posted on Mar, 8 2011 @ 02:59 PM
I'm currently about halfway through "Tommyknockers" by Stephen King, which is about aliens, but maybe not in the sense you'd be interested in. The
book is really creepy and well done, but there is a pretty boring stretch that hits right when the beginning starts to take off. After that's it's
been great and hard to put down.
"Libra" by Don DeLilo is a fantastic novel about Lee Harvey Oswald and the JFK assassination. Really great. Imagine a more subdued version of Oliver
"Crying of Lot 49" by Thomas Pynchon is a very strange, somewhat hard to grasp book. It's about a woman who is supposed to execute a former
lover's will and ends up in a plot that...well, I'm not quite sure. There's a play within the book, government agents, a shady corporation,
underground mail systems, etc. It's nuts and even if you're like me and don't get it, it's still a trip.
"The List of 7" by Mark Frost is a really fun novel about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (the guy who wrote the Sherlock Holmes stories) getting involved
with one of the queen's secret agents. They're trying to figure out what's going on after Doyle witnesses a terrible murder at a seance. It has its
problems (the end probably being the biggest), but it's still a good read.
"Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco is really, really dense. I found it fairly difficult to get through. That said, it's still a really
interesting novel. I don't want to give too much away, but the basic plot is that a group of publishers decide to write a book that's an amalgam of
conspiracy theories so they can make some money, but end up getting in over their heads. It deals with, among other things: the Knights Templar, the
Illuminati and the occult. When it's good, it's really good and when it's slow, it's painfully slow. Though, when you finish it and step away from
it and look at it as a whole, you get a sense of what he was trying to do.
Two books that aren't that good, but are still enjoyable are "City of Pillars" by Dominic Peloso and "Crooked Little Vein" by Warren Ellis.
"City of Pillars" is about a man who is accidentally given a strange book, then people around him start dying and he has to go on the run from a Men
In Black type organization. "Crooked Little Vein" is about a detective who is sent to find a strange book and ends up getting up to his waist in a
few conspiracies. Again, neither are very good, but both have some redeeming qualities.