King seems to be a big favourite around here...I read a lot of his when I was a kid, but when I sifted out my fiction to make room for my non-fiction,
I only kept the Bachman books, and Different Seasons. I am with Advantage, his novels are too long winded, too much warm-up, but his short stories
are brilliance. My favourite is the Long Walk.
Robert Heinlein is amazing, I read all of his back to back, but in no particular order. Kurt Vonnegut. Philip K Dick, of course. John Irving has a
particular kind of strangeness, and A Prayer for Owen Meaney had me in floods of tears. Patrick Susskind's Perfume, is very dark and breathtaking.
Homer's Odyssey, immediately followed by James Joyce's Ulysses helped me overcome my fear of the latter and rendered it within my comprehension.
Already mentioned, all of Tom Wolfe, except Bonfire of the Vanities, and Ken Kesey's One Flew over the Cuckoo Nest to add artist context.
Obviously, Tolkien, as already mentioned by a few...all of. CS Lewis...all of. T H White's The Once and Future King is one of my all time
favourites, and I never grow tired of it, always finding within it a new lesson to be learnt.
I am currently in love with Hermann Hesse's work. The Glass Bead Game completely rocked my world. Which also brings me to the 'trippiest' book that
I have ever read...Cosmic Comics by the aforementioned. Totally and utterly incomprehensible...moon milking I ask you?
I'm currently reading Christopher Paolini's Inheritance cycle to my nine year old son, and they're very good. My son loves them. Paolini was 15 when
he wrote the first one...which is scary...
I also read to him Monkey by Wu Cheng-en, which was a first for both of us, though I had watched the TV series as a child. The book far surpassed
that, and had us both in stitches.
I think everyone should try to make their way through the classics, or at least some of them...it is disappointing that so many would rather read Dean
Kootz, which really, given his formulaic approach to writing, well you've read one, you've read them all...
Oooh...and Franz Kafka Metamorphosis...for those of us with a schtzoid PD...a must read for self-understanding.
ETA William Gibson! How could I forget that? And while we're thinking cyber-punk, Bruce Sterling...
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