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10 to read before the apocalypse?

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 52 ✭✭✭ Ebony


    hmm way too hard to put in order so here are my life changing ones off the top of my head

    the virgin suicides (shows you how to be a girl in the coolest way)
    hidious kinky (beautiful narration from an eight year old)
    attonement-ian mc ewan (amazing)
    romeo+juilet(the only thing i read in school that wasnt destroyed by teaching)
    esiotrot-dahl (the sweetest love story for everyone)

    theres so many more but i cant think of now!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 22 ✭✭✭ irko


    I read The godfather by Mario Puzo.It happened by an accident,when i wanted to check a couple of pages.So it strick me ,i had to read it out.Nikolaj Gogol is a good writer, try reading some of his works.Celine is also good ,i read "The journey to the end of night" or something.Sexus,by Henry Miller.This guy named Heinrich von Kleist wrote some short novels which i liked,story of Michael Kolhaas.Alice in wonderland by Lewis Caroll.Körkarlen by Selma Lagerlöf .Njals Saga is very good.It is a medieval story from Iceland.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,561 ✭✭✭ Woden


    Originally posted by graciek
    Catcher In The Rye - J.D. Salinger


    i see a lot of people recommending this and i have to ask why? i read it recently and thought it was nothing special perhaps it just went over my head but he was a whiny fecker.

    i usually read nothing of substance but i would recommend:

    Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
    The Player of Games, Iain M. Banks


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 188 ✭✭ jerenaugrim


    Originally posted by irko
    I read The godfather by Mario Puzo.It happened by an accident,when i wanted to check a couple of pages.So it strick me ,i had to read it out.Nikolaj Gogol is a good writer, try reading some of his works.Celine is also good ,i read "The journey to the end of night" or something.Sexus,by Henry Miller.This guy named Heinrich von Kleist wrote some short novels which i liked,story of Michael Kolhaas.Alice in wonderland by Lewis Caroll.Körkarlen by Selma Lagerlöf .Njals Saga is very good.It is a medieval story from Iceland.

    Are u Icelandic, irko? 'Cause I've heard there's some great stuff by Icelandic writers (most literate nation in the world, apparently), so can anyone recommend anything?

    Catcher... is not Salinger's best. Try Raise High The Roofbeams, Carpenters! (a novella) or A Good Day for Bananafish (short stories).


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 22 ✭✭✭ irko


    No I`m not from Iceland.I Just happened to get my hands on that book.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,592 ✭✭✭ Ancient1


    True, Njal's Saga is a must-read.
    Also, get a book called Sagas of Warrior Poets (edited by Diana Whaley) - it contains 5 Icelandic sagas. When you consider when they were written, they're absolutely uplifting.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 35 ✭✭✭ graciek


    Originally posted by Dataisgod
    i see a lot of people recommending this and i have to ask why? i read it recently and thought it was nothing special perhaps it just went over my head but he was a whiny fecker.

    I enjoyed the book, but i do agree it's not salinger's best, i'm making my way through his books and so far i prefer franny and zooey. i lot of people say that it's just pretentious, but i think it's the kinda thing u like, or u don't like! :P


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 28 ✭✭✭ syngin


    can't beleive that 1894 by George Orwell was not on the list


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 35 ✭✭✭ graciek


    oh yeah! 1984!! good book!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 10 ✭✭✭ JudasMonkey


    Requiem For a Dream-Hubert Shelby Jr.
    1984- George Orwell
    Animal Farm- George Orwell
    The Tirlogy Of 5(Hitchrikers guide etc)- Douglas Adams
    Salmon of Doubt-Douglas Adams
    Catch 22- Joesph Heller
    Jingo-Terry Pratchett
    Nothing in this book is true, But its exactly how things are-Bob Frissell
    Stupid White Men-Micheal Moore
    Siddhartha-Herman Hesse


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15 ✭✭✭ thetis


    The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Kundrun
    The Selfish Gene - Dawkins
    How the Mind works - Pinker
    Cryponomicon - Stephenson
    Metamorphoses - Ovid
    The Prince - Machiavelli
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Lee
    Othello - Shakespeare
    Scoop - Waugh
    The Far Side - Larson


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 850 Instant Karma


    in no particular order -

    Fiction

    The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
    Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
    The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
    Gates of Fire - Steven Pressfield
    The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien
    Animal Farm - George Orwell
    Charlottes Web - E B White [yeah I know its a kids book]

    Pulp Fiction

    anything by Lincoln Childs and Douglas Preston

    Timeline - Michael Crichton

    Non-Fiction

    The Forgotten Soldier - Guy Sajer
    Stupid White Men - Michael Moore
    Chickenhawk - Robert Mason

    Other

    The Lucifer Principle - Howard Bloom
    Meditations - Marcus Aurelius


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 44 ✭✭✭ [defunct]carlito


    well best couple of books ive read to date are "captain corellis mandolin" and very recently "100years of solitude by gabriel garcia marquez" fantastic book it was....at mo im reading wait for it......John newtons story who wrote the "Amazing Grace Hymm" its by jonh pollock.
    so 1 100 years of solitude(gabriel garcia marquez)
    2 captain corellis mandolin
    3 hanibal
    4 long way from penny apples(bill cullen)
    5 johnser loves jackie (neville thompson)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5 ✭✭✭ caro


    the picture of dorian gray (wilde)
    franny and zooey-(salinger)
    the torture garden (octave mirbeau)
    the bell jar (plath) -this has a bad rep, ooh she killed herself, it must be a depressing book, but the end seems to have a nice bit of hope in there...
    revolt of the angels- (anatole france)
    lord of the rings (jrr tolkien)
    1984 (orwell)
    All the harry potters
    catcher in the rye (salinger)
    all the calvin and hobbeses


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 65 ✭✭✭ Archvillain


    1) Malone Dies - Sammy Beckett
    2) Ulysses - Jimmy joyce
    3) Foucaults Pendulum - Umberto Eco
    4) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
    5) THe Karamazov Brothers - Fyodor Dostoevsky
    6) Molloy - Samuel Beckett
    7) THe Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri
    8) Ham on Rye - Charles Buckowski
    9) The Bible - Loads of guys (lets face it, it's a cracker of a read)
    10) Mog and meg - ??


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,461 ✭✭✭✭ Sleepy


    Some that have been posted here, others that surprisingly for me, haven't:

    in no particular order etc:

    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    The Art of War - Tzun Tzu
    Girlfriend in a Coma - Douglas Coupland
    A Secret History of the IRA - Ed Moloney (much better than the Tim Pat Coogan books IMHO)
    Collected Works - Shakespeare
    On The Road - Jack Kerouac
    Trinity - Leon Uris
    Harry Potter Series J. K. Rowling (pure fantasy, yet fantastically written by a born storyteller)
    Band Of Brothers - Stephen A. Ambrose

    And if Calvin & Hobbes and The Far Side are allowed, I'm having Dilbert.


  • Registered Users Posts: 19,384 ✭✭✭✭ Krusty_Clown


    No particular order:
    The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
    BattleField Earth - L Ron Hubbard
    Life of pi - Yann Martel
    Ender's game - Orson Scott Card
    Vernon God Little - DBC Pierre
    The Moon is a harsh mistress - Robert A. Heinlehen
    The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Graham
    Do androids dream of electric sheep - Philip K Dick.
    Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
    Imajica - Clive Barker


  • Registered Users Posts: 76 ✭✭✭ coupland


    In no particular order

    The Big Picture - Douglas Kennedy
    It - Stephen King
    The Kid Stays in the Picture - Robert Evans
    Hey Nostradamus! - Dougas Coupland (ok anything from him!!!)
    Adventures in the Screen Trade - William Goldman
    The Secret History - Donna Tartt
    Fatherland - Robert Harris
    American Tabloid - James Ellroy
    Tourist Season - Carl Hiaasen
    The Bonfire of the Vanities - Tom Wolfe


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 413 ✭✭ karma kabbage


    can't bring myself down to just ten and I reckon most of the titles are found somewhere here anyway .... but....

    Read the 'journals of Anais Nin'. You'll never get so far into another persons life. Truly fascinating!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,488 SantaHoe


    10 to read before the apocalypse?
    Surviving the apocalypse for Dummies.
    And perhaps the Bible.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,481 ✭✭✭ RE*AC*TOR


    1) The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien is by some distance the funniest book i've ever read - it should be on the Irish school syllabus. For all those people who have listed Catch22 - you would definetly appreciate the humor in this one. It's pure genius.

    Others:-
    2) The Age of Reason, Jean Paul Sartre
    3) One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    4) The Old Man and The Sea, Ernest Hemingway
    5) 1984, George Orwell
    6) Catch 22, Joseph Heller
    7) Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger
    8) To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
    9) The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
    10) The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde


  • Registered Users Posts: 223 ✭✭ mob


    1)George Orwell - Nineteen Eighty-Four
    2)George Orwell - Animal Farm
    3)Douglas Adams - The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy (A Trilogy In Five Parts)
    4)Robert Harris - Fatherland
    5)Robert Harris - Enigma
    6)Terry Pratchett - Guards Guards!!
    7)James Joyce - The Dubliners
    8)Douglas Adams - The Salmon Of Doubt
    9)Hunter S. Thompson - Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
    10)Karl Marx - The Communist Manifesto



    and if i had some spare time before the end of the world i'd read Ann & Barry again for old times sake


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 275 ✭✭ butterfly


    in no order that's at all logical...

    hallucinating foucault- patricia duncker
    captain corelli's mandolin- louis se bernieres
    house of the spirits- isabel allende ( most of her stuff's pretty great..)
    1984- george orwell
    (actually, anything by george orwell. keep the aspidistras flying is pretty crazy...)
    the devil and miss prym- paulo coelho
    the bell jar- sylvia plath
    the lovely bones.. because it gets into your head for a while... and it's not restricted to just bookish people.. everyone.. y'know? i do not communicate well..


    hm... there'll probably be more. i have to think..


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,180 keu


    1. The Pillars of the Earth ~ Ken Follet; middle ages epic, must read.
    2. Illusions ~ Richard Bach; philosophical adventure story type book
    3. Manual of the Warrior of light ~ Paulo Coelho; more of the above
    4. Johnathon Living seagull ~ Richard Bach; as above
    5. How the Irish saved civilisation ~ Thomas Cahill; really good read
    6. Awareness ~ Anthony De Mello; .... just for some enlightenment
    7. Z for Zachariah ~ Robert O'Brien; old school book about a soul survivor of the apocolypse
    8. The unbalanced earth series ~ Johnathon Wylie; fantasy saga
    9. A smaller social history of ancient Ireland ~ P.W. Joyce;
    10. Anything by Oscar Wilde, (starchild)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,549 The Brigadier


    In no particular order...

    1. Plutarch's History of Alexander
    2. The Lord of the Rings
    3. The Yellow Heart by Pablo Neruda
    4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thomson
    5. The Illuminatus Trilogy by Robery Anton Wilson
    6. The Koran
    7. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    8. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    9. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
    10. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,745 doonothing


    in any order you like:

    THE DICE MAN, luke rhinehart (how has no one mentioned it yet?)
    the vampire chronicles, anne rice (if lotr counts as one, so do these)
    the bell jar, sylvia plath
    catcher in the rye, j.d. salinger
    fight club, chuck palahniuk
    paradise lost, john milton
    the oddysey, homer
    his dark materials, phillip pullman
    lord of the flies, william golding
    dracula, bram stoker

    runners up...
    1984, animal farm, on the road, any bill bryson, prozac nation, bitch...
    actually, some of my runners up belong in the top 10, but meh, just pic'n'mix if you want....


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,481 ✭✭✭ RE*AC*TOR


    Originally posted by doonothing

    fight club, chuck palahniuk

    really? is it THAT good?


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,314 ✭✭✭ savemejebus


    in no order (and showcasing my questionable tastes)

    -1984 George Orwell
    -The Poet - Michael Connelly
    -Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil -John Berendt
    -Guards Guards/Interesting Times - Terry Pratchett(interchangeable one is as good as the other)
    -Ressurection Day - Brendan Dubois
    -Have a nice day - Mick Foley
    -In the electric mist with the confederate dead - James Lee Burke (or any Burke title)
    -The Stand - Stephen King
    - Point of impact - Stephen Hunter
    -L'etranger - Albert Camus

    OT: Books that made me beg for an apocalypse

    Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
    Fountain Society - Wes Craven


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,745 doonothing


    Originally posted by savemejebus

    -Have a nice day - Mick Foley

    GO YOU!!! that book was great.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12 ✭✭✭ filmlaw74


    1. The Beach - Alex Garland
    2. Tell Me Lies - Tony Strong
    3. Catcher In The Rye - JD Salinger
    4. Catch Me If You Can - Frank W. Abagnale
    5. The Tesseract - Alex Garland
    6. High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
    7. The 25th Hour - David Benioff
    8. Hedonism - Tony Fletcher
    9. Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
    10. Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thomson

    not in order btw, but all are good and worth a read.
    Alex garland in particular is a great writer and I am definitely looking forward to his next novel "The Coma".

    mmm..this is annoying, i'm thinking of more great books now, The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn is also good, The Old man and The sea by Ernest Hemingway...theres too many to name...for now the above will do.


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