1. Erowid_Peruser

    Erowid_Peruser New Member

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    Book Suggestions, Please

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Erowid_Peruser, Jul 29, 2018.

    I feel like what I’m about to ask for is a bit esoteric. But I’ll give it a shot.

    I’m looking for literary books that might not be so well known. My favorite books off the top of my head are:

    -Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
    -Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
    -Dune, by Frank Herbert
    -Neuromancer, by William Gibson
    -Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace.

    Even though all of these books are challenging in their own right, they are still fairly pedestrian when it comes to literary works. Most readers have at least heard of many, if not most of, these books. I’m looking to expand my horizons more. Look somewhere a little more under the radar. Do you have any suggstions?
     
  2. Alan Aspie

    Alan Aspie Banned Contributor

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    Giovanni Guareschi: Don Camillo -books
    Desmond Tutu: Hope and Suffering
    John Keegan: A History of Warfare
    Dawkins: The Selfish Gene
    Wurmbrand: Tortured for Christ
    Baron-Cohen: About the Male and Female Brain
    Forester: Hornblower and Hotspur
    Solzenitsyn: all
    Feynman: Pleasure of Finding Things Out, What do You Care..., Surely You must be Joking
    John Truby: The Anatomy of Story
    Allen: Winnie the Pooh on Management
    Adams: How to Fail in Almost Everything and Still Win Big
    Tom Sharpe
    Westlake
    Gerald Durrell
    Bible
    Richard Pawson: Unlocking the Bible
    Parkinson: Parkinson's Law
    Gilbreth: Cheaper by the Dozen
    Blackmore: The Meme Machine
    Taleb: The Black Swan
    Leon Uris
    Astrid Lindgren: Pippi Longstocking -books
    Cialdini & al.: The Small Big
    James Herriot
    Rex Stout
    Terry Pratchett
    Farley Mowat: Never Cry Wolf
    ....
     
  3. ReproveTheCurlew

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    Ha! nice endeavor, Erowid! Truth be told, most literary (canonical) works are still known because they have something which the academia deems worthwhile of preserving, so some of the ones you listed are quite well-known (at least in academic circles, for whatever that's worth). With that being said, in the last few decades, most universities are trying to 'rediscover' forgotten works, so what you COULD do would be to browse university websites for their reading lists and to pick some from there which you don't recognise immediately.

    Personally I would suggest, among some of the lesser known ones, Nadja by Andre Breton (a surrealist novel), Murphy by Samuel Beckett, Marius the Epicurean by Walter Pater, The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen, or even some of Virginia Woolf's lesser-known novels (Between the Acts, Night and Day, The Years). I think George Eliot's Romola is also not particularly wide-spread, despite the fact that her other novels were all best-sellers and are quite popular to this day.
     
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    If you like a bit of brooding, slow-burn atmospheric horror, look no further than Stephen Gregory's The Woodwitch. His prose is, in my opinion, as close to perfection as it's possible to get.
     
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    Anything by Dostoevsky or Tolstoy.
     
  6. Alan Aspie

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    Riku Mattila: The Back-Up Colony

     
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    KaTrian A foolish little beast. Contributor

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    Have you read gothic novels? Sure, there are the famous ones like Frankenstein and Dracula, but many other strange books were written in the genre too. Their literary merits might not be stellar, but they can be oddly entertaining, like The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe and The Monk by Matthew Lewis.

    If you're looking for something actually well-written, Yvonne Vera's works are pretty interesting. For example Butterfly Burning and Without a Name.
     
  8. Erowid_Peruser

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    Thank you for your suggestions! I will look into those.
     
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