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Check out GalleyCat's Best of 2004 Meta-List for Fiction. Best Book lists from Barnes & Noble, Christian Science Monitor, NYT, Publishers Weekly, SF Chronicle and many others.

The most interesting thing to me was The Master List. A breakdown of the number of "Best Of" appearances for the books showing up on the numerous lists. Check it out under the cut...

Title/ Author / Number of "Best of" Appearances

The Plot Against America: A Novel, Philip Roth 23

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke 20

The Master, Colm Toibin 17

The Line of Beauty, Alan Hollinghurst 16

Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell 14

Gilead, Marilynne Robinson 12

Snow, Orhan Pamuk 12

Runaway: Stories, Alice Munro 11

Aloft, Chang-rae Lee 10

The Falls, Joyce Carol Oates 9

The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon9

The Jane Austen Book Club, Karen Joy Fowler 8

Heir to the Glimmering World, Cynthia Ozick 8

The Egyptologist, Arthur Phillips 8

The Darling, Russell Banks 7

The Dew Breaker, Edwidge Danticat 7

The Last Crossing, Guy Vanderhaeghe7

Case Histories, Kate Atkinson 6

The Inner Circle, T. Coraghessan Boyle 6

War Trash, Ha Jin 6

A Bit on the Side, William Trevor 6

Natasha and Other Stories, David Bezmozgis 5

Birds Without Wings, Louis de Bernieres 5

Crossing California, Adam Langer 5

Little Children, Tom Perrotta 5

The Amateur Marriage, Anne Tyler 5

Sweet Land Stories, E.L. Doctorow 4

An Unfinished Season, Ward Just 4

Transmission, Hari Kunzru 4

Bandbox, Thomas Mallon 4

The Man in My Basement, Walter Mosley 4

The Double, Jose Saramago 4

The Finishing School, Muriel Spark 4

Villages, John Updike 4

Oblivion: Stories, David Foster Wallace 4

I Am Charlotte Simmons, Tom Wolfe 4

Harbor, Lorraine Adams 3

Wake Up, Sir!, Jonathan Ames 3

Maps for Lost Lovers, Nadeem Aslam 3

The Lemon Table, Julian Barnes 3

The Rules of Engagement, Anita Brookner 3

Little Black Book of Stories, A.S. Byatt 3

The Final Solution: A Story of Detection, Michael Chabon 3

You Remind Me of Me, Dan Chaon 3

Heaven Lake, John Dalton 3

The Birth of Venus, Sarah Dunant 3

Dark Voyage, Alan Furst 3

The Confessions of Max Tivoli, Andrew Sean Greer 3

Eventide, Kent Haruf 3

Skinny Dip, Carl Hiassen 3

Snakepit, Moses Isegawa 3

The Dark Tower, Stephen King 3

The Hamilton Case, Michelle de Kretser 3

Absolute Friends, John Le Carre 3

An Evening of Long Goodbyes, Paul Murray 3

Magic Seeds, V. S Naipaul 3

Wolves Eat Dogs, Martin Cruz Smith 3

Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction, Sue Townsend 3

Our Kind, Kate Walbert 3

Buying a Fishing Rod for My Father, Gao Xingjian 3

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