Herman Melville - Moby Dick F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby Mary Shelley - Frankenstein Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita Jorge Luis Borges - Collected Fictions Anthony Burgess - Earthly Powers Douglas Adams - The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose Hunter Thompson - The Great Shark Hunt Of all the books I've read, one stands above all the others, and that is James Joyce's Ulysses. It is the most beautifully written book, and it contains everything. It is also the funniest book I've read. I can pick it up at any time of day or night, open it to any page and be instantly rewarded with wit or insight. I managed to get halfway through War and Peace. I found the war parts tremendously exciting and the peace parts deadly dull. I think this may be the opposite of what Tolstoy intended. Anyway, there it sits on my bookshelf with the bookmark halfway through.