posted on Apr, 10 2005 @ 03:05 AM
There are so many... Thank You For Smoking & Little Green Men, both by Christopher Buckley are favorites, mainly because Buckley's sense of humor is
dark, wry and I actually laugh out loud when I read his writing. The first book is about a tobacco lobbyist who gets kidnapped by overzealous
anti-smokers who try to kill him by covering his body with nicotine patches. He survives, but as a result he can't smoke, making his job difficult.
"Little Green Men" is about a disgruntled government operative who works in a black ops program responsible for abducting and anal-probing ordinary
American citizens in order to propagate the belief that aliens do exist. He gets drunk and abducts a conservative Senator, and well, the story gets
really funny and interesting.
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is probably my favorite book with The Fountainhead a close second--both because of the epic scope of the stories and
because reading both of these books is an emotional experience. I usually reread either of these before starting a new job or if I've ended a bad
relationship.... if it was a really bad relationship, I'll read both of them.
Other favorites are Vox by Nicholson Baker (a brilliant short novel that spans a telephone conversation between two people that meet over a phone-sex
line), A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (hysterical, creative, pathetic and unfortunately reminds me of several of my family members),
White Noise by Don Delillo (a funny, subtle novel about a family that is having difficulty dealing with postmodern technology, alternative lifestyles,
death and toxic waste. The novel fictionalizes the consequences of the mid-80's experience of watching life on TV instead of experiencing it)--also
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy & almost anything by William Gibson and Philip K. Dick.