9. THE MAD COOK OF PYMATUNING, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt Warm ’50s nostalgia gives way to cold chills in this tale of a summer camp gone bad. Very bad. Think Lake Lord-of-the-Flies.
8. DRAMA CITY, George Pelecanos Former drug dealer tries to go straight as an animal-control officer in Washington, D.C. Every gritty detail rings true. It should — Pelecanos also co-writes HBO’s The Wire. As one of his petty street dealers might say, »This s — – is tight, yo. »
7. THE LINCOLN LAWYER, Michael Connelly The Lincoln in question is one of a fleet in which Mickey Haller rides while doing business on the sleazier side of L.A. law. What’s amazing about Michael Connelly is how much he continues to learn about the art of narrative from book to book. Each one is better than the last. And this one is — pardon me — a real Cadillac.
6. THE HOT KID, Elmore Leonard Leonard began his career (back when I was in diapers) writing Westerns. He finally achieved success in the ’80s with urban shoot-’em-ups. In The Hot Kid he has combined both genres, producing a randy Bonnie-and-Clyde-era thrill ride featuring a U.S. marshal, a bank-robbing maniac who once tried to drown his sister in a pool, and a good-hearted woman with a shady past. It’s Leonard’s best novel since Get Shorty, maybe his best ever.
5. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, J.K. Rowling The miracle of the Harry Potter series is that it keeps getting better. The genius of Ms. Rowling was her decision (probably never even seriously considered at the time) to follow Harry through his schooling. As a result, Harry’s fans have never left him behind. The question is whether Ms. Rowling will be bound to him for life, as Arthur Conan Doyle was bound to Sherlock Holmes.
4. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Cormac McCarthy In the most accessible book he’s ever written, McCarthy serves up the year’s most memorable villain, Anton Chigurh, who dispatches his victims with a slaughterhouse cattle gun, and his most memorable hero, a slow-moving, decent sheriff very much in the John Ford mode. Like the desert landscape in which most of the story takes place, McCarthy’s writing is spare, dry, often frightening, and ultimately gorgeous.
3. SATURDAY, Ian McEwan, This novel spans one day in the life of London neurosurgeon Henry Perowne, beginning with a plane on fire and ending with a terrifying dinner party at which he and his family are held hostage by home invaders. What Saturday makes us feel is all the jitter-jive paranoia of our post-9/11 world. And yet, McEwan suggests, it is not a world without hope.
2. THIS BOOK WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, A.M. Homes I told you one book on my list wasn’t available yet; this is it. I get tons of soon-to-be-published novels, and happened to pick this one up because of the unusual title. And couldn’t put it down again. I think this brave story of a lost man’s reconnection with the world could become a generational touchstone, like Catch-22, The Monkey Wrench Gang, or The Catcher in the Rye. There’s a lot of uplift here, but Homes’ deadpan delivery keeps it from feeling greeting-card phony. So does the novel’s ambience, which is 21st-century L.A. Weird. This Book Will Save Your Life won’t be published until April, but I read it in October, so it belongs on this list. And hey, maybe it will save somebody’s life.
1. CASE HISTORIES, Kate Atkinson Not just the best novel I read this year (it actually made EW’s »official » top 10 fiction list in 2004), but the best mystery of the decade. There are actually four mysteries, nesting like Russian dolls, and when they begin to fit together, I defy any reader not to feel a combination of delight and amazement. Case Histories is the literary equivalent of a triple axel. I read it once for pleasure and then again just to see how it was done. This is the kind of book you shove in people’s faces, saying »You gotta read this! »