Thus Spoke Zarathustra - Friedrich Nietzsche
Empire - Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt
The Soul of Man under Socialism - Oscar Wilde
Cancer Ward (fiction) and The Gulag Archipelago (non-fiction) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin (the book that directly inspired 1984)
American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction, and Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
The Wayside series by Louis Sachar
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley, us in 50 years
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Virtual Light - William Gibson, us in 10 years
Singularity Sky - Charles Stross
The three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K. Dick
Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
Jane's World Aircraft Recognition Handbook - Derek Wood, this book WAS my childhood
I like more to read short stories like what Poe and Lovecraft used to write, but these are some of the books I love:
>Lord of the Rings (Six books, although 3 was quite boring)- J.R.R. Tolkien
>The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
>Narn I Chîn Húrin - J.R.R. Tolkien
>Quenta Silmarillion, Valaquenta, Ainulindalë, Akallabêth - J.R.R. Tolkien (Silmarillion)
>Das Parfum - Patrick Süskind
>The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (nice poems) - J.R.R. Tolkien
>The Book of Lost Tales - J.R.R. Tolkien
>Caballo de Trolla 1, 2 (quit reading at 3 when I realized it was a jew crap for the money) - J.J. Benitez
>At the Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft
>Amerika - Kafka
>The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury.
>Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige- Selma Lagerlöf
>Faust - Goethe
>The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club - Charles Dickens
>Valle de la Calma (The quiet valley?)- Angel David Revilla/Dross Rotzank
>A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones (the first one, couldn't read the others yet) - George R.R. Martin
>The Man Who Counted Júlio César de Mello e Souza - Júlio César de Mello e Souza
>One Thousand and One Nights (I never lol'd so hard; god, that part where the Jinn just puts its finger in the ass and start to dance…)
As for short stories, I have a lot of books with compilations of various authors, most of them are anthologies of terror from 1800 to 1950 (approximately). Lovecraft and Poe are the ones I most like.
I also love 1920's Sci-fi stories/books.
Non-fictional, I have THOUSAND - Yes,- THOUSANDS of text from 1940 to nowadays times about UFOs, Reiki, ghosts, spirits, rituals and metaphysic shits.
Also I have 4 books of Hawking, I need to finalize 2.
Uhh, I can't remember more.
PS: Shouldn't this be on /lit/?
I usually don't like books that are intended for audiences over the age of 14 ._. and it's all fiction. My favorites include:
The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle (I MET HIM, I have his autograph)
Watership Down - Richard Adams
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Makes me cry like a baby)
Dragon Sword and Wind Child - Noriko Ogiwara
The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
Harry Potter series- J.K. Rowling
A Drowned Maiden's Hair - Laura Schlitz
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark - Stephen Gammell (Best illustrations ever)
Frankenstein - William Shakespeare
I'm probably forgetting some really important ones. >>344
Haha, the Wayside school series and Holes were some of my favorite books in elementary.
Series of Unfortunate Events was great, too. I should re-read that series again sometime. Working at a children's library gives me access to all the old books I used to love.
I don't read much, other than Wikipedia and "origins" section in dictionaries.
The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix - (Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen)
The Silverwing Book Series; by Kenneth Oppel - (Silverwing, Sunwing, Firewing, and Darkwing)
The Underland Chronicles (books 1-5) by Suzanne Collins
The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
And a few odds and ends like "The Prophecies of Nostradamus" and every "Eyewitness" book ever (not literally)
Seconded on Crime and Punishment.
Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, even though it's unfinished.
Moby-Dick and pretty much anything I've read by Herman Melville. Except for The Confidence-Man. That shit is crazy.
1984 by George Orwell, a cautionary tale that becomes more and more true every year.
I've really liked Gore Vidal's historical novels that I've read, especially Julian. Creation is good too, but it wanders around a whole lot (both literally and figuratively) and doesn't arrive much of anywhere. The history-obsessed dumbass in me loved it, though.
A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin. I'm not much for fantasy, but this series isn't all that fantasy aside from the dragons. A great series for people who like great characters.
Neuromancer and Virtual Light are some of my favorites ever, along with Snow Crash, Idoru, Ben Bova's End of Exile, and A Scanner Darkly. I've got Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon sitting on my desk but I can't bring myself to read it because it's huuuuuge. But you've got some good taste there.
I love Kafka but I haven't read Amerika yet. What's so good about it?
Well, Kafka basically wrote about the life-style europeans had when they arrived 'murrica. I personally love early 19th century's literature, also it was one of the very first novels I've read in another language than my native one, so I have a big appreciation for it.
In restrospective, and now that I think about it, there's not a 'BIG EPIC' show there or a specific reason I like it so much; but if you love history and such it gives a pretty well sight about the situation about how were things there. Also it was interesting and entertaining.
God, I suck at giving recommendations or explaining things…
It's okay, I'm sure I'm worse at it.
Oh, good point… Frankenstein was actually that one story written by Junji Ito, right?I hope nobody takes me seriously.
Sorry, I normally don't pay attention to your posts.
I don't read them either
Just a small sampler:
Down and Out in Paris and London
Cat's Cradle / Siren's of Titan
The Edict by Man Ehrlich
The First and Last by Adolf Galland
The Sea Wolf by Jack London
Shardik by Richard Adams
Minimanual of the Urban Guerrilla by Carlos Marighella
Gulag Archipelago would make a great primer on how to survive processing by a police state's bureaucracy. It's a nice combo read too if you have Papillon nearby on the bookshelf.
I've got the Diamond Age on my bookshelf, neat way of explaining digital logic and awesome post scarcity society. But I am/was an EE so it ruined it for me because I was all "I learnt this shit in first year". Sad that a believable post scarcity society still has poor people though.
Also, gauge and gag?
Flow My Tears is now on this list.
The best science fiction - and one of the best novels - in the world is Joe Haldeman's Forever War. Forever Peace, also by Haldeman, comes a close second
The Dirt - Motley Crue
The Dark Tower series - Stephen King
Johannes Cabal series - Jonathan L Howard
Dracula - Bram Stoker
I Am Ozzy - Ozzy Osbourne
Why We Suck - Dennis Leary
I'm still looking for more stuff like Transmet, to be honest. If you don't mind another comic JtHM is funny if you don't take it too seriously, and Hunter S Thompson had a pretty humorous way of writing about absurdities, though he was never quite as exaggeratedly funny as the comic-book character he inspired.
Irvine Welsh books can be pretty funny in a crass way as well.
I have tons of books that I still need to read, but these are my favorites (that I can recall, at least) from the ones I've read:
House of Leaves - Mark Danielewski
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
<insert any title> - H.P. Lovecraft
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
The Silver Chair - C.S. Lewis (all of the Chronicles of Narnia were good, but this was my favorite)
Existentialism is a Humanism - Jean-Paul Sartre
The Shallows - Nicholas Carr
Brain Rules - John Medina
Finding Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
I added way too much stuff to that.
Allow me to revise:
Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
The Trial - Franz Kafka
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - PKD
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Infinity Welcomes Careful Drives - Grant Naylor
Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
Metro 2033 - Dmitry Glukhovsky
The Gonzo Papers (techincally they're different titles but it's still a series)- Hunter S. Thompson
A Scanner Darkly (I should probably watch the movie) - PKD
Das Boot - Lothar-Günther Buchheim
The Plague - Albert Camus
Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut
Dr. Bloodmoney - PKD
Mother Night - Kurt Vonnegut
Lolita - Vladimir Nabakov
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (a short story but good enough to deserve the mention)- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
1984 - George Orwell
A Scanner Darkly - Phillip K Dick
10 Days that Shook the World - John Reed
The Nazis: a Warning from History - Laurence Rees
Fear & Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 - Hunter S. Thompson
The Plague - Albert Camus
I'm probably forgetting a few and I'm being very repetitive with some of the authors but at least I'm not padding it with stuff I only read halfway an agreed with like a pretentious teenage idiot.
Honestly, skimming over this thread, I'm surprised to see no mention of A road side picnic or The third police man.
The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down To Size - Tor Norretranders. Has been for years now.
Also, who the hell is capable of considering both Marx and Rand as favourites? I know it since that my shelf is filled with Rand's works I still couldn't trust myself without some Kant, even though I deem 90% of his philosophy as toxic to human reason. Last time I checked Marx didn't distinguish any poetic value either. Just.. wth, OP?
Oh and in the spirit of above, The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand.
Wayyy better than 1984 'cause "muh surrealism." Although I favour Animal Farm, as well.>>360>Don Quixote
haven't finished but by god, Cervantes's newsreporter-esque writing style makes for much hilarity.
I like you (Euripides semi-fanboy here).>>451>Heart of Darkneess
dense af, best for a single sitting, like Catcher in the Rye.>>342>Beckett, Camus, Kafka
I think you'd appreciate Ionesco and Hesse (especially The Steppenwolf), my dude.>>448>Dark Tower
best fantasy-scifi-western of all time.>>345>Neuromancer
Gibson's pretty cool, although that one Marc Laidlaw (writer for Half-Life games) did about the 400 guys fighting the giant destructo-babies was coolest cyberpunk I've come across yet.>>350>Snow Crash
Is Stephenson's pacing is dreadful sometimes, or is it just me? Couldn't finish Hiro P's story…although The Diamond Age is excellent.
The Odyssey - Homer
The Aeneid - Virgil
King Lear - Shakespeare
The Dhammapada - Shakyamuni Buddha
After Dark - Murakami
Pandora - Sylvia Fraser
Rabchik, A Jewish Dog - Sholom Aleichem
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Lion in the Streets - Judith Thompson (a play unlike any other play I've read/seen)
Hyperion - Dan Simmons
The Dragon Never Sleeps - Glen Cook
Vurt - Jeff Noon
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill - Mark Bittner
The Shadow Out of Time - H. P. Lovecraft
Homeland - Cory Doctorow
Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
La primera calle de la soledad - Gerardo Horacio Porcayo
The Telekommunist Manifesto - Dmytri Kleiner
Thanks for the recommendation yo.>>525
Norwegian Wood is that good? The only Murakami I've read is Sputnik and A Wild Sheep Chase and Hardboiled Wonderland, so I'm not too sure of his others.
Please read Hardboiled if you haven't, by the way.
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov (honestly surprised nobody else has mentioned this already)
The Good Angel of Death - Andrey Kurkov
In the Miso Soup - Ryu Murakami
The Night Watch - Sarah Waters
A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh
When God Was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman
John Dies at the End series - David Wong
Out - Natsuo Kirino
Nation - Terry Pratchett
Discworld series - Terry Pratchett
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
Not that anon. Norwegian Wood is definitely worth the read. IMO his best is Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, which you might like given that you enjoyed Hardboiled Wonderland.>>607>Out - Natsuo Kirino
This has been sitting on my shelf unread since I picked it up from a library sale a while back. Time to read it I think.
seconding wind-up bird as his best. i read it at least once a year when i feel like i need to. always find something different.
hurray for this thread and all the recommendations.
>>675>Time to read it I think.
I did read this not long after posting this. It starts off well enough, reminding me quite a lot of black comedy films. When it all unravels and especially at the end it became tough reading, sad and brutal. I would still recommend it though.