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Nineteen Eighty-Four
Terrifying, telling and extremely well-written, 1984 is simply one of those novels that absolutely everyone should read. So go do it.
Apr 2006
Aug 06, 2010
Let Me In
Beautiful, disturbing, terrifying, subtle, and hugely impacting. In short: a stunning essay on love and human nature in an entirely imperfect world.
Oct 28, 2009
Aug 05, 2010
Infinite Jest
A PERFECT novel, though not for readers faint of heart. This book was an immense challenge, in every sense of the word, but its pay-off is spectacular...more
Jan 05, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
A fabulous fantasy story set in an elaborate and immersive world. This installment in Middle-Earth is more slowly paced than the subsequent trilogy, a...more
Aug 2000
Aug 06, 2010
Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
A fantastically chilling gulf war memoir that speaks hauntingly poetic measures against the senselessness of an American tradition which leaves thousa...more
Dec 2005
Aug 05, 2010
The Great Gatsby
A wonderful examination of wealth and its many side-effects in the new world, grown in some ways beyond and in many ways below its European roots. I h...more
Nov 2003
Nov 04, 2010
Asterios Polyp
This is a perfect, silently melancholic, hopefully nihilistic, stunning work of art. There is nothing else to say. Just read it. Now.
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
Still Life with Woodpecker
The perfect blend of comedy, romance, adventure and philosophy... Tom Robbins' masterpiece examination of objectification and love, how the two are in...more
Aug 2006
Aug 04, 2010
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Four Parts
A thrilling, hilarious, intelligent, tongue-in-cheek romp through the universe. If you love British wit and science fiction, there's just no way you c...more
Jul 2006
Aug 06, 2010
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West
I need time to really think this over before I can give it a proper review. For now, I'll leave it at this: once again Cormac McCarthy has completely...more
May 07, 2011
Aug 04, 2010
A brilliant exploration of normal and abnormal psychology, religion, and the painful transition between youth and adulthood. It's extremely well-writt...more
Oct 2006
Aug 08, 2010
The Master and Margarita
I recently re-read Bulgakov's masterpiece and once again I can't stop thinking or talking about it. It is sheer brilliance, a wonderfully paced allego...more
Aug 2005
Aug 05, 2010
All the King's Men
I don't remember much of this book now except a few incredibly strong instances of imagery and the depth of emotion that I was moved to feel at the ti...more
Jan 2007
Dec 09, 2010
The Broom of the System
Goddamnit, DFW.

Reading this book, more than anything, brought on renewed lamentations for the untimely removal of this mind from this world. He saw l...more
Jul 14, 2012
Aug 05, 2010
The Little Prince
I've read this in French and English, multiple times, and I've never been able to stop thinking about it. To me it is the exemplar of childhood, of th...more
Oct 2003
Dec 09, 2010
Remembered Present: A Biological Theory Of Consciousness
It took several false starts and stalls, but my third attempt at this beast proved victorious-- and much easier than expected. I suppose it took being...more
Jan 04, 2014
Dec 03, 2012
Pure, alluring brilliance. Nabokov is an astonishing master of the English language and he writes with such flourish and grace that one can't help but...more
May 2005
Aug 08, 2010
House of Leaves
Perfect perfect perfect. Mark Z Danielewski's debut novel is a multi-layered experimental masterpiece that has no equal. You will not read another boo...more
Jul 2006
Aug 08, 2010
Everything Is Illuminated
A near-perfect exploration of war, history, humanity, and self. Foer gracefully combines absurd human comedy with dramatic tension and mystery, lendin...more
May 2007
Aug 05, 2010
A Very Long Engagement
Fantastic. I was utterly unable to put this book down once I started it, even though I'd already seen the movie multiple times and thus knew exactly w...more
Jun 08, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
As beautiful as it is brief, this novel is a breath of fresh air in a cluttered world, a lifelong journey that examines different ways to live, ways t...more
Aug 15, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem
Anyone who knows me well knows that I have some longstanding issues with maths; namely that I am awful at them, fall prey to a number of silly arithme...more
Jun 20, 2011
May 29, 2011
Wittgenstein's Mistress
A fascinating, evocative and troubling book. Equal parts novel, philosophical exploration, and stream of consciousness musing on art, music, and class...more
Nov 2007
Oct 03, 2010
Flawless. The story of Billy Pilgram, of his adventures through time and space, of his stay on the planet Tralfamadore where time and space are irrele...more
Sep 2006
Aug 08, 2010
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Absolutely brilliant and almost unthinkably ahead of its time. Considered the father of stream of consciousness writing, this challenging, witty, tang...more
Mar 2004
Aug 05, 2010
The Crossing (The Border Trilogy, #2)
Wow. I've read McCarthy before and so know of his amazing talents, his incomparable mastery of language, his tone at once without hope and silently ho...more
Aug 09, 2010
Aug 04, 2010
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
A painful, subtle, and very thorough examination of almost all the ideas fundamental to human nature: beauty, love, sex, loyalty, identity, existence,...more
Jan 13, 2009
Aug 05, 2010
Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics (Perennial Classics)
As an engaging introduction to an enthralling science, for people who've never studied physics, this book is fantastic. I appreciated the historical a...more
Jul 11, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell

Aldous Huxley's mind became a new favourite of mine by the second page of Doors of Perception; all I'd read of him before was Brave New...more
Dec 28, 2013
Oct 16, 2013
The Sciences of the Artificial
Short version: absolutely, 100%, fucking brilliant.

Long version: this book is a brief glimpse into the incredibly well-organized mind of a genius, a m...more
Jul 21, 2011
Jul 12, 2011
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