My fellow readers,
You know those books which come along all too rarely,the sort you cannot put down even when its 3am and you have work at 7am?
The sort of books which take you off to a faraway place which seems so realistic they infect your very dreams...
Well,I live for the collection of such books,and would love to hear of any titles of such worth from fellow ATSers.
I shall start with two books that have left not just memories in me,but scars.
The first I shall mention I read maybe 5 years ago,although it was written in the 1980's and is called "Swan Song" by Robert Mckammon,and is the
best Nuclear apocalypse story I have ever read to date:
I got a second hand copy for £2-what a bargain.
Chances are,you will not be able to put this book down even if an actual apocalypse is occuring at the time.
It's that immersive and will make you laugh,cry and everything inbetween and never want it to end.
My second contender,has a big disclaimer
-Not for under 18s,and not for anyone except those who are able to be immune to bad dreams.I mean,I
have read some really distubing books both fiction and none fiction,but this is the only book that has given me what the internet seems
diagnose as PTSD-yes,that horrible condition that can happen to folks who have experienced war or other horrors.
I have dreamt about this book many times since reading it,and on 3 occasions I have woken up screaming,thinking it was someone else in my dream
screaming(but it was me)as the scream sounded as though it was not coming from me.
My bed would be on those 3 occasions,sweated through in a wet shape the shape of...me.
Never happened before I had dreams related to that book.
Even so,in all its depravity,and it has no limit to the depths of that depravity and horror,it is still among the greatest books I have ever read,in
its depictions of a long lost people and their culture.
So if you dare,read of the life of Mixtli(Dark Cloud),the Aztec,written by Gary Jennings,who spent over a decade in Mexico,researching the people's
lives before Cortez invaded(and after).The book was first published in 1980:
So those are but two submissions of mine,I have more...
What are your maddest most earth shaking books folks?
All are appreciated,fiction ,non fiction etc.