scowdich wrote:The Charlie Parker Omnibook in E-flat.
Lyra Ngalia wrote:Some get swapped out of the list every once in a while, but it's usually pretty consistent.
The Golden Compass/Northern Lights by Philip Pullman - Really loved the first one, liked the second one a lot, and was thoroughly let down by the third. It's kind of like he started off a little JRR Tolkien and ended up a lot CS Lewis in terms of subtlety.
Dune by Frank Herbert - I really think Dune by itself is one of the greats. It is just so dense and engaging, and the ending is so perfect. But then Herbert had to go and write more stuff for it.
War of the Flowers by Tad Williams - I'd put Otherland on here instead if it wasn't so damned long. This is I think the only time Tad Williams was able to write a story that fit a single book, and it's a great one. A nice spin on normal faerie fantasies.
Foundation by Isaac Asimov - Foundation was one of those books that when I read the end, I just sat there and stared at the book in shock, it was that good. The only other one out of that series that gave me the same reaction was Second Foundation.
Brave New World by Aldous Leonard Huxley - I like it a lot more than 1984. I think it has to do with the fact that 1984 focused more on how humans corrupt their society and is terrifying in that right, while Brave New World focused on how technology corrupted and crippled society.
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daydalus wrote:The Fountainhead, Rand (but dont call me an objectivist, I just like idealistic artists).
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein.
He's one of my favorite authors, and I would also recomend "For Us, the Living" for a really good commentary of the United States.
Murakami is where it's at, for sure. I just finished reading Kafka on the Shore, which was the first of his that I've read. Right now I'm reading The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, which is also fucking brilliant. The rest of his stuff is on my to-buy list.Jobo wrote:Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami.
Honestly, a lot of this guy's books would end up on my favorites list, but this was the first novel of his that I read, and... I'm not sure what it is that I love so much. Everything just goes together so nicely. I'm sort of in the middle of rereading it for a third or fourth time now... it's just enjoyable to read.
I couldn't tell you what would get the number two place, though. Roald Dahl's Going Solo was amazing, as was The Great Gatsby, my collection of Bradbury's short stories, or... others. Tough call.
no-genius wrote:Of the books I read recently, it would have to be VALIS by Philip K Dick. Reading that book was so much fun!