In its newest issue, Entertainment Weekly has listed its top 100 classics in various areas (movies, TV, style, music, etc.) and of course books. The best book in the past 25 years? They choose Cormac McCarthy's The Road, with - and this is really a strange choice - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Now I've read Goblet, and I loved it, but I'm just not sure I'm going to list it no. 2. First of all, The Prisoner of Azkaban was really when the series got rolling, so shouldn't it get a nod first? Then: Well. Harry Potter is a phenomenon like the publishing world has never seen, but is it the second best book of the past 25 years? I have to think about that one.
Of course, I'm happy to see Zadie Smith on there (for On Beauty), and Alice Munro (Selected Stories), and Possession (A.S. Byatt), and Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, and Kate Atkinson's Case Histories, and ... well. You can see the book list for yourself by clicking here. For other lists, visit ew.com