Best books you ever read

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  1. vic108

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    The Rape of Nanking
    Slaughterhouse-Five
    Ulysses
    Lolita
    1984
    Catch-22
    Patanjali's Yoga Sutras
    The Unvarnished Gospels
     
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    B.B. King's Treasures was a fine read!
     
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    Here's a random sample of good stuff, off the top of my head. These books all have one thing in common -- as I read them, I kept thinking, I never knew it was possible for a book to DO this.

    London Fields - Martin Amis
    1Q84 - Murakami
    Special Topics in Calamity Physics - Marisha Pessl
    Dhalgren - Samuel Delany
    The Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon
    Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace

    Hard to pick a single book by any of these writers, because they routinely knock it out of the park:

    John Updike (the Rabbit series, particularly)
    Neal Stephenson
    Charles Stross

    These two got under my skin, and I'm not sure exactly why:

    Blackout - Connie Willis
    All Clear - Connie Willis

    For mysteries, Rex Stout could do no wrong.
     
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    "Gravity's Rainbow" Pynchon
     
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    Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins
     
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    Team of Rivals
    100 Years of Solitude
    Catcher in the Rye
    In the Heart of the Heart of the Sea
    Song of Solomon
     
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    Love those first two.
     
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    Have you read To Say Nothing of the Dog? It's set in the same universe. I love her work, even the darker stuff has a lot of humor and heart to it without getting carried away by it. The Doomsday Book is excellent, too.
     
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    "You Wouldn't Be Dead For Quids" by Robert G Barrett....

    the first in a good series of "aussie" books.. centered around Les Norton, a big red headed bouncer at an illegal casino in Sydney....

    lots of laughs .. some great characters... :)
     
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    They're in the "to do" stack!
     
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    Blood Meridian
    The LOTR series
    The Hobbit
    No Country For Old Men
    Dune
    Nineteen Eighty-Four
    World War Z
    Drive
    A Song of Ice and Fire series(Game of Thrones)
    Fight Club
    American Gods
    Dark Tower series
     
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    The age... Books by Eric hobsbawm


    How the Beatles destroyed rock and roll, Elijah wald

    The complete Sherlock Holmes with annotations by Leslie Klinger

    Red harvest, dasheill Hammett

    De profundis, Oscar Wilde
     
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