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American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis
This is literally the best book I have ever read. The movie does not compare to how great this novel is, but Christian Bale is perfect to picture in the place of Patrick Bateman.
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
A book about how the world would be if we placed it in the hands of controlling governments. Lots of orgies, sex, and drugs and how they control the population, along with the complete deletion of morals. Very interesting novel of how many people would probably want the world to be like. From the different types of artificially-created classes from Alpha to Omega, this novel deserves to be high on your to-read list.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
Bladerunner is nothing compared to the book it is based off of. A world filled with dwindling animal species, electronic animals, and governing forces trying to send humans off the planet, Rick hunts down androids trying to live a short human life. Twists, turns, and confusion fill the novel, but it is safe to say you are satisfied by the end.
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Where all vampires started. As much as I love this book, I often wonder if it wasn't written, would we still have Twilight? Anyways, fantastically written, never boring, filled with detail, and time flies the more in depth you get. I laughed in my head because I often thought about Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Either way, a serious book that inspired many minds, whether we liked it or not.
Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus - Mary Shelley
Mary Shelley really knew how to write, probably had some of her skills honed by her poet husband. Either way, this novel is fantastic and beautifully written. How Frankenstein's Monster reads Paradise Lost like a Bible is so intelligent, as is the monster. The monster goes from evil to good, and Frankenstein goes from good to bad, all slowly but surely.
I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell - Tucker Max
A hilarious collection of stories that I doubt are all read, but many people say they are, so it's up in the air. Otherwise, very crude humor, 1000x better than the stupid movie, and so many times I wished I was Tucker Max. Also a good ice breaker when carried around since many people seem to know of it.
It's Superman!: A Novel - Tom De Haven
A novel of Superman and how he began. I know, I know, it has been done a thousand times, but this one is an instant classic. I really didn't want it to end, but as all books must do, it did. I pictured Tom Welling (Superman from the hit show Smallville) as the young and strong, upcoming Superman. Lex Luthor is also greatly done in this fantastic and must read book, especially if you're a Superman fan like me.
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
I can't do this Vonnegut book justly because I have not read this since high school. All I remember was it had off-the-wall ideas and I had read nothing like it. I remember a few good passages, overall, good book.
Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel - Austin Grossman
If you love Superheroes, then it is guaranteed you will love this novel. Well written, twists and turns, super powers, romance, and two different points of view. Very interestingly done, and worth at least a look. I congradulate Grossman, and hope he is working on a part two.
The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Other Stories... - Jack London
Jack London stands alone in his own Artic Wonderland. He writes winters like no other, and is so good, he gives a dog human life. What else do you need?
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Title speaks for itself. Salinger's best and most renowned novel of a teenager and his experience into becoming a man, his experience of running away into NYC and what happens. You will love it.
The Divine Comedy - Dante Alighieri
Many people only know of the Inferno, but this is the entire trilogy. It is amazingly written perfectly in Olde English. If you are smart enough to break it down in your head, this masterpiece is sure to please your hungry mind with ideas of how Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven are placed.
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Again, a personal favorite. Definitely weird, but towards the middle it all begins to connect. I can't go too in-depth in fear of ruining it, but I will bet that you'll enjoy it. The ending all depends if you're an optimist or a pessimist. Good luck?
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
A classic novel that I was forced to read in High School. I'm actually glad they did. An interesting tale written for I believe the 1940s? It is well-written, easy to follow, and keeps you intrigued. You won't see the ending ;)
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
So much better than the movies, I read this and thought it was amazing. I then bought the first Lord of the Rings, and was probably one of the worst mistakes of my life besides that one time with that girl..wait, nevermind. This book should stand alone. It isn't that long but is full of great detail about a hobbit's journey and what he finds along the way.
If you love dragons, you'll enjoy this four part series. There is a big gap between the trilogy and the fourth and final book, and after rereading them all, they are still great. Almost a teenager type series, they are good for all ages. Enjoy!
In my top three just because Zombies will one day overrun the earth, and God damn I will be ready. Smart, insightful, and born to please. If you want to survive this inevitable Zombie Apocalpse, this is a necessary read.
What Dreams May Come - Richard Matheson
I read this and constantly thought of the movie. This book is actually done some justice by the movie. The book is fantastic. The narration is perfect and I'm constantly reminded of the Divine Comedy, but with a twist of love as the basis. Highly recommended.
Books that your brain will eat up and enjoy.
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