Popular 80s Books

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Ready Player One Ready Player One (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.31 — 251,017 ratings — published 2011
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Eleanor & Park Eleanor & Park (Hardcover)
by (shelved 9 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.16 — 531,302 ratings — published 2012
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Bright Lights, Big City Bright Lights, Big City (Paperback)
by (shelved 9 times as 80s)
avg rating 3.71 — 28,112 ratings — published 1984
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Less Than Zero Less Than Zero (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.59 — 54,451 ratings — published 1985
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The Bonfire of the Vanities The Bonfire of the Vanities (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.77 — 60,498 ratings — published 1987
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Norwegian Wood Norwegian Wood (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.03 — 204,200 ratings — published 1987
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The Rules of Attraction The Rules of Attraction (Paperback)
by (shelved 7 times as 80s)
avg rating 3.71 — 39,991 ratings — published 1987
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Watchmen Watchmen (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.32 — 402,182 ratings — published 1986
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Matilda Matilda (Paperback)
by (shelved 6 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.26 — 422,291 ratings — published 1988
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.07 — 276,285 ratings — published 1981
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American Psycho American Psycho (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.81 — 218,469 ratings — published 1991
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Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1) Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
by (shelved 5 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.28 — 866,777 ratings — published 1985
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The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.99 — 578,406 ratings — published 1985
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Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1) Neuromancer (Sprawl, #1)
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avg rating 3.85 — 251,305 ratings — published 1984
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Batman: The Killing Joke Batman: The Killing Joke (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.37 — 97,903 ratings — published 1988
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Love in the Time of Cholera Love in the Time of Cholera (Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as 80s)
avg rating 3.86 — 406,260 ratings — published 1985
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Foucault's Pendulum Foucault's Pendulum (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.89 — 59,796 ratings — published 1988
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The Color Purple The Color Purple (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.14 — 463,931 ratings — published 1982
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It It (Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.27 — 28,344 ratings — published 1986
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Tell the Wolves I'm Home Tell the Wolves I'm Home (Hardcover)
by (shelved 4 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.03 — 138,567 ratings — published 2012
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1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3) 1Q84 (1Q84, #1-3)
by (shelved 4 times as 80s)
avg rating 3.85 — 214,487 ratings — published 2010
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The Joy Luck Club The Joy Luck Club (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.87 — 577,656 ratings — published 1989
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Noble House (Asian Saga, #4) Noble House (Asian Saga, #4)
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avg rating 4.20 — 29,635 ratings — published 1981
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Kaleidoscope Kaleidoscope (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 3.84 — 13,158 ratings — published 1987
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The Remains of the Day The Remains of the Day (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.09 — 145,923 ratings — published 1988
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The Name of the Rose The Name of the Rose (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.08 — 229,729 ratings — published 1980
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The Pillars of the Earth  (The Pillars of the Earth, #1) The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.27 — 511,822 ratings — published 1989
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The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe) The Hobbit (Middle-Earth Universe)
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avg rating 4.21 — 2,031,581 ratings — published 1937
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Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1) Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.29 — 177,917 ratings — published 1986
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Beloved Beloved (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.72 — 282,894 ratings — published 1987
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The BFG The BFG (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.19 — 211,823 ratings — published 1982
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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 3.98 — 210,707 ratings — published 1985
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The Count of Monte Cristo The Count of Monte Cristo (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.15 — 715,382 ratings — published 1844
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What a Carve Up! What a Carve Up! (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.12 — 7,016 ratings — published 1994
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Money Money (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 3.72 — 24,067 ratings — published 1984
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A Prayer for Owen Meany A Prayer for Owen Meany (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.22 — 257,943 ratings — published 1989
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Wittgenstein's Mistress Wittgenstein's Mistress (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.01 — 10,595 ratings — published 1988
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The Broom of the System The Broom of the System (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.82 — 18,962 ratings — published 1987
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The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1) The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.10 — 198,379 ratings — published 1982
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (Hardcover)
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avg rating 4.26 — 130,472 ratings — published 1986
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The Commitments The Commitments (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.95 — 12,824 ratings — published 1987
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Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #2) Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #2)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 4.01 — 172,669 ratings — published 1986
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God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #4) God Emperor of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #4)
by (shelved 3 times as 80s)
avg rating 3.78 — 47,475 ratings — published 1981
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Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness (Paperback)
by (shelved 2 times as 80s)
avg rating 3.39 — 269,520 ratings — published 1899
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White Noise White Noise (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.87 — 76,013 ratings — published 1985
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Full Circle Full Circle (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.76 — 7,163 ratings — published 1984
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Misery Misery (Paperback)
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avg rating 4.05 — 317,438 ratings — published 1987
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“Ricky was a young boy, he had a heart of stone./Tequila in his heartbeat, his veins burned gasoline./18 and life you got it.”
Skid Row

David J. Schow
“The Government set the stage economically by informing everyone that we were in a depression period, with very pointed allusions to the 1930s. The period just prior to our last 'good' war. ... Boiled down, our objective was to make killing and military life seem like adventurous fun, so for our inspiration we went back to the Thirties as well. It was pure serendipity. Inside one of the Scripter offices there was an old copy of Doc Smith's first LENSMAN space opera. It turned out that audiences in the 1970s were more receptive to the sort of things they scoffed at as juvenilia in the 1930s. Our drugs conditioned them to repeat viewings, simultaneously serving the ends of profit and positive reinforcement. The movie we came up with stroked all the correct psychological triggers. The fact that it grossed more money than any film in history at the time proved how on target our approach was.'

'Oh my God... said Jonathan, his mouth stalling the open position.

'Six months afterward we ripped ourselves off and got secondary reinforcement onto television. We pulled a 40 share. The year after that we phased in the video games, experimenting with non-narcotic hypnosis, using electrical pulses, body capacitance, and keying the pleasure centers of the brain with low voltage shocks. Jesus, Jonathan, can you *see* what we've accomplished? In something under half a decade we've programmed an entire generation of warm bodies to go to war for us and love it. They buy what we tell them to buy. Music, movies, whole lifestyles. And they hate who we tell them to. ... It's simple to make our audiences slaver for blood; that past hasn't changed since the days of the Colosseum. We've conditioned a whole population to live on the rim of Apocalypse and love it. They want to kill the enemy, tear his heart out, go to war so their gas bills will go down! They're all primed for just that sort of denouemment, ti satisfy their need for linear storytelling in the fictions that have become their lives! The system perpetuates itself. Our own guinea pigs pay us money to keep the mechanisms grinding away. If you don't believe that, just check out last year's big hit movies... then try to tell me the target demographic audience isn't waiting for marching orders. ("Incident On A Rainy Night In Beverly Hills")”
David J. Schow, Seeing Red

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