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10 to read before the apocalypse?



  • Registered Users Posts: 167 ✭✭ Neil McCauleys Cooler Brother

    A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller.
    Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov.
    Mason & Dixon, Thomas Pynchon.
    The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B., J.P. Donleavy
    From Hell, Alan Moore.
    Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy.
    American Tabloid, James Ellroy.
    Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy.
    A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man, James Joyce.
    Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 22,676 ✭✭✭✭ beauf

    Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake. That one as always stuck in my head.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,784 Monkeybonkers

    A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller.
    Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov.
    Mason & Dixon, Thomas Pynchon.
    The Beastly Beatitudes of Balthazar B., J.P. Donleavy
    From Hell, Alan Moore.
    Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy.
    American Tabloid, James Ellroy.
    Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy.
    A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man, James Joyce.
    Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake.

    I read this years ago and remember at the time thinking it was brilliant. Must give it another read. Thanks for the reminder

  • Registered Users Posts: 269 ✭✭ bellinter

    The Stand - Stephen King
    The Long Walk - Stephen King
    The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
    All The Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy
    The Given Day - Dennis Lehane
    The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
    Open - Andre Agassi
    Rough Ride - Paul Kimmage
    Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
    The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,793 ✭✭✭ Gandalph

    I'm going to have to read King's 'The Stand' due to all the mentions here and being a big post apocolyptic theme fan myself, although I really didn't enjoy McCarthy's 'The Road', with all the praise it got.

    Some of my favourite books being;
    World War Z - Max Brooks
    Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan (Only read from 1-5)
    Harry Potter (from no.4 onwards) - JK Rowling
    The Wolf of Wallstreet - Jordan Belfort
    Pathfinder - David Blakely

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  • Registered Users Posts: 598 Whippersnapper

    Off the top of my head:
    • Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    • Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • The Master - Colm Toibin
    • The Celestine Prophecy - James Redfield
    • All The President's Men - Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
    • Perfume: The Story Of A Murder - Patrick Suskind
    • Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance - RM Pirsig
    • Animal Farm - George Orwell
    • A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
    • The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,257 ✭✭✭ Comic Book Guy

    Hi all,

    Finished the Count of Monte Cristo last week after seeing it listed in a lot of peoples top 10.
    Great read, really enjoyed it with the only drawback that the basic story is so well known now in popular culture that ya already know the main plot and are reading it as such.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1 Kazan

    Mikhail Bulkagov: The Master and Margarita
    Sofi Oksanen: The Purge
    Bohumil Hrabal: Too Loud a Solitude
    Bohumil Hrabal: I served the King of England
    Michael Cunningham: The Hours

  • Registered Users Posts: 53 ✭✭✭ SilSil

    bellinter wrote: »
    The Stand - Stephen King
    The Long Walk - Stephen King
    I vote for these two! :)

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,784 Monkeybonkers

    After recently finishing it I would have to put Vanity Fair by William Thackeray in here.

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,799 onethreefive

    I'm new to reading book's for pleasure so I don't have 10 favourites yet but my top 3 would definitely be:

    1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky.

    2. The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger.

    3. Harry Potter book 4-7 - J. K. Rowling.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22 ✭✭✭ Up The Bare Stairs

    Confining this list to fiction, with one exception, and thinking how do I limit it to ten:
    1. The Sportswriter – Richard Ford
    2. Foster – Claire Keegan (really a stretched out short story but exquisite)
    3. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
    4. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
    5. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
    6. That They Might Face The Rising Sun – John McGahern
    7. The Iliad – Homer
    8. Ulysses – James Joyce (much more accessible than people might think)
    9. The Shipping News – E. Annie Proulx
    10. Mimesis – The Representation of Reality in Western Literature – Erich Auerbach (very, very heavy but one of the best works of literary criticism I’ve read)

    Would include Dante's Inferno if I was allowed 11, but that's cheating ;)

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 132 ✭✭ Banneret

    Nice ;)

  • Registered Users Posts: 209 ✭✭ johnROSS

    Dharma Bums- Jack Kerouac
    Down and Out in Paris and London - Orwell
    Animal Farm- Orwell
    Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    Trainspotting- Irvine Welsh
    Brave New World- Huxley
    any of the Sherlock Holmes stuff
    East Of Eden - John Steinbeck
    The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
    almost any Oscar Wilde

  • Registered Users Posts: 729 ✭✭✭ Kalimah

    Star of the Sea- Joseph O'Connor.
    We need to talk about Kevin. Lionel Shriver.
    Hatter's Castle. AJ Cronin
    Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte
    22.11.63. Stephen King
    Stalingrad. Anthony Beevor
    Berlin. Anthony Beevor.
    Alone in Berlin. Hans Fallada .
    The Eagle of the Ninth. Rosemary Sutcliffe
    The last testament of Gideon Mack. James Robertson.
    I could put in another 10 very easily!

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,776 ✭✭✭✭ Slattsy

    Then they wouldn't make your top 10 :-)

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,140 ✭✭✭ megadodge

    The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
    A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini
    Life of Pi - Yann Martel
    1984 – George Orwell
    Perfume - Patrick Suskind
    Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry
    Star of The Sea – Joe O'Connor
    The Sicilian – Mario Puza
    Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
    Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha – Roddy Doyle

    A number of honourable mentions (there's loads more I just can't think of right now):

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
    A Star Called Henry – Roddy Doyle
    Alone in Berlin – Hans Falada
    Five Star Billionaire – Tash Aw
    The World According to Garp - John Irving

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,066 Washington Irving

    The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
    Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
    The Odyssey - Homer
    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    Hamlet - William Shakespeare
    The Arabian Nights

    And a sacred text of your choosing.

  • Registered Users Posts: 454 ✭✭ Kilgore__Trout

    The Postman - David Brin
    Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
    Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
    Flowers For Algernon - Daniel Keyes
    The Third Policeman - Flann O'Brien
    Solaris - Stanislaw Lem
    Catch 22 - Joesph Heller
    The Terror - Dan Simmons
    Shutter Island - Denis Lehane
    The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

    Not in any particular order.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,396 ✭✭✭ mcsean2163

    "Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut"

    Maybe I read this when I was too young but I thought it was pretty rubbish, deadpan, "so it goes". It don't understand how it has so many fans, it's like the emperor with no clothes.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 454 ✭✭ Kilgore__Trout

    Preferred Cat's Cradle. Could make more sense of the message, which seemed to cover a lot more ground, and thought it was a weirder and more humorous tale.

    Still thought Slaughterhouse was a fine read though. Enjoyed the dark humour, the portraits of humanity gone wrong, and the weird, offbeat nature of the story. Whether Vonnegut's experiences in WW2 and in Dresden adds something to the book is up for grabs, but for me it did.

    Each to her/his own, I guess : )

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,429 Cedrus

    mcsean2163 wrote: »
    "Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut"

    Maybe I read this when I was too young but I thought it was pretty rubbish, deadpan, "so it goes". It don't understand how it has so many fans, it's like the emperor with no clothes.

    May be you did, may be try again before you diss it. It's nominated with good reason.

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 28 ✭✭✭ fayvirtue

    Tom Sawyer , Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the rye , 1984 , World according to Garp, Suttree , The Orchid Keeper , The Five people you meet in Heaven ,The Hands Maids Tale, For Whom The Bell Tolls

  • Registered Users Posts: 364 ✭✭ DoubleD

    I've read some really great books based on recommendations from this thread that I otherwise may have overlooked. Wish more people posted in it. I'll list ten now that haven't yet been mentioned yet or only mentioned a few times because we all know The count of Monte Cristo, Crime & Punishment etc are great books, its nice to stumble across lesser known greats.

    Stoner - John Williams.
    A forgotten masterpiece. It follows the life of a young farmer who goes to college and later becomes a professor, an inconsequential man who does the opposite of living life to the fullest. Its all very uneventful and yet its hard not to be captivated by it and feel so involved with William Stoner.

    Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes.
    A man with an IQ of 68 is chosen to partake in a medical experiment to increase his intelligence. His diary tracks the effects of the experiment on him and the lab mouse Algernon that was also experimented on. Astounding read.

    The Magus - John Fowles.
    A young English teacher moves to a remote Greek island to teach and becomes embroiled in a dark psychological game with one of the islands inhabitants, an eccentric elderly man. I thought about this novel for weeks after I finished it.

    The New York trilogy - Paul Auster.
    Three interconnected stories of detective fiction that blew me away. Its so much more than what it appears to be.

    Wonder boys - Michael Chabon.
    The story of a creative writing professor who can't finish his novel and spends most of the novel stoned and or drunk and generally making an ass of himself. I loved it.

    The orphan masters son - Adam Johnson.
    The story of a North Korean orphan who stumbles from a life of poverty to a job as a body double for a hero of the revolution during the reign of Kim Jong Il.

    Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace.
    Its a struggle at times. Its gargantuan. I've never had to use a dictionary as much in my life as I had to when reading this book. And its bloody brilliant. I can't tell you what its about in a few words, just read it.

    Times Arrow - Martin Amis
    A novel in reverse. Amis is a great writer who doesn't always write great novels, this for me is definitely one of his best.

    Wool omnibus - Hugh Howey
    A post apocalyptic dystopian novel (yes another one) set in an underground silo hundreds of years after whatever event made life on the outside uninhabitable. It was originally released as one short novella and has exploded from there, I recommend reading the omnibus as it all slots together very well.

    House of leaves - Mark Z Danielewski
    First off, don't even try to read this in e-book format. It has to be read on paper. The formatting of this book is unique to say the least. It tells the story of a family who move into a small house where something is terribly wrong - the house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. This book will get inside your head. At different stages while reading it I had to put it down just to process what was after happening. I hated this book. Then I loved it. Then I didn't want to read it anymore. Then I couldn't put it down. The more you put into this book the more you will get out of it. It is not an easy read.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6 ✭✭✭ 2395dfys

    engineering the alpha 2.0 every male teenager/man should read it

  • Registered Users Posts: 67 ✭✭✭ FaulknersFav

    Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
    The Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
    Stoner - John Williams
    For Esme with Love and Squalor - J.D. Salinger
    Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
    Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned - Wells Tower
    Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
    Beware of Pity - Stefan Zweig
    Down and Out in Paris and London - George Orwell
    The Outsider - Albert Camus

  • Registered Users Posts: 280 ✭✭ sm213

    Tales of the unexpected- Dahl
    Falling leaves - Adeline Yen Mah
    Goodnight Mr.Tom
    The talisman - king and straub
    King Lear -Shakespeare
    The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    The demonata series by darren shan is super cool.
    Harry potter series.
    Ugly - constance Briscoe
    I'm sure I'm missing some.

  • Registered Users Posts: 30 ✭✭✭ Thomas998

    The Day of the Jackal.
    The Green Mile
    The Name of the Wind
    Harry Potter series
    Mistborn series
    Stormlight Archive
    Red Alert

  • Registered Users Posts: 30 ✭✭✭ Thomas998

    Oh, forgot To Kill A Mockingbird - maybe not a popular choice these days, but powerful stuff nonetheless.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 880 ✭✭✭ Keplar240B

    Your Survival
    by Dr. Bob Arnot and Mark Cohen

    How To Stay Alive In The Woods
    Bradford Angier

    Larry Dean Olsen’s Outdoor Survival Skills

    The Survival Handbook, by Colin Towell

    When All Hell Breaks Loose
    from Cody Lundin

    Naked Into The Wilderness
    by John and Geri McPherson

    Peterson’s Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants

    Tom Brown’s Field Guide To Wilderness Survival

    The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
    by Jeffrey Isaac

    Northern Bushcraft, by Mors Kochanski,