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The 50 Best Genre-Bending Books

Created by Emily Temple, April 8
Sometimes, it seems as though the arguments about genre — be it poetry vs. fiction, fiction vs. nonfiction, literary fiction vs. SF vs. fantasy vs. mystery vs. vs. vs. — will never end. So why not just take yourself off the board entirely? After all, marketing professionals aside, does anyone really care what genre they’re reading if the book is good? After the jump, 50 genre-bending novels guaranteed to enthrall you, whether you’re a literary fiction snob or a die-hard fantasy nerd. Enjoy without judgements!
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Bluets (Maggie Nelson)
Bluets (Maggie Nelson)
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The Rings of Saturn
The Rings of Saturn
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American Gods
American Gods
4
Autobiography of Red
Autobiography of Red
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5
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
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Alif the Unseen
Alif the Unseen
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Gun, With Occasional Music
Gun, With Occasional Music
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Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
10
Zone One
Zone One
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Cosmicomics (Calvino)
Cosmicomics (Calvino)
12
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
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13
Red Moon
Red Moon
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The New York Trilogy
The New York Trilogy
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Annihilation
Annihilation
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Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
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Perdido Street Station (China Mieville)
Perdido Street Station (China Mieville)
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Gutshot (Amelia Gray)
Gutshot (Amelia Gray)
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Neuromancer
Neuromancer
20
Flaubert's Parrot (Julian Barnes)
Flaubert's Parrot (Julian Barnes)
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21
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
22
The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick)
23
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
24
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1
25
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Haruki Murakami)
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Haruki Murakami)
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11.22.63
11.22.63
27
Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo (Ntozake Shange)
Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo (Ntozake Shange)
28
Death Comes to Pemberley (P.D James)
Death Comes to Pemberley (P.D James)
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29
The Keep (Jennifer Egan)
The Keep (Jennifer Egan)
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The Tragedy of Arthur
The Tragedy of Arthur
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Reality Hunger
Reality Hunger
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The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride
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The Yiddish Policemen's Union
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
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Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
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Ned Beauman: The Teleportation Accident
Ned Beauman: The Teleportation Accident
36
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje
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2666
2666
38
Crystal Eaters
Crystal Eaters
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The Just City (Jo Walton)
The Just City (Jo Walton)
40
This Is Not a Novel (David Markson)
This Is Not a Novel (David Markson)
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